Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers - 9/17/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Texas Rangers (72-76) at Los Angeles Angels (76-72)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 17, 2017 at 3:37 pm (Angel Stadium)
M Gonzalez (7-11) (5.11) vs. G Richards (0-1) (1.38)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -187 / Texas Rangers +176 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSSW, FSW
The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels meet Sunday in MLB action at Angel Stadium.
The Texas Rangers could use a win here to snap a five-game losing streak. The Rangers have allowed 19 runs in their last three games and seven or more runs in five of their last seven games. The Texas Rangers have lost seven of their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 177 hits and 84 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have combined for 262 hits and 166 RBI. Miguel Gonzalez gets the ball, and he is 7-11 with a 4.86 ERA and 88 strikeouts this season. Gonzalez is 3-3 with a 3.80 ERA and 35 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
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The Los Angeles Angels look for another win after splitting their last 12 games. The Angels have scored 11 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Angels have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring more than three runs. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 153 hits and 67 RBI while Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun have combined for 261 hits and 163 RBI. Garrett Richards gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 1.38 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. Richards is 9-3 with a 3.13 ERA and 77 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series, 1-6 in their last 7 Sunday games and 0-4 in their last 4 vs. American League West. The Angels are 2-5 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series, 1-4 in Richards' last 5 home starts and 4-1 in Richards' last 5 starts. The Angels are 5-1 in Richards' last 6 home starts vs. Rangers, 8-2 in Richards' last 10 starts vs. Rangers and the over is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Los Angeles.
The Rangers just can't catch a break right now, and they're throwing out a pitcher in Gonzalez who has allowed 11 runs 5.1 innings since coming over from the Chicago White Sox. Richards has pitched just 13 innings this season, but he's given up just 11 hits and two runs. It's hard to have any confidence in the Rangers right now, especially with Gonzalez on the hill. The Angels are playing well at home and have a pitcher who has held his own in a small sample size. I like the Angels to get the sweep.