Dallas Keuchel (1-0, 1.29 ERA) and C.J. Wilson (1-1, 3.95 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (4-6) and the Los Angeles Angels (5-5) at Minute Maid Park. The Angels won the last game 6-3 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 18 and can be seen on FSN-W and ROOT-SW.
Keuchel is 4-1 with a 5.15 ERA in his appearances against the Angels, but goes up against a below-average Los Angeles offense which is batting just .227 this season. Jake Marisnick (.333, 2 Rs, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday. Wilson is 7-5 with a 4.15 ERA when pitching against the Astros. He takes on a below-average Houston offense which is hitting just .207 this season. Mike Trout (.444, 9 Rs, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 2 SBs) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Angels, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and five RBIs.
Houston is a -120 favorite against Los Angeles and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Astros have an overall money line of -118 and a record as the favorite of 3-3. Within its division, Houston has a 2-2 record as favorite and a 3-3 record 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 10 bases. Houston's pitchers fall apart when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game rises to 4.0 against fellow AL West members, compared to its 3.4 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.
In games where it is the underdog, Los Angeles has a 2-1 record and an overall money line of -173. They have been playing solid baseball as the underdog with a 2-1 record against AL West opponents, and a 4-2 record SU. Offensively, the Angels have really picked up the pace in division games. They have exceeded their season average of 3.8 runs per game by averaging 4.3 in those contests. Moving on to Los Angeles's pitching staff and defense, the The Angels allow just three runs per road game, ranking them fourth in the AL.
The Angels have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Under
The Angels sit at 5-2 against their divisional rivals, while the Astros are 3-4.
The Astros are 1-0 when they go into extra innings.
After a weak showing last week where they got in six hits, the Angels need to step it up. The Astros have a record of 2-1 when opponents get six hits or fewer.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 2-3. The Angels have a 4-0 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th in runs, Houston has earned 26 this season. Los Angeles ranks 16th with 40 runs.
Ranking 20th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 27 this season. Houston ranks in the top half at 12th with 32.
The Astros are 3-4 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Angels are 4-4 when they hit at least one homer.