Angels vs Rangers : Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels meet Angels vs Rangers Thursday in MLB action at Angel Stadium. The Rangers have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their six MLB 2019 Volquez is 1-4 strikeouts in his career against the Angels. Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels meet Angels vs Rangers Thursday in MLB action at Angel Stadium.
The Texas Rangers look for another victory after winning four of their last five games. The Rangers have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their six games.
The Texas Rangers have won seven of their last 11 games when scoring more than one run. Elvis Andrus leads the Rangers with nine hits and three RBI while Nomar Mazara and Asdrubal Cabrera have combined for 12 hits and 14 RBI. Edinson Volquez gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 9.00 ERA and three strikeouts this season. Volquez is 1-4 with a 10.71 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Angels.
The Los Angeles Angels could use a win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Angels have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their first six games.
The Los Angeles Angels have lost 11 of their last 15 games when scoring less than six runs. Jonathan Lucroy leads the Angels with six hits and one RBI while Mike Trout and Kole Calhoun have combined for 10 hits and five RBI. Matt Harvey gets the ball, and he is 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA and one strikeout this season. This will be Harvey’s first career game against the Rangers.
The Rangers are 1-4 in their last 5 vs. American League West, 1-7 in Volquez’s last 8 road starts and 1-4 in Volquez’s last 5 starts. The Angels are 4-1 in their last 5 games following an off day, 1-5 in their last 6 Thursday games and 0-4 in their last 4 overall. The Rangers are 0-5 in the last 5 meetings in Los Angeles and 0-5 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 9-1-1 in Angels last 11 overall. The over is 2-0-2 in Volquez’s last 4 starts overall.
Volquez wasn’t great in his season debut and has just four innings under his belt in about a year and a half. Harvey continues to show flashes of being a reliable pitcher and will make the Angels very happy if he can continue to give them six solid innings. I’m not sold on the Rangers strong start to the season, and it’s only a matter of time before the Angels offense wakes up. Maybe the day off will help the Angels clear their heads and put together good at bats. I’ll give the Angels the edge at home for the reasonable price.
The LA Angels may have been playing awfully, mostly on the offensive side, but the pitching has come through in dividends. The pitching was the biggest concern coming into 2019 so the Angels are already in a somewhat better spot than last year. Seeing them perform so admirably only adds fuel to the ever-burning optimism with this new Angels squad.
Home Opener time! The season starts now, you can finally get excited for real! Those last 6 games just happened to be built up to the real start of the show, like a really bad prequel if you will.
It’s as if the Stars Wars prequels came out before the original trilogy, these last 6 games have only diminished the wonder and excitement surrounding previous beloved characters as well as adding universally hated new characters (I’m looking at you Jar-Jar). Most of the Angels free agent signings are looking like Jar-Jar additions to this squad; Zack Cozart, Justin Bour, Albert Pujols (as always), and Tommy Le Stella.
The Angels lead the major leagues in runs this spring. On Monday, for the 10th time in 20 Cactus League games, they scored at least eight runs. … Jack Kruger, perhaps the Angels’ top catching prospect, drove in six runs on a three-run homer and bases-loaded triple. Kruger, 24, a 20th-round pick from Mississippi State, is likely to start this season at double-A Mobile.
ON THE MOUND: Matt Harvey started for the Angels but did not survive the second inning. He faced 10 batters, gave up five hits and four runs, threw a wild pitch and committed an error. He also crossed up catcher Jonathan Lucroy on one pitch, he said. “I just couldn’t get it going for some reason. I wasn’t very good,” Harvey said. “Mid-spring training blues, so to speak,” manager Brad Ausmus said. … Closer Cody Allen faced seven batters, retired three and gave up a home run to Hunter Pence.
Infielder Zack Cozart said he was confident he would be ready for opening day. Cozart, who has not played in a week because of a strained calf, resumed running Monday on a treadmill. …
Outfielder Justin Upton, who has not played this spring as the Angels protect a knee prone to tendinitis, started taking live batting practice Monday. … Ausmus said the return of pitcher Tyler Skaggs, scratched from his scheduled Sunday start because of forearm fatigue, is “borderline imminent.”