Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/20/14
Texas Rangers (35-37) at Los Angeles Angels (38-32)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 20, 2014 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
Joe Saunders (L) (0-2) (3.462) vs. Garrett Richards (R) (6-2) (2.874)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -150 / Texas Rangers +140 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: TXA-21, FSN-W
The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels will begin a three-game series on Friday night.
The Rangers have lost seven of their last 11 games and are two games below a .500 record. As it’s been the case all season, the Rangers pitching staff has let them down by allowing four or more runs in 11 of their last 15 games. The Rangers season ERA is 29th in the league at 4.54. Offensively, the Rangers have been inconsistent, but Adrian Beltre has 12 hits in his last 10 games and Shin-Soo Choo has eight RBI in his last nine games. Joe Saunders takes the mound, and he’s 0-2 with a 3.46 ERA and has 15 strikeouts in 26 innings. Saunders is 1-3 with a 2.89 ERA in four career starts against the Angels.
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The Angels have lost five of their last seven games, but are still a solid five games above .500. Like the Rangers, the Angles pitching hasn’t been the best in the world, as they’ve allowed four or more runs in six of their last seven games. On the season, the Angels have an ERA of 3.89. Offensively, Mike Trout has a 13-game hitting streak and Albert Pujols has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Garrett Richards takes the hill, and he’s 6-2 with a 2.87 ERA and has 87 strikeouts in 87.2 innings. Richards is 3-1 with a 4.58 ERA in 11 career games against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 2-6 in their last 8 games as an underdog and 3-9 in their last 12 games following an off day. The Angels are 4-1 in Richards' last 5 starts and 13-5 in Richards' last 18 home starts. The Rangers are 10-4 in the last 14 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Rangers have had success in LA in the past and it's not like the Angels have been playing great baseball recently. I'll take my chances with the plus money.