Nick Martinez (1-0, 0.00 ERA) and Drew Rucinski (0-0, 0.00 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a three-game series between the Texas Rangers (3-5) and the Los Angeles Angels (3-4) at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Angels won the last game 6-3 and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 14 and can be seen on FSN-W and FSN-SW.
Martinez pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out five and walking two in a 10-1 win over the Athletics. Prince Fielder (.394 ) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run and one RBI. Against the Rangers, Rucinski is 0-0 with a 7.20 ERA, 1.60 WHIP, and six strikeouts. Mike Trout (.417 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Angels, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs and one stolen base.
Los Angeles is a narrow -112 favorite over Texas. According to the oddsmakers, the Over/Under (O/U) is currently nine runs. The Rangers have an overall money line of -23 and a record as the underdog of 2-3.
As for their opponent, Los Angeles has a winless record of 0-3 playing as the favorite and a disappointing overall money line of -255 so far this season. Los Angeles's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL at pitching on the road, with a 2.42 ERA. When it comes to issuing walks, the Angels have the second-fewest in the AL with an average of just 1.7 walks allowed per game.
The Angels have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
The Angels sit at 3-1 against the division, while the Rangers are 3-5
The Rangers are coming off of a weak pitching game where they recorded five strikeouts. The Angels have a record of 1-1 when opponents' pitchers have that many strikeouts or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 0-4. The Rangers have a 1-5 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 20th in home runs, Texas has hit four this season. Los Angeles ranks ninth with eight home runs.
Texas and Los Angeles both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Texas sits at 11th with 6.86 hits per game and Los Angeles ranks 15th with 6.17.
Texas and Los Angeles both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Texas sits at 26th with an OPS of .570 and Los Angeles ranks 21st with an OPS of .631.
When the Angels allow at least one home run, the team is 1-4. Texas has the same record when it allows one or more homers.