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MLB Betting: Angels battle Rangers

Josh Hamilton and the Los Angeles Angels will begin a road series in Arlington on Friday afternoon against the outfielder's old team, the Texas Rangers, in MLB betting action.

The Angels and Rangers split their last 10 meetings last season with five victories apiece, with each of their last three matchups turning into OVER results on the MLB odds at the sportsbooks. Los Angeles won two of those three contests for their supporters.

Texas hands the ball to starter Derek Holland in this one and he'll try to improve on his 0-0 mark on the year. Los Angeles counters with Jason Vargas, who will try to quiet the fans and the Rangers bats at the same time.

View LA Angels vs Texas Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the Rangers as -120 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 10.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 4 (Rangers) and the No. 5 (Angels) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Angels rank No. 6 in the American League at 8.7 hits per game. That compares with Texas’s No. 4 ranking in that category.

Comparing defensive stats, Los Angeles owns the American League's No. 11-rated road mark, allowing 3.7 runs per game on the highway. Texas, on the other hand, rates No. 8 in scoring at home.

The Angels were a 5-4 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Reds. That made winners of bettors who got Cincinnati at -110 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors. The Angels endured a 5-4 loss at the hands of the Reds on Thursday, with Joe Blanton throwing 5 innings of 7-hit ball at Great American Ball Park.

Texas won its last outing, a 4-0 result against the Astros on April 3. Bettors who backed the Rangers at -165 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Texas hopes solid pitching and defense that led to their last victory - a 10-strikeout performance from Alexi Ogando - will prevail again after their 4-0 victory against Houston at Minute Maid Park.

Los Angeles Angels Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Texas are 6-4
After playing Cincinnati are 4-4
After a loss are 5-5

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing LA Angels are 5-5
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a win are 3-7

A few Angels at Rangers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Angels' last 5 games when playing on the road against Texas
The total has gone OVER in 8 of LA Angels' last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of LA Angels' last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of LA Angels' last 8 games when playing Texas
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas' last 5 games when playing at home against LA Angels
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas' last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas' last 8 games when playing LA Angels
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 7 games

Next up:
LA Angels at Texas, Saturday, April 6