Scott Feldman (0-2, 6.17 ERA) and Garrett Richards (0-0, 0.00 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (5-6) and the Los Angeles Angels (5-6) at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won the last game 4-0 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 19 and can be seen on FSN-W and ROOT-SW.
Feldman is 5-8 with a 4.80 ERA in his appearances against the Angels, but goes up against a below-average Los Angeles offense which is batting just .217 this season. Jake Marisnick (.333, 3 Rs, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run and one stolen base. Richards is 4-1 with a 3.61 ERA against the Astros in his career. He takes on a below-average Houston offense that's batting just .202.
The odds for Houston and Los Angeles are even, while the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable as of now. Within its division, Houston has a record of 3-4 SU. The Astros have seen an uptick in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 3.3 runs per game. They average 2.6 runs per game on the season. Houston is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 11 bases. Houston's pitchers fall apart when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game rises to 4.3 against fellow AL West members, compared to its 3.7 season average. The Astros are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.6 walks per game so far this season.
The Angels are 5-2 against teams in their division. Offensively, the Angels have really picked up the pace in division games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.0 runs per game by averaging 4.6 in those contests. Los Angeles's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL at pitching on the road, with a 3.39 ERA.
The Astros have a 2-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Richards takes the mound. Feldman (RHP) will be on the hill against the Angels, who have a 3-4 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA
The Angels have a 5-3 record against the AL West Division, while the Astros have split their meetings with divisional opponents, 4-4.
Los Angeles has won 25% (1-3) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Houston has won 67% (4-2) of its games when taking a late lead.
After a weak showing last week where they got in four hits, the Astros need to step it up. The Angels have a record of 1-1 when opponents get four hits or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 0-3. The Angels have a 1-6 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 16th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 10 this season. Houston ranks fourth with 14 home runs.
Ranking 15th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 6.90 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 7.50.
Houston and Los Angeles both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Houston sits at 21st with an OPS of .634 and Los Angeles ranks 22nd with an OPS of .633.
The Angels are 3-6 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Astros are 0-4 when they allow at least one homer.