Runs may be hard to come by in this one as Cole Hamels (3-0, 2.52 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (14-10) meet Garrett Richards (1-3, 2.35 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (11-13) in the last of a three-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 7-2, and Texas leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 1 and will air on FSSW and FSW.
In his most recent outing, Hamels pitched 6.2 innings, giving up one run, striking out seven and walking three in a 2-1 victory over the Astros. Nomar Mazara (.333, 10 Rs, 2 HRs, 7 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. The Angels were victorious over the Royals 6-1 the last time Richards pitched. He went 6.2 innings, allowing one runs (one unearned), striking out five and walking five. Yunel Escobar (.281, 10 Rs, 3 HRs, 7 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Texas -125 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.5.
The Rangers have mostly come out on top against the Angels in their previous six games this season, earning a 4-2 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX
The Rangers sit at 10-5 against division rivals, while the Angels have an even 6-6 record against their foes.
Texas has won 54% (7-6) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Los Angeles has won 58% (7-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Angels are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rangers have a 4-1 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 2-11. The Rangers have a 4-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Texas ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 20 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 22.
Ranking 28th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.50 per game. Texas ranks in the top half with 8.38.
Ranking 30th, Los Angeles is at the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.659). Texas ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .713.
The Angels are 8-11 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rangers are 10-8 when they allow at least one homer.