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Texas Rangers At Los Angeles Angels [July 28] - MLB Picks And Predictions

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Jul. 28 2022, Published 11:05 a.m. ET

Two of the season's most disappointing teams will square off tonight at Anaheim when the Texas Rangers visit the Los Angeles Angels for the first of a four-game series.

Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani will be on the mound for the home side, while Spencer Howard will get the nod for the visitors. Both teams have struggled mightily this season, and the postseason seems like a long shot at this point.

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Rangers Keep Free-Falling

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The Texas Rangers spend over half a billion dollars in the offseason to try and be competitive, yet Chris Woodward's team can't seem to string two good games together.

They're eleven games below .500 and have won two of their past ten games. They wanted to make a mid-season push and make some transactions before the deadline. Now, it's more likely that they part ways with ace Martín Perez as they're way behind in the Wild Card race.

When Will It End For The Halos?

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Shohei Ohtani continues to be the biggest show in Major League Baseball and is a firm candidate to win back-to-back American League MVPs.

But other than that, there's nothing positive about this Angels season. Firing Joe Maddon did little to straighten the ship, especially with Anthony Rendon and Mike Trout struggling with injuries again. Now, with free agency looming, some even claim the Halos could explore the market for Ohtani.

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Key Injuries, Stats, And Trends

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Both teams are quite banged up ahead of this matchup, especially the Los Angeles Angels.

The home side will be without Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, Matt Duffy, David Fletcher, and Michael Lorenzen. For the Rangers, Eli White, Brad Miller, Joe Barlow, and Mitch Garver will be on the sidelines.

When it comes to trends, it's worth noting that the Angels are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. a team with a losing record, 15-39 in their last 54 overall, and 5-13 in their last 18 home games vs. a right-handed starter.

Also, the Over is 4-0 in Rangers' last four games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15, and 6-1 in Rangers' last 7 during game 1 of a series.

Picks For Rangers At Angels

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As bad as the Angels have been lately, it's not like the Rangers have been much better. Also, special things can always happen when Shohei Ohtani is on the mound.

The Japanese superstar is 9-5 with a 2.80 ERA and has struck out 134 hitters in 16 starts. Also, his presence in the batter's box gives the Halos a big offensive plus, even when pitching.

The Rangers will counter with Spencer Howard (1-2, 7.11 ERA), who's been mediocre at best in his seven starts this season.

So, if laying -200 on a struggling Angels team seems like a bad idea, one could also consider the over at just 7.5 runs tonight at Angel Stadium.

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