Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 5/2/14
Texas Rangers (15-13) at Los Angeles Angels (14-13)
MLB Baseball: Friday, May 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm (Angel Stadium)
Colby Lewis (R) (1-1) (4.598) vs. Hector Santiago (L) (0-4) (4.444)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -134 / Texas Rangers +124 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-SW, FSN-W
The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels will begin a three-game series on Friday night.
The Rangers have lost five of their last six games and are coming off getting swept by the Oakland Athletics. The Rangers loaded batting lineup has come up short during this stretch, as Texas has scored a combined nine runs in their last four games. While Prince Fielder is hitting the ball well lately, he has just one homerun in 14 games. Still, the Rangers are 6-8 when scoring three or fewer runs this season. While the offense looks to regroup, Colby Lewis gets the nod for the Rangers on Friday, and he’s 1-1 with a 4.60 ERA and has 14 strikeouts in 15.2 innings. Lewis is 4-4 with a 4.32 ERA in 12 career starts against the Angels.
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The Angels are one game above .500 and are coming off a sweep over the Cleveland Indians. The Angels offense has really put things together lately, scoring six or more runs in five of their last eight games. Albert Pujols looks young again, putting together 10 hits and nine RBI in his last eight games. Mike Trout has nine hits in his last seven games and is second on the team with 18 RBI. Hector Santiago can only hope the run support continues, as he is 0-4 with a 4.44 ERA and has 23 strikeouts in 26.1 innings. Santiago is 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA in four career games against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning record and 2-5 in Lewis' last 7 road starts. The Angels are 6-1 in their last 7 games vs. a right-handed starter and 0-5 in Santiago's last 5 starts. The Rangers are 20-7 in the last 27 meetings vs. the Angels.
No matter how well the Angels are hitting the ball, I simply can't buy Santiago and the juice with the way he's pitched this season. The Rangers have domainted the Angels over the years and it's tough to ignore the plus money we're getting.
Take Texas for the win.