Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers - 9/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (83-57) at Los Angeles Angels (62-77)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 9, 2016 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
Y Darvish (5-4) (3.45) vs. T Skaggs (3-3) (4.72)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels +122 / Texas Rangers -132 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Texas Rangers continue their road trip as they kick off a weekend set against their division rivals in the Los Angeles Angels.
The Rangers travel from Seattle down the Pacific coast into Anaheim to take on the Angels for a weekend set that could have big implications for the Rangers as they are battling for top spot in the American League. Texas is one of the best teams in baseball as they are loaded top to bottom in the lineup and have some very good pitchers including tonight’s starter Yu Darvish who will look to regain his top flight as the regular season draws near a close. Darvish is 5-4 with a 3.45 ERA as he will look for another road win here against the Angels who will send Tyler Skaggs to the mound who is 3-3 with a 4.72 ERA and while he has had some decent starts in his career he hasn’t quite lived up to the billing thus far.
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The Angels have had a productive season out of perennial MVP candidate Mike Trout as well as future hall of famer Albert Pujols but that is where the fun stops for this group as they are well back in the AL West and will have to go to the drawing board in the offseason. Los Angeles will be out to tag Darvish early and often here as he hasn’t been the domain pitcher we have come to see over the years but he has also had a shortened season and could very well turn his game up with the playoffs approaching.
The Rangers are 11-3 in their last 14 against the AL West, 5-1 in Darvish’s last six starts, and 8-3 in their last 11 overall while the Angels are 4-0 in their last four home games, 8-3 in their last 11 overall, and 5-17 in their last 22 Friday games. The Angels are at home but this is Texas’ game to lose as they have the edge on the mound and we are getting them at a great price.