Rangers vs. Angels MLB Picks: Back 'Under' to Hit With Two Solid Pitchers in Action

Charles Stark

Saturday, July 25, 2015 12:20 AM GMT

Although these are two solid hitting teams, I'm going to back under the total when the Angels take on the Rangers. There's good value on the number for what could be a low-scoring game.

Betting Odds
I was a little surprised when MLB odds makers came out with this game with the total at 7.5. I really thought it was going to come out at either 7 or 6.5. But with two good offenses here today and this being an American League game, it does start to make some sense even with these two good pitchers on the mound. Still, for me the value sides with the under in this game and I will gladly take under that total of 7.5. The best odds at that number right now are at Pinnacle at under 7.5 at -105.

 

Solid Pitching
After having a tough outing his last time out, Yovani Gallardo will takes the mound for the Rangers with a 2.91 ERA and 1.27 WHIP. After going four games in a row in which he did not allow an earned run, he has been less than stellar recently in his last three starts, allowing nine earned runs in his last 15 innings. But, the most hits he has allowed in a game in his last 10 starts were eight against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Overall he has been outstanding on the season and I look for him to come in, bounce back from his last tough start in Houston, and pitch well against the Angels.

Hector Santiago takes the hill for the Angels. Santiago has had an impressive season, coming in with a 2.30 ERA and 1.13 WHIP. He has been one of the best pitchers in the American League this season and in his last 10 starts he has had only one bad outing, allowing five earned runs against the Tampa Bay rays back on June 3rd. Besides that he has been absolutely lights out and in his last five starts he has only allowed four earned runs over 32 innings. He had a ridiculous score line of zero earned runs and only three hits allowed in his most recent outing against the Rangers in Texas.

 

At the Plate
Both these teams can hit and put runs across the plate. The Rangers rank 10th in the league in runs scored per game with the Angels right behind them ranked 12th. In OPS they are similar in the rankings with the Rangers ranked 11th and Angels ranked 14th. These are both good hitting teams across the board and they can put up some runs given the offensive talent they have. With guys like Pujols, Trout, Fielder, and Moreland any pitcher could have a difficult day.

This should be a fun matchup on both sides of the plate as it has become a good rivalry in the AL West. Look for Gallardo and Santiago to bring their "A" games and pitch a lot of solid innings, so back the under with confidence.

MLB Pick: 'Under' 7.5 (-110) at The Greek

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