MLB Picks and Parlays: Texas and the LA Angels Meet up Wednesday Night
When the Texas Rangers traded away Jonathan Lucroy and Yu Darvish at the trade deadline, that was supposed to indicate they were waving the white flag on their season. We should have known better when talking about one of the more resilient and battle tested teams in the Majors going back almost a decade.
They are 12-6 in their last 18 heading into Tuesday’s game which evened their record at 62-62 and narrowed their gap for the second wildcard to two games behind the Twins.
Their offense has been on fire, leading the AL for the month averaging 6.16 RPG. The team is hitting .284 collectively with six regular contributors hitting .310 or better. The ageless Adrian Beltre (.310-5-21), Nomar Mazara (.329-3-19) and Joey Gallo (.246-10-18) have led the way.
Gallo however suffered a concussion on Monday and will miss at least a week as he was placed on the 7-day DL.
The pitching has also been solid with a 3.91 ERA and Wednesday’s starter has been one of the pleasant surprises.
Los Angeles Angels has also been hot of late, posting a 13-6 record in August which has kept them just ahead of Texas, a half game off the pace for the second wild-card.
The pitching has been the what’s fueled their surge and they’ve done it without a well-established ace among the bunch. Their team ERA is 3.45 for the month which is third best in the AL. The bullpen has been especially stingy with four pitchers yet to allow a run, and four of their remaining five posting an ERA between 1.00 and 3.86.
Offensively they’ve averaged 4.89 RPG. Mike Trout (.333-7-15) and C.J. Cron (.295-5-13) have led the way.
Andrew Cashner (7-9, 3.31 ERA) has been dynamite for the past seven weeks. He posted a 2.36 ERA in July and has been almost as good in August with a 2.41 ERA. But he’s been much better at home with a 2.34 ERA overall versus 4.34 on the road. The Rangers have not given him good run support in his last two outings, scoring just four times as they’ve lost both games. He allowed two earned runs (three total) in 5.2 innings of a 4-3 loss to the White Sox last time out.
Andrew Heaney (0-0, 9.00 ERA) made his first start of the year after missing almost a year and a half after Tommy John surgery. He gave up five runs in five innings of a 9-7 loss to the Orioles last time out.
- Texas is 9-4 ATS in its last 13 games
Texas is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Texas is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
- LA Angels is 9-3 ATS in its last 12 games
LA Angels is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of LA Angels’s last 8 games
Cash It In: The Angels are -145 favorites, the Rangers +135 underdogs in this one. I like Heaney’s chances for a stronger outing in this one as he makes his home debut. The stout Angels bullpen will need to support him to bring it home. Angels 4-3.