In the second of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (8-9) and the Texas Rangers (8-9) at Angel Stadium, C.J. Wilson (1-2, 3.54 ERA) and Ross Detwiler (0-2, 10.95 ERA) get the ball. The Angels won the last game 3-2 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 9:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 25 and will air on FSN-SW and FSN-W.
Wilson is 1-2 with a 7.36 ERA against the Rangers in his career, but faces a less-than-stellar Texas offense that's hitting just .210 on the year. Mike Trout (.317, 14 Rs, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and one stolen base. In his career against the Angels, Detwiler is 0-1 with a 6.14 ERA. He gets a struggling Los Angeles offense that's batting just .216. Prince Fielder (.375, 6 Rs, 1 HR, 10 RBIs) has been hitting the ball well for the Rangers, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Los Angeles, a -170 favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Texas. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is set at eight runs. The Angels are 5-7 as the favorite and have an overall money line of -350. They have a 7-6 record SU and are 5-4 as favorite within their division. Los Angeles's pitchers are doing better against opposing batters during divisional games, only allowing an average of 3.6 runs per game, well under their season average of 4.1.
On the other side, the Rangers have a subpar record of 5-8 when they are the underdog and are -135 overall with the money line. Against divisional rivals, they are 5-8 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 4-7 record.
In their previous four games this season, the Angels have a 3-1 record. This game will feature Detwiler (RHP) on the mound against the Angels, who have a 1-4 home and 4-7 overall record when they take on a right-handed starter.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
The Rangers are struggling at 5-9 in their division, while the Angels sit at 8-6.
When leading after 7 innings, Los Angeles is 3-4, while Texas is 2-7.
The Angels managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Rangers who are coming in with a 1-3 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
It looks like the Angels have a slight leg up on the Rangers, as the Angels have won their last two games while the Rangers have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 6-1. The Rangers have a 4-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Los Angeles and Texas both rank in the bottom half of the league in runs. Los Angeles sits at 17th with 67 runs this season and Texas ranks 19th with 65.
Ranking 17th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 48 this season. Texas ranks in the top half at 13th with 51.
When the Angels hit at least one home run, they are 7-5, well-matched with the Rangers who are 4-3 when hitting one or more homers.