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Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 8/16/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Angels (62-60) at Texas Rangers (53-69)
Date & Time Thursday August 16, 2018, 8:05 PM (EDT)
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MLB | Los Angeles Angels (62-60) at Texas Rangers (53-69)
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The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers meet Thursday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Los Angeles Angels look for another victory after winning seven of their last nine games. The Angels have scored 16 runs in their last three games and three or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Los Angeles Angels have won eight of their last 10 games when scoring at least one run. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 124 hits and 54 RBI while Justin Upton and Mike Trout have combined for 232 hits and 133 RBI. The Los Angeles Angels didn’t list a starting pitcher at the time this article was posted.

The Texas Rangers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Rangers have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. The Texas Rangers have won six of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 123 hits and 56 RBI while Jurickson Profar and Nomar Mazara have combined for 192 hits and 122 RBI. Ariel Jurado gets the ball, and he is 2-2 with a 5.66 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. This will be Jurado’s first career game against the Angels.

The Angels are 4-0 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series, 8-20 in their last 28 road games and 6-2 in their last 8 overall. The Rangers are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. American League West, 9-23 in their last 32 vs. a team with a winning record and 2-6 in their last 8 Thursday games. The Angels are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Texas, 5-1 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

I'm not sure what has gotten into the Los Angeles Angels, but they've learned how to score runs since Mike Trout has been placed on the DL. The Angels have zero to play for these days, but they're currently playing their best ball of the season. The Texas Rangers can't string wins together, and they're throwing out a pitcher in Jurado who is allowing a .266 batting average and has trouble keeping the ball in the park. The Angels haven't listed a starting pitcher, but I'm going to back them anyway. They're hot and the Rangers aren't a good team with an even worse pitcher on the hill.

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