Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 8/20/19 MLB Game 2 Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels - 8/20/19 MLB Game 2 Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 7:05 PM (Globe Life Park in Arlington)

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The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers meet Tuesday in game two of an MLB doubleheader at Globe Life Park in Arlington.

The Los Angeles Angels look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Angels have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Los Angeles Angels have won six of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. David Fletcher leads the Angels with 127 hits and 42 RBI while Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun have combined for 224 hits and 157 RBI. The Los Angeles Angels didn’t list a starting pitcher at the time this article was published.

The Texas Rangers could use a win after losing 10 of their last 13 games. The Rangers have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Texas Rangers have split their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with 130 hits and 58 RBI while Shin-Soo Choo and Nomar Mazara have combined for 229 hits and 109 RBI. Joe Palumbo gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 11.00 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. This will be Palumbo’s first career game against the Angels.

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The Angels are 2-7 in their last 9 road games, 7-2 in their last 9 Tuesday games and 4-1 in their last 5 overall. The Rangers are 5-2 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record, 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 4-10 in their last 14 vs. American League West. The Angels are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings and the under is 21-9 in the last 30 meetings. The over is 10-3-1 in Rangers last 14 home games. The over is 7-0 in Angels last 7 overall.

It's always tough to predict the outcome of game two of a doubleheader without knowing what happens in the first game, but I can't get behind the Ranges and Palumbo here. Palumbo has pitched just nine innings this season, and he's allowed 13 hits and 11 runs with three walks. Yes, almost all of that damage was in his first game against Cleveland and he was much better in his last game against Minnesota, but the numbers are still crazy for a short sample size. There's much better options on Tuesday's card, but if forced to pick, I'd lean toward the Angels. 

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Randy’s Pick Los Angeles Angels

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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