In the first of a three-game series between the Los Angeles Angels (21-26) and the Houston Astros (20-28) at Angel Stadium, Matt Shoemaker (2-5, 6.81 ERA) and Mike Fiers (3-2, 4.35 ERA) take the mound. The game gets underway at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, May. 27 and will air on RTSW and FSW.
In his last start, Shoemaker pitched 7.1 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out 12 in a 3-1 loss to the Orioles. Kole Calhoun (.298, 26 Rs, 3 HRs, 22 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong season Wednesday, going 3 for 5 with one RBI. The Astros were also unsuccessful the last time Fiers pitched. He pitched well, going 7.0 innings, allowing two runs and striking out six in a 2-1 loss to the Rangers. George Springer (.270, 29 Rs, 11 HRs, 28 RBIs, 3 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Astros, going 2 for 4 yesterday with two runs, two home runs, and two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Astros -120 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
The Astros are struggling at 4-12 in their division, while the Angels sit at 11-8.
Houston has won 32% (6-13) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Los Angeles has won 50% (11-11) of its games when taking a late lead.
After a weak showing last week where they got in six hits, the Astros need to step it up. The Angels have a record of 9-2 when opponents get six hits or less.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 2-21. The Astros have a 5-23 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 27th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 39 this season. Houston ranks sixth with 62 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 with 8.64.
Ranking 22nd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.706). Houston ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .713.
When the Astros allow at least one home run, they are 13-20, well-matched with the Angels who are 13-22 when allowing at least one homer.