Anthony Ranaudo (4-3, 4.81 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (4-5) go up against Hector Santiago (0-1, 5.06 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (3-5) in the last of a three-game division series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 8-2 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 2:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 15 and will air on FSN-W and FSN-SW.
Prince Fielder (.405 ) kept up his strong start yesterday, going 2 for 4. In his pitching opportunities against the Rangers, Santiago is 3-2 with a 4.50 ERA, 33 strikeouts and 10 walks. Mike Trout (.393 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds are even for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is unavailable at the moment. Against teams in the AL West, the Rangers have an SU record of 3-5.
Against divisional opponents, the Angels are 3-1 SU. Los Angeles has stepped up their play against division opponents. They have averaged 3.5 runs per game, more than their season average of 3.1. Switching gears to Los Angeles's pitching staff, they have the fourth-lowest road ERA in the AL at 2.57. They also allow just 1.6 walks per game, second-best in the AL.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA
The Rangers hold a 4-5 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Angels' record in these matchups is 3-2.
The Texas batters brought in a solid 11 hits last game. Los Angeles has a record of 0-3 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 0-5. The Rangers have a 1-5 record when opponents outhit them.
Texas ranks in the bottom half of the league at 17th when it comes to home runs, hitting six this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top 10 at 10th with eight.
Texas and Los Angeles both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Texas sits at 12th with 6.88 hits per game and Los Angeles ranks 11th with 7.00.
Texas and Los Angeles both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Texas sits at 23rd with an OPS of .621 and Los Angeles ranks 21st with an OPS of .625.
The Angels are 1-5 when they allow at least one home run. The Rangers perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 1-4 record.