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MLB Betting: Texas Rangers vs. Los Angeles Angels – August 28, 2011 – Free Pick and Prediction

Overview

The Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels will play the final game of a three game series in Arlington on Sunday night. This game is the ESPN Sunday night game of the week. The Rangers won the first game of the series behind Derek Holland. With the win, the Rangers moved to three games ahead of Los Angeles for first place in the American League West. In this game, the Rangers will send Colby Lewis to the mound at home. Los Angeles will counter with their ace – Jared Weaver as the starting quarterback. This is the final series between the two teams until they meet for the last three games of the year in Los Angeles.

Texas Rangers (-109)

The Texas Rangers have been up and down almost all season long. Despite losing some games as of late, the Rangers still hold a decent lead in the division. Texas has been one of the hottest hitting teams in all of the Major Leagues all season long. The Rangers rank 3rd in runs scored, with 673, while ranking second with a .276 batting average. The Rangers are led by Michael Young and his .338 batting average, while Nelson Cruz has blasted 28 homeruns. Texas is sending Colby Lewis to the mound. Lewis is 11-9 on the season, with an ERA of 4.07. Lewis is coming off a loss to the Red Sox, where he pitched six innings, for nine hits and 7 earned runs. In his career, he is 35-37.

Los Angeles Angels (+103)

The Angels are sending their top starting pitcher to the mound in this affair. Jered Weaver is 15-6 on the season with a low ERA of 2.03. Weaver signed a huge contract extension just a week ago. The Los Angeles starting pitcher is coming off a win over the White Sox, where he pitched 7 innings, and allowed 4 hits. The Angels have been up and down on the offensive end, led by youngster Mark Trumbo. Trumbo has blasted 23 homeruns and drove in 70 runs. Howie Kendrick has also had a solid season for Los Angeles, where he is batting .295, and has scored 65 runs. The Angels are going with their top three pitchers, on just three days rest in this series.

Conclusion

This is a huge series, as it is the closest divisional race in all of baseball. Both teams feel they need to win atleast two games in this series. For the Rangers, they want to create some space, whule the Angels want to get a little closer in the race. The Rangers are a great offensive team, while the Angels have the pitching that can beat anyone. We look for a great Sunday Night baseball game in this one, and in the end the Angels will come up with a win. We are betting the underdog, Los Angeles Angels to beat the home team, Texas Rangers.

LA Angels:
  • LAA are 8-1 in Weavers last 9 starts on grass.
  • LAA are 8-2 in Weavers last 10 starts.
  • Under is 19-6-2 in Weavers last 27 Sun. starts.
Texas:
  • Over is 9-3 in TEX last 12 games as a favorite.
  • Over is 6-2 in TEX last 8 vs. American League West.
  • TEX are 36-16 in their last 52 games as a favorite.
Head to Head:
  • Under is 15-5-1 in Weavers last 21 starts vs. TEX.

Match Date - Sunday, August 28, 2011

Pick: Los Angeles Angles +103

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