Colby Lewis (17-9, 4.53 ERA) and Hector Santiago (9-9, 3.52 ERA) are on the hill in the third of a four-game series between the Texas Rangers (87-73) and the Los Angeles Angels (84-76) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Angels won the last game 2-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 3 and can be seen on FOX.
Lewis pitched 4.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering six runs, striking out four and walking one in a 7-4 defeat to the Tigers. Shin-soo Choo (.276, 92 Rs, 22 HRs, 80 RBIs, 4 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Santiago went 5.2 innings, surrendering three runs (one unearned), striking out four and walking two in a 5-4 defeat to the Athletics in his most recent start. Albert Pujols (.242, 83 Rs, 39 HRs, 93 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
The odds for Texas and Los Angeles are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. Within its division, Texas has a record of 35-39 SU. Texas's batters do not strike out very often at home, with only 7.0 per game.
The Angels are 43-31 against teams in their division. Los Angeles is excellent at not striking out with just 7.1 per game, ranking fourth in the AL.
The Angels lead the season series, 11-6. The Rangers have a 34-29 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Santiago takes the mound. Lewis (RHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a 59-55 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tex
LA Angels are 8-2 SU in their last 10 games.
LA Angels are 6-3 SU in their last 9 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of LA Angels's last 5 games when playing Texas.
LA Angels are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games when playing Texas.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of LA Angels's last 7 games when playing on the road against Texas.
LA Angels are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games when playing on the road against Texas.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Texas's last 7 games when playing at home against LA Angels.
The Angels won their last game by a one-run margin. In games decided by one run, the Rangers are 27-21. The Angels are 34-17 in close games this season.
Texas has won 49% (34-36) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 62% (40-25) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Angels are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Rangers have a record of 27-11 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 60-16. The Rangers have a 64-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 21st, Los Angeles sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 648 this season. Texas ranks in the top five at fourth with 732.
Ranking 21st, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 429 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 495.
The Rangers are 64-31 when they hit at least one home run. The Angels perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 64-39 record.