The Texas Rangers (64-50) and Los Angeles Angels (51-61) will close out a three-game American League West series Wednesday night at Angel Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET
Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels
Texas scored its most runs in a game without an extra-base hit since July 30, 1999, in last night’s 8-3 win over Los Angeles as -159 road favorites, while going OVER the betting total for the first time in four contests. “We don’t have to get an extra-base hit to win,” commented Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre. The Rangers have now won nine of 11 games against the Halos this season, as they begin to deal with the 50-game suspension to outfielder Nelson Cruz due to PED use. Texas is 8-7 on the road with a money line of -100 to -125 this season, with the UNDER going 8-7 in that situation.
Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando (4-3, 3.26 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 8-3 road victory over the Oakland Athletics last time out, as he allowed three runs and four hits over four frames. The right-hander is 2-3 with a 3.42 ERA in 10 road games, issuing 24 walks and striking out 39 batters in 52.2 combined frames. In 21 career games (four starts) versus the Angels, Ogando has compiled a 3-0 record and 1.85 ERA.
Los Angeles has dropped three games in a row, with the offense scoring 10 runs over that span. “We need to make some changes,” stated Angels manager Mike Scioscia. The Angels have allowed a MLB-leading 94 stolen bases this season, with catcher Chris Iannetta throwing out just 13.4 percent of attempted base runners. Offensively, outfielder Mike Trout continues to lead the team, as he’s reached base safely in 37 consecutive games. Los Angeles is 3-1 as home underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the OVER cashing in three of those affairs.
Angels starting pitcher Tommy Hanson (4-2, 5.29 ERA) didn’t earn a decision in a 7-5 home win over the Toronto Blue Jays last time out, as he allowed five runs (four earned) and seven hits over 5.1 frames. The right-hander is 2-2 with a 5.66 ERA in eight home games, with opposing hitters batting .311 against him. Hanson picked up a 8-4 road victory in his only career start versus the Rangers on April 6.
Sports bettors will likely back the Rangers due to the Angels being 1-10 in their last 11 games as an underdog.