Rangers and Angels clash in Anaheim


The Rangers will play the rubber game of their three-game series against the Angels. Yu Darvish had allowed five runs in 28 innings through his first four starts before he was reached for four runs in 3 1/3 innings against the Athletics on Monday. It was the shortest start of his career and it snapped a club-record streak of 56 games with at least five innings.

Darvish will contend with an Angels offense that produced 14 hits in a 5-3 win last night, which snapped Texas’ six-game winning streak in the series. The Rangers still have won 17 of the past 22 meetings overall and nine of their last 13 games in Los Angeles. However, the Rangers are 2-6 since sweeping the first-place Athletics last month.

According to the MLB Lines at OddsBay, the Rangers are at -105, the Angels are at -105 and the total is set at 7½ at most sportsbooks.

Pitching Matchup:

Yu Darvish (1-1, 2.59 ERA) vs. Tyler Skaggs (2-0, 3.34 ERA)

Yu Darvish has received just 2.2 runs of support, the fourth-lowest total in the American League entering Saturday. Still, the Rangers have won four of his five starts, with the rough outing against the Athletics last week the lone blemish. Darvish is 4-1 with a 2.10 ERA in five career starts at Los Angeles. Mike Trout is 9-for-28 with four home runs and six walks against him.

The Angels have won each of Tyler Skaggs’ five starts, including a solid outing against the Indians on Monday, when he let up three runs and struck out a season-high six in seven innings. Skaggs has lasted at least six innings in each start while yielding four hits or fewer three times. He has three no-decisions and an ERA of 4.95 at home this year.

Texas Rangers (16-14) vs. Los Angeles Angels (15-14)

3:35 PM ET, May 4

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Coverage: FSW

79° F/ 26° C

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