In the first of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (4-5) and the Los Angeles Angels (4-5) at Minute Maid Park, Roberto Hernandez (0-1, 1.93 ERA) and Jered Weaver (0-2, 8.71 ERA) get the start. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 17 and will air on FSN-W and ROOT-SW.
Hernandez is 0-4 with a 2.28 ERA and 1.24 WHIP against the Angels in his career. Jed Lowrie (.286 ) continued his strong start to the season Wednesday, going 2 for 3 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. In his pitching opportunities against the Astros, Weaver is 3-2 with a 2.94 ERA, 34 strikeouts and five walks. Mike Trout (.438 ) has been doing well to start the season for the Angels, going 3 for 4 Wednesday with two runs, one RBI, and one stolen base.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently unavailable. Against teams in the AL West, the Astros have an SU record of 3-3. Houston has averaged 3.3 runs per game during divisional play, higher than its season average of 2.6. They have been a terror on the base paths, ranking fourth in all of baseball with nine steals. Houston's pitchers struggle within their division. The Astros have given up an average of 4.0 runs to intra-division opponents, well over their defense's season average of 3.4. The Astros are fifth in the AL in walks allowed with just 2.6 per game.
Against fellow AL West members, the Angels are 4-2 SU. When it comes to scoring runs, the Angels have performed much better than normal against teams from the AL West. During those games, they averaged four runs per game, above their 3.8 season average. Los Angeles's pitching staff and defense as a whole has been firing on all cylinders so far, ranking fifth in the AL with only three runs allowed per road game.
The Astros will take on a right-hander (Weaver) in this game and have a 2-4 record against right-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Hernandez will take the mound against the Angels, who have a 2-4 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA
The Angels have a 4-2 record against the AL West Division, while the Astros have split their meetings with divisional opponents, 3-3.
The Astros are 1-0 when they go into extra innings.
When outhit, both the Astros and the Angels have records of 0-3.
Los Angeles ranks in the top half of the league at 15th when it comes to home runs, hitting eight this season. Houston ranks in the top five at fifth with 11.
Ranking 14th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 6.78 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 7.67.
Ranking 22nd, Houston is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.638). Los Angeles ranks in the bottom half at 17th with an OPS of .654.
The Angels are 2-5 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Astros are 0-3 when they allow at least one homer.