Nick Tropeano (3-2, 2.86 ERA) and Doug Fister (4-3, 4.12 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (22-27) and the Houston Astros (21-29) at Angel Stadium. The Astros won the last game 4-2, and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 3:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 29 and can be seen on RTSW and FSW.
Tropeano pitched 6.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering zero runs, striking out six and walking one in a 2-0 win over the Rangers. Mike Trout (.319, 34 Rs, 11 HRs, 36 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Fister went 5.2 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking three in a 3-2 win over the Orioles in his last outing. George Springer (.274, 30 Rs, 11 HRs, 28 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Astros, going 3 for 5 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Los Angeles and Houston are Angels -125, while the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
The Astros currently sit below .500 against the AL West Division at 5-13, and the Angels have a 12-9 record.
After a weak showing last week where they got in three hits, the Angels need to step it up. The Astros have a record of 2-0 when opponents get three hits or less.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 2-22. The Astros have a 5-24 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 26th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 42 this season. Houston ranks seventh with 63 home runs.
Ranking 28th, Houston is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.71 per game. Los Angeles ranks in the top half at 13th with 8.65.
Los Angeles and Houston both rank near the bottom of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Los Angeles sits at 22nd with an OPS of .704, and Houston ranks 21st with an OPS of .710.
When the Astros allow at least one home run, they are 14-21, well-matched with the Angels who are 13-23 when allowing at least one homer.