The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels clash Monday in game 1 of an MLB series at Angel Stadium. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
Texas Rangers Betting Preview
The Rangers look to build on their 5-game winning streak. The Rangers have a 2.5 game lead in the AL West. The Rangers pitching staff is 17th in ERA (4.31), 12th in WHIP (1.28) and 10th in quality starts (63). The Rangers' offense is 3rd in runs per game (5.55), 2nd in batting average (.266) and 4th in homers (223). Marcus Semien leads the Rangers with 178 hits and 97 RBI, while Nathaniel Lowe and Corey Seager have combined for 310 hits and 176 RBI. Jon Gray gets the ball, and he is 8-8 with a 4.22 ERA and 135 strikeouts this season. Gray is 2-1 with a 3.42 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
Texas Rangers Team Facts
The home team has won eight of the Rangers' last nine games.
The Rangers have covered the run line in seven of their last eight night games following a home win.
The Rangers have led after 7 innings in each of their last six games.
The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Rangers' last 13 games as road favorites.
The Rangers have trailed after 3 innings in each of their last five games at Angel Stadium of Anaheim against AL West opponents that held a losing record.
Los Angeles Angels Betting Preview
The Angels look for a win after losing 8 of their last 10 games. The Angels are 1 of 8 AL teams eliminated from playoff contention. The Angels pitching staff is 23rd in ERA (4.68), 26th in WHIP (1.42) and 22nd in quality starts (46). The Angels' offense is 16th in runs per game (4.58), 18th in batting average (.246) and 3rd in homers (224). Shohei Ohtani leads the Angels with 151 hits and 95 RBI, while Brandon Drury and Luis Rengifo have combined for 223 hits and 128 RBI. Patrick Sandoval gets the ball, and he is 7-13 with a 4.19 ERA and 126 strikeouts this season. Sandoval is 1-3 with a 3.94 ERA and 42 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
Los Angeles Angels Team Facts
The Angels have lost each of their last seven home games against teams that held a winning record.
The Angels have failed to cover the run line in each of their last five home games against American League opponents following a road loss.
The Angels have trailed after 3 innings in each of their last three home games.
The Angels have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last seven home games against opponents that held a winning record.
The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the last seven night games between the Rangers and Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
The Los Angeles Angels rank 3rd in the league for home runs this season (224).
The Los Angeles Angels rank 28th in the league for steals this season (71).
The Texas Rangers rank 2nd in the league for hits this season (1426).
The Texas Rangers rank 2nd in the league for doubles this season (322).
I'm not thrilled with this pitching matchup, as Jon Gray and Patrick Sandoval have been hit or miss this season with ERAs over 4 and having walk issues. However, the Rangers are coming off a strong week and are in the driver's seat for a division crown. The Angels have thrown in the towel on the season as most of their top players aren't playing, and the losses are getting out of control. No excuses for the Rangers here. Give me the Rangers and the RL for max betting value.