Garrett Richards (2-1, 2.52 ERA) is on the hill for the Los Angeles Angels (14-17) as they square off against Scott Feldman (2-3, 5.50 ERA) and the Houston Astros (20-11) in the last of a four-game series at Angel Stadium. The Astros won the last game 6-5 and Houston leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 3:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 10 and can be seen on ROOT-SW and FSN-W.
Richards is 4-2 with a 3.80 ERA in his appearances against the Astros, and goes up against a below-average Houston offense which is batting just .234 this season. Mike Trout (.306, 26 Rs, 9 HRs, 19 RBIs, 7 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. Feldman is 6-8 with a 4.70 ERA when pitching against the Angels. He takes on a below-average Los Angeles offense which is hitting just .228 this season. Jake Marisnick (.330, 15 Rs, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Astros, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run.
Los Angeles is a -154 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 -398 and a record as the favorite of 10-9. Los Angeles is an impressive 3-1 as the favorite over its last 10 games. Los Angeles's pitchers put it all together when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game drops to 3.4 against fellow AL West members, compared to its 3.8 season average.
In the other locker room, Houston is coming in with an overall money line of +870 and an impressive record of 14-5 as the dog. They played solid baseball as the underdog over their last 10 games with a 5-1 record, and a 6-4 record SU. The Astros have a dynamic offense, ranking fourth in the league with 100 extra base hits. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 36 stolen bases, ranking second in the MLB. Houston's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 3.40 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.09 for the season.
The Astros lead the season series, 4-2. The Angels have a bad 3-7 record at home (8-14 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Feldman takes the mound. Richards (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 10-7 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
The Astros sit at 16-9 against their divisional rivals, while the Angels are 14-11.
When leading after 7 innings, Houston is 9-4, while Los Angeles is 6-6.
The Angels managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Astros who are coming in with a 7-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 4-11. The Astros have a 6-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 14th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 27 this season. Houston ranks second with 45 home runs.
Los Angeles and Houston both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at 15th with 7.33 hits per game and Houston ranks 11th with 7.97.
Ranking 29th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.640). Houston ranks in the top 10 at 10th with an OPS of .725.
The Astros are 7-7 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Angels are 6-15 when they allow at least one homer.