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#981 Los Angeles Angels vs.
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Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 2:05pm EDT
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Major League Baseball action on Tuesday afternoon and a pair of teams from the American League West will square off as the Los Angeles Angels grapple with the Texas Rangers in game one of a day/night doubleheader. This will be game two of a four-game series from Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. The Angels will enter Monday night with a 7-6 lead in the season series.

Pitching Matchup: Getting the nod for the Halos will be Andrew Heaney (2-3, 4.76 ERA) and the Rangers will counter with Joe Palumbo (0-1, 11.00 ERA).

This Article Was Written Prior To Last Night’s Game

Halos Finish The Homestand Well

The Los Angeles Angles come into this series on Monday night off a seven-game homestand and after losing the first two games to the Pirates, they went to go 4-1 in the last five games of the stand. Granted, one was against the Pirates and then four were against the White Sox, but still, it was a nice way to end the homestand. Despite their solid play, the Halos are still sitting well outside of playoff contention as they will enter Monday night sitting 11.5 games out of the 2nd wildcard slot in the American League. I will go out on a limb and state that the Angels will not be invited to the postseason party this year. Just a hunch The Angels did play well on the backend of that homestand, but now they are on the road where they have gone 29-33 on the year. That will make for an interesting game as the rangers are struggling at the moment.

On Sunday, the Halos ripped the White Sox by a score of 9-2 and leading their attack in the contest was Matt Thaiss, who had three hits and four RBIs in the contest. One hit was his 6th homer of the year. Shohei Ohtani (16), Kole Calhoun (27), and Anthony Bemboom (1) also deposited balls over the fences. For Bemboom, it was his first career home run. Grabbing the win in the contest was Griffin Canning, who allowed one ER on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work to move to 5-6 with a 4.58 ERA on the year. LA will enter Monday night 18th in the league in run differential at -29.

Toeing the slab for the Angels will be Andrew Heaney and he has gone 2-3 with a 4.76 EA in 11 starts on the year including 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in his last three starts and 0-1 with a 4.63 ERA in five starts on the road. Righties are hitting .224 off of Heaney this year, while lefties are hitting .275 against the southpaw.  In his career, he has gone 5-13 with a 4.99 ERA in 36 games (35 starts) on the road and 4-4 with a 5.06 ERA in 17 starts during the month of August, plus 5-6 with a 3.84 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) in the daytime. Heaney has gone 1-3 with a 6.21 ERA in eight career starts against the Rangers, including 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in four starts against them here at Globe Life Park.

The Angels have been solid on offense so far as they come in ranked 11th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.06 rpg, while also ranking 13th in hitting at .254 and 14th in homers with 181. On the mound, they have been poor so far as they come in ranked 26th in the league in ERA at 5.08, while also ranking 18th in WHIP at 1.37 and 11th in K’s with 1101. The pen for the Halos ranks 21st in the league with a 4.75 ERA.

Rangers Had A Miserable Series Against The Twins

The Texas Rangers have been a solid home team this year overall, but that was not evident at all in their last series as they faced the Twins here at Globe Life Park and were swept in the four-game set. The Rangers have struggled on the mound all year, but it was even worse in their series against the Twins as they allowed a whopping 35 runs in the four-games. Texas will now enter their game on Monday having allowed 6.90 rpg over their last 10 games and they have allowed 12 or more runs in three of their last seven games. That is not good news as the Halos have an offense that can do some damage against them, especially in this park, which is the 3rd best scoring park in the league. Despite being swept, the Rangers are still at 35-26 here at home and they have averaged 5.61 rpg in those games, but have also allowed 5.70 rpg in those games.

On Sunday, the Rangers lost by a score of 6-3. The game was tied at 3-3 until the Twins went ahead for good with a three-spot in the top of the 8th inning. Lance Lynn got a no-decision after allowing three ERs on four hits and five walks in 5.0 innings of work. Taking the loss was Emmanuel Clase (0-2, 4.70 ERA), who allowed all three runs on three hits and a walk in that fateful 8th inning. Jeff Mathis had a hit and two RBIs, while Hunter Pence had three hits and a run scored and Shin-Soo Choo (20) had their lone homer. The Rangers will enter Monday night at 19th in the league in run differential at -31.

Toeing the rubber for the Rangers will be Joe Palumbo and he has gone 0-1 with an 11.00 ERA in three games (two starts) in this his first year in the league. He has allowed 11 ERs on 13 hits and three walks while striking out seven in 9.0 innings of work so far. Palumbo was 3-0 with a 3.01 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) for Frisco (AA) and Nashville (AAA) this year. He has never faced the Halos.

The Rangers have been solid on offense so far as they come in ranked 10th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.10 rpg, while also ranking 19th in hitting at .250 and 17th in homers with 175. On the mound, they have been poor as they rank 24th in the league in ERA at 4.99, while also ranking 27th in WHIP at 1.45 and 20th in K’s with 1060. Their pen ranks 24th in ERA at 4.94.

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Going with the Rangers in this one. Yes, they just got swept at home by the Twins, but they are still 35-26 here at Globe Life Park this year and the Angels are just 29-33 on the road, including 2-7 their last nine away from home.  While Andrew Heaney has pitched well of late, he has terrible numbers against the Rangers in his career, especially here at Globe Life Park, where he has gone 0-3 with a 9.00 ERA in four starts. Joe Palumbo has struggled in his brief career, but he should have an advantage over an LA team that has yet to see him. Both teams are well out of playoff contention, so this game will come down to pride and after the Rangers just got crushed in four games against the Twins here at home, I will expect their pride to show through with a nice win.

Prediction: Texas +125

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The Rangers were just touched up for 35 runs in a four-game home set with the Twins and while the Halos don’t have that kind of firepower, they have more than enough offense to put up a solid number against the Rangers in this one. The Halos have a solid offense and Palumbo has not looked good so far, plus they will face a bad bad Texas pen after he departs the contest. The Rangers have averaged a solid 5.61 rpg here at home for the year and they will be facing Andrew Heaney, who has a 9.00 ERA in four career starts in the park, plus behind him is a pen that will enter Monday night with a 7.16 ERA over its last 10 games. The Over 6-1-1 in Angels last 8 opening games of a double-header and 10-3-1 in Rangers last 14 home games. Lastly, both the Rangers and Angels will enter their clash on Monday night having allowed 6.90 rpg over their last 10 games each. Take the Over in this one.

Prediction: Over 11.5
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Written By David Hess

David has always had a fascination with numbers and sports, so he combined the two to become a handicapper and a writer for us here at Winners & Whiners, along with StatSalt. All the information that David puts in his articles are well-researched and his predictions are well-thought out. He is a big fan of all the major pro sports and the colleges making David a very versatile and a constantly winning handicapper. David has been writing for the past 10 years and has been handicapping for over 20 years. He will help you beat the Man, so be sure and follow along.