Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers
The Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers play game one of a season ending series between first and second place finishers in the American League West. The Angels are -135 favorites over the Rangers with an over/under run total set at 7.
The Los Angeles Angels were hoping that this series would be for the A.L. West division title but their failure to take care of business results in them just playing out the season here. The Angels are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 45-33 at home, and seven games behind the division champion Rangers. As a team Los Angeles is hitting .253 led by Alberto Callespo at .287, Howie Kendrick at .287, and Erick Aybar at .281. As a team the Angels pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.53 with the starters at 3.59 and the bullpen at 3.40. For game one against the Rangers Los Angeles starts Dan Haren who has won three of his last four starts. For the season Haren has allowed 202 hits and 81 earned runs while striking out 184 over 230 innings of work.
The Texas Rangers have the division wrapped up and are just trying to hit the post season with a full head of steam in hopes they can get back to the World Series. The Rangers have won three games in a row, 8-2 in their last 10 games, and 41-37 on the road this season. As a team Texas is hitting .282 led by Michael Young at .338, Josh Hamilton at .300, and Adrian Beltre at .293. As a team the Rangers pitching staff has a combined ERA of 3.82 with the starters at 3.66 and the bullpen at 4.17. For game one against the Angels Texas starts C.J. Wilson who likely will be the Rangers starter in Game One of the ALDS. For the season Wilson has allowed 189 hits and 73 earned runs while striking out 206 in 221.1 innings of work.
Los Angeles is 30-12 in their last 42 home games, 1-4 in their last five games against a left handed starter, and 8-0 in Haren’s last eight home starts. Texas is 7-1 in their last eight games overall, 36-15 in their last 51 game one of a series, and 4-1 in Wilson’s last five starts. Texas is 5-2 in the last seven meetings of these two.
This one sets up to be a pitcher’s duel and look for it to come in well under the total. Take the under 7 here.