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Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 8/19/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Los Angeles Angels (62-62) at Texas Rangers (55-69)
Date & Time Sunday August 19, 2018, 3:05 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Texas Rangers / Los Angeles Angels --- Over/Under:
TV Channel
FS-Southwest, FS-West
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MLB | Los Angeles Angels (62-62) at Texas Rangers (55-69)
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The Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers meet in the finale of their four game set from Globe Life Park in MLB action from Arlington, Texas on Sunday.

The Los Angeles Angels will look to salvage a series split after taking game three on Saturday by a final score of 11-7. Albert Pujols led the Halos by going 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs, while David Fletcher and Shohei Ohtani each had three RBIs, with Fletcher going 2 for 4 with a double while Ohtani added a pinch-hit home run. Taylor Ward added a solo homer to round out L.A.’s scoring in the win, while Eric Young Jr. went 3 for 5 with a triple and Jefry Marte and Justin Upton each had two hits. Kole Calhoun added a base hit to round out the Angels’ offense in the winning effort. Andrew Heaney gave up six runs on ten hits while striking out five over 5.1 innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Cam Bedrosian picked up the win to improve to 5-2 this season. Jaime Barria will start game four and is 8-7 with a 3.50 ERA and 71 strikeouts this season. In his career, Barria is 2-0 with a 0.82 ERA and 9 strikeouts against Texas.

The Texas Rangers will look to bounce back and win the series after their loss on Saturday. Adrian Beltre led Texas by going 1 for 4 with two RBIs, while Rougned Odor, Elvis Andrew, Robinson Chirinos and Carlos Tocci each had an RBI with Odor and Andrew each going 3 for 5 and Odor adding a double. Joey Gallo also went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles while Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar each added a base hit in the loss. Martin Perez gave up six runs on nine hits over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Eddie Butler ended up with the loss to fall to 2-3 on the year. Bartolo Colon will start game four and is 7-10 with a 5.19 ERA and 75 strikeouts this season. In his career, Colon is 12-9 with a 3.88 ERA and 118 strikeouts against the Angels.

Los Angeles is 4-0 in Barria’s last 4 starts and 8-2 in their last 10 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 17-6 in their last 23 game 4 matchups. Texas is 2-5 in Colon’s last 7 starts and 5-2 in their last 7 home games while the over is 4-1-1 in Colon’s last 6 home starts. The over is 6-2-1 in the last 9 meetings between these two teams in Texas.

Barria appears to have finally turned the corner, with the Angels winning each of his last four starts in addition to owning a 2-0 record with an ERA under one against Texas this season. Colon has won back-to-back starts, but he’s still allowed three runs or more in each of his last eight starts. All in all, I like the Angels to earn a split behind another strong outing from Barria against the Rangers.

Pick:
Los Angeles Angels

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