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Texas Rangers battle vs Los Angeles Angels highlights MLB odds menu

Los Angeles Angels

Texas Rangers
78-82 September 28, 2013, 08:05 PM | Rangers Ballpark 89-71

A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Los Angeles duelling Texas on Saturday at Rangers Ballpark.

Derek Holland gets the call for the Texas Rangers and he will try to build on a 10-9 mark. In the other dugout, Garrett Richards brings a 7-7 ledger to the game for the Angels as he tries to quiet the Rangers bats.

View Los Angeles Angels vs Texas Rangers Odds and Stats.

The Rangers were listed as -166 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 9 earlier at TopBet.

This game puts the Rangers, most recently No. 23 in Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Angels, who rate a No. 7 in the latest survey.

The Angels were a 5-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got Texas at -138 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for UNDER bettors. Los Angeles didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 5-3 to Texas on Friday at Rangers Ballpark.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Texas's No. 8-ranked scoring average of 4.47 runs per game, against a Angels offense rated No. 7 and scoring 4.54 runs per game. The Rangers have averaged 8.99 hits per game to date this season, less than the Angels hitters have managed (9.12 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Texas has the No. 10-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Angels own the No. 24 mark in runs allowed.

A few Angels at Rangers trends to consider:
LA Angels is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Texas is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Los Angeles at Texas, Sunday, September 29th
Texas at Anaheim, Sunday, September 29th