Los Angeles Angels @ Texas Rangers Matchup Preview - September 20th, 2022


Today's contest between the Rangers and the Angels pits THE BAT's 38th ranked SP (Patrick Sandoval) against the 181st ranked SP (Cole Ragans). The rundown on Sandoval tells us that he leans on his four-seamer fastball 23.2% of the time and keeps hitters off balance with a slider (29.0%). Ragans is a four-seam guy (42.6%) who brings a changeup as his most-trusted secondary offering. Advanced stats (namely, FIP) tell us that Sandoval deserves something like a 3.18 ERA, compared to his actual ERA of 2.99. On that front, Ragans's ERA sits at 5.68 and his FIP at 5.99.

Los Angeles Angels Insights

  • Patrick Sandoval projects to record 17.3 outs today, according to THE BAT X.

  • THE BAT X projects Shohei Ohtani in the 95th percentile when estimating his batting average talent.

  • Projected catcher Max Stassi grades out as an elite pitch framer, according to THE BAT projection system.

Texas Rangers Insights

  • The Los Angeles Angels have 7 bats in the projected batting order that will have the handedness advantage against Cole Ragans today.

  • Jonah Heim has primarily hit in the top-half of the lineup this year (70% of the time), but he is penciled in 7th on the lineup card today.

  • The Texas Rangers bullpen profiles as the 9th-worst in Major League Baseball, per THE BAT.

Betting Trends

  • The Texas Rangers have hit the 1st Five Innings (F5) Total Over in 16 of their last 22 games (+10.45 Units / 43% ROI)

  • The Los Angeles Angels have hit the 1st Five Innings (F5) Run Line in 11 of their last 18 games (+3.90 Units / 18% ROI)

  • Meibrys Viloria has hit the Hits Under in his last 9 games (+9.35 Units / 90% ROI)