Cole Hamels (12-8, 3.72 ERA) and Garrett Richards (15-11, 3.62 ERA) take the hill to complete the regular season as the Texas Rangers (67-95) meet the Los Angeles Angels (98-67) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Angels won the last game 11-10 and Los Angeles leads the series 2-1. The game starts at 3:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Oct. 4 and will air on FSW and FSSW.
In his last start, Hamels pitched 6.0 innings, giving up six runs, striking out eight and walking two in a 7-6 loss to the Tigers. Rougned Odor (.263, 54 Rs, 16 HRs, 61 RBIs, 6 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. The Angels were unsuccessful the last time Richards pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, allowing three runs (three unearned), striking out seven and walking four in an 8-7 loss to the Athletics. Mike Trout (.298, 103 Rs, 41 HRs, 90 RBIs, 11 SBs) has been hitting the ball well for the Angels, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. The Rangers have a SU record of 35-39 against teams in their division. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking fifth in the AL with an average of only 7.0 strikeouts per home game.
Against divisional foes, the Angels are 43-31 SU. The Angels average just 7.1 strikeouts per game, one of the lowest marks in the AL.
The Angels have gotten the better of the Rangers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 12-6. The Rangers will take on a right-hander (Richards) in this game and have a 53-44 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Angels will be the left-hander Hamels. They sport a 25-21 record against southpaws.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tex
The Rangers are 35-40 against their divisional rivals, while the Angels are 44-31 against their division.
Los Angeles recorded at least two errors for the 19th time this season.
The Rangers are coming into this matchup after a high-scoring game where they scored a whopping 10 runs. The Angels have a 1-7 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
It looks like the Angels have a slight leg up on the Rangers, as the Angels have won their last two games while the Rangers have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 61-16. The Rangers have a 64-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th, Los Angeles sits in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 659 this season. Texas ranks in the top five at fourth with 742.
Ranking 20th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 433 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 498.
When the Rangers hit at least one home run, they are 64-32, well-matched with the Angels who are 65-39 when hitting one or more homers.