Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 9/1/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (69-65) at Texas Rangers (66-67)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 1, 2017 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Park)
T Skaggs (1-4) (4.26) vs. C Hamels (9-2) (3.77)
The Line: Texas Rangers -115 / Los Angeles Angels +105 --- Over/Under: 10.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, FSW
The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers meet Friday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Los Angeles Angels look for another victory after splitting their last 10 games. The Angels have scored 21 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Angels have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring at least three runs. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 141 hits and 61 RBI while Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols have combined for 230 hits and 142 RBI. Tyler Skaggs gets the ball, and he is 1-4 with a 4.25 ERA and 50 strikeouts this season. Skaggs is 2-2 with a 5.66 ERA and 37 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
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The Texas Rangers also need a victory after splitting their last 12 games. The Rangers have scored 21 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Texas Rangers have won six of their last eight games when scoring at least three runs. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 161 hits and 69 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have combined for 237 hits and 148 RBI. Cole Hamels gets the ball, and he is 9-2 with a 3.78 ERA and 67 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 4-1 with a 2.47 ERA and 40 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
The Angels are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League West, 9-23 in their last 32 Friday games and 1-7 in their last 8 games following an off day. The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 during game 1 of a series, 24-6 in Hamels' last 30 home starts and 45-17 in Hamels' last 62 starts. The Rangers are 5-2 in Hamels' last 7 starts vs. Angels, the Angels are 2-5 in the last 7 meetings and the under is 5-2-1 in the last 8 meetings.
The Rangers offense has picked up the last couple of weeks, and Hamels has an ERA of 3.04 with a batting average of .216 at home. Meanwhile, Skaggs has allowed eight earned runs in his last 10.1 innings and was hit hard the last time he saw these Rangers. Not to mention the crowd should have a little something extra for this game with everything going on in the state overall. I like the Rangers with their ace on the mound.