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American League West action is featured on Monday’s Major League Baseball calendar when the Texas Rangers visit the Los Angeles Angels. The current line on top sportsbooks has Los Angeles favored at -145, Texas at +135 and the over/under run total is on 8.5.

Entering the game, Texas on the season is 61-62 overall and 26-33 on the road. The Rangers are 7-3 in their last 10 games played. Los Angeles on the season is 64-60 overall and 33-26 at home. The Angels are 8-2 in their last 10 games played.

Los Angeles is looking to build from its successful road trip when they start a four-game set with AL West rival Texas. The Angels have won 9 of their last 11 and are sitting in a tie for the second AL wildcard, while the Rangers are not far behind trailing the Angels and Twins by just 2 ½ games.

The Angels ended a road trip where they were 7-2 with a 5-4 win on Sunday over Baltimore with Kole Calhoun hitting his third home run for the week and Cameron Maybin’s pinch-hit single knocking in the go ahead run.

Los Angeles hit 11 home runs during its weekend series at Baltimore including two by Luis Valbuena. Over his last 21 games played, Valbuena has 9 home runs and 19 RBIs.

Texas is 5-2 over its last seven games played, but lost on Sunday 3-2 to the White Sox. Joey Gallo collided in the game with Matt Bush during the eighth inning, with both Rangers’ put on concussion protocol. Rougned Odor, the Rangers second baseman has batted .387 with 3 home runs and 7 RBIs over his past 8 games.

Texas will send Cole Hamels to the mound on Monday. The Rangers lefthander is 8-1 with an ERA of 3.48. Los Angeles will counter with Tyler Skaggs. The Angels lefthander is 1-3 with an ERA of 3.63.

Hamels was a winner last Wednesday over Detroit despite giving up eight hits and four runs in six innings. He has won four straight decisions and is 6-1 with an ERA of 2.93 since the start of July.

Skaggs is coming of the team’s bereavement list and will make his fourth start since a stint on the disabled list with an oblique strain in which he missed 85 games. He is 2-1 with an ERA of 5.46 against Texas in five starts during his career.

Texas is 8-3 in its last 11 games overall.

Los Angeles is 4-0 in its last 4 games versus AL West opponents.

With this free pick, we like Texas to win.

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Monday, August 21st, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Rangers vs Angels Free Pick

Angels vs Rangers Free Pick

American League West action highlights the Friday Major League Baseball calendar when the Los Angeles Angels visit the Texas Rangers. The current line on top sportsbooks has Texas favored at -158, Los Angeles at +143 and the over-under run total on 10.

Entering this game, Los Angeles on the season is 44-45 overall and 21-26 on the road. The Angels are 4-6 in their last 10 games played. Texas on the season is 41-44 overall and 23-19 at home. The Rangers are 3-7 in their last 10 games played.

Texas’ southpaw Cole Hamels will pitch on Friday in his third start since returning from seven weeks on the Rangers’ disabled list. This game is the first of three for the two AL West rivals and will take them to the All-Star Game break.

Both teams are battling for second place in the division behind first place Houston. The Angels ended a losing streak of three games with a win on Wednesday over Minnesota 2-1. Ricky Nolasco will start on the mound for the Angels. › Continue reading

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Friday, July 7th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Angels vs Rangers Free Pick

Yankees vs Angels Free Pick

East meets West in an American League showdown on Wednesday when the New York Yankees visit the Los Angeles Angels. The current line on top sportsbooks has New York favored at -147, Los Angeles at +125 and the over/under run total on 7.5.

Entering this game, New York is 38-24 overall and 16-15 on the road. The Yankees are 7-3 in their last 10 games played. Los Angeles entering this game is 34-34 overall and 19-13 at home. The Angels are 6-4 in their last 10 games played.

Eric Young Jr. has been filling in well for the injured Mike Trout. Young has batted .314 with 3 home runs and 9 RBIs in his 15 games with Los Angeles. Young hit a solo home run and an RBI walk off single during the 11th inning on Tuesday to lead the Angels to a 3-2 win.

