Arch rivals from the AL West meet on Wednesday night for MLB betting action when the Los Angeles Angels play host to the Texas Rangers.
Texas once looked like a lock for the playoffs, but at least right now, it is somewhat up in the air. Sure, the Rangers still hold the best record in the American League, and time is running out for other teams to catch up, but there are just three games worth of safety between them and the Oakland Athletics for first place in the AL West, and just 3.5 more games back to the Halos, who are just on the outside of the postseason. Derek Holland is going to get the ball on Wednesday night for the second game of this series. The lefty is just 10-6 on the year with a 4.50 ERA, and he is going to need the help of his offense to be able to win this one. This is a far cry from the man that won 16 games last year, and Manager Ron Washington is going to have to think long and hard about putting him into his postseason rotation if he doesn’t pitch well down the stretch. This is a very, very crucial start for Holland to prove himself.
The Angels are watching the teams behind them falter, but in the end, they really need to take care of business themselves to think about getting into the playoffs. They need to close three games in the loss column to the Baltimore Orioles or four to the A’s to get into the postseason, and they need to do it with just 12 games left in the year. Every single game is crucial, and that’s why there is going to be a lot of pressure on former Texas star CJ Wilson tonight. Wilson is 12-9 with a 3.73 ERA. He has pitched well, but he really hasn’t been that formal ace that the Angels thought that they were getting when they signed him to one of the largest free agent deals of the offseason. (Of course, it must be noted that it was the second biggest free agent deal of the day for LA, as that was also the day that it inked Albert Pujols.)
This just feels like the Halos are set to make one last charge at the playoffs. They’ll take this game and cut Texas’ lead in the AL West again, and if this series ends up being swept on Thursday, it could become quite a wild last week and a half of the regular season for all of the teams that are still in the playoff chase. Los Angeles 5 – Texas 3