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Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 8/17/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Los Angeles Angels (62-61) at Texas Rangers (54-69)
Date & Time Friday August 17, 2018, 8:05 PM (EDT)
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The Line: Texas Rangers / Los Angeles Angels --- Over/Under:
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MLB | Los Angeles Angels (62-61) at Texas Rangers (54-69)
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The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers meet Friday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Los Angeles Angels look for another victory after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Angels have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Los Angeles Angels have won eight of their last 11 games when scoring at least one run. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 125 hits and 54 RBI while Justin Upton and Mike Trout have combined for 233 hits and 134 RBI. Odrisamer Despaigne gets the ball, and he is 2-0 with a 5.31 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. This will be Despaigne’s second career game against the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Rangers have scored 17 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 124 hits and 57 RBI while Jurickson Profar and Nomar Mazara have combined for 195 hits and 125 RBI. Mike Minor gets the ball, and he is 9-6 with a 4.61 ERA and 100 strikeouts this season. Minor is 0-0 with a 5.68 ERA and six strikeouts in his career against the Angels.

The Angels are 9-2 in their last 11 Friday games, 9-20 in their last 29 road games and 7-2 in their last 9 overall. The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 Friday games, 4-0 in Minors last 4 Friday starts and 1-6 in Minors last 7 starts vs. American League West. 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.

if we're going to be honest, Despaigne has been awful for nearly his entire career, and the 20.1 innings he's pitched this season for the Miami Marlins wasn't different. Despaigne gets hit hard and has a problem with walking guys as well. Minor has had struggles of his own, but he has a solid 3.33 ERA and an allowed batting average of .220 at home. I'm going to back the Rangers in this game. Despaigne is an automatic fade.

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