Hector Santiago (2-1, 2.45 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (9-9) go up against Nick Martinez (2-0, 0.45 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (6-11) in the last of a three-game division series at Angel Stadium. The Angels won the last game 4-1 and Los Angeles leads the series 2-0. The game starts at 3:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 26 and will air on FSN-SW and FSN-W.
Santiago is 4-2 with a 4.00 ERA against the Rangers in his career, and is up against a struggling Texas offense that's hitting just .211 on the year. Kole Calhoun (.309, 9 Rs, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs) played well again yesterday, going 3 for 4. In his career against the Angels, Martinez is 1-2 with a 2.51 ERA. He gets a less-than-stellar Los Angeles offense that's batting just .219. Prince Fielder (.373, 6 Rs, 1 HR, 10 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Los Angeles is a -147 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Angels have a 6-7 record and overall money line at -250. They have impressive records of 6-4 as the favorite and 8-6 SU within their division. Los Angeles's pitchers are doing better against opposing batters during divisional games, only allowing an average of 3.5 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.0.
Switching gears, the Rangers come into this game with a weak win percentage of .357 when playing as the underdog (5-9) and an overall money line of -235. Over the past 10 matchups, they are 3-7 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 3-7 record.
In their previous five games this season, the Angels have a 4-1 record. The Angels will take on a right-hander (Martinez) in this game. They have done very poorly against right-handed starting pitchers this season (4-7), especially at home where they have a 1-4 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
The Rangers are struggling at 5-10 in their division, while the Angels sit at 9-6.
In extra innings, the Rangers are 0-1.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Rangers are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Angels have a 4-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Rangers are 2-10. The Angels have a 2-8 record when opponents outhit them.
Texas ranks near the bottom of the league at 22nd when it comes to home runs, hitting 12 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top half at 13th with 16.
Both Los Angeles and Texas are tied at 14th in hits, notching 7.00 per game.
Los Angeles and Texas both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Los Angeles sits at 26th with an OPS of .633 and Texas ranks 27th with an OPS of .628.
When the Rangers allow at least one home run, they are 1-8. When the Angels allow one or more homers, they have a 4-9 record.