Garrett Richards (12-10, 3.80 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (67-66) meet Martin Perez (2-3, 5.15 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (70-62) in the first of a three-game division series at Angel Stadium. The game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 4 and will air on FSW and FSSW.
In his most recent outing, Richards pitched 7.0 innings, giving up three runs and striking out nine in an 8-3 loss to the Indians. Mike Trout (.297, 84 Rs, 33 HRs, 74 RBIs, 10 SBs) continued his strong season Wednesday, going 2 for 5 with one run. The Rangers were victorious the last time Perez pitched. He tossed 6.1 innings, allowing three runs and striking out four in a 4-3 victory over the Orioles. Rougned Odor (.278, 39 Rs, 11 HRs, 43 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 5 Wednesday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The Angels have an SU record of 30-24 against teams in their division. Within their division, Los Angeles's offense has been playing lights out, averaging 4.5 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.0. The Angels rank fourth in the majors in extra base hits with 346. They typically aren't overmatched by pitchers, ranking fifth in the AL with an average of only 7.1 strikeouts per game. Los Angeles's pitching staff has fallen apart in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game rose to 6.1 during that span, compared to its 4.1 season average. The Angels don't give up many hits to opposing batters at Angel Stadium, ranking fifth in the AL with only 8.1 hits allowed per home game.
Against divisional opponents, the Rangers are 20-29 SU. The Rangers are a problem for opposing batters, sporting a 4.06 ERA on the road this season.
The Angels have mostly come out on top against the Rangers in their previous 12 games this season, earning an 8-4 record. This game will feature Perez (LHP) on the mound against the Angels, who have a 19-16 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Richards will take the mound against the Rangers, who have a 47-38 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA
The Angels are 30-24 against their divisional rivals, while the Rangers are 20-29 against their division.
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.
The Rangers are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Angels have a 25-42 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 48-15. The Rangers have a 52-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 535 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 587.
Ranking 20th, 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.