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Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers - MLB Best Bet of the Day

The Los Angeles Angels and Texas Rangers kick off a three-game set in Arlington, Texas.

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Los Angeles Angeles at Texas Rangers: Projected Starting Pitchers

RHP Trevor Cahill vs. RHP Shelby Miller

Cahill is coming off solid back-to-back starts. The veteran right-hander walked just one while fanning 13 over those two turns (at SEA, vs. MIL). Recent-season road woes aren’t supported by indicator stats, and Cahill may be undervalued by some looking at his surface numbers.

Miller has a shaky line against current Angel bats. Los Angeles owns an aggregate .865 OPS, .381 ISO with high contact rate against Miller, who has been rocked in two starts this season. The 28-year-old hasn’t pitched since April 7

Los Angeles Angeles at Texas Rangers: By The Numbers

  • The Rangers have posted a low-contact .672 OPS over the last nine days. That stretch started against … the Angels.
  • The Texas bullpen owns a 4.47 ERA; underlying indicators and FIP point to an even worse number.
  • A fully rested Los Angeles bullpen ranks among the early-season MLB top-5 in control (2.9 walks per 9) and ERA (2.08).

Los Angeles Angeles at Texas Rangers: Key Injuries

Mike Trout is day-to-day with a groin issue. Justin Upton and Shohei Ohtani are on the Angels’ 10-day IL.

For Texas, Rougned Odor is on the 10-day IL; his return is expected in late April.

Los Angeles Angeles at Texas Rangers: Picks and Betting Tips

Moneyline: The Angels are -128 and, with offensive numbers tamped down by a .233 BABIP and going against Shelby, looking like a solid play. Los Angeles has a fresh bullpen off a Sunday postponement; the bottom-5 Texas pen tossed five frames yesterday.

Against the spread: Los Angeles is listed at +114 -1.5 runs. Seven of the Angels’ eight wins this season have been by two-plus runs.

Over/under: An OVER (10.5 -110) is advisable — the LAA offense is undervalued, even with its injury situation. The venue and the overall quality of starters and relievers add to the lean, even with the big number.


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