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#1917 Texas Rangers vs.
#1918 Los Angeles Angels
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 9:35pm EDT
Written by Chris Kubala

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It’s a battle of AL West rivals on the diamond in the City of Angels. The Texas Rangers are on the road as they make the trip to face the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday night in the middle game of a three-game set. Texas salvaged the finale of their three-game set at home against the Orioles as they earned a 1-0 win in 10 innings Sunday afternoon in their last game. Los Angeles had the final two games of their three-game series at home against the Twins postponed due to COVID-19 concerns with Minnesota. The Angels earned a 10-3 win on Friday night in the lone game that took place. In the series opener Monday night, Texas sends Kohei Arihara to the mound to square off with the Angels’ Dylan Bundy. First pitch from Angel Stadium of Anaheim was slated for 9:38 pm ET.

Texas Rangers Hoping to Find Success on the Road

Texas struggled at home against Baltimore over the weekend though they earned the win Sunday to avoid being swept. The Rangers went into Monday in the basement of the AL West, three games behind the Mariners for the top spot in the division. Texas got two hits from Nick Solak in Sunday’s game as the team finished with only five hits. Nate Lowe drove in the game’s only run with a walk-off RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning for the victory. Kyle Gibson threw eight scoreless frames, allowing six hits with no walks and six strikeouts yet didn’t factor in the decision. John King (1-0) threw a scoreless 10th, allowing one hit with no walks and one strikeout, to earn the win in relief.

Jordan Lyles gets the call for his fourth start of the year for the Rangers in this contest. He comes in 1-0 with a 4.70 ERA, a 1.239 WHIP, three walks and 13 strikeouts over 15.1 innings of work this season. Lyles didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came against the Rays on the road Thursday night. He threw 5.1 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with one walk and four strikeouts in a game the Rangers went on to win 6-4 in 10 innings. Lyles makes his seventh career appearance and sixth start against the Angels in this contest. He is 3-1 with a 5.40 ERA, a 1.414 WHIP, 10 walks and 19 strikeouts over 23.1 innings of work. Lyles is 1-0 with a 4.00 ERA, a 1.333 WHIP, four walks and seven strikeouts over nine innings in three career appearances, two starts, at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

Los Angeles Angels Rested and Ready to Go

Los Angeles had their weekend games postponed due to COVID-19 concerns with the Twins so they got two extra days off heading into Monday’s opener. The Angels entered Monday second in the AL West, half a game behind the Mariners for the top spot in the division race. In Friday’s game, Los Angeles got two hits each from Jose Iglesias (run), David Fletcher (two runs, RBI), Jared Walsh (run, three RBI) and Justin Upton (two runs, four RBI) in the victory. Walsh (his fourth) and Upton (his second, a grand slam) each homered in the victory. Andrew Heaney threw 5.1 innings, allowing two runs on two hits with three walks and six strikeouts, while not factoring in the decision. Aaron Slegers (1-0) earned the win in relief despite allowing a run on three hits with no walks or strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning.

Shohei Ohtani is on the hill as he logs his second start of the season for the Angels in this contest. He has no record, a 1.93 ERA, a 1.50 WHIP, five walks and seven strikeouts on the year. Ohtani didn’t factor in the decision in his first start of the year, which came back on April 4 at home against the White Sox. In that outing, he threw 4.2 innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on two hits with five walks and seven strikeouts in a game the Angels won by a 7-4 count. Ohtani, in his 14th career major league start, takes the mound against the Rangers for the first time. He is 2-1 with a 2.70 ERA, a 1.17 WHIP, 19 walks and 47 strikeouts over 33.1 innings in seven career starts at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.

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This one is going to be interesting as Ohtani takes the mound for the first time in nearly two and a half weeks since his season debut. One has to wonder if he’ll be on a pitch count of any sort as he hasn’t thrown in that stretch. Texas struggled at the plate against the Orioles, mustering only four runs in their three-game set. The Rangers are going to have to find a way to generate more offense if the team hopes to have any success here. Los Angeles is playing decent ball right now and with the extra couple days off entering Monday, that gives them a little more flexibility to work with should Ohtani scuffle. Give the Angels the upper hand in this contest.

Prediction: Los Angeles Angels -1.5

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Texas has seen the under post a 9-6-1 mark in their 16 games this season entering Monday’s action. The Rangers are 24th in the majors as they put up an average of 3.69 runs per contest this season. Texas is 17th in the majors in run prevention by allowing 4.44 runs a night, giving them an average total of 8.13 runs per game. Los Angeles has seen the over go 7-6 in their games this season. The Angels have been productive at the plate, entering Monday third in the majors with an average of 5.46 runs per game on the year. Los Angeles is last in the majors in run prevention as they give up an average of 5.23 runs per game, giving them an average total of 10.69 runs a contest this season. We’ve seen the Angels have some success offensively this season but with Texas’ struggles at putting runs on the board, you have to lean toward this one falling short of the mark.

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