Wandy Rodriguez (5-3, 3.91 ERA) and Hector Santiago (4-4, 2.58 ERA) take the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (41-40) and the Los Angeles Angels (42-38) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Angels won the last game 8-2 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 9:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jul. 4 and can be seen on FSN-W, FSN-SW and MLB Net.
Rodriguez pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering one run, striking out seven and walking two in an 8-1 win over the Orioles. Prince Fielder (.347, 40 Rs, 12 HRs, 49 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. When pitching against the Rangers, Santiago is 4-2 with a 3.75 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 43 strikeouts. Mike Trout (.303, 58 Rs, 21 HRs, 44 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Los Angeles takes on Texas as a -120 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at nine runs. The Rangers have an overall money line of +1,574 and a record as the underdog of 36-34. Texas has had a discouraging season against division opponents, earning records of 10-17 and 11-20 as the underdog and SU respectively. The Rangers have seen a decline in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 3.7 runs per game. They average 4.3 runs per game on the season. Texas's pitchers fall apart when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game rises to 4.8 against fellow AL West members, compared to its 4.2 season average.
In games where it is the favorite, Los Angeles has a 25-20 record and an overall money line of -53. They have been playing solid baseball as favorite with a 15-9 record against AL West opponents, and a 22-16 record SU. Offensively, the Angels have really sputtered in the last 10 games. They have decreased their season average of 3.8 runs per game by averaging 2.6 during that stretch. Los Angeles is excellent at not striking out n the road with just 7.1 per game, ranking fourth in the AL. 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 controlled the season series, 5-2. The Rangers have a 14-16 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Santiago takes the mound. Rodriguez (LHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a very good 11-6 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
The Rangers are struggling at 11-21 in their division, while the Angels are 23-16.
The Rangers and the Angels are both 3-3 in games that go into extra innings.
The Angels are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Rangers have a 5-11 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 30-9. The Rangers have a 31-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd, Los Angeles sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 311 this season. Texas ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 348.
Ranking 17th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 226 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 13th with 239.
The Rangers are 30-19 when they hit at least one home run. The Angels perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 30-20 record.