Los Angeles Angels (2-4) at Texas Rangers (3-4)
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 14, 2015, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers +102 / Los Angeles Angels -112 --- Over/Under: 9
The Texas Rangers and the Los Angeles Angels face off on Tuesday at Globe Life Ballpark in Arlington for game two of their MLB AL West series.
The Texas Rangers have lost three of their last four games including on Monday to the Angels in game one of their series. Prince Fielder had two hits and Adrian Beltre and Leonys Martin each had hits as the Rangers scored three runs on seven hits. Starting pitcher Ross Detweiler allowed eight hits and five earned runs while striking out three over 5.2 innings to take the loss and fall to 0-2 for the season. For Tuesday’s game the Rangers start Nicholas Martinez who allowed four hits and struck out five over 7.0 innings to get the win in his first start this year at Oakland.
The Los Angeles Angels got the win on Monday to raise their record to 3-4. Colin Cowgill and David Freese each hit home runs and Mike Trout was among those with two hits as the Angels scored six runs on 12 hits. Starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker allowed six hits and three runs while striking out seven over 6.1 innings to get the win to go to 2-0 and Huston Street earned the save. For Tuesday’s game the Angels start Drew Rucinski who allowed three hits and struck out two over 2.0 innings in relief against the Royals in his only appearance of the season.
Texas is 11-5 against a right-handed starter, 16-8 in their last 24 games, 15-39 as an underdog, and 1-8 in Martinez’s last nine home starts. Los Angeles is 41-12 in their last 53 games against a team with a losing record, 3-5 in their last eight home games, and 3-10 in their last 13 games. Los Angeles is 14-3 in the last 17 meetings of these two.
The Angels are the better team but this matchup favors the Rangers and getting them as a home dog they are my play here.