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Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels Prediction,
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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#923 Texas
Rangers 8.5
#924 Los Angeles
Angels -125

Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 10:07pm

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Game Stats

Texas Rangers
M. MINOR

25 - 23

5
W's
3
L's
2.64
ERA
1.13
WHIP

Los Angeles Angels
T. SKAGGS

22 - 28

4
W's
4
L's
5.01
ERA
1.4
WHIP

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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.

The Angels average almost 4.7 runs per game, which is 16th in the majors. They have raised their team batting average to .253, which is 10th in the MLB. They also have a team slugging percentage of .424, which is 14th in the league.  Mike Trout leads the team with a batting average of .289 with 11 HRs and 28 RBIs. Andrelton Simmons is batting .299 with 3 HRs and 21 RBIs, while Tommy La Stella is hitting .302 with 12  HRs and 32 RBIs. Albert Pujols is batting .237 with 8 HRs and 24 RBIs, while David Fletcher is batting .300 with 4 HRs and 18 RBIs. Kole Calhoun is batting .224 with 9 HRs and 26 RBIs.
The Angels pitching has struggled. They have a team ERA of 5.04, which is 26th in the league, and they have a team WHIP of 1.38, which is 21st. Tyler Skaggs gets the start for the Angels. The left-hander is 4-4 on the year with an ERA of 5.01.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

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
Rating:

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.

Prediction: Over

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