Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels Free Pick

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The Texas Rangers will take on their division rival Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The action will begin at 10:07 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Fox Sports Southwest to catch the game.

Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels Odds

Texas (+155) is coming into this one as the underdog to Los Angeles (-165) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this one at 9 runs. The odds for betting on the game’s total sit at +100 for the over and -120 for the under. The game’s runline odds stand at -140 for betting the Rangers +1.5 runs and +120 for the Angels -1.5.

The Angels are 72-73 straight up (SU) and 67-77 against the spread (ATS). The team’s lost 8.0 units for moneyline bettors and 19.2 units (ATS). The Rangers are 62-83 SU and have gone 70-74 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 4.7 units for moneyline bettors and 8.4 units ATS.

Angels games have had an over/under record of 62-73-9 in 2018. Texas has an over/under record of 68-66-10.

The right-handed Yovani Gallardo is getting the start for the visiting Rangers. Gallardo is 8-4 with a 6.22 ERA and 46 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with six strikeouts and a 3.00 ERA against Los Angeles this year.

The Angels are putting the ball in the hands of righty Felix Pena (2-4, 4.04 ERA), who’s got 73 strikeouts and 25 walks to his name, as well as a WHIP of 1.26. Pena hasn’t faced the Rangers yet this year and did not record a start against them in 2017.

Los Angeles’ pitching staff has given up 4.2 runs per game overall this year as a unit. Its starters have a 4.22 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 8.7 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.61 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 8.5 K/9. In 59 games against divisional opponents, Angels starters have an ERA of 3.93 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.85.

The Los Angeles hitters have produced 4.5 runs per contest, including 4.8 per game against divisional foes and 4.2 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .246/.347/.371 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that span.

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons and right fielder Mike Trout have paced the Angels’ hitters this year. Simmons is slashing .292/.338/.422 with 11 home runs, 70 RBIs and 61 runs scored, and Trout’s line is .318/.467/.620 with 33 homers, 68 RBIs, 93 runs and 23 stolen bases.

In the other dugout, Texas’ pitching staff allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starters own a 5.40 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 6.27 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 4.33, along with a K-per-9 of 8.25.

The Rangers offense has slashed .242/.324/.409 on its way to 4.8 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 3.6 per game over the team’s last five outings (1-4 SU).

Texas’ offensive production has been fueled by Shin-soo Choo and Jurickson Profar. Choo is hitting .272/.385/.454 with 21 home runs, 61 RBIs and 80 runs scored. Profar is slashing .252/.338/.450 with 16 homers, 70 RBIs and 74 runs scored.

The Rangers have gained 0.2 units and are 49-48 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in 44 of those games, compared to 48 that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Angels have netted 3.8 units and are 48-50 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over has hit in 46 of those games, compared to 47 that’ve gone under.

Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels Free MLB Tip

Predictions: SU Winner – Angels, ATS Winner – Rangers, O/U – OVER

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in four of Texas’ last seven contests.
  • The Angels have won five of their last six games SU.
  • Los Angeles has recorded 20.2 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 20.6 over its last five.
  • The Rangers have hit 18 home runs in their last 10 games. The Angels have hit 11 over their last 10.