Angels vs. Rangers Prediction
Can the Texas Rangers steal another win from the Los Angeles Angels when the two continue their weekend series at 8:05PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Friday, August 17, 2018
8:05PM ET – Globe Life Park
TV: FSW; FSSW
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Rangers are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -130 to win. The Angels are listed with a money line of +120 to prevail, while the over/under total has been set at 11 runs. The public betting for this game currently is unavailable. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Angels end win streak
The Angels had their three-game winning streak come to an end on Thursday in an 8-6 loss to the Rangers. Los Angeles is 62-61 overall and 29-31 on the road. The Angels are putting up 4.59 runs per game on offense while allowing 4.27 per contest.
Los Angeles is going with Odrisamer Despaigne on the mound tonight. He is making his debut with the team after appearing in 11 games with Miami this year. Despaigne has a 2-0 record with a 5.31 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP. He has recorded 18 strikeouts and eight walks over 20.1 innings.
Rangers grind out opener
The Rangers took the series opener on Thursday for their second win in three games. Texas is 54-69 overall with the win and 27-37 at home. The Rangers are scoring 4.83 runs per game on offense while giving up 5.28 per contest.
Drew Hutchison gets the start for Texas this evening. He is making his third start for the Rangers after being acquired from Philadelphia. Hutchison is 1-2 on the season with a 6.07 ERA and a 1.75 WHIP. He has 21 strikeouts and 20 walks over 29.2 innings of work.
MLB Betting Trends
The Angels have won eight of their last nine against a team with a losing record and nine of their last 11 Friday games.
The Rangers are just 10-23 in their last 33 games against a team with a winning record. They have also lost four of their last five after a win.
This pitching matchup is a mess and I don’t think either team can expect much from their starter. However, Los Angeles has the far better bullpen to turn to tonight and I think that will be the difference. While Texas has some pop in their bats, I don’t trust their consistency to beat a winning team back-to-back. I will take the Angels to pull off the minor upset.
The Pick: Los Angeles Angels +120