In the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (62-77) and the Texas Rangers (83-58) at Angel Stadium, Tyler Skaggs (3-3, 4.71 ERA) and Yu Darvish (5-4, 3.45 ERA) take the mound. The game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Sep. 9 and will air on FSSW and FSW.
In his last start, Skaggs pitched 6.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out seven and walking one in a 10-3 victory over the Mariners. C.J. Cron (.286, 44 Rs, 16 HRs, 62 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 Wednesday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. The Rangers were unsuccessful against the Astros 7-6 the last time Darvish pitched. He went 4.0 innings, allowing five runs, striking out four and walking three. Carlos Beltran (.300, 68 Rs, 27 HRs, 86 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Rangers, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The Rangers hold a 38-23 record in matchups against AL West Division rivals, while the Angels currently sit at 25-32 in these games.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Angels are going to have to step it up if they want to win this matchup. The Rangers have a 20-0 record in games where opponents scored one run or less.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 8-60. The Rangers have a 20-44 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 24th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 142 this season. Texas ranks sixth with 189 home runs.
Los Angeles and Texas both rank near the bottom of the league in walks. Los Angeles sits at 23rd with 396 this season and Texas ranks 27th with 383.
The Angels are 45-43 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Rangers are 69-40 when they hit at least one homer.