Texas has tied Oakland for the lead and they can claim the first position for themselves by winning the third and final game of the series against LA Angels. Meanwhile, the hosts are about to suffer another sweep and fell back into fourth position, virtually eliminated from the playoffs race.

Match: LA Angels vs Texas

Bet: Over 8.5

Odds: Bet365 2.10

Both teams sent in their best starting pitchers in the first two games of the series, but this only worked out for the visitors who conceded a total of five runs. LA Angels starters were tagged for 10 runs while the relievers added another three and made it impossible for the hitting unit to deliver victory. The hosts will turn to Tommy Hanson tonight, hoping that the starting pitcher can maintain his winning record, after not receiving a decision in four consecutive starts.

His earned run average over these four games was a massive 8.83, but his teammates provided him with outstanding support and so he avoided a losing decision. He spent a long time on the disabled list and doesn’t look fully recovered, a situation that his counterpart can surely relate to. Alexi Ogando takes the mound for Texas, and he is also searching for the first victory since coming back from the disabled list with a shoulder inflammation. He received a single decision over the course of three starts and conceded an average of four runs per game.

BetPal Tip:

This time, the starting pitchers are a liability for both teams and if the offensive performs as it did in the first two games of the series, the over 8.5 runs bet should be a winner. Bet365 offers the best odds for such a wager, while other bookmakers have set the line for the total number of runs at 8.