Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers - 9/15/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (72-73) at Los Angeles Angels (74-71)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 15, 2017 at 10:07 pm (Angel Stadium)
N Martinez (3-6) (5.40) vs. B Norris (2-5) (4.25)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels / Texas Rangers --- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: FS-Southwest, FS-West
The Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels meet in the opener of a three game AL West division set on Friday night.
The Texas Rangers will look to rebound after dropping five of their last six games, including a 10-4 loss in their series finale against the Mariners, dropping the series to Seattle in the process. Rougned Odor led the charge, going 1 for 2 with a three run home run and a total of four RBIs in the loss. Joey Gallo went 2 for 3 with a double while Robinson Chirinos added a two-bagger of his own. Jared Hoying and Adrian Beltre also added base hits of their own as Texas put up just six hits as a team in the losing effort. Andrew Cashner took the loss, falling to 9-10 this season after allowing five runs on six hits while walking five and striking out a pair over 4.1 innings of work. Nick Martinez will start the opener and is 3-6 with a 5.40 ERA and 57 strikeouts this season. In his career, Martinez is 2-3 with a 2.76 ERA and 29 strikeouts against the Angels.
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The Los Angeles Angels will look for some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last five games, including a 5-2 loss in their series finale against the Astros on Thursday. Albert Pujols and Luis Valbuena each hit a solo home run to make up the two Los Angeles runs in the loss. Brandon Phillips and Martin Maldonado each hit a double while Andrelton Simmons chipped in a base knock of his own as the Angels put up just five hits as a team in the loss. Ricky Nolasco gave up a pair of runs on four hits over six innings of work, taking the loss to fall to 6-14 this season. Bud Norris will start game one and is 2-5 with a 4.25 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. In his career, Norris is 2-2 with a 4.33 ERA and 24 strikeouts against Texas.
Texas is 0-4 in Martinez’s last 4 starts and 1-5 in their last 6 games overall while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record. Los Angeles is 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 20-8 in their last 28 games against a right-handed starter while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 home games. Texas is 2-5 in Martinez’s last 7 starts against the Angels.
Neither of these pitchers are trustworthy, as Martinez hasn't had much success against the Angels as of late and Norris hasn't pitched more than three innings in a game this season, and those three innings came against these same Rangers back in April. I normally wouldn't back either team here, but I think the Rangers are pretty much done after their series loss to Seattle and the Angels are still battling. PLus, even if i don't trust Norris, I can't see him being in the game long enough to have any significant damage done before the rest of the bullpen takes over, so if the bullpen can keep things in check, I like the Angels to draw first blood here behind their offense.