Ross Detwiler (0-1, 10.38 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (3-4) meet Matt Shoemaker (1-0, 4.50 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (2-4) in the first of a three-game division series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The game starts at 8:05 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 13 and will air on FSN-W and FSN-SW.
In his most recent outing, Detwiler pitched 4.1 innings, giving up five runs (three unearned), striking out two and walking two in a 10-0 loss to the Athletics. Prince Fielder (.379 ) continued his strong start to the season yesterday, going 3 for 7 with one run. In his pitching opportunities against the Rangers, Shoemaker is 3-0 with a 1.80 ERA, 14 strikeouts and three walks. Mike Trout (.400 ) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run.
Texas, a +120 underdog, will look to capitalize at home against Los Angeles. The teams combine to set the Over/Under (O/U) at eight runs. The Rangers are 2-2 as the underdog and have an overall money line of +77.
Across the field, the Angels have started off the season 0-2 when they're favored and are -137 overall with the money line. They also allow just 1.8 walks per game, good for third in the AL.
Predictions: SU Winner - LAA, O/U - Over
The Angels hold a 2-1 record in matchups against AL West Division rivals, while the Rangers currently sit at 3-4 in these games.
The Rangers are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded nine strikeouts. The Angels have a record of 0-3 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 0-4. The Rangers have a 1-4 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 18th in home runs, Texas has hit four this season. Los Angeles ranks ninth with six home runs.
Texas and Los Angeles both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Texas sits at 12th with 6.50 hits per game and Los Angeles ranks 13th with 6.40.
Texas and Los Angeles both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Texas sits at 24th with an OPS of .579 and Los Angeles ranks 25th with an OPS of .577.
When the Angels allow at least one home run, they are 1-4, well-matched with the Rangers who are 1-3 when allowing at least one homer.