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Hamels Looks to Help Rangers Reverse Trend Against Angels

Two teams suddenly surging up the standings will begin a series on Monday when the Rangers, who are 7-3 SU in their last 10, meet an Angels side that’s done Texas one better, winning eight of its last 10. Both still well back in the race for the AL West title, this matchup has serious postseason implications in the crowded American League wild-card conversation where eight teams are separated by just five games.

SHARK BITES
  • The Rangers are 1-7 SU and 2-6 on the runline in their last 8 games as underdogs against the Angels.
  • The Angels are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games at home.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of the Rangers’ last 11 games when opening a series.

Getting ready to toe the rubber it’s Cole Hamels (8-1, 3.48 ERA) for the Rangers and Tyler Skaggs (1-3, 3.63 ERA) for the Angels. Both have been pitching well since the all-star break but Hamels has propelled his team to seven straight wins in his last nine starts. In his two starts against the Angels this season, the former Phillie has allowed only one run in 14.2 innings of work.

Can he help reverse the Rangers’ trend of losing as the underdog vs the Angels, though? Skaggs, who pitches much worse at home, could help Hamels achieve that task. His 5.63 ERA at Angel Stadium fails to inspire much confidence and neither does his 5.40 ERA in two starts against Texas in 2017.

If you’re not convinced by the pitching matchup, you might consider a play on the UNDER. Five of the Angels’ last 6 games have failed to top their total and the Rangers have an affinity for going UNDER in series openers.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the visiting Texas Rangers before the first pitch in this match found them as 116 moneyline underdogs earlier today at Bovada. They saw the OVER/UNDER total of 9 earlier at TopBet.

OddsShark computer score prediction models pick a possible 5.9-4.1 win for the Rangers on Monday. 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

64-60 Los Angeles battles the Rangers, currently with a 61-62 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. 7-ranked Los Angeles Angels and the No. 4-rated Texas Rangers in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

On offense, it's a battle between the Los Angeles Angels and its No. 24-rated batting order, averaging 4.29 runs per nine innings, against the No. 5 lineup of the Texas Rangers at 5.11 runs per outing.

Defensively, Texas features the No. 17-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.85 runs per game. Los Angeles, meanwhile, comes in at No. 21 at home, scoring 4.36 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Texas looks to rebound from a loss to the White Sox, who beat them 3-2 on Sunday behind a start from Miguel Gonzalez at Globe Life Park.

Los Angeles rolled to a 5-4 win against Baltimore on Sunday, as Parker Bridwell and the Angels' bats led the team to victory at Camden Yards.

Betting Trends
  • Texas is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games
  • Texas is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Texas's last 6 games
  • Texas is 6-2 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
  • LA Angels is 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games
  • LA Angels is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Angels' last 6 games
  • LA Angels is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Texas at Los Angeles, Tuesday, August 22

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