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OVERs the Story When Rangers and Angels Collide

The Los Angeles Angels’ late-season surge up the standings has them on the brink of contention in the AL wild-card race, and a date with division rival Texas awaits them on Thursday. Sportsbooks opened the Rangers as +112 road underdogs with a total of 9.5.

Shark Bites
  • The Rangers are 4-1 SU in their last five games on the road against the Angels.
  • The Angels are 5-2 SU and ATS in their last seven games against their division.
  • The total has gone UNDER in the Angels’ last four games when closing out a series.

Martin Perez and Troy Scribner are slated to get the start for the Rangers and Angels, respectively. Perez (8-10, 5.26 ERA) has gone 3-4 with a 6.86 ERA in his last seven starts but has won three in a row despite allowing six runs over six innings against the Chicago White Sox in his last appearance. The hurler is 2-4 with a 3.53 ERA in 10 career games against the Halos.

Scribner (2-0, 3.46) is being recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to start in place of the injured JC Ramirez, who’s out indefinitely with a right elbow strain. The 26-year-old owns an 11-4 record with a 4.35 ERA in 20 games for Salt Lake this season.

The OVER is trending when the Rangers and Angels get together. In the last five meetings between the clubs, the OVER is 4-1.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Baseball betting oddsmakers, including BetOnline, opened the Los Angeles Angels as -129 moneyline favorites in this matchup. OVER/UNDER total bettors saw the number open at 9.5 at shops such as Bovada.

OddsShark computer prediction handicapping models run on this game pick a 4.9-4.2 victory for the Rangers. 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

Los Angeles (65-62) will face the 63-63 Rangers in this tilt. 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

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Los Angeles has baseball's No. 23-rated offensive output, at 8.18 hits per game. The Texas Rangers average 8.27 hits per game, good for No. 26 on the list.

Comparing defensive stats, Texas owns the No. 18-rated road mark, allowing 4.9 runs per game on the highway. Los Angeles, on the other hand, rates No. 21 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Texas won a close affair on Wednesday in their last outing, defeating Los Angeles 7-5 in extra innings at Angel Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Texas is 10-4 ATS in its last 14 games
  • Texas is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Texas's last 9 games
  • Texas is 8-3 ATS in its last 11 games on the road
  • LA Angels is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
  • LA Angels is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Angels' last 9 games
  • LA Angels is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Texas at Oakland, Friday, August 25
Los Angeles home to Houston, Friday, August 25