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Texas Rangers Have Been Blowing up Favorites This Year

The Angels swept the White Sox in the first series back from the break and will have to steal a couple of games from the AL East-leading Texas Rangers if they have any hope of climbing back in the division race. LA will send out Nick Tropeano (3-2, 3.12 ERA) in hopes of getting the series off to a winning start as he faces A.J. Griffin (3-1, 3.81 ERA).

SHARK BITES
  • The Rangers are 12-3 in their last 15 games as a moneyline underdog of 110 or less.
  • The Angels are 1-9 in their last 10 games against their division.
  • The Rangers are 6-2 in their last 8 games with Griffin as their starter.

Nick Tropeano has dropped both of his decisions since returning from the DL for a shoulder issue but earned a tough loss in his last outing. Tropeano has been by far and away the Angels' best starter and is the only one with an ERA under four. In his lone start against the Rangers this year, the Angels’ righty went 6.2 innings and allowed only four hits and no runs in a win.

Griffin hasn’t earned a win since April 26 and hasn’t gone deeper than six innings since May 2. He, like Tropeano, has also been battling a sore shoulder that may be contributing to his short outings. Griffin has pitched better on the road this year, posting a 3.45 ERA away from Arlington.

If you're playing daily fantasy, you may want to check out Mike Trout. The former MVP has taken Griffin deep twice in his 17 at-bats against him and will be a candidate to go Yahtzee again tonight.  

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

On the MLB moneyline for this betting odds matchup, Los Angeles sat as -116 favorites earlier in the day at Bovada. The over/under total was set at 8.5, according to MyBookie.

Odds Shark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 4.7-3.2 victory for the Angels. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Texas Rangers vs Los Angeles Angels Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

40-52 Los Angeles battles the Rangers, currently with a 55-38 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Los Angeles vs Texas injuries news.

According to MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 5-ranked Los Angeles Angels and the No. 27-rated Texas Rangers in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Los Angeles Angels No. 14-ranked scoring average of 4.55 runs per game, against a Texas Rangers offense rated No. 8 and scoring 4.82 runs per game. The Angels have averaged 9.02 hits per game to date this season, more than the Rangers hitters have managed (8.99 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Los Angeles has the No. 17-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rangers own the No. 21 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Texas rolled to a 4-1 win against Chicago on Sunday, as C Hamels and the Rangers' bats led the team to victory at Wrigley Field.

The Angels enjoyed a 8-1 victory at the expense of the White Sox on Sunday, with Jered Weaver throwing 7 innings of 6-hit ball at Angel Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Texas is 1-7 ATS in its last 8 games
  • Texas is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Texas is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games on the road
  • Texas is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games on the road
  • LA Angels are 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
  • LA Angels are 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of LA Angels' last 5 games
  • LA Angels are 3-13 ATS in its last 16 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Texas at Los Angeles, Tuesday, July 19th

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