Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers Free Pick 04/15/19

Date | AuthorBTB Staff

Last Updated: 2019-04-15

Mike Trout and the surging Los Angeles Angels are traveling east to face their AL West rival Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park. Fox Sports Southwest will broadcast the action and the game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers Odds

The Rangers are 7-7 straight up (SU) and 8-5 against the spread (ATS). The team’s gained 2.3 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 0.1 units ATS. The Angels have gone 8-7 SU this year and are 10-5 ATS. They’re up 1.9 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 5.7 units ATS.

Rangers games have a 7-6 over/under record so far in 2019. The Angels have been a decent under bet with a total record of 3-11-1.

Trevor Cahill (1-1, 3.50 ERA) is projected to get the nod for Los Angeles. The right-handed Cahill struck out 100 hitters in 110 innings last year (20 starts) and finished the season 7-4 overall with a 3.76 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. He made three starts against the Rangers in 2018 and put together a 1-0 record against them with a 7.82 ERA and 11 strikeouts.

The Rangers are rolling with righty Shelby Miller (0-1, 9.53 ERA) as their starter. Miller struck out 19 hitters over 15 innings last year (4 starts), while finishing the season 0-4 overall with a 10.69 ERA and a 2.00 WHIP.

As a unit, Texas’ pitchers have given up 5.4 runs per game overall in 2019. Its starters have a 6.27 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.47 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 7.7 K/9. In nine divisional games, Rangers starters have an ERA of 6.05 and the bullpen’s ERA is 2.97.

Texas’ offense is putting up 5.1 runs per outing, including 4.4 per game against divisional foes and 5.0 per game over its last five. The team has a slash-line of .238/.312/.405 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.

Elvis Andrus and Shin-soo Choo have paced the Rangers’ batters this year. Andrus is slashing .414/.433/.655 with three home runs, 12 RBIs and eight runs scored, while Choo’s line is .302/.412/.488 with 13 hits, five RBIs and six runs.

For the visitors, Los Angeles’ pitching staff allowed 3.8 runs per game and its starters own a 5.33 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 7.43 K/9. The bullpen has an excellent ERA of just 2.08, along with a WHIP of 1.44 and a K-per-9 of 9.91.

The Angels offense has slashed .215/.303/.348 on its way to 3.9 runs scored per game this year, including 3.2 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.4 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Mike Trout and Jonathan Lucroy have led Los Angeles’ hitters. Trout is slashing .406/.592/.938 with five home runs, 12 RBIs and eight runs scored, while Lucroy (.271/.300/.292) is up to zero homers, five RBIs and six runs scored.

The Angels have gained 3.9 units and are 8-3 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in three of those games, compared to seven that’ve gone under against right-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Rangers have netted 1.8 units and are 6-3 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in five of those games, as opposed to four which went under the total.

Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers Pick

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


Betting Trends

The over has cashed in three of Texas’ last seven games.

The Angels have a team OPS of .651 this season and an OPS of .689 against right-handed pitchers. The Rangers’ OPS stands at .753 overall and .783 against righties.

The Angels have won seven of their last eight games SU.

Texas has posted 21 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 21 over its last five.

The Angels have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games. The Rangers have hit 10 over their last 10.

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