Do you remember when the Texas Rangers were 9-1 and rolling against the Sports betting online baseball odds? It seems like a distant memory because the Rangers have struggled since that time.
Texas lost slugger Josh Hamilton to an injury and they now are without closer Neftali Feliz. The injuries have opened things up for the rest of the American League West.
Can the Angels Take Advantage?
The American League West is all about two teams. Forget about Oakland and Seattle as they have no chance. It is all about Texas and Los Angeles. If any team is to dethrone the Rangers then it is the Angels. The problem for Los Angeles is that they are not scoring many runs. And that is the same problem they had last year. Vernon Wells had a great season a year ago but the Angels overpaid for him and they may now start to suffer. Before Saturday’s game, Wells was hitting just .183 with one home run and four runs batted in. Torii Hunter has seen his best days and is no longer a huge threat in the middle of the lineup. The Angels are without Kendry Morales who still has not come back from his surgery to repair his leg that occurred last May. The Angels have great starting pitching led by Jered Weaver and Dan Haren but their bullpen is terrible and we know they don’t score many runs. Los Angeles had to take Fernando Rodney out of the closer’s role and put Jordan Walden into that spot. They even sent Kevin Jepsen and Michael Kohn to Triple-A.
How Much Will Texas Fall?
We know that Hamilton is probably out for a couple more months. His loss hurts but Texas won without him last year. The loss of Felix might be more troubling since the Rangers bullpen has had strength with him at the back end. The schedule really helps Texas right now vs. the sports betting online odds at Sbg global. The Rangers handled the Royals this past weekend. Texas then gets Toronto his week before a road trip to Oakland and Seattle. The Rangers should be able to have some success against those teams before a tough series next weekend against the Yankees.