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Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 7/3/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers
Date & Time Wednesday July 3, 2019, 8:05 PM (EDT)
Location
Globe Life Park
Arlington, TX
The Line
Texas Rangers +115 / Los Angeles Angels -135
TV Channel
FS-Southwest, FS-West
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The Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers meet in game two of their three game AL West division set in MLB action from Globe Life Park on Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Angels will look to build some steam after picking up an emotional 9-4 win on Tuesday. Jonathan Lucroy had a team-high three RBIs while Kole Calhoun and Justin Bour each had two RBIs with Calhoun going 2 for 4 with a home run and a double. Justin Upton and Albert Pujols each had RBIs as well in the win to round out the Angels’ scoring as a team while David Fletcher chipped in a double. Shohei Ohtani added a base hit as well to cap off the Angels’ offense in the victory. Jose Suarez gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits while striking out seven over four innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Trevor Cahill picked up the win in relief to improve to 3-6 on the year. Griffin Canning will start game two and is 3-4 with a 3.79 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. This will be Canning’s second career start against Texas.

The Texas Rangers will look for a rebound performance after dropping game one on Tuesday. Delino DeShields went 2 for 4 with a solo home run while Nomar Mazara and Rougned Odor each had an RBI with Mazara adding a double. Shin-Soo Choo had a double of his own while Elvis Andrus chipped in a base hit as the Rangers had just six hits as a team in the loss. Mike Minor gave up three runs on two hits while walking four and striking out four over 4.1 innings of work, throwing a whopping 110 pitches and not factoring in the decision. Peter Fairbanks took the loss, falling to 0-2 on the year. Ariel Jurado will start game two and is 5-3 with a 3.90 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. In his career, Jurado is 0-0 with a 4.41 ERA and 7 strikeouts against the Angels.

Los Angeles is 4-0 in their last 4 Wednesday games and 14-38 in their last 52 road games against a team with a winning record while the over is 13-5-1 in their last 19 division games. Texas is 18-9 in their last 27 home games and 6-2 in their last 8 Wednesday games while the under is 6-1-1 in their last 8 games overall.

The Angels were either going to do one of two things in their first game following the tragic passing of Tyler Skaggs, they were either going to go through the motions and fall, or rise up and pick each other up for their fallen teammate. Well the latter happened in game one, and while Texas has been playing well at home and Canning hasn’t been the best road pitcher in his young career, I think the Angels have a greater purpose to play for right now, and as such, I’ll lay the juice with the Angels on the road in this one.

Pick:
Los Angeles Angels -135

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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