Colby Lewis (8-3, 4.13 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (41-41) go up against C.J. Wilson (6-6, 3.78 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (43-38) in the last of a three-game division series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Angels won the last game 13-0 and Los Angeles leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jul. 5 and will air on FSN-SW.
Lewis is 2-8 with a 5.71 ERA, 66 strikeouts and 17 walks against the Angels in his career. Prince Fielder (.346, 40 Rs, 12 HRs, 49 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. In his career against the Rangers, Wilson is 1-2 with a 6.59 ERA, 1.94 WHIP, and 37 strikeouts. Albert Pujols (.263, 49 Rs, 24 HRs, 51 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and two RBIs.
Texas is a slight underdog (+105) and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. The Rangers are 36-35 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +1,474. They have not performed well against their division, earning an SU record of 11-21 and a 10-18 record when they were the underdog. The Rangers seem to play worse against their division opponents. In divisional matchups, Texas has only averaged 3.6 runs per game compared to its 4.3 season average. Whenever an AL West opponent shows up on the calendar, the Rangers seem to struggle with pitching. They allow an average of 4.3 runs per game, but allow 4.9 against teams from their own division.
On the other side, the Angels have a record of 26-20 when they are favored and are +47 overall with the money line. Against divisional foes, they are 23-16 SU and have played well as the favorite with a 16-9 record. The Angels average just 7.1 strikeouts per road game, one of the lowest marks in the AL. Switching gears to Los Angeles's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.19, fourth best in the MLB.
The Angels have gotten the best of the Rangers in head-to-head matchups this season, going 6-2. This game will feature Wilson (LHP) on the mound against the Rangers, who have a 14-16 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Lewis will take the mound against the Angels, who have a 31-32 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
The Rangers currently sit below .500 against the AL West Division at 11-22, and the Angels have a 24-16 record.
After last game's shutout win against the Texas Rangers, the Angels now have six shutouts this season. The Rangers have been shut out in five games this season.
When the Rangers and the Angels play into extra innings, both teams have a 3-3 record.
The Angels are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rangers have a 5-12 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rangers are 8-33. The Angels have a 9-26 record when opponents outhit them.
Texas and Los Angeles both rank in the top 10 of the league in home runs. Texas sits at eighth with 88 home runs this season and Los Angeles ranks 10th with 83.
Ranking 14th, Los Angeles is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.96 per game. Texas ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.50.
Texas and Los Angeles both rank in the bottom half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Texas sits at 16th with an OPS of .712 and Los Angeles ranks 20th with an OPS of .696.
When the Angels allow at least one home run, they are 20-31, well-matched with the Rangers who are 20-32 when allowing at least one homer.