Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels 8/15/14 MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (70-49) at Texas Rangers (47-74)
MLB Baseball: Friday, August 15, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Garrett Richards (R) (12-4) (2.537) vs. Nick Martinez (R) (2-7) (5.895)
The Line: Texas Rangers +179 / Los Angeles Angels -189 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels face off on Friday for game one of their series in Arlington.
The Texas Rangers are having a tough year and have the worst record in the American League and the second worst overall record in baseball. The Rangers are 22-35 at home, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they have lost their last two games. As a team Texas is hitting .257 with Adrian Beltre hitting .317, Alex Rios hitting .290, and Elvis Andrus hitting .272. The Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.81 with the starters at 5.10 and the bullpen at 4.31. For game one against the Angels the Rangers start Nicholas Martinez who is coming off of a win in his last start. For the season Martinez has allowed 104 hits and 51 earned runs while striking out 44 over 88 innings for a 2-8 record and a 5.22 ERA.
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The Los Angeles Angels continue to chase the A’s in the AL West as they are two games back and have the second best overall record in baseball. The Angels are 29-26 on the road, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last two. As a team the Angels are hitting .260 with Mike Trout hitting .294, Howie Kendrick hitting .282, and Albert Pujols hitting .273. The Los Angeles pitching staff has an ERA of 3.63 with the starters at 3.75 and the bullpen at 3.42. For game one against the Rangers the Angels start Garret Richards who has been the Angels best this season. For the season Richards has allowed 112 hits and 45 earned runs while striking out 157 over 159.2 innings for a 12-4 record and a 2.54 ERA.
Texas is 15-41 as an underdog, 7-21 in their last 28 home games, and 1-9 in Martinez’s last 10 starts. Los Angeles is 16-5 against the AL West, 5-2 as a road favorite, and 10-3 in Richards’ last 13 starts. Los Angeles has won their last seven meetings against Texas.
The Angels are a big favorite and they should be as I look for Richards to dominate again.
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