Garrett Richards (0-1, 5.40 ERA) and Cole Hamels (1-0, 2.57 ERA) start in the third of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (1-3) and the Texas Rangers (2-3) at Angel Stadium. The Rangers won the last game 7-3, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 9:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 9 and can be seen on FSSW, FSW and MLBN.
Richards pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out seven and walking three in a 9-0 defeat to the Cubs. Kole Calhoun (.333 ) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 3 with one run and one RBI. Hamels went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out eight and walking three in a 3-2 win over the Mariners in his last outing. Elvis Andrus (.333 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds for Los Angeles and Texas have the Angels -117, while the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 7.
The Rangers are 1-1 against teams in their division. The Rangers have a dynamic offense, leading the league with zero extra base hits. The Rangers are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best four stolen bases. The Rangers have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 6.2 strikeouts per game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX
The Angels are an even 1-1 against the division, while the Rangers sit at 2-3.
After a weak showing last week where they got in seven hits, the Angels need to step it up. The Rangers have a record of 2-0 when opponents get seven hits or less.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 0-3. The Rangers have a 1-3 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks near the bottom of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting one this season. Texas ranks in the bottom half at 18th with three.
Los Angeles and Texas both rank near the bottom of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at 28th with 6.25 hits per game and Texas ranks 29th with 5.80.
Both Los Angeles and Texas are tied at first for their on-base plus slugging percentage of .000.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, the team is 1-3. Los Angeles has the same record when it allows one or more homers.