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The Los Angeles Angels take on the Texas Rangers for game two in their four-game series. Can the Angels bounce back or will Ranger Martin Perez shut them down? Lightning Locks answers.

Los Angles Angels vs Texas Rangers Odds, Picks, Predictions: Can Martin Perez Shut Down the Angels?

What a dual we had last night. Of course, everyone expected Ohtani to do his job and he did, giving up two runs and striking out eleven but Nathaniel Lowe was a thorn in his side and Texas won a 2-0 shutout. The part you didn't expect was Spencer Howard getting his first win of the year and pitching a shutout lowering his ERA to 5.93. This was not what people expected yesterday but let's see what will happen in tonight's matchup. Let's get into my prediction, pick, and odds for Angeles vs Rangers.

Angels vs Rangers Start Time, Where to Watch, and Odds

  • Date: July 29, 2022
  • Game Time: 9:38 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: MLB.TV

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Los Angles Angels vs Texas Rangers Prediction

Tonight we have Martin Perez who is easily one of the ten best pitchers in the AL this year. He is 8-2 with a 2.59 era and those two losses were his first two starts of the year. He has not lost since April 17 and clearly has been the Rangers' best pitcher all season long.

The Rangers as a team are hitting .240  well below the average and they strike out almost nine times a game which is good for 21st in the league. This team hasn't been scoring runs this week either averaging under three runs in the last four games. With the combo of bad offense, their best pitcher going, and a chance that Seager might rest tonight against a lefty (leg injury as well ), we do not see the Rangers offense getting more than three runs tonight. 

The Angels couldn't score for Ohtani and against an awful pitcher, so how will they score off the Rangers ace who has clearly been their best pitcher, and for Sandoval who got three runs of support in his last two starts? The Angels without Ohtani might be the worst team in baseball (pitching and batting).

We can't forget that Trout is out, Rendon has been out as well as Duffy leaving this offense without some of its best hitters. This offense doesn't scare anyone and if they couldn't score off Howard last night who had almost an eight-era how can they score off the Texas ace and his 2.59 era? The Angels' offense is 26th in batting average at .230 and 25th in runs scored averaging under four runs a game. What's worse they are 30th in the league averaging almost ten strikeouts a game.

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In a weird anomaly, the last four Angels games have been shut out or are shut out as they won two shutouts and lost being shut out twice averaging 2.5 runs a game. The Angels have three guys in the lineup hitting under .200 and their best hitter is Turner Ward at .283. 

We don't see many runs today from the Angels against Perez and if the shut out or be shut out streak continues that only helps our cause tonight. The Angels do have Sandoval going tonight who is 3-6 but has a pretty good 3.43 era and in his last ten starts, six of them he has given up two or fewer runs. Sandoval hasn't won since May 22nd so he is definitely due for one as well and I am sure he knows that. 

The Angels have gone under their last four games, with a chance of Seager being out this lineup is not scary at all. Both teams are not hitting the ball well right now. Both teams are 60% under in their last ten games. Don't be scared by the low total. This game may not be 2-0 like it was last night but we expect a similar performance from the pitchers. Let's take the under 7.5 -110 and let's see the bats stay cold one more night in Anaheim.

Los Angles Angels vs Texas Rangers Pick

Bet: Angels UNDER 7.5 -110 (Bet $110 to win $100)

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