Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 9/2/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Los Angeles Angels (69-65) at Texas Rangers (66-67)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, September 2, 2017 at 7:15 pm (Globe Life Park)
R Nolasco (6-12) (4.85) vs. A Griffin (6-5) (5.26)
The Line: Texas Rangers +100 / Los Angeles Angels -120 --- Over/Under: 11 See the Latest Odds
The Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers square off in game two of a three game AL West set from Arlington on Saturday.
The Los Angeles Angels will look to bounce back after falling just short in game one, falling 10-9 in the opener to the Rangers. Albert Pujols led the way, going 4 for 5 with a double and four RBIs in the win. C.J. Cron added a double of his own with two RBIs, while Andrelton Simmons, Kole Calhoun and Cliff Pennington added runs on the board to round out the scoring for the Halos in the loss. Justin Upton made an impact for his new club, going 2 for 5 with a double, while Mike Trout and fellow newcomer Brandon Phillips added base hits of their own in the losing effort for L.A. Tyler Skaggs gave up six runs, five earned, on five hits while walking three over just two innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Cam Bedrosian gave up the game-deciding run, taking the loss to fall to 4-4 this season. Ricky Nolasco will start game two and is 6-12 with a 5.09 ERA and 124 strikeouts this season. In his career, Nolasco is 1-3 with a 7.33 ERA and 21 strikeouts against Texas.
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The Texas Rangers will look for another crucial win after taking game one on Friday. Elvis Andrus led the team with three RBIs, going 1 for 5 at the dish, while Shin-Soo Choo went 1 for 4 with a homer and two RBIs. Carlos Gomez and Joey Gallo each added a solo home run, while Nomar Mazara went 2 for 5 with a pair of doubles and an RBI of his own in the win. Delino DeShields went 2 for 3 with a triple and Robinson Chirinos added a double of his own while Mike Napoli and Rougned Odor added a base hit each as every Texas batter had at least one hit in the winning effort. Cole Hamels gave up four runs on five hits while waling three and striking out five, not factoring in the decision. Alex Claudio got the win to improve to 4-1 this season after throwing 1.2 innings of scoreless relief. A.J. Griffin will start game two and is 6-5 with a 5.26 ERA and 52 strikeouts this season. In his career, Griffin is 4-2 with a 4.26 ERA and 33 strikeouts against the Angels.
Los Angeles is 4-1 in their last 5 division matchups and 3-8 in Nolasco’s last 11 road starts while the over is 4-0-1 in Nolasco’s last 5 division starts. Texas is 7-1 in Griffin’s last 8 division starts and 8-3 in their last 11 home games while the over is 3-1-1 in their last 5 games overall. Los Angeles is 2-5 in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
The Angels had been playing well lately, but Friday’s loss has to deal a blow to their confidence after falling short. Not to mention, even though Nolasco hasn’t lost in his last six starts, he has only won two of them, and has a career ERA north of seven against the Rangers, including an ERA just shy of 13 in Texas. Griffin isn’t a reliable option and hasn’t gone deep into games, but the Rangers have just a bit more to play for here, so I’m going with Texas to go for the sweep on Sunday.