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Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/17/14

Los Angeles Angels (72-49) at Texas Rangers (47-76)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 3:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

Hector Santiago (L) (1-7) (3.920) vs. Nick Tepesech (R) (4-6) (4.198)

The Line: Texas Rangers +138 / Los Angeles Angels -148 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSN-W, FSN-SW

The Los Angeles Angels look to complete the sweep over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Angels have won five of their last six games and are 23 games above a .500 record. The Angels offense has been on a roll as of late, scoring four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Los Angeles Angels have won eight of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Offensively, Albert Pujols has homered three times in his last 10 games and David Freese has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. The Angels have an ERA of 3.64, which is 14th in the majors.

Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/17/14

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The Texas Rangers have lost seven of their last nine games and are 29 games below .500. As usual, the Rangers pitching staff has been brutal, allowing four or more runs in four straight games. The Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.81, which is 29th in baseball, and they’ve lost 28 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Alex Rios has three RBIs in this series and Shin-Soo Choo has homered twice in his last seven games. Hector Santiago gets the nod, and he’s 3-7 with a 3.59 ERA and has 78 strikeouts in 90.1 innings. Santiago is 2-1 with a 3.81 ERA in seven career games against the Rangers. Starting is Nick Tepesch, who is 4-7 with a 4.29 ERA and has 43 strikeouts in 79.2 innings. Tepesch is 0-1 with a 4.82 ERA in two career starts against the Angels.

The Angels are 2-5 in Santiagos last 7 road starts and 5-11 in Santiagos last 16 starts overall. The Rangers are 2-5 in Tepeschs last 7 starts as an underdog and 2-6 in Tepeschs last 8 starts with 4 days of rest. 

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Los Angeles Angels -148

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