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Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers Free Pick- 8/5/13

Texas Rangers (62-50) at Los Angeles Angels (51-59)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 5, 2013 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)

Martin Perez (L) (3-3) (3.931) vs. Jerome Williams (R) (4-7) (5.268)

The Line: Los Angeles Angels +100 / Texas Rangers -110 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Southwest, FS-West

The Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers face off o Monday in Anaheim in a batter of AL West teams.

The Los Angeles Angels have been a disappointment all season long and it looks like they will remain that for the entire season. The Angels are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 30-29 at home this season, and they are 12.5 games back in the AL West standings. As a team the Angels are hitting .267 with Mike Trout hitting .329, Howie Kendrick hitting .302, and Erick Aybar hitting .287. The Angels pitching staff has an ERA of 4.32 with the starters at 4.41 and the bullpen at 4.14. For game one against the Rangers the Angels start Jerome Williams who has lost his last five decisions. For the season Williams has allowed 117 hits and 56 earned runs while striking out 65 over 109.2 innings for a 5-7 record and a 4.60 ERA.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers Free Pick- 8/5/13

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The Texas Rangers are right in the thick of the AL West race as they continue their road trip in Anaheim against the Angels. The Rangers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 29-26 on the road this season, and hey are 2.5 games behind the A’s in the standings. As a team the Rangers are hitting .261 with Adrian Beltre hitting .314, Ian Kinsler hitting .271, and Nelson Cruz hitting .269. The Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 3.73 with the starters at 4.07 and the bullpen at 3.09. For game one against the Angels the Rangers start Martin Perez who has lost his last two decisions. For the season Perez has allowed 59 hits and 23 earned runs while striking out 32 over 52.2 innings for a 3-3 record and a 3.93 ERA.

Los Angeles is 4-1 in their last five home games, 0-6 in their last six games as an underdog, and 2-9 in Williams last 11 home starts. Texas is 6-1 in their last seven games, 2-6 in their last nine games as an underdog, and 2-5 in Perez’s last seven road starts. Texas is 4-1 in their last five games in Los Angeles.

There should be some offense in this one and my free play is on the over. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that pick in the Premium Area.

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