Texas Rangers vs La Angels Angels Picks and Predictions May 18th 2024

Texas Rangers vs LA Angels Angels MLB Sat, May 18, 19:15 pm.
Texas Rangers
ML: -130
LA Angels Angels
ML: 110

Angels Look to Continue Ron Washington’s Happy Texas Homecoming


Friday night was a special one for Los Angeles Angels director Ron Washington. Returning to Texas, where he enjoyed a successful eight- year stint that included back- to- back World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011, Washington guided the Angels to a 9- 3 victory over the reigning World Series champions. As the series continues on Saturday night, Washington hopes his team can secure another win.

Washington’s Homecoming

Emotional Return

” I am always excited to come back to Texas, but these three days are going to be emotional,” Washington said before the series started.” Not only am I returning to a fan base that appreciated what we did, but I also have my family from New Orleans coming, and that means a lot of tickets.” Those ticket holders saw a fantastic game as the Angels racked up 14 hits, including four from Willie Calhoun, and seven strong innings from starter Tyler Anderson. Zach Neto and Taylor Ward also hit homers.

Game Recap and crucial Moments

Offensive Explosion

The Angels aim to keep the momentum going with left- hander Patrick Sandoval( 2- 6,5.00 ERA) on the mound. Sandoval is coming off a 4- 2 loss at home against the Kansas City Royals, where he allowed 11 hits and four runs over six innings, with no walks and three strikeouts. He will be making his ninth career appearance, eight of them starts, against Texas. Sandoval has a 1- 3 record with a3.60 ERA in 35 innings, allowing just 29 hits, striking out 44, but also walking 22.

Upcoming Pitching Matchup

Sandovalvs. Urena

Sandoval will face a Texas team that has struggled against left- handed pitching this year. On Friday night, Anderson thwarted them, retiring 15 straight batters at one point and allowing only two hits over 96 pitches.” I suppose we’ll hit left- handers, but so far, we have not done much against them,” Texas director Bruce Bochy said.” The figures are not good. We have been having tough times against left- handers.”

Texas will counter with Jose Urena( 1- 3,3.62 ERA), who last pitched on Sunday in Colorado, delivering a quality launch but taking a 3- 1 loss to the Rockies. Urena allowed six hits and two runs over62/3 innings with a walk and three strikeouts. He has plodded in two career starts against the Angels, going 1- 1 with an8.68 ERA and allowing 19 baserunners in91/3 innings, including four homers.

Team Performance and Challenges

Defensive Issues

The Rangers have also plodded with defense, committing three errors on Friday, including a throwing error by first baseman Nathaniel Lowe that helped the Angels score a third- inning run.” That is unlike us to make three errors, that is all I can tell you,” Bochy said.” It’s been a little sloppy recently, and it’s something we’ve to clean up.”

Injury Update

Evan Carter’s Return

One positive for the Rangers is the implicit return of outfielder Evan Carter, who has been dealing with a lower aft issue. Carter missed five straight games before pinch- hitting in the ninth inning on Friday.


With the Angels riding high on their recent success and the Rangers looking to bounce back, Saturday’s game promises to be an instigative and competitive hassle. critical player performances and strategic adaptations will be crucial as both teams strive for victory. Fans can look forward to an engaging matchup as Los Angeles and Texas clash in the second game of their series.

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Sat, May 18, 10:55 am.
Texas Rangers
O 8.5
LA Angels Angels
U 8.5
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