In the second of a two-game series between the Texas Rangers (34-30) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (34-30) at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Chi Chi Gonzalez (2-1, 0.42 ERA) and Brett Anderson (2-4, 3.57 ERA) take the mound. The Rangers won the last game 4-1 and Texas leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jun. 16 and will air on SportsNet LA and FSN-SW.
In his last start, Gonzalez pitched 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out four and walking three in a 7-0 loss to the Athletics. Prince Fielder (.341, 31 Rs, 10 HRs, 45 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI. In his pitching opportunities against the Rangers, Anderson is 1-4 with a 6.81 ERA, 36 strikeouts and 21 walks. Justin Turner (.321, 19 Rs, 5 HRs, 24 RBIs, 1 SB) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Texas, a +110 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Los Angeles. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at nine runs. When playing as the underdog, the Rangers have a 28-26 record and overall money line at +1,325. They have a 1-1 record when they were the underdog and 1-1 SU against the NL. Texas has averaged 6.0 runs per game during interleague play, higher than its season average of 4.6. Texas's pitching staff has put it all together in the past 10 games. Its average runs allowed per game dropped to 3.3 during that span, compared to its 4.4 season average.
Across the field, the Dodgers have a record of 33-23 when they are favored and are +105 overall with the money line. Interleague competitors have not been able to keep up with Los Angeles. The Dodgers have managed to go undefeated this season with a record of 2-0 when ranked as the favorite. They sport the second-ranked offense in the NL, averaging 4.4 runs per game. Los Angeles is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 203 extra base hits. Los Angeles has an eye for the strike zone, averaging an NL-best 3.6 walks per game. Playing AL opponents really brings the worst out of the Los Angeles pitchers. They allow 4.0 runs per game against teams in the AL, which is higher than their season average of 3.5. They have a WHIP of 1.19, second best in the MLB. The Los Angeles pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.6 strikeouts per game.
So far this season, the Rangers are 1-0 against the Dodgers. This game will feature Anderson (LHP) on the mound against the Rangers, who have a 10-12 record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Dodgers will be the right-hander Gonzalez. Right-handed starters haven't been a big issue for them as they sport a 34-20 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAD, O/U - Over
Texas has won 46% (13-15) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Los Angeles has won 58% (15-11) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Rangers managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Dodgers who are coming in with a 23-11 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Rangers are 6-25. The Dodgers have a 7-18 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking ninth in home runs, Texas has hit 66 this season. Los Angeles ranks second with 82 home runs.
Texas and Los Angeles both rank in the top 10 of the league in hits. Texas sits at sixth with 8.62 hits per game and Los Angeles ranks eighth with 8.51.
Ranking eighth, Texas is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.723). Los Angeles ranks in the top five at second with an OPS of .771.
The Dodgers are 16-18 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Rangers are 16-25 when they allow at least one homer.