Chris Rusin (3-3, 4.27 ERA) and Matt Shoemaker (4-7, 4.91 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a two-game series between the Colorado Rockies (35-48) and the Los Angeles Angels (45-38) at Coors Field. The Angels won the last game 10-2 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:40 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jul. 8 and can be seen on FSN-W and ROOT-RM.
Rusin pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one, striking out six and walking two in an 8-1 defeat to the Diamondbacks. Troy Tulowitzki (.320, 43 Rs, 9 HRs, 45 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Shoemaker went 5.2 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking one in a 3-1 defeat to the Yankees in his last outing. Mike Trout (.302, 62 Rs, 22 HRs, 48 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Angels, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and three RBIs.
Los Angeles is a slim -113 favorite over Colorado. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of 11 runs. The Rockies have an overall money line of -778 and a record as the underdog of 28-33. Colorado has recorded a disappointing 3-7 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Rockies have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.3 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.4 runs per game. The Rockies have no trouble scoring as they lead the NL in home offense with 5.4 runs per home game. The Rockies lead the NL in hits at home with a phenomenal 10.2 per game. Colorado's batters do not strike out very often at home, with only 6.6 per game.
In games where it is the favorite, Los Angeles has a 28-20 record and an overall money line of +247. They played solid baseball as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 6-2 record, and an 8-2 record SU. Offensively, they average four runs per game on the road, which is third in the AL. Los Angeles is excellent at not striking out n the road with just 7.0 per game, ranking fourth in the AL. The Angels allow 3.8 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.1 runs per game during that span. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Angels are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season.
The Angels have the edge in the season series, 3-0. The Rockies have a 32-36 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Shoemaker takes the mound. Rusin (LHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a very good 12-6 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 22-13, while Colorado is 16-19.
The Rockies are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Angels have a 15-23 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rockies are 5-35. The Angels have a 9-26 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total home runs this season, Colorado ranks seventh with 92 homers and Los Angeles is ninth with 89.
Ranking 11th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.24 per game. Colorado ranks in the top five at third with 9.07.
Ranking 18th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.706). Colorado ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .741.
When the Angels allow at least one home run, they are 22-31. When the Rockies allow one or more homers, they have a 16-35 record.