Garrett Richards (0-1, 5.40 ERA) and Colby Lewis (1-1, 3.79 ERA) are on the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (7-9) and the Texas Rangers (6-9) at Angel Stadium. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 24 and can be seen on FSN-SW and FSN-W.
Richards is 6-1 with a 3.43 ERA in his appearances against the Rangers, and goes up against a below-average Texas offense which is batting just .215 this season. Kole Calhoun (.271, 9 Rs, 3 HRs, 10 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. Lewis is 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA against the Angels in his career. He is up against a below-average Los Angeles offense that's batting just .213.
This one isn't expected to be close when Los Angeles, a big -185 favorite, takes on Texas. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at seven runs for this matchup. The Angels have recorded an overall money line of -450 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 4-7. Within its division, Los Angeles has a 4-4 record as favorite and a 6-6 record SU. Los Angeles's pitchers put it all together when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game drops to 3.9 against fellow AL West members, compared to its 4.4 season average.
As for their opponent, Texas is coming in with an overall money line of -135 and a disappointing record of 5-8 as the underdog. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 4-7 record against teams in their division, and a 4-6 record SU. Texas is excellent at not striking out with just 7.1 per game, ranking fourth in the AL.
The Angels lead the season series, 2-1. The Angels have a winless 0-4 record at home (3-7 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Lewis takes the mound. Richards (RHP) will be on the hill against the Rangers, who have a 5-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
The Rangers are struggling at 5-8 in their division, while the Angels sit at 7-6.
Texas recorded at least two errors for the fourth time this season.
The Rangers are 0-1 when they go into extra innings.
After a weak showing last week where they got in seven hits, the Rangers need to step it up. The Angels have a record of 4-2 when opponents get seven hits or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 5-1. 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 16th with 64 runs this season and Texas ranks 17th with 63.
Los Angeles and Texas both rank in the bottom half of the league in walks. Los Angeles sits at 18th with 45 this season and Texas ranks 16th with 46.
The Angels are 6-5 when they hit at least one home run. The Rangers perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 4-3 record.