Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers - 5/4/14
Texas Rangers (16-13) at Los Angeles Angels (14-14)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 3:33 pm (Angel Stadium)
Yu Darvish (R) (1-1) (2.585) vs. Tyler Skaggs (L) (2-0) (3.343)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels +115 / Texas Rangers -125 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers head into Anaheim on Sunday hoping their ace can bring them a win as Yu Darvish goes up against Tyler Skaggs and the Angels.
The Rangers turn to their big gun on the road against their AL West division rivals on Sunday afternoon as they look to jump above the .500 mark away from Arlington as Yu Darvish takes to the mound looking to rebound after his first loss of the season. Texas was widely considered a World Series favourite heading into this season after acquiring Prince Fielder from the Detroit Tigers and while the season is still very young they haven’t quite lived up to those expectations yet. The Rangers lineup is stacked with the likes of Elvis Andrus, Alex Rios, Leonys Martin, and Adrian Beltre leading the charge but their rotation behind Darvish has been suspect and if they’re going to challenge the Angels, Athletics, and the Mariners in the division they’ll have to get more serviceable innings from their starters. The Rangers open as slight road favourites here thanks to Darvish’s presence on the mound but Skaggs is no slouch and the Angels bats can pop just as loud as Texas’.
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The Angels were the sexy pick to advance to the World Series last year after they landed Josh Hamilton to accompany Albert Pujols and the emergence of Mike Trout but ultimately they struggled finding consistency for most of the season. Los Angeles is still a very dangerous team and can match up with anybody when it comes to a top to bottom lineup but they need to find ways to string together winning streaks as Oakland is a very scrappy team and will be tough to take down as champs of the AL West. Tyler Skaggs was the centrepiece of the deal involving Mark Trumbo and the Arizona Diamondbacks and while he has had a couple of shaky innings this season he has yet to lose a ball game and sits at 2-0 on the year with a very respectable 3.34 ERA. The Rangers are getting the nod here because of the perceived pitching mismatch but I don’t quite see it as Skaggs is more than capable of holding his own and in a game that should be decided by the pens I think the Angels are more than worth a look as Joe Smith looks to be settling in to the closer’s role and they’ll have the home crowd on their side. Darvish gets the no decision as the Angels win late.