Rangers vs. Angels Thursday Pick
The Los Angeles Angels are a heavy favorite tonight to beat the Texas Rangers but is their value in the road underdog? These American League West rivals will meet at 10:07 p.m. ET.
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, April 4, 2019
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Angels are a -150 favorite. As of this writing, 59% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Angels to beat the Rangers on the moneyline.
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Texas Rangers Fantasy Spin
Nomar Mazara went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a victory over the Astros on Wednesday. He beat out an infield single that drove in Elvis Andrus with the game's first run. He plated the game's final run by blasting a solo shot off reliever Josh James in the eighth inning. Mazara is now the proud owner of a .300 batting average with two home runs and seven RBI after one week of regular season play.
Los Angeles Angels Fantasy Spin
Zack Cozart went 0-for-4 from the leadoff spot on Tuesday and is off to a 1-for-19 start this season. Cozart is only leading off against lefties, but even that might be asking too much of him; his career OBP versus southpaws is .311. The Angels signed Cozart based on his stunning .297/.385/.548 campaign in 2017, but in seven seasons, his next best OBP was a .310 mark. He's not a mixed-league guy.
MLB Betting Trends
The Rangers have dropped four of Edison Volquez’s last five starts overall and are just 1-7 in his last eight road outings.
The Angels have lost four in a row and four of five when facing a right-handed starter.
Volquez had Tommy John surgery in 2017 and was forced to miss all of 2018 while on the mend. In his first start back, he had more walks than strikeouts and surrendered four runs to the Cubs. That said, Matt Harvey will face a Texas lineup expected to feature six left-handed batters. That’s problematic for Harvey, who allowed a 43% hard contact rate and a 1.90 HR/9 allowed to left-handers last season. Yes, Volquez could struggle, but so could Harvey. Why not take the large dog when the pitching matchup doesn’t favor either team?
The Pick: Texas Rangers +140