Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers – MLB August 3

Angels (52-54, 24-28 road) at Rangers (39-67, 26-27 home)

  • Time: 5:05 PST, 7:05 CST, 8:05 EST
  • Place: Globe Life Field, Arlington, TX
  • TV: Bally Sports West; AT&T SportsNet; MLB Extra Innings

Opening Pitch:

The Angels are looking for revenge tonight after losing 4-1 to the Rangers on Monday evening.

Los Angeles lost three of four to the A’s over the weekend and they are desperately trying to stay in the wild card race in the AL West as they are now 7.5 games out of the wild cared and have five teams to jump to get there.

  • The Angels are 2-5 over their last seven games and with the task at hand, they simply cannot afford losses to teams who are playing out the string such as Texas. They sit 12.0 games behind Houston in the AL West.
  • The Rangers have won three in a row and have a 4-2 ledger over their last six games.

Los Angeles has put together a 5-4 record vs. the Rangers this season.

Last Time Out:

Texas’ Brock Holt stole home on a double steal in the fifth inning to give Texas a 2-1 lead and the Rangers never trailed again in a 4-1 win over the Angels in game one of a three-game series last night in Arlington.

Holt plated a run on a sacrifice-fly in the seventh inning and Isiah Kiner-Falefa had an RBI single later in the inning for the 4-1 win.

Texas starter Dane Dunning won consecutive starts for the first time in his career as he gave up one run on three hits and struck out three in five innings.

The Angels’ bats were quiet all even with those three hits as Shohei Ohtani went 0-for-4 on the evening.

Trends:

Angels (47-59, ATS)

  • The Halos have seen the UNDER in 4 of their last 5 games
  • LA is 4-2 in it’s last 6 games against Texas
  • The UNDER has also been the play in the last 9 Angels road games

Rangers (46-60, ATS)

  • Texas is 4-14 SU in it’s last 18 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the Rangers’ last 5 home games vs. the Angels
  • Texas is 4-2 SU in it’s last 6 home outings

From the Batting Cage:

The Angels are batting .253 (5th/MLB) as they hold a tremendous advantage over the Rangers on offense as Texas bats at a .225 clip (29th/MLB). Los Angeles has 138 home runs (T/7th/MLB) while the Rangers are behind them in power as well with only 118 home runs (22nd/MLB).

Ohtani is incredible with 37 home runs and 82 RBI as he has taken over as the leader with Mike Trout continuing his 60-day stint on the IL. Jared Walsh (22 HRs/67 RBI) is also on the 10-day IL.

The Angels’ David Fletcher continues over .300 at .302 as he has 122 hits as he is tied for fourth in MLB in hits and his 58 runs are second on this Angels squad behind Ohtani’s 72.

The Halos added another offensive threat to their repertoire has they have recalled Jo Adel from AAA Salt Lake as he is the No. 3 prospect in their system. He has hit .289 with 23 home runs and 69 RBI with 90 hits in 73 games.

Texas traded Joey Gallo to the Yankees as he was the major run producer in their lineup. The Ranger now turn to centerfielder Adolis Garcia, who has hit 23 home runs and leads the Rangers with 65 RBI.

Kiner-Falefa has a team-leading 107 hits and 17 doubles while stealing a team-high 16 bases in 18 attempts.

Bullpen Sketch:

Halos:

  • 4.74 ERA (24th/MLB)
  • 23-18
  • 26 saves (15th/MLB) / 44 opps.
  • Raisel Iglesias 22 saves

Rangers:

  • 4.36 ERA (22nd/MLB)
  • 18-23
  • 19 saves (24th/MLB) / 34 opps.
  • Ian Kennedy 16 saves
Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Los Angeles Angels -1½ (+125) -128 O 8½ (-115)
Texas Rangers +1½ (-145) +118 U 8½ (-105)

*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook

Starters:

José Suarez (4-4, 3.45 ERA) vs. Jordan Lyles (5-7, 5.04 ERA) –
Los Angeles Angels LogoSuarez was 1-3 in four stars in July as he was blasted by the Rockies in his last start on July 27. Colorado plated eight runs on six hits as Suarez only lasted 3.1 innings as this appearance blew up his ERA from 2.85 to the current mark of 3.45. His win came over Seattle on July 11 when he went only five innings, but he stymied the Mariners by allowing a single run on three hits. Suarez is 2-4 in his last six appearances as he came on in relief in the last two in June and was 1-1 in those.


Texas Rangers LogoLyles recorded a 2-2 record in July with only one no-decision and in addition, he pitched seven strong innings in each of his last two starts but failed to win either. He gave up two runs on two hits and struck out six in his last start which the Rangers lost, 3-2, to Arizona. Lyles has given up eight home runs in his last three games as the Blue Jays blasted four on July 16. Lyles places a high volume of homers as he has given up 25 this season.

The Bets
Los Angeles Angels -1.5
+125
Los Angeles Angels
-128
UNDER 9.5 Runs
-115
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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