Los Angeles Angels (10-10) at Texas Rangers (9-13)
- Time: 5:05 PST, 7:05 CST, 8:05 pm EST
- Place: Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX
- TV: BS West, BSSW, MLB Extra Innings
The Angels’ hot start was cooled by a four-game losing streak last week as the Astros took three of four over the weekend. LA salvaged the fourth game yesterday and is looking to start a new string with Shohei Ohtani on the mound this evening.
Texas has lost four out of it’s last five games as the Rangers have given up nearly six runs per game and has fallen into last place in the AL West.
The Rangers took two out of three from the Angels last week in Anaheim.
Vs. The Spread:
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of the Angels’ last 5 games
- LA is 7-13 SU in it’s last 20 games vs. Texas
- The Angels are 1-5 SU in their last 6 road games
- The OVER has been the play in 4 of the Rangers’ last 6 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Rangers last 7 home games
- Texas is 3-6 SU in it’s last 9 games
Last Time Out:
Ohtani was the catalyst for the Angels on Sunday as his solo home run in the eighth inning lifted LA to a 4-2 win over Houston and it kept the Angels from absorbing a sweep. Dylan Bundy picked up the win by allowing two runs on three hits with six strikeouts in six innings.
The White Sox swept the Rangers over the weekend as they knocked Kohei Arihara out in the second inning after scoring five runs on six hits yesterday’s 8-4 decision. Isiah Kiner-Falefa went 3-for-5 for Texas while David Dahl homered.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Los Angeles Angels||-1½ Ev||-150||O 9 (-105)|
|Texas Rangers||+1½ (-120)||+135||U 9 (-115)|
Shohei Ohtani (0-0, 1.04 ERA) checks in with his third start of the season as he hasn’t made it to five innings in either game yet. Ohtani has had some control problems although he has struck out 15, but has walked 11. The third year pitcher could start the game as well as bat as this would be the first time this season that he has batted and pitched in the same game.
Jordan Lyles takes the mound for the Rangers as he has been hit with a 4.64 ERA; however, he has pitched 21.1 innings and has given up 18 hits. Lyles’ pitch counts have been in the neighborhood of 80 in each of the starts as his longest start was six innings in a 6-2 loss to the Angels last week.
Mike Trout missed his third game in a row on Sunday with a bruised left elbow, but he is expected back in the lineup this evening….Ohtani has homered in his last two games and leads the AL with seven round-trippers so far. He also has six multi-hit games while batting .286….The Halos are tied for second in the majors with 29 home runs this season. They have 14 homers spread across their last eight games.
Rumors of a trade that would bring Aaron Judge to Anaheim seem to be swirling again. The key is how much the Angels would have to ante up and if they would be willing to give up sure major league stars in players like Jo Adell and Jordyn Adams. Judge is currently struggling with a .246 batting average and only four home runs in 82 plate appearances through Sunday.
Adolis Garcia and Nate Lowe currently lead Texas with five home runs each. Garcia hit two in the 9-7 loss to the White Sox on Friday. Lowe had a two homer game as well back on April 6, but he had had multi-hit games in three of his last six contests….The Rangers’ offense has been an enigma so far this season as Texas has averaged about three runs more in road games than home games. The 16 road home runs are tied for second in the major leagues with Seattle and one behind Toronto.
Texas has a team ERA of 4.54 as the Rangers had started to cut the number back last week. Going into Sunday, they had a 3.47 team ERA over the last 16 games which had sliced it to 4.31 before Arihara was touched up early and often….It’s amazing that through 22 games, the Rangers’ Joey Gallo has yet to hit a double or a triple, and he only has one home run. On the flip side, he went 4-for-8 in the last two games of the series with the White Sox as he banged out four singles. The output over the last two days raised his batting average for .207 to .242.
Winner: Angels (-1½)