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Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers - 6/1/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers (24-35) at Los Angeles Angels (30-27)
Date & Time Friday June 1, 2018, 10:07 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -162 / Texas Rangers +152 --- Over/Under: 8.5
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MLB | Texas Rangers (24-35) at Los Angeles Angels (30-27)
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The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels meet Friday in MLB action at Angel Stadium. 

The Texas Rangers look for a victory here after splitting their last 12 games. The Rangers have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Texas Rangers have split their last 10 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Nomar Mazara leads the Rangers with 59 hits and 36 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Gallo have combined for 98 hits and 58 RBI. Bartolo Colon gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 3.55 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. Colon is 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA and 114 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

The Los Angeles Angels could use a victory here after losing five of their last seven games. The Angels have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Angels have lost nine of their last 11 games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 69 hits and 32 RBI while Mike Trout and Albert Pujols have combined for 113 hits and 64 RBI. Jaime Barria gets the ball, and he is 4-1 with a 2.97 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. This will be Barria’s second career game against the Rangers.

The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games and 4-17 in their last 21 during game 1 of a series. The Angels are 13-5 in their last 18 vs. American League West, 17-35 in their last 52 Friday games and 0-4 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series. The Rangers are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings.

Betting on Colon isn't an option, as he gets hit hard more times than not and has allowed three or more runs in six of his last seven starts. Barria was hit hard in his last start, but it was against the Yankees, and he allowed two or less runs in his previous five starts. While the Angels haven't played well at home for the most part, this is a game they should win against a Rangers pitcher who is a shell of himself. 

Los Angeles Angels -162

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