Los Angeles vs Texas MLB Online Sportsbook Odds
If they were to write a Hollywood movie script about this year’s baseball season, they would probably end it with a weekend series between two teams with all to play for and everything to lose. That would likely mean that the focus would be on the 4-game series that sees the LA Angels head to Arlington to face the Texas Rangers. Game 1 of the series will go on Thursday night with Texas listed as the favorite on online sportsbook lines to take the game.
Los Angeles Angels vs Texas Rangers MLB Online Sportsbook Odds
Date: Thursday, October 1st, 2015
Venue: Globe Life Park
Opening Line: Texas -122
— ESPN (@espn) September 30, 2015
The Texas Rangers (85-72) have the upper hand right now, as they hold a 2-game lead atop the AL West. A split over the 4 games would be enough to get them the crown, but they will not want to leave anything to chance. They know that a series loss could see them fall out of the postseason altogether, as the Houston Astros are still right there in the hunt, too. The Rangers have looked a little nervy since taking the division lead, and came into their Tuesday night game with the Tigers on a 3-game losing streak. They managed to get the win, though, and can really help their own cause by taking the rubber match on Wednesday. Derek Holland (3-3, 4.99 ERA) has been extremely shaky in his last 4 starts, and will need to pick his game up on Thursday.
There is no other way to say it, the LA Angels (83-74) are red hot right now. They have won 7 straight games, and have jumped over the Astros to take the final Wild Card spot. They are still 2 back of the Rangers for the division lead, and know that nothing less than a series win will do here. It would be nothing short of a disaster if they were to go down hard to the Rangers this weekend and allow Houston in via the back door. While the Angels are winning right now, they are doing it the hard way, with 5 of the 7 wins in their current streak coming by a single run. Some may say that there is an element of luck there, while others will see it as a sign of a good team who can always find a way to win. We will find out just what they are this weekend. Andrew Heaney (6-3, 3.29 ERA) will get the start for the Angels.
Key Online Betting Trends
Texas is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Texas’s last 10 games
Texas is 12-4 SU in its last 16 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Texas’s last 8 games at home
LA Angels is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of LA Angels’s last 6 games
Consider This Before Placing Your Bet
While Holland has not been pitching very well for the Rangers right now, he does bring a level of experience that trumps what Heaney has to offer. This is almost a coin flip game, but for me, it lands on the side of the Rangers.