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Angels vs Rangers Baseball Game Preview

Los Angeles Angels

Texas Rangers
78-81 September 27, 2013, 08:05 PM | Rangers Ballpark 88-71

The Los Angeles Angels will look to grab a road win when they take on the Rangers in Texas at Rangers Ballpark on Friday in baseball odds action.

The Rangers will turn to Alexi Ogando and his 7-4 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Angels send C.J. Wilson (17-7) to the hill.

View Los Angeles Angels vs Texas Rangers Odds and Stats.

Texas was a -142 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 8.5.

The Rangers - Angels odds would favor the Angels if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Texas is rated No. 23 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Los Angeles is at No. 7.

The Angels were a 6-5 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got Texas at -175 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors. Los Angeles looks to rebound from a loss to the Rangers, who beat them 6-5 on Thursday behind a start from Matt Garza at Rangers Ballpark.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Texas's No. 8 ranked offense (4.47 runs per game) against a Angels defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 24 at 4.52 runs allowed per game. The Rangers have been averaging 9 hits per game, less than the Angels have managed so far this season (9.13 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, Los Angeles owns the No. 23-rated road mark, allowing 4.46 runs per game on the highway. Texas, on the other hand, rates No. 7 in scoring at home.

A few Angels at Rangers trends to consider:
LA Angels is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
LA Angels is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games on the road
LA Angels is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing Texas
The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Angels's last 6 games when playing Texas
Texas is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas's last 9 games at home
Texas is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing LA Angels

Next up:
Los Angeles at Texas, Saturday, September 28th
Texas at Anaheim, Saturday, September 28th