Lance McCullers (3-2, 2.45 ERA) takes the hill for the Houston Astros (42-31) as they square off against Matt Shoemaker (4-5, 5.20 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (36-36) in the last of a three-game series at Angel Stadium. The Astros won the last game 13-3 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 3:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Jun. 24 and can be seen on ROOT-SW and FSN-W.
Shoemaker pitched 4.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering five runs, striking out two and walking one in a 12-7 defeat to the Athletics. Mike Trout (.301, 53 Rs, 18 HRs, 41 RBIs, 8 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. McCullers went 4.1 innings, surrendering three runs (two unearned), striking out six and walking three in a 5-2 defeat to the Mariners in his most recent start. Colby Rasmus (.254, 28 Rs, 10 HRs, 25 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run.
Los Angeles is a -120 favorite against Houston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Angels have an overall money line of -224 and a record as the favorite of 22-17. Los Angeles is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Angels are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.0 hits per game so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Houston has a 22-15 record and an overall money line of +797. They have been playing solid baseball as the underdog with a 15-6 record against fellow AL West members, and a 21-15 record SU. Offensively, the Astros have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.4 runs per game by averaging 5.8 during that stretch. The Astros have a dynamic offense, ranking second in the league with 240 extra base hits. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 56 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. Houston's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL at pitching on the road, with a 3.81 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.18 for the season.
The Astros lead the season series, 5-4. The Angels have a 27-29 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when McCullers takes the mound. Shoemaker (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a very good 26-15 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
The Angels hold a 19-15 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Astros' record in these matchups is 22-15.
Los Angeles recorded at least two errors for the ninth time this season.
When the Astros play into extra innings, they have a 3-2 record. The Angels are 1-3 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Astros are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Angels have a 5-14 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 26-9. The Astros have a 29-9 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 286 this season. Houston ranks third with 330 runs.
Ranking 19th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 197 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 228.
The Angels are 27-18 when they hit at least one home run. The Astros perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 34-19 record.