Dallas Keuchel (17-6, 2.29 ERA) gets the ball for the Houston Astros (76-64) as they meet Jered Weaver (6-10, 4.78 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (70-69) in the first of a three-game series at Angel Stadium. The game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 11 and will air on FSW and RTSW.
In his most recent outing, Weaver pitched 6.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out three and walking three in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers. Mike Trout (.293, 88 Rs, 34 HRs, 76 RBIs, 10 SBs) went 1 for 4 Wednesday. The Astros were victorious over the Twins 8-5 the last time Keuchel pitched. He went 8.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out 12 and walking two.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Against teams in the AL West, the Angels have an SU record of 32-25. Los Angeles has averaged 4.5 runs per game during divisional play, higher than its season average of 4.0. The Angels are a dangerous hitting team with 364 extra base hits, one of the highest totals in the MLB.
Against divisional rivals, the Astros are 29-27 SU. Houston is the top home-run-hitting team in the league with 192 home runs. The Astros have racked up 104 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league. Switching gears to Houston's pitching staff, they have the lowest ERA in the AL at 3.36. They have a WHIP of 1.18 on the year, good for second in the league.
The Astros have mostly come out on top against the Angels in their previous 13 games this season, earning an 8-5 record. The Angels will take on a left-hander (Keuchel) in this game and have a 20-18 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. Taking the hill against the Astros will be the right-hander Weaver. They sport a 49-42 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - Hou
The Angels are 32-25 against their divisional rivals, while the Astros are 30-27 against their division.
The Angels are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 12 strikeouts. The Astros have a record of 13-15 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 15-51. The Astros have a 13-44 record when opponents outhit them.
Houston tops the league in home runs with 192 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top half at 12th with 144.
Los Angeles and Houston both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at 15th with 8.15 hits per game and Houston ranks 14th with 8.21.
Ranking 25th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.696). Houston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .737.
When the Astros allow at least one home run, they are 28-44, well-matched with the Angels who are 35-55 when allowing at least one homer.