Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Free Pick 08/21/19

Date | AuthorBTB Staff

Last Updated: 2019-08-21

David Fletcher and the Los Angeles Angels will do battle against their divisional rival Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. The action will begin at 7:05 p.m. ET and fans can tune in to Fox Sports Southwest to catch the game.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers Odds

Texas (getting -130 odds) is hosting this one as the favorite over Los Angeles and Vegas has the Over/Under for this night game at 11 runs. The odds for playing the game’s total stand at -115 for the under and -105 for the over. This game currently has a runline of Angels +1.5 (-175) and Rangers -1.5 (+155).

The Angels have gone 63-66 SU this year and are 64-63 against the spread (ATS). They’ve lost 9.4 units for moneyline gamblers and 0.1 units ATS. The Rangers, on the other hand, are 62-65 SU and 71-54 ATS. They’ve gained 7.3 units for moneyline bettors and 9.6 units ATS.

Texas games have had an over/under record of 58-64-3 in 2019. Los Angeles has been a decent over bet with a total record of 63-55-9.

Patrick Sandoval will get the start for the visiting Angels. The southpaw Sandoval (0-1, 5.79 ERA) has recorded 15 punchouts in 14 innings so far. He has yet to face the Rangers this year and did not record a start against them in 2018, either.

The Rangers are putting the ball in the hands of lefty Mike Minor (11-7, 2.94 ERA), who has 164 strikeouts and 52 walks as well as a WHIP of 1.18. Minor is 1-0 with 16 strikeouts and a 1.86 ERA across three starts against Los Angeles this year.

As a unit, Texas’ pitching staff has yielded 5.3 runs per game overall in 2019. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.11, a WHIP of 1.45 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 8.6. The bullpen has a 4.82 ERA, 1.45 WHIP and 8.8 K/9. In 61 divisional games, Rangers starters have an ERA of 5.47 and the bullpen’s ERA is 4.78.

The Texas hitters are putting up 5.1 runs per outing, including 5.3 per game against divisional foes and 4.4 per game over their last five. The team has hit .247/.325/.363 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Rangers’ offense has been led by Elvis Andrus and Shin-soo Choo. Andrus is hitting .279/.317/.403 with nine home runs, 58 RBIs, 60 runs and 25 steals, and Choo’s line is .270/.374/.474 with 20 homers, 47 RBIs and 76 runs scored.

For the visitors, Los Angeles’ pitching staff allowed 5.3 runs per game and its starting pitchers own a 5.38 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 8.50 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 4.68, along with a WHIP of 1.36 and a K/9 of 9.25.

Angels hitters have slashed .253/.333/.436 on their way to 5.0 runs scored per game in 2019, including 5.1 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.8 per game over the team’s last five outings (3-2 SU).

Los Angeles’ hitters have been paced by David Fletcher and Mike Trout, who have combined to drive in 140 runs. Fletcher is slashing .284/.343/.393 with five home runs, 42 RBIs and 68 runs scored, while Trout is slashing .297/.440/.664 with 42 homers, 98 RBIs and 101 runs scored.

The Angels have lost 11.4 units and are 17-23 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has cashed in 18 of those games, compared to 20 that’ve hit the under in such games. On the other hand, the Rangers have netted 1.0 units and are 25-17 ATS when facing a lefty starter. The over has hit in 22 of those games, compared to 18 that went under.

Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers MLB Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Rangers, ATS Winner – Angels, O/U – OVER


Betting Trends

The under has hit in zero of Los Angeles’ last seven games.

The Angels have a total OPS of .769 this season, including an OPS of .740 against left-handed pitchers. The Rangers’ OPS stands at .762 overall and .741 against lefties.

Los Angeles has recorded 24.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 24.6 over its last five.

Both teams have hit 13 home runs over their last 10 games.

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