Free MLB Picks: Bet Rangers -127 vs. Angels

Jeff Grant

Monday, July 29, 2013 12:30 PM GMT

The Texas Rangers have had good success at home when facing Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver, as the two teams open up a three-game series Monday.


Let’s take a closer look at the MLB betting odds for this American League West matchup at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, with the first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Check out our Monday Morning MLB Odds & Betting Lines Report.

Falling rock 

Los Angeles is 13 games back in the division standings, as it dropped three of four games to the Oakland Athletics, including a 10-6 setback as +143 road underdogs Sunday.

The Angels are 8-10 as road underdogs of +100 to +125 this season, with the OVER going 10-8 in that situation. 

Time to meet

Texas manager Ron Washington held a 44-minute closed door meeting Sunday, as he wasn’t thrilled with the team’s effort in a 6-0 defeat to the Cleveland Indians as -117 road favorites—leading directly to a three-game sweep. 

The Rangers are 2-8 since the All-Star break, with the offense hitting just .241 and averaging 2.5 runs per game over that span. 

Weaver 

Angels starting pitcher Jered Weaver (5-5, 2.98 ERA) has won four of his last five outings, including a 1-0 home victory over the Minnesota Twins last time out, as he allowed two hits over eight shutout innings. 

The right-hander is 0-3 with a 4.60 ERA in five road outings, with opposing hitters batting .257 against him. 

In 31 career games versus the Rangers, Weaver has compiled a 13-8 record and 3.75 ERA, but has gone 4-8 with a 5.07 ERA in 17 efforts in the Lone Star State.

Garza 

Matt Garza (7-1, 2.87 ERA) earned a 3-1 home win over the New York Yankees in his first start as a member of the Rangers, as he allowed just an unearned run and five hits over 7.1 frames.

The right-hander is 4-1 with a 3.71 ERA in five outings when pitching in his home ballpark, issuing six walks and striking out 24 batters in 34 combined innings. 

In five career starts versus the Angels, Garza has put together a 0-1 record and 5.83 ERA, including a no-decision effort in a 8-6 home win as a member of the Chicago Cubs on June 5.

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Prediction

I’m going to recommend that readers back the Rangers with their MLB picks, as the Angels are 1-6 in Weaver’s last seven outings as a road underdog of +110 to +150.

MLB Pick:  Texas Rangers -127