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Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 7/1/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers
Date & Time Monday July 1, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Globe Life Park
Arlington, TX
The Line
Texas Rangers -140 / Los Angeles Angels +130 -- O/U: 10
TV Channel
FS-Southwest, FS-West
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The Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers meet in game one of a four game AL West division set from Globe Life Park on Monday.

The Los Angeles Angels will look to rebound after losing their four game set with the Oakland A’s, dropping the finale on Sunday by a final score of 12-3. Shohei Ohtani chipped in a pair of solo home runs while Kole Calhoun added an RBI to round out the Angels’ scoring as a team in the loss. Tommy La Stella went 3 for 4 while Mike Trout, Justin Upton and Justin Bour each had base hits as well in the defeat. Andrew Heaney took the loss, falling to 1-1 on the year after allowing five runs on six hits while striking out eight over six innings of work. Jose Suarez will start game one and is 2-1 with a 5.57 ERA and 19 strikeouts this season. This will be Suarez’s first career start against Texas.

The Texas Rangers will also look for a bounce back performance after losing the rubber match of their series with Tampa Bay on Sunday by a final score of 6-2. Joey Gallo accounted for the lone RBIs for Texas in the loss, belting a two-run home run, going 2 for 2 at the dish. Elvis Andrus added a pair of hits of his own to round out the Rangers’ offense as Texas had four hits as a team in the loss. Jesse Chavez took the loss, falling to 3-3 on the year after allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits while striking out eight over six innings of work. Mike Minor will start game one and is 8-4 with a 2.40 ERA and 110 strikeouts this season. In his career, Minor is 3-0 with a 2.23 ERA and 28 strikeouts against the Angels.

Los Angeles is 2-5 in their last 7 division games and 14-38 in their last 52 road games against a team with a winning record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Texas is 5-0 in Minor’s last 5 starts and 7-1 in their last 8 home games against a left-handed starter while the under is 6-0-2 in their last 8 games overall. Los Angeles is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in Texas.

The Angels have been playing some solid ball lately, but they did just lose three of four against Oakland and Suarez is coming off of his worst start in his short career, allowing five runs in five innings against Toronto. Texas slipped in Tampa, but Minor has been arguably the Rangers’ best starter this season and has allowed one run in each of his last two starts spanning 17 innings of work. Minor also has an ERA just over two at home this season and has allowed just one run in 15 innings of work against the Angels this season. The price for Texas given the huge pitching advantage isn’t too bad, so I’ll lay the juice with Texas here.

Pick:
Texas -140

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