The Los Angeles Angels (48-56) and Texas Rangers (57-49) will continue a three-game American League West series Tuesday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05 p.m. ET
Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers
Los Angeles has lost four games in a row, including a 4-3 setback to the Texas as +123 road underdogs Monday, while going UNDER the betting total of 8. “It’s tough man,” commented Angels closer Ernesto Frieri. “We’ve been struggling.” The Angels are now eight games under .500, and are 14 games back of the Oakland Athletics in the division standings. Offensively, outfielder Mike Trout will need to lead the offense, as he’s hitting .375 with 22 RBIs over his last 36 games. Los Angeles is 2-8 as road underdogs of +125 to +150 this season, with the OVER going 6-4 in that situation.
Angels starting pitcher C.J. Wilson (11-6, 3.18 ERA) has won three consecutive outings, including an 8-3 road victory over the Oakland Athletics last time out, as he allowed three runs and five hits over seven frames. The left-hander is 6-3 with a 4.21 ERA in 11 road games, with opposing hitters batting .259 against him. In five career starts versus the Rangers, Wilson has tallied a 0-2 record and 7.65 ERA, issuing 13 walks and striking out 19 batters in 20 combined innings.
Texas snapped a four-game losing streak by picking up a victory in the series opener, while going UNDER the betting total for the fifth time in six contests. The Rangers had gone 26 straight innings without scoring a run, but managed to plate four in the final four innings last night. It was a much-needed victory, considering the team held a 40-minute postgame meeting in Cleveland Sunday. Texas is 11-10 as home favorites of -125 to -150 this season, with the UNDER going 14-6-1 in that situation.
Rangers starting pitcher Derek Holland (8-6, 3.06 ERA) has dropped back-to-back outings, including an 0-2 home defeat to the New York Yankees last time out, as he allowed two runs and eight hits over 7.2 frames. The left-hander is 2-5 with a 3.26 ERA in 10 home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .280 against him. In 18 career games (15 starts) versus the Angels, Holland has posted a 7-5 record and 5.59 ERA, but didn’t earn a decision in a 7-6 road victory on April 22.
Sports bettors will likely back the Rangers due to their 7-1 record in Holland’s last eight starts versus division opponents.