Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/13/14
Los Angeles Angels (56-37) at Texas Rangers (38-56)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 3:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Tyler Skaggs (L) (4-5) (4.153) vs. Phil Irwin (R) (0-1) (6.750)
The Line: Texas Rangers +141 / Los Angeles Angels -151 --- Over/Under: 10 See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Southwest, FS-West
The Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels face off on Sunday in Arlington as they play their last game before the All Star Break.
The Texas Rangers got out to an early lead on Saturday but it wasn’t good enough as they lost to the Angels on Saturday. Rougned Odor had two hits and Alex Rios and Carlos Pena each had a hit as the Rangers scored two runs on four hits. Starting pitcher Miles Mikolas allowed nine hits and five runs, four earned, while striking out three over 5.2 innings to take the loss and fall to 0-2 for the season. For Sunday’s game the Rangers start Scott Baker who has worked primarily out of bullpen this season. For the year baker has allowed 49 hits and 32 earned runs while striking out 32 over 49.1 innings for a 0-2 record and a 5.84 ERA.
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The Los Angeles Angels continued their strong play on Saturday as they beat the Rangers in Arlington. Howie Kendrick had three hits, Hank Conger had two hits, and Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton each had hits as the Angels scored five runs on 11 hits. Starting pitcher Jered Weaver allowed four hits and two runs while striking out three over 7.0 innings to get the win to raise his record to 10-6 and Joe Smith earned his 14th save. For Sunday’s game the Angels start Tyler Skaggs who has lost his last four decisions. For the season Skaggs has allowed 87 hits and 42 earned runs while striking out 66 over 91 innings for a 4-5 record and a 4.15 ERA.
Texas is 15-38 as an underdog, 7-21 in their last 28 home games, and 5-22 in their last 27 games overall. Los Angeles is 12-1 against the AL West, 4-1 in game four of a series, and 0-5 in Skaggs’ last five starts. Los Angeles has won their last six games against Texas.
Neither of these pitchers gives me much confidence here but the Angels are just the better team so they are my pick here.
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