|LAA (-195) @ pinnacle|
7* LA Angels (9:35 ET): The Angels are certainly well-rested as they head into tonight’s series opener with the division rival Rangers. They had two games with the Twins postponed over the weekend due to COVID-19 (issue was with Minnesota). While that had to be a bit disappointing considering the Halos took the series opener 10-3, they’ll gladly take the time off. Overall, it’s an 8-5 start to the season and they are among the league leaders in runs scored this season. I envision an easy win over the last place Rangers.
Jose Quintana and Alex Cobb, who were scheduled to pitch Saturday and Sunday, will be skipped in the rotation so that Dylan Bundy can make his regularly scheduled start tonight. Bundy has arguably been the Angels’ best pitcher in the early going, though he does not have a win. But he has a 3.32 ERA and 1.053 WHIP through three starts and has been successful in the past vs. Texas with a 5-1 record and 2.91 ERA in nine previous appearances (seven starts). Bundy has turned in three quality starts so far and has 22 strikeouts in 19 IP.
This line has definitely been steamed up. But for the reasons listed above (Angels’ rest, Bundy), it’s easy to understand why that is. Plus, the Rangers are off a three-game series in Baltimore where they managed just four runs! They did win yesterday 1-0, but it’s difficult to win that way. Not only have they scored just 1 run each of the L2 days, the Rangers have already been shutout three times this season. Starter Kohei Arihara will try to keep them in this one, but the problem is he’s backed by a bullpen that’s been horrendous on the road (7.07 ERA, 1.82 WHIP). Texas is 4-9 off a shutout win the L2 seasons. 7* LA Angels