MLB Picks: Angels Will Soar 'Over' Grounded Rangers In Series Opener

Matthew Jordan

Friday, April 29, 2016 3:28 PM UTC

Friday, Apr. 29, 2016 3:28 PM UTC

Find out what the totals MLB pick is for this trendy game between the Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers as our capper gives us a full rundown of the match.

Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers

What You Need To Know
The good news for the Angels is that they finished off an impressive sweep of the reigning World Series champion Kansas City Royals on Wednesday with a 4-2 victory and outscored the Royals 19-7 overall. Mike Trout had a nice series with two homers and five RBIs and is hitting .353 over his last 14 games after starting the season 5-for-27. On the season, Trout is batting .295 with five homers and 13 RBIs.

The bad news for the Halos was that excellent closer Huston Street strained his left oblique muscle playing catch before Wednesday's game. He is headed to the disabled list, and oblique injuries typically take at least a month to recover from. Last year, Angels reliever Mike Morin strained his oblique in late May and was out for nearly six weeks. Street said he had never had a strained oblique. Street is 1-0 with five saves, a 1.17 ERA and 0.78 WHIP  in 7.2 innings. Taking his place will be Joe Smith. He threw a scoreless ninth inning against the Royals for his first save of the season. Smith is 0-1 with three holds, a blown save and 3.00 ERA in 12 innings. The Halos likely will call up either reliever Al Alburquerque or Cam Bedrosian from Triple-A to take Street's roster spot.

Texas dropped Game 1 of its home series against the Yankees on Monday for the Rangers' fourth straight loss and to drop to .500 at 10-10. But the Rangers won the next two games, 10-1 and 3-2.  Shortstop Elvis Andrus had the game-winning triple on Wednesday and is hitting .343 with 13 RBIs this month. He hit .230 in April in each of the last two seasons.

The Rangers and Angels split four games in Anaheim from April 7-10.


Probable Pitchers
The Angels' best starter thus far has been underrated left-hander Hector Santiago (2-0, 2.70), and he gets the call here. Santiago pitched last Saturday against Seattle and allowed two earned runs and four hits over six innings, striking out seven and walking two in a victory. His first start of the season was April 7 in Anaheim against the Rangers, and Santiago went six innings and allowed three runs (two earned) and four hits over six innings with seven strikeouts and two walks. Santiago was pulled in the seventh inning with a 3-2 lead after singles by Ian Desmond and Mitch Moreland gave Texas runners at the corners with none out. Andrus tied it with a sacrifice fly against Fernando Salas.

The Angels are 10-1 on MLB odds in Santiago's past 11 starts overall. Santiago has a 2.23 ERA in seven starts against the Rangers since 2015. He has made seven career starts against the Rangers at Globe Life Park and is 5-0 with a 2.23 ERA.  Andrus doesn't hit him well, going 5-for-29 with three strikeouts. Adrian Beltre is 8-for-31 career off Santiago with three doubles, three solo homers, six walks and five strikeouts. Prince Fielder is hitting .250 off Santiago with six strikeouts in 32 at-bats. Rougned Odor is 9-for-19 off him with three doubles, a homer and four RBIs.

For Texas, it's veteran right-hander Colby Lewis (1-0, 3.38) and the Rangers are 8-2 in MLB picks in his past 10 series openers. Lewis has lasted exactly six innings in all four starts this season and it's probably unrealistic to expect any more than that from him. Lewis pitched Saturday at the Chicago White Sox and took a no-decision despite allowing only one run and six hits over six innings. Two concerns for Lewis are walks (10 in 24 innings) and homers allowed (six). He didn't pitch in the first series against the Angels. Lewis has made 17 starts against them this decade and is 3-10 with a 6.58 ERA. Kole Calhoun is 11-for-28 off him with four extra-base hits and five RBIs. Albert Pujols is 9-for-26 with three homers and seven RBIs. Trout is hitting .400 off Lewis with four homers and 11 RBIs in 30 at-bats. If you're interested in cashing in even more, go ahead and read our profitable moneyline pick for this game!

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