Matchup: Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers
Monday, July 29, 7:05 p.m. (ET)
Money Line: Los Angeles (+111) Texas (-121)
Total Line: 8
The Angels come into this three-game set against their AL West rivals with just two victories in their last eight games after losing three of four games to Oakland, another division opponent, this past weekend on the road. Los Angeles is now 48-55 overall and 21-27 on the road. The total has gone OVER in three of its last four games.
With Albert Pujols out of the lineup for the near future, the pressure to put runs on the board will only increase for this game and this series. The Angels are currently ranked eighth in the American League in scoring with an average of 4.5 runs a game, but they have only exceeded that average twice in their last nine outings. Look for Jered Weaver to get the start for LA on Monday night. The right-hander is 5-5 this season with a 2.98 ERA. Against Texas he is 13-8 with an ERA of 3.75.
The Rangers are just 2-8 in their last 10 games after getting swept by Cleveland in a three-game weekend series on the road. They are 56-49 on the year and a full six games in back of the Athletics in the division. Texas returns home where it is 29-24 this season. The total has stayed UNDER in seven of its last 10 games after failing to score more than four runs in nine of those contests.
This power failure throughout the lineup has dropped the Rangers to ninth in the AL in scoring with an average of 4.2 runs a game. They still remain one of the top pitching teams in the league with a staff ERA of 3.74. Texas will go with newly acquired Matt Garza as its starter. The right-hander won his debut with the team last Wednesday to extend his current winning streak to six games. He is 7-1 overall with a 2.87 ERA.
Free MLB Pick
Both teams come into this matchup struggling to put runs on the board. When you add in the fact that each will send a quality starter to the mound in this series opener, the top play in this game could be on the UNDER. If playing a side, the free MLB pick for this game is with the home-town Rangers to end their current skid at four.
Texas 4 Los Angeles 2
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