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Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 10/1/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Angels (83-75) at Texas Rangers (86-72)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)

A Heaney (6-3) (3.29) vs. D Holland (3-3) (4.99)

The Line: Texas Rangers -128 / Los Angeles Angels +118 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Southwest, FS-West

The Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels face off on Thursday in Arlington in game one of their series of American League West post-season hopefuls.

The Texas Rangers control their own destiny as they are the leaders in the AL West. The Rangers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 41-36 at home, and they have a 2.5 game lead in the AL West. As a team the Rangers are hitting .257 with Prince Fielder hitting .309, Adrian Beltre hitting .283, and Mitch Moreland hitting .281. The Angels pitching staff has an ERA of 4.25 with the starters at 4.34 and the bullpen at 4.08. For game one against the Angels the Rangers start Derek Holland who has allowed 56 hits and 29 earned runs while striking out 35 over 52.1 innings for a 3-3 record and a 4.99 ERA.

Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 10/1/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Los Angeles Angels are on the outside looking in at the post-season but they are well within striking distance. The Angels are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 34-43 on the road, and they are a half of a game behind the Astros in the AL Wildcard standings and three games out in the AL West. As a team the Angels are hitting .245 with Mike Trout hitting .299, Erick Aybar hitting .269, and Kole Calhoun hitting .261. The Angels pitching staff has an ERA of 3.88 with the starters at 3.97 and the bullpen at 3.72. For game one in Texas the Angels start Andrew Heaney who has allowed 94 hits and 37 earned runs while striking out 77 over 101.1 innings for a 6-3 record and a 3.29 ERA.

Texas is 23-7 in their last 30 home games, 6-1 against a left-handed starter, and 8-3 in Holland’s last 11 home starts. Los Angeles is 7-2 in their last nine games, 2-8 on the road against a left-handed starter, and 6-1 in Heaney’s last seven starts against the AL West. Los Angeles is 14-2 in their last 16 games in Texas.

The total is set at nine and I have this one going well over that number so the over is my free pick. My stronger pick is on the winning team and I will post that in the Premium Area

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Over 9

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