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#967 Los Angeles Angels vs.
#968 Texas Rangers
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 8:05pm EDT
Written by Sporty Jordy



#967 Los Angeles
#968 Texas


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When and where: August 20, 2019, Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX, 2:05 PM ET

After knocking off the perennially rebuilding Chicago White Sox, the Los Angeles Angels turn their attention to the slumping Texas Rangers. Losing a four-game sweep to the Minnesota Twins was the end result over the weekend for the Rangers, who were already coming off losses to the Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays. Joe Palumbo hopes to have a hand in changing the team’s fortunes when he starts on the mound on Tuesday night against an unnamed pitcher for the Angels.

Angels aim for third place

The Angels took a little break over the weekend to enjoy some time with fans at an animal presentation at the Orange County Zoo. It was the calm before what should be a raging storm when they make the trip to Arlington for a four-game series against the Rangers. A recent 6-3 run for the Angels, along with a 2-10 collapse by the Rangers, has third place hanging in the balance in the ensuing series.

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The Angels finished last season fourth in the division with an 80-82 record, which was the exact same record they had when they placed second in 2017. However, the level of competition has steadily increased in the AL West with the sudden improvements made by the Oakland Athletics and the sustained dominance from the Houston Astros.

A season marred by tragedy and overall struggles leads to hope of as strong a finish as possible for the Angels, who currently sit in third place with a 62-64 record.

The Angels have yet to name a starting pitcher for the evening game in Tuesday’s doubleheader.

Rangers continue to go in the other direction

A season of hope has quickly turned into a season of misery for the Rangers.

It’s a common theme when fans are hoodwinked into believing an overachieving team can sustain that effort over the course of an entire MLB season. While the Rangers looked like the team of destiny earlier in the season, the inevitability of their situation was always destined to come to light. Such has been the case in the second half of the season with them plummeting all the way to fourth place in the AL West division with a 60-64 record.

Gone are the days when they were eking out upset wins over legitimate playoff contenders. Forget about the time when talking heads pondered if they were an actual threat to the Astros. The Rangers’ front office has willingly accepted the ball club’s fate as another rebuilding team aiming to be better next season, which is indicative of their lack of urgency in adding talent before the trade deadline.

Palumbo hopes to help dig the Rangers out of their persisting slump when he starts at pitcher against the Angels on Tuesday. The New York native is throwing an 11.00 ERA with a 0-1 record in only two career big-league starts. After giving up seven runs to the Cleveland Indians, he looked much better in his second outing against the Minnesota Twins, who he managed to hold scoreless in three innings of action.

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Perennial All-Star slugger Mike Trout was given Monday off for the Angels in hopes of getting him the rest he needs to prepare for Tuesday’s doubleheader. Even though the postseason remains a pipe dream for both teams, there will undoubtedly be a playoff-like feel when pitting the rivals together and giving them an opportunity to compete for third place in the AL West division.

However, there won’t be any competing if the Rangers defense continues to hand out runs. The unit has given up six or more runs in three of their last four meetings. That’s putting it mildly considering some of the scoring differentials have been absolute blowouts. They lost their series-opening game against the Blue Jays by a 15-point margin, and the totality of their four-game series with the Twins resulted in a 35-19 loss.

The defensive bleeding is crippling, and it won’t get any better playing back-to-back games.

We can harp on the defensive issues with the Angels as well, but they also boast the more consistent offense right now to offset those issues. They currently rank ninth in the league in on-base percentage, which means they’ll have plenty of opportunities to get runners across home plate after teeing off on the inexperienced Palumbo. I like a weary Angels team to come out on top of a sloppy defensive game.

Prediction: Los Angeles Angels

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These are two of the worst run-scoring defenses in the league slated to clash on Tuesday. Palumbo is too green to expect a repeat performance of what he did against the Twins. Even if he does have a good night, the bullpen won’t hold up enough to keep the Angels off the scoreboard for long. Unlike the Rangers, the Angels haven’t looked nearly as offensively-challenged in recent meetings, averaging six or more runs in five of their last six games. Give me the over betting total here.

Prediction: Over

Written By Jordy McElroy , "Sporty Jordy"

Born in Germany and raised in the beautiful state of Tennessee, Jordy McElroy is a storyteller of sports, a sports betting enthusiast and a semi-deep thinker. Being a New England Patriots fan means he's a six-time Super Bowl winner as well, which means you'd have to be a fool to ignore his advice. Prior to joining our team here at Winners & Whiners, Jordy’s work appeared on, FOX Sports, Bleacher Report, USA TODAY and There are no beaches where he comes from -- just rolling hills, green valleys and all the Sun Drop you can drink.