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Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 7/3/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Angels (41-38) at Texas Rangers (41-39)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 3, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

G Richards (8-5) (3.54) vs. Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-3) (2.59)

The Line: Texas Rangers +124 / Los Angeles Angels -134 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-West, FS-Southwest

The Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels face off on Friday at Globe Life Park in Arlington for game one of their MLB series.

The Texas Rangers haven’t been playing their best baseball of the season but they continue to hang around in the American League West standings. The Rangers are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 15-19 at home, and they are 5.5 games behind the Astros in the AL West. As a team the Rangers are hitting .250 with Price Fielder hitting .342, Adrian Beltre hitting .255, and Elvis Andrus hitting .244. The Rangers pitching staff has an ERA of 4.00 with the starters at 3.84 and the bullpen at 4.31. For game one against the Angels the Rangers start Chi Chi Gonzalez who has allowed 30 hits and 12 earned runs while striking out 14 over 41.2 innings for a 2-3 record and a 2.59 ERA.

Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 7/3/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Angels have improved their play in recent weeks and they sit in second place in the American League West standings. The Angels are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 16-20 on the road this season, and they are five games behind the Astros in the AL West standings. As a team the Angels are hitting .241 with Mike Trout hitting .303, Johnny Giavotella hitting .267, and Albert Pujols hitting .263. The Angels pitching staff has an ERA of 3.66 with the starters at 3.87 and the bullpen at 3.22. For game one in Arlington the Angels start Garrett Richards who has allowed 74 hits and 34 earned runs while striking out 68 over 86.1 innings for a 8-5 record and a 3.54 ERA.

Texas is 22-49 as a home underdog, 7-2 in game one of a series, and 0-5 against the AL West. Los Angeles is 4-9 following an off day, 18-8 as a road favorite, and 5-0 in Richards’ last five Friday starts. Los Angeles is 11-2 in their last 13 games at Texas.

These are two teams that can be tough to figure out as this one should go to the bullpens and while I don’t love the Rangers bullpen I like the Angels on the road against a decent team less. 

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Texas Rangers +124

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