Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 4/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (11-11) at Texas Rangers (12-10)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
M Shoemaker (1-3) (6.87) vs. D Holland (2-1) (3.13)
The Line: Texas Rangers -115 / Los Angeles Angels +105 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSW, FSSW
On Saturday evening, The Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers will be picking up their weekend set once again at Globe Life Park.
This will be game two of the series. In Friday’s game one, the Rangers snagged the opening victory by scoring three times in the sixth inning on the way to a 4-2 tally.
Making the start on Saturday for the Angels will be right-hander Matt Shoemaker. It’s been a campaign of extremes for Shoemaker thus far, resulting in a 6.87 ERA and a 1.64 WHIP across 18.1 innings, four starts and a 1-3 record. On Sunday in a loss to the Mariners, Shoemaker posted seven runs (six earned) in just over three innings.
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There are plenty of familiar names on the high-powered (and high-paid) Angels offense. Yunel Escobar has come out of the gate strong with 25 hits and 10 runs, while Mike Trout has logged five homers and 13 RBI with 12 runs. Trout bagged two hits on Friday, but Escobar came up empty. Veteran long-ball maestro Albert Pujols has managed five homers with 14 RBI, but has struggled on an ugly .172 BA.
On the Rangers’ side, we’ll be seeing left-hander Derek Holland in Saturday’s matchup. Holland has been pretty respectable on the mound so far, logging four starts with a 2-1 record, a 3.13 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP over 23 innings of action. In Sunday’s loss to the White Sox, Holland notched three runs on five hits in 6.1 innings.
Giving run support at the Texas plate, we’ve got a pretty deep cast of capable characters. Adrian Beltre has managed 25 hits with 13 RBI, while Elvis Andrus is sitting on 24 hits with 13 RBI. Beltre and Andrus combined to go 0-for-5 on Friday, however. Prince Fielder has had some bumps in the road with his .193 BA, but has still notched 16 RBI.
The Angels are just 1-4 in Shoemaker’s last five starts, and 3-7 in Shoemaker’s last 10 starts against the American League West. The Rangers, meanwhile, are 10-4 in Holland’s last 14 home starts, but 1-4 in Holland’s last five starts with five days of rest.
This game does have the potential to get out of hand on both sides, but I like Holland and the Rangers here. Holland hasn’t allowed more than three runs in any start this year, and if he can keep that trend going he’ll put Texas in line for the victory.