Wednesday night baseball and we will see the Texas Rangers take on the Los Angeles Angels in game 2 of their 3 game series from Anaheim. The game is scheduled for a 10:05 (ET) pm start time and it will be televised live on ESPN. Currently the ODDS have Los Angeles favored at -119, while Texas is dogs of +112. The total for the game sits at 8 runs. 50% of the Public is currently on Los Angeles, while 80% is on the OVER. Get all the Public's action by clicking HERE.
Free Analysis: The Rangers, despite an AL-best 87-60 record, lead the Athletics by only three games atop the AL West and still have seven more games against Oakland, including a four-game set in Texas next week. The Angels have won 15 of their last 20 games but still sit three games out of the second wild card and 3 1/2 behind wild card leader and division rival Oakland. Sluggers Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton typically command the spotlight and Wednesday will be no different when the Los Angeles Angels host the Texas Rangers in the second of a three-game series. Pujols missed Tuesday's game to be with his wife for the birth of his daughter but is expected to rejoin the club for Wednesday's contest. Hamilton's status is murkier. The leading home run hitter in the majors, he had to exit Tuesday's game due to a sinus infection that affected his vision. The Los Angeles Angels picked up some ground in the postseason race by beating the Texas Rangers in the series opener, but unless C.J. Wilson can figure out his former team, they may lose it just as quickly. Wilson (12-9, 3.73 ERA) helped the Rangers win the last two AL championships, but he bolted in the offseason for a long-term deal with the Angels. He's faced his former team four times, going 0-1 with a 7.27 ERA. The Angels have won Wilson's last five starts despite his 5.67 ERA over his last six. He gave up four runs - three earned - in five innings of Los Angeles' 9-7 win over Kansas City on Friday. Mike Napoli is hitting .463 with four homers in 13 games against his former team this season for Texas, which will send Derek Holland to the mound looking to rebound in the middle game of this series. Holland (10-6, 4.50) has been pitching well of late, going 3-0 with a 2.83 ERA over his last five starts. He gave up two runs and struck out seven in seven innings of Texas' 5-4 loss to Cleveland on Thursday. The left-hander, though, has lost both of his starts against the Angels this season, giving up six runs in 6 2-3 innings in a pair of July outings. He's 1-3 with a 7.04 ERA in his last five starts in Anaheim. The Angels have won five of seven home meetings with the Rangers this season.
Free Pick: Im gonna go with the Over in this one just like last night. Really miffed that the OU line is this low, considering the fact that CJ Wilson's last 9 starts have averaged a whopping 15.3 rpg. Last night the Halos put up 11 runs and that was without Pujols, but he will be back in this one, giving the Halos another offensive weapon. The Angels have crushed left handed pitching of late, hitting .356 and scoring 8.8 rp/9 innings off of southpaws in their last 10 games. The Texas offense has struggled some of late on the road, but Wilson is not unhittable as he has a 3.48 ERA at home and a 4.15 ERA at night and Texas hits .285 and scores 5.5 rp/9 off of lefties on the road. This has been a high scoring series of late as 14.2 rpg have been scored in the last 9 games played between these two teams and with two very good offenses going at it I expect more of the same tonight.
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