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

Los Angeles Angels (62-62) at Texas Rangers (55-69)
Date & Time Saturday August 18, 2018, 8:05 PM (EDT)
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MLB | Los Angeles Angels (62-62) at Texas Rangers (55-69)
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The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers meet Saturday in MLB action at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Los Angeles Angels look for a victory after splitting their last eight games. The Angels have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Los Angeles Angels have won eight of their last 12 games when scoring at least one run. Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with 126 hits and 56 RBI while Justin Upton and Mike Trout have combined for 234 hits and 134 RBI. Andrew Heaney gets the ball, and he is 7-7 with a 3.88 ERA and 128 strikeouts this season. Heaney is 1-2 with a 7.23 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Rangers.

The Texas Rangers also need a win here after splitting their last 12 games. The Rangers have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Texas Rangers have won six of their last seven games when scoring more than three runs. Shin-Soo Choo leads the Rangers with 126 hits and 57 RBI while Jurickson Profar and Nomar Mazara have combined for 196 hits and 125 RBI. The Texas Rangers haven’t listed a starting pitcher at the time this article was posted.

The Angels are 5-11 in their last 16 Saturday games, 3-12 in Heaneys last 15 road starts and 6-1 in Heaneys last 7 starts. The Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 home games and 6-1 in their last 7 vs. American League West. The Angels are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings and the over is 5-1-1 in the last 7 meetings in Texas.

The Los Angeles Angels have had nearly no success on the road with Heaney on the mound, and most of it has to do with him having a 4.97 ERA and an allowed batting average of .256. Heaney has been lights out at home and has more than struggled away from home this season. In 54 career at bats against current Rangers, Heaney is allowing a .426 batting average with six homers. Yeah, no thanks. With the way the Rangers are hitting the baseball this month and putting up crooked numbers consistently, you have to like the home team. 

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