Los Angeles Angels (7-3) at Texas Rangers (4-7)
|Date & Time||Monday April 9, 2018, 8:05 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Texas Rangers / Los Angeles Angels --- Over/Under:
The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers meet Monday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Los Angeles Angels look for another victory to build on their 7-3 record. The Angels have scored 22 runs in their last three games and six or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Los Angeles Angels have won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 15 hits and seven RBI while Zack Cozart and Albert Pujols have combined for 22 hits and eight RBI. Garrett Richards gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA and 13 strikeouts this season. Richards is 9-4 with a 3.15 ERA and 84 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.
The Texas Rangers need a win here after losing six of their last nine games. The Rangers scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last six games. The Texas Rangers are 4-2 this season when scoring more than three runs. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 16 hits and four RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Adrian Beltre have combined for 24 hits and eight RBI. Doug Fister gets the ball, and he is 1-1 with a 3.12 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. Fister is 3-4 with a 2.90 ERA and 54 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
The Angels are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League West, 2-5 in their last 7 Monday games and 2-5 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series. The Rangers are 5-12 in their last 17 Monday games, 4-12 in their last 16 home games and 6-14 in their last 20 overall. The under is 7-3-2 in the last 12 meetings in Texas.
The Los Angeles Angels have lost five of the last six games Richards has been on the mound, and he was rocked in his last road start. Fister has been rather solid in his first two games despite not giving the Rangers a ton of innings. The Rangers also seem due for a breakout performance after these consistent struggles. Give me the Texas Rangers at home.