Texas Rangers (24-36) at Los Angeles Angels (31-27)
|Date & Time||Saturday June 2, 2018, 9:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -178 / Texas Rangers +168 --- Over/Under: 8
The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels meet Saturday in MLB action at Angel Stadium.
The Texas Rangers could use a win here after splitting their last 12 games. The Rangers have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Texas Rangers have split their last 10 games when allowing four or more runs. Offensively, Nomar Mazara leads the Rangers with 62 hits and 37 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Joey Gallo have combined for 102 hits and 58 RBI. Cole Hamels gets the ball, and he is 3-5 with a 3.74 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. Hamels is 4-2 with a 2.82 ERA and 50 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels look for another victory after losing five of their last eight games. The Angels have scored nine runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Angels have won six straight games when scoring more than three runs. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 70 hits and 33 RBI while Mike Trout and Albert Pujols have combined for 117 hits and 66 RBI. Garrett Richards gets the ball, and he is 4-4 with a 3.67 ERA and 60 strikeouts this season. Richards is 9-4 with a 3.11 ERA and 90 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 2 of a series, 3-9 in Hamels' last 12 starts on grass and 2-7 in Hamels' last 9 starts. The Angels are 23-11 in their last 34 during game 2 of a series, 1-4 in their last 5 Saturday games and 2-5 in Richards' last 7 starts vs. American League West. The Angels are 5-2 in Richards' last 7 home starts vs. Rangers and 9-3 in Richards' last 12 starts vs. Rangers.
We're getting crazy plus money with Hamels, a pitcher who may not be as good as he once was, but is still allowing just a .230 batting average and getting a strikeout per inning. On the road this season, Hamels has an ERA under three with an allowed batting average of .206. Richards has had his moments, but he does have an ERA over four at home and has allowed nine hits and eight runs in his last 7.1 innings. Have to like the value with the Rangers in this spot.