The Texas Rangers (15-13) and Los Angeles Angels (14-13) will open up an American League series Friday night at Angel Stadium, with the first pitch scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET
Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels
Texas has lost four games in a row, including a 12-1 setback to the Oakland Athletics as -116 home favorites Wednesday, while going OVER the betting total for the fifth time in six contests. The Rangers were outscored 25-4 in suffering a three-game home sweep against the Athletics—totaling only 15 hits over the entire course of the series. Third baseman Adrian Beltre has hit .217 in six games since returning from the disabled list and has no RBIs. Texas is 31-25 in May the last two-plus seasons.
Rangers starting pitcher Colby Lewis (1-1, 4.60 ERA) has led the club to back-to-back wins, but didn’t earn a decision in a 6-3 road victory over the Seattle Mariners last time out, as he allowed three runs and five hits over five frames. The right-hander missed the entire 2013 season on the disabled list—dealing with a hip injury. In 14 career games (12 starts) versus the Angels, Lewis has compiled a 4-4 record and 4.32 ERA, including a 2-2 mark and 2.94 ERA in six games in Southern California.
Los Angeles has won three games in a row, including a 7-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians as -147 home favorites Wednesday, while going UNDER the betting total of 8.5. The Angels are being led offensively by first baseman Albert Pujols, who has hit .297 with seven home runs and 20 RBIs in 24 games against the Rangers the previous two seasons. Los Angeles is 4-1 as home favorites of -125 to -150, with the OVER going 5-0 in that situation.
Angels starting pitcher Hector Santiago (0-4, 4.44 ERA) has watched his new team drop all five of his efforts during the 2014 campaign, including a 4-3 road defeat to the New York Yankees last time out. The left-hander is 0-1 with a 3.75 ERA in two home appearances, with opposing hitters batting .267 against him. In four career games (two starts) versus the Rangers, Santiago has tallied a 1-0 record and 1.98 ERA.
Sports bettors will likely back the Rangers due to their 4-1 record in their last five games as road underdogs.