Tuesday, June 29, 2010

MLB Baseball Betting: Los Angeles Angels vs Texas Rangers Preview

Los Angeles Angels vs Texas Rangers Baseball Betting Odds: Los Angeles Angels will play against Texas Rangers in the Opening game of Best of Three series on Tuesday, June 29, 2010 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim and match starts at 10:05 ET.

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The Los Angeles Angels have worked tremendously hard to climb back from the deep hole they dug themselves early in the season. The perennial MLB betting contenders looked like they were going to take a step back this season with the departures of John Lackey and Vladimir Guerrero. However, as always, they managed to find the right parts to remain competitive. Riding a hot June, they host the A.L. West-leading Texas Rangers tonight in Sports Betting baseball odds action.

The only obstacle to the Angels’ comeback success story following a slow start are their opponents tonight. While the Angels are 17-8 so far in June, the Rangers are even more impressive at 20-5. It’s been a tremendous ascent for a team that’s been playing catchup to the Angels for years.

Tonight, the Rangers send Scott Feldman to the mound in Anaheim. He’s 5-6 on the year, but Texas has an 8-7 record in his 2010 starts, including three wins in a row. Feldman’s E.R.A. is quite high, sitting at over five runs a game allowed.

The Angels will counter with veteran Joel Pineiro. The much traveled hurler is 7-6 on the season and L.A. has a 9-6 record in his starts. Pineiro’s E.R.A. is more than a full run lower per game than Feldman’s.

The Sports Betting baseball betting moneyline has the Angels at -125 favorites and the Rangers at +105 underdogs. Clearly, the Rangers’ status as division leaders, coupled with a stellar June and a plus .500 road record, have all contributed to the MLB betting experts not laying all that much on the Angels. Usually, L.A. is a heavy favorite playing in the friendly confines of their stadium.

However, there is one key stat that sticks out when evaluating the baseball odds of this matchup tonight in the MLB circuit. The Rangers are only 6-13 against teams with a winning record this season. This means they haven’t had the toughest schedule thus far and when they actually do face a good team, they don’t perform all that well. For this strong reasoning, the MLB picks for tonight is the Angels at home laying a little on the moneyline.

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