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Rangers vs Angels Free Pick

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

Astros vs Rangers Free Pick

An American League West showdown in the state of Texas highlights the Friday night Major League Baseball Calendar when the Houston Astros visit the Texas Rangers. The current line on top sportsbooks has Houston slightly favored at -125, Texas at +105 and the over/under run total on 10.

Entering the game, Houston on the season is 71-43 overall and 38-18 on the road. The Astros are 3-7 in their last 10 games played. Texas on the season is 54-59 overall and 28-26 at home. The Rangers are 4-6 in their last 10 games played.

Nine teams are battling for two wildcard spots in the AL with the nine separated by just 6 ½ games. Texas is in eighth place in that group, but has a chance to move up during its 10-game home stand that starts today, but has a tough opponent to start with the No. 1 team in the AL.

Texas has lost 7 of its past 11 overall, but not because of Joey Gallo, who has hit a home run in three consecutive games and now has 32 on the season. During his hitting streak of eight straight games, Gallo blasted 8 home runs, while knocking in 14 runs. › Continue reading

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Friday, August 11th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Astros vs Rangers 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

Red Sox vs Rangers Free Pick

American League action heads to the Lone Star State on Monday when the Boston Red Sox visit the Texas Rangers. The current line on top sportsbooks has Boston favored at -125, Texas at +105 and the over/under run total on 11.

Entering this game, Boston on the season is 47-35 overall and 22-21 on the road. The Red Sox are 7-3 in their last 10 games played. Texas on the season is 40-42 overall and 22-17 at home. The Rangers are 4-6 in their last 10 games played.

Boston right-fielder Mookie Betts had 8 RBIs on Sunday for Boston in their 15-1 victory over Toronto. Betts started a bit slow this season but became the franchise’s first leadoff hitter to have eight runs batted in in one game.

Betts has 4 hits in 9 at bats during his career against Martin Perez the scheduled starting pitcher for the Rangers on Monday. › Continue reading

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Monday, July 3rd, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Red Sox vs Rangers Free Pick

Rangers vs Indians Free Pick

American League action on Monday features the Texas Rangers visiting the Cleveland Indians. The current line on top sportsbooks has Cleveland favored at -170, with Texas at +150 and the over/under run total sitting on 8.5.

Entering the game, Texas on the season is 38-37 overall and 16-20 on the road. The Rangers are 6-4 in their last 10 games played. Cleveland on the season is 39-35 overall and 15-20 at home. The Indians are 6-4 in their last 10 games at home.

Cleveland struggled to score during their recent weekend series and because of that is no longer leading the American League Central as they open a four-game set with Texas on Monday.

The Indians were outscored 13-2 at home during a three-game set over the weekend by Minnesota. After being swept, the Indians were overtaken by the Twins as leaders of the AL Central. › Continue reading

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Monday, June 26th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Rangers vs Indians Free Pick

Blue Jays vs Rangers Free Pick

American League action in Major League Baseball heads to the Lone Star State on Wednesday when the Toronto Blue Jays visit the Texas Rangers. The current line on top sportsbooks has the game as a toss-up with the over/under run total on 11.

Entering the game, Toronto on the season is 34-26 overall and 15-19 on the road. The Blue Jays are 5-5 in their last 10 games played. Texas on the season is 35-35 overall and 21-16 at home. The Rangers are 7-3 in their last 10 games played.

Adrian Beltre has 5 RBIs in this series’ first two games for Texas. The veteran had two hits as Texas gained a split of the first two games with Toronto in the four-game series, but one hit was a home run in Tuesday’s 6-1 win.

Beltre now has 447 home runs for his career. Nomar Mazara and Carlos Gomez also hit home runs in Texas’ win Tuesday, which marked its eighth win in its past 11 games. › Continue reading

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Wednesday, June 21st, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Blue Jays vs Rangers Free Pick

Astros vs Rangers Free Pick

Major League Baseball Saturday action heads to the Lone Star State when the Houston Astros visit the Texas Rangers in an American League West showdown. The current line on top sportsbooks has Houston favored at-175, with Texas on +155 and the over/under run total on 9.

Entering the game, Houston is 39-16 overall and 19-6 on the road. Over their past 10 games played, the Astros are 9-1. Texas on the season is 26-29 overall and 17-11 at home. In their past 10 games played, the Rangers are 2-8.

The Astros are baseball’s best team and no other team in the AL West appears capable of challenging them. Houston looks to become the first team in the majors to win 40 games and extend their winning streak to nine consecutive on Saturday.

Earlier this week, Houston swept AL Central leading Minnesota and on Friday routed Texas 7-1. The Astros are already 12 ½ games in front of the Los Angeles Angels the second place team in the division. On the season, Houston is 18-6 against AL West opponents and 4-1 against Texas. › Continue reading

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Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Astros vs Rangers Free Pick

Rays vs Rangers Free Pick

Major League Baseball heads to the Lone Star State for a Memorial Day showdown in the American League when the Tampa Bay Rays visit the Texas Rangers. The current line on top sportsbooks has Texas slightly favored at -120, Tampa Bay at +100 and the over/under run total on 9.5.

Entering this game, Tampa Bay has a record of 27-26 overall and 11-13 on the road. The Rays are 6-4 in their past 10 games played. Texas has a record of 25-26 overall and 16-8 at home. The Rangers are 4-6 in their past 10 games played.

Texas ended a disappointing road trip on Sunday in Toronto with a win of 3-1 over the Blue Jays. Joey Gallo hit his 15th home run and strong pitching helped Texas to the win.

However, the Rangers road trip was just 3-6. Since posting a winning streak of 10-games, the Rangers have won just 2 of their past 8. The Rangers will evaluate Adrian Beltre following his 3 rehab games and he could debut on Monday for the season. › Continue reading

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Monday, May 29th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Rays vs Rangers 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

Rangers vs Cubs Free Pick

On Friday, Major League Baseball re-starts its season after a four-day hiatus for the All-Star Game. One marquee game on the calendar is an interleague matchup between the visiting Texas Rangers and the host Chicago Cubs. The current line has not yet been released, but check here right up to game time.

Entering this matchup on Friday, Texas has a record of 54-36 overall and 25-21 on the road. The Rangers are 3-7 over their past 10 games played. Chicago entering this game has a record of 53-35 overall and 26-14 at home. The Cubs are 2-8 in their past 10 games played.

Both teams needed the break to regroup as they both were slumping leading up to the All-Star Game. Many were billing this game as a possible World Series preview just a few weeks ago, but with both teams struggling, some wonder if both will even be around for the postseason.

Texas is 3-9 over its past 12 games played but plays its best when on the road. The Rangers will send Martin Perez to the mound on Friday. Perez on the season is 7-6 when an ERA of 3.85. In his 17 starts this season, the Rangers are 10-7.   › Continue reading

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