The AL West looks to be wide open again this season, and may be as tight as it was last year, when the Texas Rangers won it after registering just 88 wins. The Rangers are a talented bunch, and will have a very solid starting rotation when Yu Darvish returns from Tommy John surgery. This division has started out exactly as we thought it would, with the Rangers on top, but just 5 games separating them from the floundering Astros at the bottom. The LA Angels are currently sitting in third spot, but are just a game back of the Rangers heading into this series. It’s a bit early in the year to put too much stock in a single series, but since the team that has the best divisional record in the West might end up being the one that wins it, maybe it is important. You can wager on this great weekend series by visiting the MyBookie.ag MLB betting lines page.
How To Bet The Angels vs Rangers MLB Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Saturday, April 30 at 8:05 PM EST
Where: Globe Life Park, Arlington
Starting Pitchers: Angels: Matt Shoemaker (1-3) Vs Rangers: Derek Holland (2-1)
TV: FS-W, FS-SW
MLB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the LA Angels
The Angels (11-11) finally made their way back to .500 on the season, and they did it by completing a very impressive 3-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals. There is reason to believe that the Angels will go as far as Mike Trout carries them this season, but the reality is that they need more out of his surrounding cast if they are to win this division. Trout is leading the way in batting average and home runs hit, but the even better news is that Albert Pujols is doing a good job of driving in runs, and is leading the team with 14. If the Angels can continue to play as they did against the Royals, they may be one to watch. Matt Shoemaker (1-3, 6.87 ERA) will get the start for the Angels.
Why bet on the Texas Rangers
The fact that the Rangers (12-10) have the lead atop the division right now bodes well for how things may go in the future. They have what promises to be one of the best starting rotations in the league, and it will be at full strength soon with both Cole Hamels and Yu Darvish expected back from injury. The Rangers are 6-4 in their last 10 games, and seem to be recovering well after a 4-game losing skid. They broke out of that by winning their final 2 games in a series with the Yankees, which has to have them coming into this one feeling pretty good about themselves. Derek Holland (2-1, 3.13 ERA) will be the man on the mound for the Rangers on Saturday.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
The Rangers have been involved in a lot of close games this season so far, and I think this series may well follow that trend. I like the Rangers to pick up the win at home on Saturday.
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