The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels meet Wednesday to decide the winner of a three-game series at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, so here’s the best betting pick for this AL West showdown along with the latest odds on PointsBet Sportsbook.
The Angels opened as -170 moneyline favorites with a total of 8.5 runs, while the Rangers are listed as +157 road dogs to clinch the series. Texas won the opener as a +195 underdog, 6-4, while Los Angeles bounced back in the middle contest, tallying a 6-2 victory as a -180 fave.
The Rangers continue to struggle offensively
The Texas Rangers dropped to 8-10 on the young season following that 6-2 defeat at the Angels last night. It was another poor offensive display by Chris Woodward’s boys who score only 3.82 runs per game (22nd in the MLB).
Over their last five outings, the Rangers tallied just 12 runs in total while yielding 21 in a return. They rank 20th in the majors in batting average (.222), 24th in on-base percentage (.294), and 29th in slugging percentage.
Mike Foltynewicz will toe the slab Wednesday, looking for his first win of the season. The 29-year-old right-hander is 0-3 with a 5.63 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in three starts this term. Foltynewicz hasn’t met the Angels since 2014 when he tossed 1.1 frames through a couple of relief appearances.
The Angels lean on their prolific offense
The Los Angeles Angels improved to 9-6 on the season last night, smacking three home runs in the process. Mike Trout got his fifth round-tripper of the year, as the Angels’ offense continues to do a great job at the start of their 2021 campaign.
LA is scoring 5.36 runs per contest, enough for the fourth-most in baseball. The Angels are second in the MLB in batting average (.265), eighth in on-base percentage (.330), and fifth in slugging percentage (.422).
Jose Quintana will get the starting call Wednesday, and the 32-year-old southpaw will look to right the ship after a couple of rough outings in 2021. Quintana pitched only five innings through his first two starts, allowing nine earned runs on ten hits and seven walks while striking out nine. He’s 2-1 with a 3.35 ERA in six career starts against Texas.
- 2-5 in the last seven games against the Angels
- 4-16 in the last 20 games against the AL West
- 10-4 in the last 14 games at home
- 13-7 in the last 20 games against the American League
The Angels’ bats look sharp, so I’m expecting another strong performance and a victory over the Rangers. Mike Foltynewicz hasn’t been at his best thus far, as well as Jose Quintana. Therefore, the Angels’ offense should make the difference.
The Rangers are unpredictable and possess a few dangerous players in their lineup. They could make this clash interesting to watch, but Texas’ pitching staff is an issue, too, so give me the Angels at the moneyline odds.
Pick: Take Los Angeles Angels at -170
The Rangers’ relievers own the third-worst ERA in the majors (5.34). On the other side, the Angels’ bullpen is 11th in the MLB with a 3.76 ERA. I’ve mentioned that both starting pitchers are struggling at the moment, so betting on the over seems like a logical choice, especially with the line at 8.5 runs.
Of course, Texas’ offense is a problem, but the Rangers should find a way to score a few runs off Jose Quintana. The Angels should torture Mike Foltynewicz, so I’m going with the over.
Pick: Go over 8.5 runs at -110