Dallas Keuchel (3-0, 0.80 ERA) gets the ball for the Houston Astros (19-11) as they go up against Matt Shoemaker (2-2, 5.40 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (14-16) in the third of a four-game series at Angel Stadium. The Angels won the last game 2-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 9:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 9 and will air on ROOT-SW and FSN-W.
Shoemaker has a 5.79 ERA and a 1-0 record in his career against the Astros, but faces a less-than-stellar Houston offense that's hitting just .235 on the year. Kole Calhoun (.297, 13 Rs, 3 HRs, 16 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. In his career against the Angels, Keuchel is 5-1 with a 4.53 ERA. He meets a struggling Los Angeles offense that's batting just .226. Jose Altuve (.349, 16 Rs, 3 HRs, 20 RBIs, 11 SBs) has been hitting the ball well, going 3 for 4 yesterday.
Los Angeles is a slight -113 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. When playing as the favorite, the Angels have a 9-9 record and overall money line at -498. They have impressive records of 9-6 as the favorite and 13-10 SU within their division.
Across the field, the Astros have a nice record of 14-4 when they are the underdog and are +970 overall with the money line. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 7-3 SU and have an unblemished 6-0 record when they were an underdog to win. Houston is one of the top road hitting teams in the AL with an average of 10.3 hits per contest. Houston is a terror on the base paths, with an MLB-best 36 stolen bases. Switching gears to Houston's pitching staff, they have the third-lowest ERA in the AL at 3.44. They have a WHIP of 1.08 on the year, good for tops in the league.
In their previous five games this season, the Astros have a 3-2 record. This game will feature Keuchel (LHP) on the mound against the Angels, who have a 4-1 home and 6-2 overall record when they take on a left-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Astros will be the right-hander Shoemaker. They sport a 10-6 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
The Astros sit at 15-9 against their divisional rivals, while the Angels are 14-10.
Houston recorded at least two errors for the fifth time this season.
When the Astros play into extra innings, they have a 3-0 record. The Angels are 0-1 when their games exceed nine innings.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Astros are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Angels have a 3-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 7-5. The Astros have an 11-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 22nd in runs, Los Angeles has earned 110 this season. Houston ranks 10th with 133 runs.
Ranking 20th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 78 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at fifth with 104.
The Angels are 10-9 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Astros are 14-7 when they hit at least one homer.