MLB Prediction: Rangers vs Angels
Major League Baseball betting sees the Texas Rangers taking on the Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim on Friday, September 4th at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, CA. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all MLB season long so stay tuned for more FREE MLB baseball predictions.
Texas Rangers (70-62) at Los Angeles Angels (67-66)
Date: Friday, September 4th
Time: 10:05 PM
Venue: Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, CA.
MLB Betting Lines: Texas Rangers 129, Los Angeles Angles -140
MLB Betting Total: 7.5
Probable Pitchers: Rangers LH Martin Perez (2-3, 5.15 ERA) vs. Angels RH Garrett Richards (12-10, 3.80 ERA)
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The Angels will look to gain some ground in the AL wild card race, when they host the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of a three-game home series in Anaheim on Friday night.
The Rangers have been on a roll, winning nine of their last 12 games, which began by taking two of three in San Diego.
And while they remain 3 1/2 games ahead of Anaheim for the American League’s second wild card spot, and lead Minnesota by 1 1/2 games for the final wild card spot, the Rangers still have a shot at winning the division, as they trail the first-place Houston Astros by only two games in the AL West.
Led by third baseman Adrian Beltre, who is batting .342 with four homers and 17 RBIs over the past 21 games, the Texas’ offense has been on fire, scoring 18 runs its last four contests.
Pitching has been a different story, and the Rangers will send Martin Perez (2-3, 5.15 ERA) to the mound in Game 1.
The left-hander has shown progress following his return from Tommy John elbow surgery. He went 2-1 with a 3.13 ERA in five August starts, and recorded a win in his last turn, giving up three runs on seven hits over 6 1/3 innings against the Baltimore Orioles.
Perez has faced the Angels three times in his career, and is 1-0 with a 1.84 ERA .
Los Angeles Angels
The Halos won two in a row in Oakland after losing nine of their previous 11 outings. And the offense has been silent.
At the center of that offensive slump is centerfielder Mike Trout, who is in the midst of a 25-game homerless drought.
Trout who has 33 home runs on the year, has only one home run since the beginning of August. Meanwhile, Halos’ slugger Albert Pujols has 35 homers, but has clubbed only two in the Angels last 10 games.
LA will face the Rangers seven times in September, and will need every win they can muster if they have any chance at making a postseason appearance.
That’s why the will hand the ball to Garrett Richards (12-10, 3.80 ERA) on Friday.
The right-hander has fared well against Texas, compiling an 8-1 mark and 3.11 ERA in 16 career appearances. He has won both 2015 starts versus Texas.
Richards recorded a no-decision in his last turn while striking out nine and allowing three runs and seven hits scattered over seven innings against Cleveland.
MLB Betting Trends:
Under is 6-1-1 in TEX last 8 Fri. games.
Under is 11-4-2 in TEX last 17 overall.
Under is 11-4-2 in TEX last 17 on grass.
LAA are 4-9 in their last 13 games following a win.
LAA are 4-9 in their last 13 overall.
LAA are 4-9 in their last 13 games on grass.
TEX are 7-21 in the last 28 meetings.
4* MLB Betting Prediction: Los Angeles – 140
The Halos have won eight of 12 matchups this season against the Rangers. And I look for them to make it nine, behind Richards, who seems to have Texas’ number.
MLB Baseball Score Prediction: Angels 5, Rangers 3
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