Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels - 9/18/20 MLB Picks and Prediction
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Texas Rangers (18-32) at Los Angeles Angels (21-30)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 18, 2020 at 9:10 pm (Angel Stadium of Anaheim)
Wes Benjamin (1-0) (4.38) vs. Jaime Barria (0-0) (3.38)
The Line: Los Angeles Angels -160 / Texas Rangers +148 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Texas Rangers face the Los Angeles Angels on Friday, September 18th at Angel Stadium for game one of a four-game series.
The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels will wrap up their season series this weekend with a four-game set at Angel Stadium. The Texas Rangers ended their series with the Astros on Thursday, losing the game by the final score of 2-1. The Rangers currently own the American League's worst record at 18-32. The Rangers are 3-3 in their last six games overall, but they are still 2.5 games behind these Angels in the AL West standings.
The Los Angeles Angels took on the Arizona Diamondbacks at home on Thursday night. The Diamondbacks took the first two games of that three-game series, but game three went to the Halos by the final score of 7-3. The Angels are now nine games under .500 at 21-30 and are in fourth place in the AL West standings. The Angels are 4.5 games behind the Astros for second place in the division, therefore their playoff chances are extremely slim, especially with the Seattle Mariners already in front of them by 1.5 games.
The Texas Rangers will bring left-hander Wes Benjamin to the mound to face the Angels. Benjamin is 1-0 with a 4.38 ERA through his first 12.1 innings of the season with the Rangers. Benjamin will make his first start in the Major Leagues on Friday, as the 27-year-old left-hander has only appeared out of the bullpen for the Rangers in his career.
The Los Angeles Angels will send right-hander Jaime Barria to the bump for Friday's contest. Barria is 0-0 with a 3.38 ERA through his first 24.0 innings of the season with the Angels. Barria allowed two earned runs through 5.1 innings in his last start against the Rockies on September 12th.
In game one of this series, I will take the Texas Rangers as the road underdogs. Both teams have not impressed this season, therefore I think taking the Rangers at +148 odds is plenty valuable enough. I will not be rushing to the window for this one, but the Rangers are worth a shot here.