Texas Rangers (61-82) at Los Angeles Angels (71-72)
|Date & Time||Monday September 10, 2018, 10:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -139 / Texas Rangers +129 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels meet Monday in MLB action at Angels Stadium.
The Texas Rangers could use a feel good victory here after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Rangers have allowed 23 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. The Texas Rangers have lost 10 of their last 12 games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 140 hits and 61 RBI while Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar have combined for 233 hits and 144 RBI. Mike Minor gets the ball, and he is 11-7 with a 4.31 ERA and 118 strikeouts this season. Minor is 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Angels have scored 18 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Los Angeles Angels have won seven of their last eight games when scoring at least three runs. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 146 hits and 70 RBI while Mike Trout and Justin Upton have combined for 257 hits and 145 RBI. Jaime Barria gets the ball, and he is 10-8 with a 3.30 ERA and 86 strikeouts this season. Barria is 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 5-13 in their last 18 Monday games, 0-4 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series and 5-1 in Minors last 6 starts. The Angels are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series, 4-0 in their last 4 Monday games and 6-2 in Barrias last 8 starts. The under is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and the under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings.
You simply can't back the Texas Rangers with the way their pitching staff has been getting rocked left and right, as they've allowed seven or more runs in each of their last four games and seven or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Los Angeles Angels seem to be finishing the season strong and Barria has allowed just five hits and zero runs in his last 11 innings. Getting the Angels at home at this price seems like a steal. The Rangers are awful right now.