Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels – MLB April 19

9:38 p.m. ET – Rangers at Angels (-240 ML) O/U:8.5

The 7-9 Rangers travel to Anaheim to take on the 8-5 Angels on Monday night. Texas picked up a 1-0 win on Sunday afternoon to avoid being swept by the Orioles over the weekend. Los Angeles has not played since Friday when they defeated the Twins, 10-3. The final two games of the series were postponed due to COVID-19 issues within Minnesota’s organization.

Texas and Los Angeles will both be glad to be playing in Anaheim, with the Rangers being 4-2 on the road this season and the Angels being 4-1 at home this season.

About the Rangers

Texas Rangers LogoTexas finished the 2020 season ranked last in the American League in runs scored. Unfortunately for them, the Rangers are picking up right where they left off. They currently have the fourth-fewest runs scored in the AL this season with only 59, which comes out to 3.7 runs per game.

While the pitching staff has been better this season, they still are middle of the road in runs allowed per game with 4.4. All of which played a part in why the Rangers got outscored 11-4 throughout their three-game set vs. Baltimore last weekend. One of the few bright spots for the Rangers so far this season has been outfielder Nick Solak, who is batting .293 with three home runs and eight RBI over the first few weeks of the season. Texas is going to need more production from star center fielder Joey Gallo, however, if they hope to stay near the .500 mark after April. Gallo is struggling as of late, batting .200 over his last seven games with eight strikeouts and no home runs.

About the Angels

The Angels’ lineup has come out of the gates on fire this season, ranking third in the majors with 5.5 runs scored per game. Despite ranking in the bottom half of the big leagues in home runs, Los Angeles has overcome that by averaging the second-most hits per game in baseball with 9.2.

The Angels are led once again by two-time AL MVP Mike Trout, who is batting.386 with four home runs and 10 RBI. Third baseman Anthony Rendon has missed over a week with a groin injury, but surprisingly that has not appeared to hinder the team’s overall prowess in the batter’s box. A large reason why has been the emergence of first baseman Jared Walsh, who is batting .341 with four home runs and 13 RBI in 12 games. The Angels’ pitching staff, on the other hand, has not done the club any favors, allowing 5.2 runs per game. That ranks as the fourth-worst of any team in the big leagues.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Texas Rangers +1½ (-110) +195 O 8½ (-115)
Los Angeles Angels -1½ (-110) -245 U 8½ (-105)

The Pitching Matchup

The Rangers will be asking right-hander Koehi Arihara to toe the rubber on Monday night to try and slow the Los Angeles lineup down. Arihara is 1-1 in three starts this season and is coming off his best outing of the year, throwing 5.2 shutout innings in Tampa Bay last Wednesday. The Angels are turning to their ace, right-hander Dylan Bundy, who is 0-1 this season after being given the loss last time out despite holding the Royals to two runs over seven innings of work.

What’s the Bet?
Los Angeles should have no problem taking care of business at home on Monday night, but with a -240 price tag there is no value to be had on betting the home team. Instead, look to target the Over/Under total between these two division rivals. Both starting pitchers are coming off great starts, but against offenses that have had slow starts to the season. The Angels should be able to get to Arihara early on and the Rangers bullpen is one of the worst in baseball. Meanwhile, Bundy has been great since coming over to Los Angeles, but Texas is familiar with him and should be able to break out of its slump. It is concerning that the Angels bullpen is fully rested, although that should not matter much because it does not present many talented arms.

Take the Over between these two teams in what should be a high-scoring affair.

The Bet
Over 8½

*Odds courtesy of MyBookie

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