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MLB Betting Preview - Angels at Rangers

June 29, 2009
MLB Betting Preview - LA Angels at Texas Rangers 8:05 ET

By Matt Fargo

Torii Hunter of the AngelsThe Angels have won five straight games and head into this divisional series with the big advantage despite playing it on the road.

They are coming off a sweep at Arizona to move to 21-17 on the road and going back further we see Los Angeles with six straight road wins.

The Angels are 16-8 in June and because of the stellar month thus far, have taken over first place in the American League West.

Kudos to Texas for hanging in there, but after a strong start to the season, it has not been a good run. The Rangers are 3-7 over their last 10 games 10-14 in June.

Also playing at home has not been a real advantage as Texas is 5-8 in its last 13 home games.

Vicente Padilla has been pitching really well of late seven of his last nine starts have been quality outings and this does include a quality performance against the Angels back in May.

There are still issues however and one big one comes in his starts at night as he has a 6.03 ERA and 1.74 WHIP in seven starts under the lights with just two of those seven starts being quality outings.

Despite that strong outing against the Angels last month, Padilla is 3-2 with a 5.54 ERA in seven starts at home this season and in his career he is 6-3 with a 4.72 ERA in 12 starts against the Angels.

Sean O'Sullivan counters for Los Angeles and his big league career has gotten off to a very good start.

He allowed just one run in seven innings in his Major League debut at San Francisco and followed that up by allowing three runs in five innings against Colorado.

All three of those runs came off two home runs from Troy Tulowitzki. His command should be better this time around following a three-walk performance against the Rockies.

The Angels are 10-1 in their last 11 games following a win while the Rangers are 0-5 in their last five games against a team with a winning record.

Also, Los Angeles is 11-2 this season against starting pitchers that are averaging 2.75 or more walks per game.

Free Pick: LA Angels +120 available at

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