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AL West rivals begin Monday night with a four-game series when the Los Angeles Angels visit the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Field. Los Angeles is back below .500 at 52-53 after losing three of four to Oakland Athletics, which finished with an 8-3 defeat Sunday as the -120 favorite. Texas are currently far behind in last place at 38-67, though it comes from a win over the Seattle Mariners, including a 4-3 victory in Sunday’s final to hit as a +130 underdog.
The Angels are currently leading the 2021 season 8-3 between these division rivals after sweeping Texas in late May.
Detmers debuts, angels lose keychains
Los Angeles’ playoff hopes fade quickly after losing a four-game set to Wild Card-leading athletics as the top opportunity for Reid Detmers struggled in his MLB debut Sunday. Things started well enough when Max Stassi launched a two-run homer at the bottom of the first with Jack Mayfield delivering an RBI double an inning later, but that would be it for the offense, and Oakland took control in a five-run run third.
Detmers took the loss to open his career, allowing six runs on six hits and two walks, while hitting two across 4.1 innings. Stassi had the only multi-hit game for the Angels that only had two runners in scoring position for the entire game.
It has been a bad season in terms of play for the Angels with a mark of 47-58 against the spread, and they are down on the money line after entering the year with high expectations. Overs are 59-45-1 for the Angels, after Sunday’s match got a run of three straight unders.
Despite the tough recent stretch with injuries piling up, the Angels have strong marks on the plate this season with an average of 4.63 runs per game. Match and a 0.748 team OPS. Pitching has held the Angels back this season as they have the sixth-worst ERA in the league with a mark of 4.74, while going 3.94 opposing hits per. Nine innings, bottom mark in AL.
Jose Suarez is expected to get started on Monday, wanting to bounce back from a terrible outing against the Colorado Rockies last time, allowing four earned runs on six hits and two trips with four strikeouts on just 3.1 innings of work, with four more undeserved runs crossing the plate. The 23-year-old is now 4-4 with a 3.45 ERA this season in four starts and nine games out of the bullpen. Shohei Ohtani is the leader in the MVP race for his unprecedented two-way season, including a 1,051 OPS, 37 homers, 15 RBIs and 82 RBIs at the plate.
The injury situation is currently dire for the Angels, as superstar Mike Trout has been sidelined by a strained calf since May. Third baseman Anthony Rendon is at IL for the third time this year, this time with a strained femur. First baseman Jared Walsh hit IL earlier this week with a strained midfield muscle, a big blow as he has a breakout season. The pitch staff are much healthier, even though key starter Alex Cobb went down last week with inflammation in his wrist.
Heim goes from the Mariners’ two straight games
It’s a total rebuilding season for last place in Texas after star Joey Gallo and others were sent off by the trade deadline, but the Rangers managed to take two of three from Seattle thanks to the heroines of Jonah Heim, who became the first rookie in MLB – the story of hitting walk-off homers on consecutive days. David Dahl’s RBI groundout at the bottom of the second Sunday stood as Texas’ only run until the ninth inning, when Andy Ibanez equalized the match on a two-run shot before Heim launched the game-winner.
Starter Mike Foltynewicz fought his way through five innings, allowing two runs on three hits and three innings while hitting one out. The Rangers bullpen hit well all weekend and Dennis Santana picked up the win with a pointless ninth. Charlie Culberson had a three-hit day to kick-start the Rangers offense as Texas got it done despite having only three runners in scoring position throughout the game.
Despite the great win, Texas still has poor game statistics for the season at 46-58 against the spread, while they have dropped a large amount on the money line. Overs are 51-48-5 for the Rangers after Sunday’s game went below the overall bet to get a run of two just over.
When Gallo is gone, an already struggling offense could drop even more, as Rangers average just 3.81 runs per game. Match with a 0.667 OPS, worst in all baseball. Texas pitching has only been slightly better with a 4.72 ERA to place in the bottom 10, and its 8.10 K / 9 ratio is worst in AL.
Promising youngster Dane Dunning gets the start of opening the series after beating the Arizona Diamondbacks last Tuesday, allowing two runs on six hits and three trips across 6.1 innings while hitting three out. The 26-year-old has been effective at times, going 4-7 with a 4.20 ERA, while recording exactly one strikeout per game. Inning. Adolis Garcia has a strong rookie season to lead the Texas offense with a 0.797 OPS, 23 homers and 63 RBI.
Outfielder Willie Calhoun has been dealing with injuries all season, and is currently out due to a broken forearm. First baseman Ronald Guzman underwent knee surgery in April and will miss the rest of the season. Starting pitcher Kohei Arihara is working back from shoulder surgery, while Kyle Cody is also at IL with shoulder inflammation. Key publishers Jonathan Hernandez and Jose Leclerc both underwent surgery on Tommy John in April, with Matt Bush (elbow inflammation), John King (shoulder inflammation) and Hunter Wood (elbow surgery) also out.
- Los Angeles is 1-5 in its last six games against AL West.