Jered Weaver (6-10, 4.94 ERA) and Derek Holland (2-1, 2.82 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (67-66) and the Texas Rangers (70-62) at Angel Stadium. The Angels won the last game 5-2 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 5 and can be seen on FSW and FSSW.
Weaver pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering eight runs, striking out two and walking four in a 9-2 defeat to the Indians. Mike Trout (.297, 84 Rs, 33 HRs, 74 RBIs, 10 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run. Holland went 9.0 innings, surrendering zero runs and striking out 11 in a 6-0 win over the Orioles in his last outing. Rougned Odor (.278, 39 Rs, 11 HRs, 43 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday.
Los Angeles is a slim -115 favorite at home against Texas. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs for this matchup. Though the Angels have had a tough season in terms of their overall money line (-444), they have done fairly well as a favorite with a record of 50-29. Los Angeles is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Angels have seen an uptick in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 4.5 runs per game. They average 4.0 runs per game on the season. The Angels are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 346. Los Angeles's batters do not strike out very often, with only 7.1 per game. Los Angeles's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 6.1 runs per game, well above its season average of 4.1. The Angels are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 8.1 hits per game to their opponents this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Texas has a 54-51 record and an overall money line of +2,345. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 16-25 record against AL West foes, and a 7-3 record SU. Texas's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL at pitching on the road, with a 4.06 ERA.
The Angels lead the season series, 8-4. The Angels have a 19-16 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Holland takes the mound. Weaver (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 47-38 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
The Angels hold a 30-24 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Rangers' record in these matchups is 20-29.
Texas has won 46% (26-30) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 62% (33-20) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Rangers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Angels have a 12-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 48-15. The Rangers have a 52-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd in runs, Los Angeles has earned 535 this season. Texas ranks seventh with 587 runs.
Ranking 18th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 360 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 15th with 379.
The Angels are 53-32 when they hit at least one home run. The Rangers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 53-26 record.