Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/11/14
Los Angeles Angels (53-37) at Texas Rangers (38-53)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Garrett Richards (R) (10-2) (2.708) vs. Nick Tepesech (R) (3-4) (4.293)
The Line: Texas Rangers +144 / Los Angeles Angels -154 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
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The Texas Rangers hope to break their cold spell in game two against the Los Angeles Angels on Friday.
The Angels have won nine of their 11 games in the month of July and are 17 games above .500. The Angels bats continue to crush the baseball, as they scored 15 runs in Thursday’s victory and have racked up four or more runs in 16 of their last 18 games. Mike Trout has 12 hits in his last 10 games and Albert Pujols has 12 RBI in his last seven games. Pitching wise, the Angels have the 15th best ERA in baseball with 3.85. Starting is Garrett Richards, who is 10-2 with a 2.71 ERA and has 119 strikeouts in 116.1 innings. Richards is 4-1 with a 4.15 ERA in 12 career games against the Rangers.
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The Rangers have lost 11 of their last 12 games and are 16 games below a .500 record. The main issue for the Rangers is a pitching staff that has allowed five or more runs in 10 of their last 11 games. Overall, the Rangers have 29th worst ERA in the majors with 4.82. The Rangers have lost 17 of their last 18 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Adrian Beltre has a 14-game hitting streak. Nick Tepesch takes the hill, and he’s 3-4 with a 4.29 ERA and has 33 strikeouts in 50.1 innings. This is Tepesch’s second career game against the Angels.
The Angels are 7-0 in Richards' last 7 starts as a road favorite and 7-0 in Richards' last 7 starts. The Rangers are 5-2 in Tepeschs last 7 starts vs. American League West and 2-5 in Tepeschs last 7 starts with 4 days of rest. The Angels are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.
I'll ask you again: Do you feel confident in backing the Rangers? Yeah. Me neither.