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The Texas Rangers travel to Anaheim to face the Angels on Tuesday in the second game of a three-game series. This is a key AL West matchup between two teams chasing the Astros. The Rangers have poked above .500 at 24-23 while the Angels are 22-27. Left-hander Mike Minor (5-3) gets the start for the Texas while left-hander Tyler Skaggs (4-4) gets the start for the Angels. Game time is 10:07 p.m. ET at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.
Texas bringing the heat
The Texas Rangers are red hot right now. They have won 4 straight games and 7 of their last 8. The Rangers are coming off a 2-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday. The Rangers started relief pitcher Jesse Chavez, who pitched for 1.2 innings before giving way to starter Adrian Simpson, who gave up just 1 run on 4 hits in 5.1 innings to get the win. Simpson is now 2-3. Shawn Kelley pitched the 9th for his 4th save. Hunter Pence homered in the 6th for Texas and that provided the margin of victory. Pence had a hit and an RBI while Nomar Mazara also had a hit and an RBI.
The Rangers are one of the best offensive teams in the league. They come in averaging 5.8 runs per game, which is 2nd in baseball. They have a team batting average of .259, which is 3rd in the majors, and a team slugging percentage of .472, which is also 3rd. Elvis Andrus leads the team with a .327 batting average, 6 HRs and 25 RBIs. Shin-Soo Choo is hitting .295 with 4 HRs and 14 RBIs, while Danny Santana is batting .298. Joey Gallo is hitting .254 with 12 HRs and 28 RBIs. His 12 home runs are 5th in the MLB. Also, Hunter Pence is batting .352 with 7 HRs and 25 RBIs. He’s 3rd in the MLB in batting average.
Pitching remains a problem, which is why they are tinkering with starting a reliever. They have a team ERA of 5.11, which is 27th in the league. They have a WHIP of 1.51, which is 30th. But Mike Minor gets the start Saturday for Texas. he has been their best pitcher with a record of 5-3 and an ERA of 2.64.
Angels drop 4th straight
The Los Angeles Angels got themselves back into contention in the AL West but have fallen back in the past week or so. They had lost 4 straight heading into Friday’s game to drop to 22-27, which puts them in 4th place in the AL West. They are a full 10 games behind the first place Astros. The Angels were swept by the Twins last week, including a 16-7 pounding on Thursday. Starter Matt Harvey (2-4) got pummeled for 8 runs on 7 hits in just 2.2 innings. Tommy La Stella had 2 hits including a grand slam and 4 RBIs. Luis Rengifo also had 2 hits. David Fletcher and Brian Goodwin added home runs.
Tommy La Stella grand slam highlight. pic.twitter.com/5GXgklg3Zk
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) May 23, 2019
- Angels are 1-8 in their last 9 vs. American League West.
- Angels are 0-5 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Angels are 0-7 in their last 7 home games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Angels are 0-4 in their last 4 overall.
- Angels are 0-4 in their last 4 games on grass.
- Angels are 0-4 in their last 4 home games.
- Angels are 2-5 in Skaggs’ last 7 starts vs. American League West.
- Angels are 2-5 in Skaggs’ last 7 starts with 5 days of rest.
- Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 overall.
- Rangers are 4-0 in their last 4 games on grass.
- Rangers are 5-0 in their last 5 vs. a team with a losing record.
- Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Rangers are 8-3 in Minor’s last 11 starts vs. American League West.
- Rangers are 10-4 in Minor’s last 14 starts vs. a team with a losing record.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take the Rangers. They come in playing much better than LA and they have a favorable pitching matchup. Minor has been their best starter for Texas with an ERA under 3. Skaggs has been decent, but still has an ERA over 5. And the Rangers are just pounding the ball lately, averaging about 7 runs per game over their last 8. The trends favor the Rangers.
Prediction: Texas +115
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the over. While Minor has been a bright spot for Texas, they still have an ERA over 5, as do the Angels. Expect a lot of runs in this game between two very good hitting teams. The total should be in double figures here. The over is 10-4 in Rangers last 14 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30. Also, the over is 7-1 in Angels last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning record.