Date/Time: June 22nd, 8:05 PM ET
MLB Betting Odds from Bookmaker Sportsbook
Probable Starters: Lackey (Texas) vs. Sanchez (Los Angeles)
Moneyline: Texas -120
An American League battle will be featured in Major League Baseball betting action when the Texas Rangers travel to face the Los Angeles Angels Sunday night at 8:05 ET on ESPN at Angels Stadium of Anaheim. This will be the rubber match of a three game series with the Angels going for the sweep after taking the first two contests.
The Rangers fell short in a 3-2 10th inning loss to the Angels on Saturday as they failed to score in their half of the extra frame. Left fielder Shin-Soo Choo knocked his seventh homerun of the season in the loss. Texas suffered its fourth setback in a row in the game and have now lost nine of their L/13 contests. Pitcher Nick Martinez threw five perfect frames before exiting after 7.0 innings he gave up just two runs on three hits. Second baseman Leonys Martin led off the game with a double and scored when Choo grounded out. On Sunday night the Rangers right handed ace Yu Darvish will get the start as he comes in with a 7-3 record and a 2.39 ERA in 90.1 innings of work. Darvish was shelled in his last start as he gave up seven runs on eight hits in a 10-6 loss to the Oakland Athletics. Texas is 13-3 in his L/16 starts as his ability to hold down opposing lineups goes a long way to help its chances when he takes the hill.
The Angels got the win on Saturday with an RBI double from second baseman Howie Kendrick that scored left fielder Josh Hamilton for the walk-off victory. It was Kendrick’s only hit of the game that proved to be the difference and Hamilton’s only hit that came on an infield single to lead off the 10th inning. Pitcher Jared Weaver was also masterful as he threw 8.0 innings striking out five batters as he took a hard luck no decision. In this primetime match-up Los Angeles right hander Matt Shoemaker will make his sixth start of the year as he has a 4-1 record to go with a 3.83 ERA. His last start was a gem as he yielded just two runs on five hits in a 9-3 win over the Cleveland Indians. The Angels are 20-8 in their L/28 home games including wins in the first two games of this series. First baseman Albert Pujols was held out of Saturday’s game with stiffness in his back and is questionable to play on Sunday. Los Angeles owns the league’s third ranked offense as it scores 4.73 runs per game.
The Rangers may have the perfect recipe to get a win on Sunday as the Angels missing Pujols against their ace should do the trick. If Texas can get the offense going against a spot starter this will be its best chance to get out of Los Angeles with a victory. The Rangers are 14-5 in the L/19 meetings and we like them to get a win and avoid the sweep on Sunday night in front of a national audience.
Texas Rangers @ Los Angeles Angels Pick: Texas Rangers +140