Jered Weaver (4-8, 4.75 ERA) and Miguel Gonzalez (9-8, 4.32 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (58-50) and the Baltimore Orioles (55-53) at Angel Stadium. The Orioles won the last game 5-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 3:37 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 9 and can be seen on MAS2.
Weaver pitched 5.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering four runs, striking out four and walking one in a 4-1 defeat to the Athletics. Mike Trout (.306, 78 Rs, 33 HRs, 69 RBIs, 10 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. Gonzalez went 5.1 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out five and walking three in a 5-0 defeat to the Athletics in his most recent start. Manny Machado (.294, 68 Rs, 23 HRs, 56 RBIs, 15 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 3 for 5 yesterday.
The odds for Los Angeles and Baltimore are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently not available. The Angels are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 283. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses that come to Angel Stadium have been stifled by the Angels, who have a team ERA of only 3.02 at home. The Angels are the top team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 7.7 hits per contest to their opponents this season.
The Orioles can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fourth in the league with 137 home runs. Moving on to Baltimore's pitching staff and defense, the The Orioles allow just four runs per road game, ranking them fourth in the AL. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Orioles are third in the AL on the road with an average of 8.2 hits allowed per away game.
The Angels lead the season series, 3-1. The Angels have a 42-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gonzalez takes the mound.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA
After last game's shutout win against the Baltimore, the Angels now have nine shutouts this season. The Orioles have been shut out in seven games this season.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Angels are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Orioles have an 8-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they are outhit, the Orioles are 8-37. The Angels have an 11-37 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking eighth in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 120 this season. Baltimore ranks fourth with 137 home runs.
Ranking 12th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.27 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.55.
Ranking 19th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.705). Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .733.
The Orioles are 29-37 when they allow at least one home run. The Angels perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 29-41 record.