The weekend is almost here. What better way to ring in the weekend than by betting on some MLB action? You’ve got no shortage of options at your disposal on Friday, with a full 15-game slate spread throughout the day. That includes 13 games set to get underway in the evening hours.
Veteran Matt Bush will open a bullpen game for Texas in this one. The Angels will counter with young left-hander Reid Detmers, who will make his second start of the young season.
Los Angeles Angels
For a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in about a half-decade, the Angels do seem to enter every season with lofty expectations. I suppose having the two best players in the entire sport on the same roster is the reason for that. In spite of the presence of Ohtani and Mike Trout, Los Angeles hasn’t won an AL West title since 2014.
LA is expecting big things out of Detmers, too. The 22-year-old is the highest-rated prospect in the Halos’ system. He struggled toward the end of last season after getting the call to the majors for the first time, but he was able to win a starting rotation job this year out of spring training.
In his first start of 2022 last week against Houston, Detmers yielded two runs on three hits across four innings of work. He was limited to 75 pitches in the Angels’ eventual 13-6 defeat, a game that got out of hand well after Detmers departed. After giving up a leadoff home run to Jose Altuve in the first inning, Detmers settled down and kept the Angels in the game.
On the bright side, Trout seems to be finding his stroke. The three-time AL MVP smoked a 472-foot home run in last night’s game. Despite a sluggish .211 batting average thus far, Trout is still reaching base at a solid .375 clip through six games this term.
The Rangers have posted five consecutive losing seasons for the first time in franchise history. This past winter, though, the team attempted to patch things up with a free-agency spending spree. Texas paid Corey Seager and Marcus Semien over $500 million in guaranteed money, which is one way to announce you’re now trying to win again. The team also fortified the big-league roster with lesser acquisitions like Jon Gray and Kole Calhoun.
So far, the moves haven’t necessarily paid off. Of course, they’re also just six games into a 162-game marathon, so it’s far, far too early to draw any definitive conclusions. Seager hit his first home run as a Ranger in Thursday’s win, while Semien is off to a slow start at the plate. After challenging for AL MVP honors in Toronto last season, Semien has just three hits through his first 27 at-bats as a Ranger.
We’ll see how Chris Woodward approaches tonight’s game on the pitching front. Veteran Matt Bush, who hasn’t been a full-time major leaguer since 2018, will open the game for the Rangers. The former high draft pick has bounced around the majors over the course of his career, though Texas is optimistic the 36-year-old still has some gas left in the tank. After Bush pitches the first inning or two, we’re likely to see Kolby Allard and a few relievers try to take Texas the rest of the way.
Allard, a left-hander, pitched an inning of scoreless relief against Colorado earlier in the week. He posted a strikeout rate of around 19 percent in 32 games a season ago for the Rangers, including 17 starts.
Allard went 0-2 in his four outings against the Angels last year, but that record is a bit misleading. He pitched to a solid 2.93 ERA in just over 15 innings of work against LAA.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers MLB Game Pick
Oddsmakers think this game has a chance to be another high-scoring affair after the two teams combined to put 15 runs on the board last night. Tonight’s Angels-Rangers rematch has an over/under of 10 runs, which is one of the highest marks on Friday’s slate.
Detmers profiles pretty well for a matchup with the lefty-heavy Rangers. He’ll have the platoon advantage against most of Texas’ most threatening hitters, including Corey Seager, Nathaniel Lowe, Willie Calhoun, and Kole Calhoun. The Rangers aren’t nearly as well-equipped to deal with lefties, and I think the young southpaw will enjoy a bounce-back outing tonight.
I like the value on the Angels’ -111 moneyline in this one. Take LA to win it on the road.
Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers Betting Recap
- Moneyline: Angels -111, Rangers +101
- Runline: Angels -1.5 (+134), Rangers +1.5 (-154)
- Over/Under: Over 10 runs (-110), Under 10 runs (-110)
- Pick: Los Angeles Angels (-111)