LA Angels vs Texas Rangers Prediction MLB Picks 5/18/24

Texas Rangers (23-23) vs LA Angels (17-28)

Game Info: Saturday, May 18, 2024 at 7:15 pm (Globe Life Field)

Jose Urena (1-3) (3.62) vs Patrick Sandoval (2-6) (5.20)

Betting Odds: Texas Rangers -135 / LA Angels +115 --- Over/Under: 9.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a LA Angels vs Texas Rangers prediction for this MLB game on Saturday, May 18th at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas. To formulate this prediction for game two in the series, we will examine:

  • The Angels recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Rangers recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Los Angeles 
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Texas
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Los Angeles and Texas
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Los Angeles and Texas

Angels Look for Three Straight Wins 

The LA Angels are 17-28 this year and they have won two games in a row. Los Angeles won game one in this series by a score of 9-3 on Friday night. Prior to this series, the Angels lost two out of three against St. Louis, lost three out of four against Kansas City, and won two out of three against Pittsburgh. Los Angeles has lost eight of their last 13 games and they are last in the AL West, just behind Oakland for fourth. 

The Los Angeles pitching staff has a 4.73 ERA, a 1.33 WHIP, and a .241 opponent batting average. The Angels offense has scored 197 runs with a .248 batting average and a .310 on base percentage. Taylor Ward is batting .273 with nine home runs and 27 RBI’s for the Angels this season. LA is 28th in team ERA and they have allowed at least four runs in eight of their last 13 games. 

Rangers are Struggling 

The Texas Rangers are 23-23 this season and they have lost six of their last seven games. Texas dropped game one in this series and they allowed nine runs in the loss. Prior to this series, the Rangers lost two out of three against Cleveland, were swept by Colorado, and won three out of four against Oakland. Texas is only at the .500 mark so far this year, but they are only a couple of games behind Seattle for first in the division. 

The Texas pitching staff has a 4.20 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a .230 opponent batting average. The Rangers offense has scored 216 runs with a .250 batting average and a .319 on base percentage. Marcus Semien is batting .276 with nine home runs and 33 RBI’s for the Rangers this season. Texas has allowed at least seven runs in four of their last six games. 

Starting Pitchers

The projected starting pitcher for Los Angeles is Patrick Sandoval, who is 2-6 with a 5.00 ERA and a 1.53 WHIP over 45.0 innings pitched this year. Sandoval has allowed two earned runs or fewer in two of his last three starts, but did allow four earned runs and 11 hits in his last start against the Royals. The projected starting pitcher for Texas is Jose Urena, who is 1-3 with a 3.62 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 32.1 innings pitched this season. Urena has allowed three earned runs and 10 hits over his last two starts (11.2 IP).

Why the Texas Rangers will win

The Angels have lost each of their last 10 road games against American League opponents following a road win.The Rangers have won each of their last 10 Saturday games as home favorites against AL West opponents.The Angels have failed to cover the run line in 11 of their last 12 games as road underdogs against the Rangers following a road win.The Rangers have covered the run line in seven of their last eight games as home favorites against the Angels following a home loss.

Total Runs Facts

Each of the Angels' last five games as underdogs have gone OVER the total runs line.Each of the Rangers' last four games as favorites against AL West opponents have gone OVER the total runs line.The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Angels' last eight games as road underdogs.The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Rangers' last six home games.

Matchup/League Facts

The Texas Rangers rank 5th in the league for hits this season (393).The Texas Rangers rank 5th in the league for RBI's this season (206).The Los Angeles Angels are one of only 4 teams in the league to rank top 10 in both steals and batting average this season.The Los Angeles Angels are one of only 5 teams in the league to rank top 10 in both steals and home runs this season.

LA Angels vs Texas Rangers Prediction 

Texas comes into this game really struggling and they will look to bounce back after that lopsided game one loss. The Rangers are only 11-12 at home and their pitching staff has been horrendous recently. LA is 11-12 on the road, but they have one of the worst team ERA’s in the MLB. I think Texas will get the offense going in this game, as I don’t love Patrick Sandoval. My LA Angels vs Texas Rangers prediction is for the Rangers to get the win. 

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

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