Andrew Heaney (5-1, 1.97 ERA) and Kevin Gausman (2-2, 3.97 ERA) start in the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (57-50) and the Baltimore Orioles (55-52) at Angel Stadium. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Aug. 7 and can be seen on MAS2 and FSW.
Heaney pitched 5.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking two in a 3-1 defeat to the Dodgers. Albert Pujols (.257, 61 Rs, 30 HRs, 66 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong play Wednesday, going 2 for 4 with one run. Gausman went 7.0 innings, surrendering two runs and striking out six in a 6-2 win over the Tigers in his last outing. Chris Davis (.248, 57 Rs, 28 HRs, 79 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Orioles, going 2 for 4 Wednesday with two runs, one home run, and four RBIs.
The odds for Los Angeles and Baltimore are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. The Angels are one of the best in the MLB in terms of extra base hits with 279. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses that come to Angel Stadium have been stifled by the Angels, who have a team ERA of only 3.01 at home. The Angels are the top team in the AL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 7.6 hits per contest to their opponents this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Angels, who rank fifth in the AL in strikeouts per home game with 8.2.
The Orioles can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking fourth in the league with 135 home runs. Baltimore's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL at pitching on the road, with a 3.97 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting hits, the Orioles are third in the AL on the road with an average of 8.1 hits allowed per away game.
The Angels lead the season series, 2-1. The Angels have a 41-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gausman takes the mound. Heaney (LHP) will be on the hill against the Orioles, who have a 15-10 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA
Baltimore has won 59% (22-15) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 63% (27-16) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Orioles managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Angels who are heading in with an 11-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Orioles are 40-11. The Angels have a 42-10 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 13th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 447 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 471.
Ranking 26th, Baltimore is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 263 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 295.
The Angels are 45-26 when they hit at least one home run. The Orioles perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 48-27 record.