Preview: Angels at Rangers

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GAME: Los Angeles Angels (56-37) at Texas Rangers (38-56)
DATE/TIME: Sunday, July 13 - 3:05 PM EST
WHERE: Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas
LINE: N/A TOTAL: N/A


The Texas Rangers look to finish a miserable first half of the season on a positive note when they host the Los Angeles Angels in the final game before the All-Star break on Sunday. Texas has dropped the first three games of the series, seven in a row and 21 of 24 overall, an incredible downturn for a team that has finished either first or second in the American League West for six straight years. Opponents have scored an average of 8.4 runs during the slide.

The Angels have won six straight between the rivals after going 5-18 against the once-mighty Rangers from late 2012 through the early portion of 2014. With a victory Sunday, Los Angeles would tie the franchise record for wins prior to the All-Star break (57) first accomplished in 2008. The club also opens the second half of the year with 10 straight at home, where it has won 12 of 13.

TV: 3:05 p.m. ET, FSN West (Los Angeles), FSN Southwest (Texas)

PITCHING MATCHUP:
Angels LH Tyler Skaggs (4-5, 4.15 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Scott Baker (0-2, 5.84)

Skaggs has lasted at least six innings in 12 of his 14 starts after giving up three runs in 6 2/3 frames of a 4-0 loss to Toronto on Tuesday. He is 3-3 with a 2.96 ERA in seven road starts this year but never has pitched at hitter-friendly Texas. In addition, the Rangers got to him for six runs in just 2 2/3 innings at Los Angeles on May 4.

Baker will be making his fourth start of the season to go along with 11 relief appearances, including four that lasted at least five innings. He gave up three runs over 4 2/3 frames in his previous start at Baltimore on July 3. The 32-year-old has issued only nine walks in 49 1/3 innings this season and surrendered just one home run in 21 frames over his last eight appearances.

WALK-OFFS

1. Angels SS Erick Aybar is 7-for-14 with four walks against Baker.

2. Texas is 9-26 in its last 35 home games.

3. Los Angeles CF Mike Trout has 51 extra-base hits, third-most before the break in Angels history and one behind his pre-break total in 2013.

PREDICTION:
Angels 6, Rangers 4
 

Stats and Records

Team Comparison

  W/L Strk Home Away East Central West IL
LA Angels 56-37 W4 32-15 24-22 10-7 16-8 23-18 7-4
Texas 38-56 L7 18-29 20-27 5-14 11-10 16-23 6-9

Last Meeting

LA Angels Texas
Date Away Home Avg HR OPS Avg HR OPS
7/12/14 LAA 5 TEX 2 .314 0 .762 .129 0 .454

Player Stats

Season Series
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LAA A. Pujols .345 10 .865
TEX A. Rios .333 11 .934
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LAA C. Cron 3 4 5
TEX S. Choo 2 4 6
Pitching ERA Avg K
LAA 3.95 .289 84
TEX 4.73 .243 62
Season
Batting Player Avg Hits OPS
LAA M. Trout .308 105 .998
TEX A. Beltre .338 103 .922
Offense Player HR Runs RBI
LAA M. Trout 22 64 69
TEX A. Beltre 13 50 50
Pitching ERA Avg K
LAA 3.80 .268 782
TEX 4.89 .260 677

Live Game Odds

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Matchup Stats - Full Matchup

LA Angels Overall Texas
56-37 W/L 38-56
52-41 RL W/L 35-59
49-39-5 O/U 48-40-6
5.03 Runs For 4.09
4.11 Runs Against 5.20
LA Angels A/H Texas
24-22 W/L 18-29
27-19 RL W/L 13-34
25-21-0 O/U 22-23-2
5.09 Runs For 3.96
4.04 Runs Against 5.60