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Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers - 4/4/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels
Date & Time Thursday April 4, 2019, 10:07 PM (EDT)
Angel Stadium
Anaheim, California
The Line
The Line: Texas Rangers +138 / Los Angeles Angels -150 -- Over/Under: 8.5
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The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels meet Thursday in MLB action at Angel Stadium.

The Texas Rangers look for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The Rangers have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their six games. The Texas Rangers have won seven of their last 11 games when scoring more than one run. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with nine hits and three RBI while Nomar Mazara and Asdrubal Cabrera have combined for 12 hits and 14 RBI. Edinson Volquez gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and three strikeouts this season. Volquez is 1-4 with a 10.71 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels could use a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Angels have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their first six games. The Los Angeles Angels have lost 11 of their last 15 games when scoring less than six runs. Jonathan Lucroy leads the Angels with six hits and one RBI while Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun have combined for 10 hits and five RBI. Matt Harvey gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and one strikeout this season. This will be Harvey’s first career game against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. American League West, 1-7 in Volquez's last 8 road starts and 1-4 in Volquez's last 5 starts. The Angels are 4-1 in their last 5 games following an off day, 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Rangers are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 9-1-1 in Angels last 11 overall. The over is 2-0-2 in Volquez's last 4 starts overall.

Volquez wasn't great in his season debut and has just four innings under his belt in about a year and a half. Harvey continues to show flashes of being a reliable pitcher and will make the Angels very happy if he can continue to give them six solid innings. I'm not sold on the Rangers strong start to the season, and it's only a matter of time before the Angels offense wakes up. Maybe the day off will help the Angels clear their heads and put together good at bats. I'll give the Angels the edge at home for the reasonable price.

Los Angeles Angels -150

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