Major League Baseball Fantasy Draft News October 2nd 2015
LA Angels versus Texas Rangers Fantasy Baseball Preview 10-3-2015
The Texas Rangers will be home to the LA Angels from Major League Baseball action from Saturday afternoon. Fantasy MLB draft GM’s can track the results of their rosters on FOX TV on October 3rd at 1PM Eastern Time.
The Texas Rangers has clinched a playoff spot after their victory in Game 1 of this four game series on Thursday against the LA Angels. At the very least the Rangers will be an AL Wildcard team. In the race for the AL West title the Texas Rangers following their victory in series opener holds a three game lead over the Houston Astros and the LA Angels were eliminated from the AL West division race. A Ranger win or Houston Astros loss and Texas will be the division winner and will face either the Toronto Blue Jays or Kansas City Royals in the first round of the ALDS. Texas will not have home field advantage in round one of the playoffs. Texas is on the verge of an AL West title behind solid hitting as the club ranks fourth in Major League Baseball in runs per game at 4.60 per game. The pitching has ranked in many categories in the lower third of the league and somehow the patchwork staff got the job done as Texas were a victim to impact injuries to their starting and relief pitching out of spring training.
The LA Angels got hot late in the year with a seven game win streak to take a ½ game lead over the Houston Astros in the race for the final AL Wildcard spot. But losses on Wednesday and Thursday moved LA one game behind the Houston Astros for the final playoff spot with three games remaining. They no longer control their destiny for a playoff anymore so if the Houston Astros sweep the Arizona Diamondbacks in their three game series on the road the Astros will get the final spot. The Thursday loss also moved the Angels into a tie with Minnesota Twins in the race. The Angels have got good work from their pitching staff this year sitting 13th in Team ERA (3.89) and tenth best in quality starts from their rotation (86). The hitting has been subpar. They rank 28th in team batting average (.246) and 22nd in runs scored (4.06). The Angels are a mix of superstars and below average hitters.
LA Angels CF:
The Angels outfielder leads the everyday players with a .297 batting average with 41 homers and 89 RBIs. He has been hot of late hitting .346 over his past seven days. Trout had a three hit game on Wednesday at home to Oakland.
LA Angels SS:
Aybar has hits in seven straight and nine of his past ten games. The LA shortstop had a good month of September and it has carries to October. His season average is up to .269.
LA Angels P:
The LA left hander is 9-9 with an ERA of 3.52 and WHIP of 1.25. The Angles are 5-0 in his past five starts. On September 28th he allowed three earned runs and three hits pitching 5 2/3rd innings as he received a no decision in a 5-4 home victory to Oakland.
Texas Rangers DH:
The Rangers DH has been hot in the summer months with some huge hits in key spots. Texas is on the verge of a division title off their performance late in the year in series against the Houston Astros. Fielder is batting .309 with 23 homers and 96 RBIs.
Texas Rangers P:
The Texas veteran right hander is 17-9 with an ERA of 4.53 and WHIP of 1.23. He looks to bounce back from a poor outing on September 28th at home to Detroit as he allowed six earned runs and ten hits in 4 2/3rd innings in a 7-4 loss.