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Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers - 4/6/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels
Date & Time Saturday April 6, 2019, 4:05 PM (EDT)
Angel Stadium
Anaheim, California
The Line
The Line: Texas Rangers +116 / Los Angeles Angels -125 -- Over/Under: 8.5
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The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels meet Saturday in MLB action at Angel Stadium.

The Texas Rangers look for a victory after winning five of their last seven games. The Rangers have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their first eight games. The Texas Rangers have won five straight games when scoring more than one run. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 12 hits and five RBI while Asdrubal Cabrera and Nomar Mazara have combined for 13 hits and 14 RBI. Drew Smyly gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and two strikeouts this season. Smyly is 0-3 with a 4.91 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels look for another victory to build on their 2-6 start to the season. The Angels have scored eight runs in their last three games and four or less runs in seven of their first eight games. The Los Angeles Angels are 1-6 this season when scoring four or less runs. Mike Trout leads the Angels with nine hits and six RBI while Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols have combined for 13 hits and five RBI. Tyler Skaggs gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA and two strikeouts this season. Skaggs is 4-2 with a 5.25 ERA and 51 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 3-7 in their last 10 during game 3 of a series, 8-20 in their last 28 road games and 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter. The Angels are 1-4 in their last 5 games after losing the first 2 games of a series, 3-7 in Skaggs' last 10 home starts and 1-5 in Skaggs' last 6 starts. The Rangers are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Los Angeles and 1-5 in the last 6 meetings. The under is 3-1-1 in Skaggs' last 5 starts overall. The under is 5-2 in Rangers last 7 road games.

Smyly has just three innings under his belt since his 2016 days with the Tampa Bay Rays, as he dealt with surgery and struggling to make a roster. Skaggs has never been the most reliable pitcher in the world, but he held his own in his first start against a talented Oakland A's lineup and had his moments last year at Angel Stadium. This is also a very quick turnaround after finishing late last night. I'll favor the Angels in this spot, as they look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season.

Los Angeles Angels -125

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