The Rangers entered the week with a record of 62-50 and 2.5 games behind first place Oakland for the division lead. The Rangers are a very respectable 29-26 on the road this season. The Angels came into the week with a mark of 51-59 on the year including 30-29 at home. The Angels are currently 12.5 games out of first place in the American League West. These two clubs just played a 3-game series in Arlington Texas from 7/29 to 7/31 with the Rangers sweeping the series. Texas has won 7 of the 9 meetings between these two clubs in 2013.
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The Rangers will send Yu Darvish to the mound on Tuesday evening. The Texas right-hander has been lights out over his last 3 starts posting a microscopic 0.47 ERA and an almost 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio. Darvish is 3-1 in his career team starts at Anaheim with a stellar 1.65 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. In 21 starts this season Darvish has been rock solid with a very good 1.65 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. Darvish has seen just 1 of his last 10 starts go over the total.
Texas has seen 35 of their last 49 games go under the total (excluding pushes) when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The Rangers will be out the services of Nelson Cruz (27 HRS/76 RBIS) who accepted a 50-game suspension on Monday from Major League Baseball for his involvement in the Biogenesis clinic scandal. Cruz is eligible to return for the playoffs if needed. Texas is also without Lance Berkman (6 HRS/34RBIS) who is on the 15-day disabled list with left hip inflammation. He will start a rehab assignment on August 8th or 9th with the hopes of returning at some point this season. The Rangers Elvis Andrus has his 16-game hitting streak snapped in Sunday’s 4-0 win over Oakland.
The Angels will send Garrett Richards to the hill. Richards has been terrific in his 2 starts since returning from the disabled list. In those 2 outings Richards went 12.0 innings, allowed just 2 earned runs, and 7 hits while walking 4. Richards is 3-0 in his home team starts this season with a sparkling 2.66 ERA and 0.69 WHIP. As a matter of fact dating back to last season Richards is a very profitable 7-1 in his last 8 home team starts.
The Angels have had a disappointing season to say the least. To add insult to injury they are without their star Albert Pujos (17 HRS/64 RBIS) who is out with a partial tear of the left plantar fascia in his foot. The latest report is that he will forego surgery in an attempt to return at some point this season. Since the loss of Pujos the Angels are 3-6. Entering this series the Angels Josh Hamilton is 14 for 28 and on a 7-game hitting streak versus his former team. The Angels have seen just 1 of their last 8 meetings with Texas stay under the total.
Texas has played under the total on a regular basis already this season. The Rangers have gone 'Under' the MLB odds mark in an incredible 67 of 106 games this season with 6 others being a push. With both of these starting pitchers in good form, and with key hitters out of the lineup on both sides, I have a personal lean to go 'Under' the total in this contest.
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