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Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers
Where and when: Globe Life Park, Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, 7:05 pm EST
The finale of a four-game set versus the Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers will take place on Wednesday night at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. The Angels were able to pick up a 5-1 victory in game two of the series and first of a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader thanks to a dominating performance at the plate by Mike Trout along with a solid outing from pitcher Andrew Heaney.
Trout was able to hit his 42nd homer of 2019 during the contest as the Angels ended the contest with only six hits, total. On the other hand, Heaney had one of his most dominating performances of the year with fourteen strikeouts in eight innings of pitching to win his third start of the season. Texas, on the other hand, obtained only five hits for the contest with Willie Calhoun going 2-4 while having the only RBI for the Rangers. Finally, Joe Palumbo remained winless as he gave up three earned in the first inning while calling it a night after 1 ⅓ frames.
Texas has now dropped five of their last six games, overall, while the Angels are winners of five of their last seven. Due to their current winning ways, Los Angeles took over third place within the AL West division from the Rangers; However, the Angels find themselves roughly ten games behind the second-place Oakland Athletics.
These teams have played well against each other in head to head competition this year, however, the Rangers have won five of the last eight games at home versus the Angels. And while Texas has had a rough go of it at home as of late (losing 12 of their last 20 games), they remain nine games over .500 at Globe Life.
Minor seeks to get back on track versus Angels
Mike Minor (11-7) has performed huge for Texas in 2019 with twenty-five starts under his belt to go along with a 2.94 ERA. In fact, Texas is on the cusp of offering a contract extension to the left-hander, despite Minor giving up three earned along with two home runs in his last time out versus the Minnesota Twins at home. The loss was Minor’s first in his last four starts while the team lost for the first time in four outings with Minor manning the hill. Finally, the loss halted a fifteen inning scoreless streak for the left-hander.
— Texas Rangers (@Rangers) August 16, 2019
Minor pitched just 4 ⅔ innings versus the Angels in early July while giving up three earned in a 9-4 defeat as Cole Calhoun served as a huge spark for the offense. However, in Minor’s remaining two matchups with Los Angeles this year (at home and away), the left-hander was strong in throwing fifteen innings while allowing just one earned run on twelve hits.
David Fletcher (.308 BA on 16 AB) along with Trout (.250 on 16 AB) have had a bit of success versus Minor in their careers; However, the lineup is batting less than .250 versus the left-hander, lifetime.
Sandoval seeking first win
Rookie Patrick Sandoval (0-1) will pull his third start of the season on Wednesday night as he will be looking for improvement after a lackluster 4 ⅓ innings of three-earned baseball at home versus the Chicago White Sox on August 16th. However, Sandoval pitched a tad better versus the White Sox than he did while facing the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in his first start of the year. Nonetheless, Sandoval will look to be more efficient on the mound during the finale as his pitch count has been ridiculous during his first two starts.
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— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) August 20, 2019
For instance, the rookie threw a total of ninety-five pitches in four innings of work versus the Red Sox while throwing seventy-four in just 4 ⅓ innings in their loss to the White Sox. With an elevated ERA of 5.79 on the year, the left-hander seeks more consistency on the hill. Things may indeed pan out versus the Rangers as Texas has not fared well versus left-handed pitchers all season.
- No trends to report
- LAA are 2-8 in their last 10 road games.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
The Rangers will indeed pick up a much-needed win in the finale on Wednesday night over the Angels. Minor has been solid for Texas all year, as pointed out, while the left-hander will also be looking to atone for a rough outing in his last start. In all, look for the Rangers to get back into the race for third place in the AL West by picking up a win over Trout and the Angels in game-four of this set.
Prediction: Texas Rangers
Full-Game Total Pick
Look for this contest to be a low-scoring affair with Minor facing a struggling Angels lineup. Also, Sandoval will also pitch much better after some disastrous starts in his prior two outings. Texas remains a dangerous team at the plate, however, their team batting average has decreased during their current losing skid. Aside from Trout, the Angels have been far too inconsistent at the plate and will struggle versus a talented Minor.