Rangers versus Angels 15th September 2017
Texas Rangers versus Los Angeles Angels series starting 15th September @ Angels.
This divisional rivalry features the second place Angels versus the third place Rangers. Both teams are near the .500 mark and fighting for a wild card berth.
The Rangers have a more potent offensive attack via the long ball, while the Angels have a more balanced attack. Let’s try and get you a winner for your fantasy or sports betting casino below.
- Friday’s game has AJ Griffin on the mound for the Rangers versus Andrew Heaney for the Angels. Griffin has struggled keeping the ball in the park, allowing 18 home runs in 82 innings, contributing to a 5.50 ERA. As much as Griffin has struggled, Heaney has been worse in limited action. He’s surrendered an astonishing 12 home runs in 21 2/3 innings and has a 7.06 ERA.
- The middle Saturday game of the series has the best match up in Cole Hamels against Parker Bridwell. Hamels is 10-3 with a relatively high 4.05 ERA, but has allowed only 107 hits in 126 1/3 innings. Bridwell comes in at 7-2 with a 3.94 ERA and has yielded 15 home runs in 96 innings.
- The series finale on Sunday features Miguel Gonzalez for the Rangers against Garrett Richards for the Angels. Gonzalez is four games under .500 at 7-11 with a 4.86 ERA. Richards has only appeared in three games this season, allowing only two earned runs in 13 innings, while striking out 11.
Joey Gallo heads a Texas offense geared towards the long ball. He has 37 home runs, while Mike Napoli has 29 and Rougned Odor has 28. Look for Elvis Andrus to have a strong series, coming in with a .304 average, 20 home runs and 24 stolen bases.
Mike Trout is the top offensive player on the Angels, batting .319 with 28 home runs and 20 stolen bases, despite missing time due to injury. Veteran Albert Pujols is not the player he once was, but still poses a threat with 21 home runs and 94 RBI. Andrelton Simmons adds to the mix, hitting a solid .279 with 19 stolen bases.
Cut to the Chase Prediction Below
The Angels are at home and should have a slight advantage, but the Rangers have a much more potent attack. I see a slight upset this weekend with the Rangers taking two of three and overtaking the Angels in the division.
NB that statistic are for games through Tuesday, September 12.