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Two AL West rivals will kickoff a series here as the Texas Rangers host the Los Angeles Angels. Young lefty Koby Allard will start for the Rangers here, while Dillon Peters takes the mound for Los Angeles.
Angels Picking It Up?
The Los Angeles Angels looked like they were starting to make a run for a while heading into the All-Star break, but they’ve since fallen apart over the last month. In their last 30 games, they’ve gone just 12-18, and even though their record isn’t terrible they aren’t going to be making the playoffs in a stacked AL. This is their first time playing the division-rival Rangers in the second half, after playing them 13 times in the first half. They’ve won each of their last five games against the Rangers, so they seem to have their number.
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As they look to keep that momentum against Texas going, they’ll turn to Dillon Peters here. Peters used to be a top prospect, but he didn’t quite pan out with the Marlins. He’s still young though, and he appears to be figuring things out with the Angels. He’s been very solid so far in limited action, entering this one with a 3.38 ERA. He’s gone at least six innings in each of his past three starts, giving up no more than three runs in any of those. In his most recent start, he gave up only five baserunners and two runs in six innings. The Angels have also started to show some signs of life recently, winning four of their last five entering this one.
The Texas Rangers were one of the best stories in baseball during the first half of this season, but the magic has since worn off. They were above .500 for most of the year and were competing for a playoff spot, but have since fallen apart. They’ve been terrible since the All-Star break, and they’re just 10-22 over their last 32 games. They hit rock bottom in their most recent series, when they got swept in a four-game series by the Twins. Some of their recent losses have been ugly, including a 19-4 beatdown they got at the hands of the Blue Jays. As they look to get things turned around here, they’ll turn to Kolby Allard here.
Allard is an inexperienced young southpaw, and he’s been terrible in his limited action. In 18 career big league innings, Allard has given up 16 earned runs and a whopping 36 baserunners. The Rangers’ offense was one of the best in the league early on this season, but they’ve gone ice cold recently. Over their past 13 games, they’ve scored only 40 total runs, an average of barely three per game. Allard has struggled with his control in both of his starts this season, and he’ll need the support of this lineup here if he wants to pick up the victory.
- 7-20 last 27 after a loss.
- 0-4 last 4 home games.
Los Angeles is:
- 30-23 vs. teams with losing records.
- 4-1 last 5 overall.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I like the Angels a lot here. They’ve actually looked good recently, winning four of their past five games, while the Rangers are circling the drain. Texas’ offense has completely collapsed, and they’ve scored only 40 total runs over their past 13 games. There’s no way you can roll with Allard here.
Full-Game Total Pick
I like the over even more here. Allard has been awful in his young career, with an astoundingly high 2.00 WHIP entering this one. Peters has been decent in limited action this season, but he has a bad track record that indicates he won’t be able to keep it up much longer. Both sides should have some success offensively.