In a game that has the potential for a lot of runs, Jered Weaver (7-12, 4.76 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (83-76) are in Texas to take on Martin Perez (3-6, 4.77 ERA) and the Rangers (87-72). This is the second of a four-game series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 5-3 and Texas leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 2 and can be seen on FSW, FSSW and ESPN.
Perez pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs (two unearned), striking out six and walking one in a 4-2 defeat to the Astros. Weaver went 5.0 innings, surrendering one run and striking out three in a 3-2 defeat to the Mariners in his most recent start. Albert Pujols (.241, 83 Rs, 39 HRs, 92 RBIs, 5 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
Texas is a -125 favorite against Los Angeles and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at nine runs. The Rangers have recorded an overall money line of +3,005 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 27-17. Texas is an impressive 5-2 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Rangers have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 6.0 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.6 runs per game.
Over in the other dugout, in contrast to an encouraging overall money line (+237), Los Angeles has an unimpressive 26-43 record when playing as the underdog. They are 15-16 as the underdog against AL West rivals, and 42-30 SU. 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, 10-6. The Rangers have a 53-43 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Weaver takes the mound. Perez (LHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a 24-20 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Tex, O/U - Over
The Rangers are 35-38 against their divisional rivals, while the Angels are 42-31 against their division.
The Rangers managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Angels who are coming in with a 33-16 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Rangers have a slight leg up on the Angels, as the Rangers have won their last three games while the Angels have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 59-16. The Rangers have a 64-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, Los Angeles has earned 646 this season. Texas ranks fourth with 731 runs.
Ranking 21st, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 428 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 492.
The Rangers are 64-30 when they hit at least one home run. The Angels perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 64-39 record.