Texas Rangers (66-89) at Los Angeles Angels (75-81)
|Date & Time||Monday September 24, 2018, 10:07 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -180 / Texas Rangers +150 --- Over/Under: 9
The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels meet Monday in MLB action at Angels Stadium.
The Texas Rangers could use a win after losing five of their last seven games. The Rangers have scored 14 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Texas Rangers have won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 145 hits and 62 RBI while Jurickson Profar and Nomar Mazara have combined for 249 hits and 150 RBI. Adrian Sampson gets the ball, and he is 0-2 with a 4.09 ERA and five strikeouts this season. This will be Sampson’s second career game against the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels could also use a win after losing eight of their last 10 games. The Angels have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Angels have lost eight of their last nine games when scoring five or less runs. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 160 hits and 74 RBI while Mike Trout and Justin Upton have combined for 280 hits and 161 RBI. Felix Pena gets the ball, and he is 3-5 with a 4.20 ERA and 79 strikeouts this season. This will be Pena’s second career game against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 6-14 in their last 20 Monday games, 2-7 in their last 9 vs. American League West and 1-5 in their last 6 overall. The Angels are 4-1 in their last 5 Monday games, 4-10 in their last 14 home games and 0-5 in their last 5 vs. American League West. The under is 8-0 in the last 8 meetings in Los Angeles and 6-1 in the last 7 meetings.
Sampson has had his struggles in the 11 innings he's pitched this season, and Pena is giving up a 5.27 ERA with an allowed batting average of .265 at home this season. With both pitchers being shaky at best and neither team having nothing to play for, I'm not trying to pay crazy juice or back either one of these teams. Will I will do is take the over. The over has hit in four of the Angels last six games and five of the Rangers last seven games. We should see double-digit runs in this contest.