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Rangers open series in Los Angeles

American League West rivals will open a series in Southern California on Monday night as the Los Angeles Angels meet the Texas Rangers for the second time this season in MLB betting.

The Rangers won two of three games against the Angels when the teams met back at the beginning of April, with the OVER/UNDER going 2-1 for totals bettors in those contests. Overall Texas has a 6-4 record in its past 10 games against Los Angeles.

Los Angeles sends Joe Blanton out against Derek Holland for the Rangers in this game. Blanton is 0-3 with a 8.59 ERA on the season, while Holland is 1-1 on the year and has a 1.64 ERA.

View Texas vs LA Angels Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Rangers listed as favorites of 100 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8.5, check for updates at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the American League's No. 13-rated Rangers taking on the American League's No. 7-rated Angels in this contest.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Los Angeles' No. 7-rated American League offense, averaging 4.4 runs per game, against a Rangers defense that ranks No. 1 in the American League at 2.8 in runs allowed per game. The Angels have averaged 9.9 hits per game so far, more than Rangers batters have averaged on the year (8.1 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Los Angeles has the American League's No. 12-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Rangers own the American League's No. 1 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Texas was a 11-3 winner at home against the Mariners. Bettors on Texas at -157 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (14) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Texas got the job done in their last match in a 11-3 victory over Seattle on Sunday at Rangers Ballpark behind starter Justin Grimm.

The Angels were a 4-3 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Tigers. That made winners of bettors who got Los Angeles at -109 on the moneyline, while the total score (7) was good news for UNDER bettors. Los Angeles needed extra innings to get the job done against the Tigers on Sunday as the Angels defeated them 4-3 at Angel Stadium.

Texas Rangers Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing LA Angels are 6-4
After playing Seattle are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

Los Angeles Angels Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Texas are 5-5
After playing Detroit are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few Rangers at Angels trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Texas' last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Texas' last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas' last 6 games when playing LA Angels
Texas is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
LA Angels are 5-0 SU in their last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Angels' last 6 games when playing Texas
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Angels' last 5 games
LA Angels are 5-2 SU in their last 7 games

Next up:
Texas at LA Angels, Tuesday, April 23