Jered Weaver (0-4, 6.29 ERA) and Roberto Hernandez (1-2, 4.25 ERA) start in the second of a four-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (13-16) and the Houston Astros (19-10) at Angel Stadium. The Astros won the last game 3-2 and Houston leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 8 and can be seen on ROOT-SW and FSN-W.
Weaver is 3-2 with a 2.95 ERA in his appearances against the Astros, and goes up against a below-average Houston offense which is batting just .237 this season. Mike Trout (.298, 24 Rs, 8 HRs, 18 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Hernandez is 0-4 with a 2.47 ERA when pitching against the Angels. He is up against a below-average Los Angeles offense which is hitting just .227 this season. Jake Marisnick (.338, 14 Rs, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Los Angeles is a -142 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 -396 and a record as the favorite of 9-8. Los Angeles has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 9-5 and 13-9 records as the favorite and SU respectively. The Angels have seen an uptick in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 4.2 runs per game. They average 3.8 runs per game on the season.
In the other locker room, Houston is coming in with an overall money line of +870 and an impressive record of 13-4 as the dog. They have managed to pull off a perfect record over their last ten games while playing as the underdog, and have a 7-3 SU record over the same span. Offensively, they average six runs per game on the road, which is the best in the AL. The Astros are tough outs for opponents, ranking second in the AL with 10.7 hits per road game. The Astros are an excellent base-stealing team with an MLB-best 36 stolen bases. Houston's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 3.49 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, 3-1. The Angels have a bad 2-6 record at home (7-13 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Hernandez takes the mound. Weaver (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 10-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
The Astros sit at 15-8 against their divisional rivals, while the Angels are 13-10.
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 6-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 4-11. The Astros have a 5-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks in the top half of the league at 11th when it comes to home runs, hitting 26 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at second with 42.
Los Angeles and Houston both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Los Angeles sits at 15th with 7.39 hits per game and Houston ranks 11th with 8.11.
Ranking 27th, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.642). Houston ranks in the top 10 at ninth with an OPS of .734.
When the Astros allow at least one home run, they are 6-7. When the Angels allow one or more homers, they have a 6-14 record.