Texas Rangers (7-9) at Los Angeles Angels (8-5)
MLB Baseball: Monday, April 19, 2021 at 9:38 pm (Angel Stadium of Anaheim)
Kohei Arihara (1-1) (3.07) vs. Dylan Bundy
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -160 / Texas Rangers +148 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels meet Monday in MLB action at Angels Stadium.
The Texas Rangers look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Rangers have scored four runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Rangers have lost five of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Nick Solak leads the Rangers with 17 hits and eight RBI while Jose Trevino and Nate Lowe have combined for 29 hits and 16 RBI. Kohei Arihara gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 3.07 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. This will be Arihara’s first career game against the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Angels have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their 13 games. The Angels are 8-1 this season when scoring four or more runs. Shohei Ohtani leads the Angels with 17 hits and 12 RBI while Mike Trout and David Fletcher have combined for 31 hits and 16 RBI. Dylan Bundy gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 3.32 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. Bundy is 5-1 with a 2.91 ERA and 43 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 16-36 in their last 52 during game 1 of a series and 18-38 in their last 56 overall. The Angels are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 5-2 in their last 7 Monday games. The under is 5-2 in Rangers last 7 overall. The over is 26-11-2 in Angels last 39 home games. The Rangers are 4-14 in the last 18 meetings in Los Angeles and 1-4 in the last 5 meetings.
Kohei Arihara is off to a solid start in his MLB career and the Rangers have found ways to scratch out a win here and there, but the lack of offense is going to hurt them against respectable teams long term. The Los Angeles Angels have played their best ball at home dating back to last season and they've been able to enjoy the weekend off, which should lead to guys being recharged. I have to side with the Angels in this game.