Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/16/14
Los Angeles Angels (71-49) at Texas Rangers (47-75)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
Matt Shoemaker (R) (8-3) (3.806) vs. Colby Lewis (R) (8-9) (5.416)
The Line: Texas Rangers +140 / Los Angeles Angels -150 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSN-W, FSN-SW
The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers meet Saturday night for game two of their three-game series.
The Los Angeles Angels have won four of their last five games and are 22 games above .500. The Angels offense has had success during this stretch, scoring four or more runs in four of their last five games. That has been the case in the month of August, but the Angels are 9-3 in their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. David Freese has an 11-game hitting streak and Kole Calhoun has homered twice in his last three games. The Los Angeles Angels have an ERA of 3.63, which is 14th in the majors. Starting is Matt Shoemaker, who is 10-4 with a 3.89 ERA and has 87 strikeouts in 90.1 innings. This is Shoemaker’s second career game against the Rangers.
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The Texas Rangers have lost six of their last eight games and 28 games below .500. The Rangers pitching staff continues to stink up the joint, allowing four or more runs in nine of their last 14 games. Overall, the Texas Rangers have an ERA of 4.81, which is 29th in the majors, and they’ve lost 27 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Adrian Beltre is coming off a four-hit games and Elvis Andrus has a four-game hitting streak. Colby Lewis takes the hill, and he’s 8-9 with a 5.42 ERA and has 93 strikeouts in 116.1 innings. Lewis is 5-5 with a 5.33 ERA in 16 career games against the Angels.
The Angels are 4-1 in Shoemaker's last 5 road starts and 10-4 in Shoemaker's last 14 starts overall. The Rangers are 1-5 in Lewis' last 6 home starts and 4-1 in Lewis' last 5 starts during game 2 of a series.
You know the rules. Keep picking against the Rangers and you'll continue to make a killing. I don't love the juice but the Rangers give us no choice in this spot.