los angeles angels vs texas rangers predictions and preview

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MLB los angeles angels vs texas rangers predictions and preview


 

 

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The Texas Rangers have been struggling as of late as they are trying to stay alive in the AL Wild Card race. They will send righty Glenn Otto to pitch as he is coming off a losing effort against the Seattle Mariners where he threw 5.1 innings and allowed three runs on seven hits with a walk and five strikeouts. The Los Angeles Angels have lost all hope for the playoffs this season and could be making some giant moves at the Trade Deadline. Rookie right-hander Chase Silseth will take the ball here for them as he lost against the Baltimore Orioles and gave up four runs on six hits with a walk and a pair of strikeouts. First pitch is scheduled for 907pm EST.

Pitching Matchup

 

Texas: Glenn Otto (RHP) 4-1, 5.37 ERA

 

Los Angeles: Chase Silseth (RHP) 1-3, 5.84 ERA 

Range of Outcomes

The Texas Rangers have been an average offensive team up to this point as hey are 17th in the majors with a .699 team OPS while scoring 4.47 runs per game. Shortstop Corey Seager has been playing well as he has posted a .799 OPS with 23 homers and 54 RBI with three stolen bases on the year. He’s doing well in his previous 15 games as he has a .296/.333/.391 slash line with a home run, a pair of RBI, and four runs scored in that stretch of games. Starter Martin Perez improved to 9-2 on the season in a Rangers' 7-2 win on Friday night. 

 

 

Glenn Otto has struggled brutally this season when looking at his Baseball Savant page as he is in the third percentile in xwOBA, third percentile in xERA, 10th percentile in walk percentage, and 13th percentile in barrel percentage. He has a five-pitch arsenal (sinker, slider, fastball, curveball, changeup) and his changeup has been his best pitch as it has a .171 batting average and a .286 slugging percentage against. Otto faced the Angels once this season already and won as he went five innings and gave up one run on three hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.  

 

Angels Fire Sale?

The Los Angeles Angels have not been hitting as they are tied with the Miami Marlins for 26th in MLB with a .679 team OPS while averaging 3.86 runs per game this year. First baseman Jared Walsh has struggled this year as he has a .695 OPS with 13 home runs and 41 RBI with 18 walks and 106 strikeouts. He’s not hitting well in his last 30 games as he has a .193/.221/.294 slash line with a homer, three RBI, and seven runs scored.  The sinking Angels are now 16 games under .500 after Friday night's loss and rumors of an Angels' veteran fire sale at the trade deadline are growing stronger.

 

 

Chase Silseth is considered to be the 16th-ranked prospect in the Angels system and has not pitched enough to factor into the percentile rankings on his Baseball Savant page. He has a 10 barrel percentage, 51.2 hard hit percentage, 17.6 strikeout percentage, and a 7.4 walk percentage. Silseth throws five different pitches (fastball, splitter, slider, sinker, curveball) and his splitter has been his best pitch as it has a .194 batting average and 10 strikeouts this season. It will be his first appearance against the Rangers so it will be interesting to see how he does in this spot.





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