The loss snapped New York’s winning streak at six. Aaron Judge was hitless in four at bats for the Yankees, while third baseman Chase Headley led New York with three hits, with one being a home run. Didi Gregorius recorded a double to extend his hitting streak to 15 straight games. › Continue reading

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Wednesday, June 14th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Yankees vs Angels Free Pick

Rangers vs Angels Free Pick

Major League Baseball heads to southern California for an American League West showdown when the Texas Rangers visit the Los Angeles Angels. The current line on top sportsbooks has Texas favored at -135, Los Angeles at +115 and the over/under run total on 7.5.

Entering this game, Texas has an overall record of 3-5 and 1-1 on the road, while Los Angeles is 3-6 with a record of 4-1 at home.

The Rangers bullpen is not yet set after the first 8 games, but Jose Leclerc, who is just 23, record his first save for Texas during this series. This Thursday afternoon game is the third and final game of this series and each team has won one game thus far.

Texas closer Sam Dyson already has two blown save chances and Matt Bush the setup man has soreness of the shoulder. Leclerc stepped in on Wednesday with another impressive showing getting the last five outs for Texas including striking out Mike Trout on three pitches. › Continue reading

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Thursday, April 13th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Rangers vs Angels Free Pick

Yankees vs Angels Free Pick

The American League features a west coast showdown on Saturday night when the New York Yankees visit the Los Angeles Angels. The current line has Los Angeles slightly favored at -119, New York at +110 and the over/under run total sitting on 9.

New York enters this game with a record of 62-59 overall and 27-32 on the road. The Yankees are 6-4 over their past 10 games played. Los Angeles on the season has a record of 51-71 overall and 28-32 at home. The Angels are 2-8 over their past 10 games played.

Through power hitting and strong pitching in the opener of the series on Friday night, the Yankees moved slightly closer to a spot in the postseason. New York hit four homers and Masahiro Tanaka and three relievers shutdown the Angels to win 7-0 on Friday.

With the win, the Yankees moved to five games behind rival Boston for the second wildcard spot in the American League. Ronald Torreyes was 4 for 4 on Friday, including his first round tripper of his career. Both Gary Sanchez and Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits.    › Continue reading

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Saturday, August 20th, 2016 2016, Baseball Comments Off on Yankees vs Angels Free Pick

Angels vs Cubs Free Pick

The National League Central leading Chicago Cubs will play host to the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night at Wrigley Field. The current line has Chicago favored at -198, Los Angeles at +182 and the over/under run total not yet released.

Entering this game, Los Angeles has a record of 49-63 overall and 23-34 on the road. The Angels are 3-7 over their past 10 games played. Chicago entering this game, is 70-41 overall and 38-17 at home. The Cubs are 9-1 over their past 10 games played.

Chicago has won its past eight consecutive games to equal a season high and continue to stretch their lead in the NL Central. The Cubs are now 12 games ahead of second place St. Louis. The Cubs can sweep their season series against the Angels with a win on Wednesday

The Cubs have baseball’s best record and added to that Tuesday with their 5-1 win as the starting pitching for Chicago has been dominating opponents. Chicago has given up two runs or fewer in 9 of its past 12 games and during that stretch is an impressive 11-1.    › Continue reading

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Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 2016, Baseball Comments Off on Angels vs Cubs Free Pick

Red Sox vs Angels Free Pick

East meets west on Thursday when the Boston Red Sox travel to the west coast to visit the Los Angeles Angels in the first game of a four-game series. The current line has Boston favored at -160, Los Angeles at +155 and the over/under run total on 8.5.

Entering this game, Boston has a record of 55-44 overall and 21-19 on the road. The Red Sox are 4-6 over their past 10 games played. Los Angeles on the season is 45-56 overall and 22-26 at home. The Angels are 6-4 over their past 10 games played.

David Price will try to find his old form when Boston opens a road trip of 11 games in the opener of this series with the Angels. Price has a record of 1-3 with an ERA of 5.30 over his past six outings. The veteran lefthander has given up 11 hits or more in three of those 6 starts.

Price has been mostly a disappointment thus far in his first season with Boston. His ERA of 4.51 is the highest as a professional and far above his career mark of 3.09 that he had prior to the start of this season.   › Continue reading

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Thursday, July 28th, 2016 2016, Baseball Comments Off on Red Sox vs Angels Free Pick

Angels vs Royals Free Pick

An American League showdown takes place Sunday night as the Los Angeles Angels visit the Kansas City Royals for the final game of a four-game series. The Royals have won 2 of the first 3 games of the series heading into Sunday’s showdown. The current line has Kansas City favored at -131, with Los Angeles on +121 and the run total at 8.

