Angels vs Rangers Prediction - MLB Picks 8/14/23

Texas Rangers (70-48) vs Los Angeles Angels (59-60)

Game Info: Monday, August 14, 2023 at 8:05 pm (Globe Life Field)

Max Scherzer (11-4) (3.88) vs Patrick Sandoval (6-8) (3.86)

Betting Odds: Texas Rangers -175 / Los Angeles Angels +145 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Los Angeles Angels will play the Texas Rangers in Game 1 of their series on Monday night at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. The Angels are trying to stay relevant in the AL Wild Card race, while Texas is trying to hold off the Astros in the AL West. This is a huge series and it should feel a little bit like playoff baseball. 

Angels Preview

The Los Angeles Angels are 59-60 this season and they have won three of their last five games. Los Angeles is coming off of a series loss to the Astros, where they lost two out of three games. The Angels have really struggled since the trade deadline, going 3-9 in their last 12 games. The LA pitching staff has a 4.50 ERA, a 1.38 WHIP, and a .247 opponent batting average this season. The Angels offense has scored 575 runs with a .252 batting average and a .326 on base percentage. Shohei Ohtani is batting .305 with 41 home runs and 84 RBI’s for the Angels. The projected starting pitcher for Los Angeles is Patrick Sandoval, who is 6-8 with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP over 109.2 innings pitched this year. 

Rangers Preview

The Texas Rangers are 70-48 this season and they have won 10 of their last 12 games. Texas is coming off of a series win against the Giants, where they won two out of three games on the road. The Rangers have hit the ball extremely well recently, scoring five runs or more in eight of their last eleven games. The Texas pitching staff has a 4.02 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a .240 opponent batting average. The Rangers offense has scored 672 runs with a .271 batting average and a .341 on base percentage this year. Adolis Garcia is batting .259 with 29 home runs and 89 RBI’s for the Rangers. The projected starting pitcher for Texas is Max Scherzer, who is 11-4 with a 3.88 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over 120.2 innings pitched this season.

Texas Rangers Team Facts

  • The Rangers have won each of their last seven games at Globe Life Field.
  • The Rangers have covered the run line in each of their last six home games against American League opponents.
  • The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Rangers' last six games as favorites.
  • The Rangers have led after 5 innings in each of their last seven games at Globe Life Field.
  • The Rangers have led after 7 innings in each of their last seven games at Globe Life Field.

Los Angeles Angels Team Facts

  • The Angels have lost each of their last six night games against American League opponents.
  • The Angels have failed to cover the run line in 10 of their last 11 games as underdogs against the Rangers following a road win.
  • The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Angels' last eight road games against AL West opponents.

Texas Rangers Player Prop Facts

  • Corey Seager has hit a home run in four of his last five home appearances.
  • Leody Taveras has recorded an RBI in each of the Rangers' last four night games against AL West opponents that held a losing record.
  • Marcus Semien has recorded two or more total bases in each of the Rangers' last nine games at Globe Life Field against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Corey Seager has scored at least one run in each of his last six appearances in night games against teams that held a losing record.
  • Max Scherzer has recorded nine or more strikeouts in four of his last five appearances with his team as a home favorite against AL West opponents.
  • Marcus Semien has recorded at least one hit in each of the Rangers' last 11 games at Globe Life Field against AL opponents that held a losing record.
  • Adolis Garcia ranks 7th in the league in Home Runs (29) this season.

Los Angeles Angels Player Prop Facts

  • Shohei Ohtani has hit at least one home run in three of the Angels' last four road games against the Rangers.
  • Shohei Ohtani has recorded two or more RBIs in three of the Angels' last four road games against the Rangers.
  • Patrick Sandoval has recorded six or more strikeouts in four of his last five appearances against the Rangers.
  • Shohei Ohtani has recorded two or more total bases in each of the Angels' last six road games against the Rangers.
  • Shohei Ohtani has scored at least one run in 29 of the Angels' last 33 games against AL opponents.
  • Brandon Drury has recorded at least one hit in each of his last six appearances in night games against AL teams that held a winning record.
  • Shohei Ohtani ranks 2nd in the league in Home Runs (41) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Texas Rangers ranks 2nd in the league for doubles this season (256).
  • The Texas Rangers ranks 2nd in the league for RBI's this season (644).
  • The Los Angeles Angels ranks 27th in the league for steals this season (57).
  • The Los Angeles Angels ranks 5th in the league for slugging percentage this season (.441).

Pick

The Angels were able to get great pitching from their staff on Sunday to hold Houston to only one run and avoid the sweep. Texas was going for the sweep against the Giants, but they lost in extra innings after having a comeback in the ninth inning. Texas is starting Max Scherzer, who has allowed four earned runs over 13 innings for the Rangers this season. LA is starting Patrick Sandoval, who has allowed two earned runs or fewer in five consecutive starts. The Angels desperately need this series win and it starts with Game 1. Sandoval has pitched very well in his last few starts, but he is going up against Scherzer. I think we are going to see a pitching duel in this game and I like the under. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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