Entering Sunday’s game Los Angeles has a record of 60-56 overall and 24-33 on the road. The Angels are 4-6 over their past 10 games played. Kansas City on the season is 70-46 overall and 41-20 at home. The Royals are 7-3 over their past 10 games played. The Royals have practically wrapped up first place in the AL Central, while the Angels are battling for a wildcard spot.

Los Angeles won the first game of the series but has lost the past two, including Saturday’s 9-4 loss which trimmed its lead for the second AL wildcard spot to just a half game over Baltimore. The Angels also trail in the AL West by 2 ½ games over first place Houston and are now 1-5 on their current road trip that ends Sunday.

Los Angeles will send Hector Santiago to the mound on Sunday. The Angels lefthander is 7-6 with an ERA of 2.87. Kansas City will counter with Yordano Ventura. The Royals right-hander is 7-7 with an ERA of 4.97. Santiago lost to the Chicago White Sox his last time out. On Tuesday, Ventura struck out 8 and defeated the Detroit Tigers 6-1 in his last outing.    › Continue reading

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Sunday, August 16th, 2015 2015, Baseball Comments Off on Angels vs Royals Free Pick

Angels vs Dodgers Free Pick

The battle of Los Angeles takes place this weekend when the Los Angeles Angels visit the Los Angeles Dodgers for an interleague showdown in southern California. The current line has the Dodgers favored at -202, with the Angels on +185 and the run total sitting on 6.

The Angels on the season are 55-46 overall and 23-25 on the road. They are 4-6 over their past 10 games played. The Dodgers on the season are 57-45 overall and 34-18 at home. They are 5-5 over their past 10 games played. The Angels are currently in second place in the American League West 2 games behind Houston, while the Dodgers are in first place in the National League West.

The Dodgers picked up two relievers in Jim Johnson and Luis Avilan from Atlanta, along with starters Alex Wood and Mat Latos. The Dodgers need help in the bullpen and another starting pitcher as their lead over the San Francisco Giants has shrunk to just a half game.

The Angels were swept by Houston in their last series, but Mike Trout their star hitter did return after missing two games to play in the final of the Houston series. The Angels will send Hector Santiago to the mound on Friday. The Angels lefthander is 7-4 with an ERA of 2.43. The Dodgers will counter with Clayton Kershaw. The Dodgers southpaw ace is 8-6 with an ERA of 2.51.    › Continue reading

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Friday, July 31st, 2015 2015, Baseball Comments Off on Angels vs Dodgers Free Pick

Angels vs Astros Free Pick

An American League West showdown is taking place in the Lone Star State on Wednesday when the Los Angeles Angels visit to the Houston Astros in the second game of a three-game set. The Astros won the first game on Tuesday 10-5 to move into a virtual tie for first place with the Angels.

The current line has Houston slightly favored at -117, with Los Angeles at +108 and the run total sitting on 7.5. The Angels on the season are 55-44 overall and 23-23 on the road. Los Angeles is 6-4 over its past 10 games played. Houston on the season is 56-45 overall and 34-17 at home. The Astros are 7-3 over their past 10 games played.

The Angels were without All-Star and AL reigning MVP Mike Trout on Tuesday in the opening game as he hurt his wrist on Sunday catching a ball. The hope is Trout return’s to the Angels lineup on Wednesday. Trout stayed in the game on Sunday after hurting his wrist and even hit a grand slam, but was very stiff on Monday but was feeling better on Tuesday.

Los Angeles will send Garrett Richards to the mound on Wednesday. The Angels right-hander is 10-7 with an ERA of 3.25. Houston will counter with Lance McCullers. The Astros right-hander is 4-3 with an ERA of 2.60. Richards has pitched a minimum of 7 2/3 innings in four of his past five starts. McCullers is 3-0 with an ERA of 1.54 with 35 strikeouts in six starts at home this season.    › Continue reading

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Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 2015, Baseball Comments Off on Angels vs Astros Free Pick

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