Colby Lewis (3-0, 2.75 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (26-20) go up against Hector Santiago (3-2, 3.93 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (21-25) in the last of a three-game division series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The Rangers won the last game 4-1, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 2:05 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 25 and will air on FSSW and FSW.
In his last start, Lewis pitched 7.0 innings, allowing zero runs and striking out six in a 2-1 victory over the Astros. Nomar Mazara (.317, 20 Rs, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 3 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. The Angels were unsuccessful the last time Santiago pitched. He struggled, going 2.2 innings, giving up four runs, striking out two and walking three in a 9-4 loss to the Orioles. Mike Trout (.326, 32 Rs, 10 HRs, 31 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Rangers -125 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 9.5.
The Rangers have gotten the best of the Angels in head-to-head matchups this season, going 5-4.
Predictions: SU Winner - TEX
The Angels sit at 11-7 against their divisional rivals, while the Rangers are 14-10.
After a weak showing last week where they got in seven hits, the Rangers need to step it up. The Angels have a record of 12-5 when opponents get seven hits or less.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 2-20. The Rangers have a 9-15 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 28th in home runs, Los Angeles has hit 38 this season. Texas ranks 18th with 45 home runs.
Texas and Los Angeles both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Texas sits at 13th with 8.57 hits per game and Los Angeles ranks 14th with 8.52.
Ranking 22nd, Los Angeles is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.701). Texas ranks in the bottom half at 16th with an OPS of .718.
When the Angels allow at least one home run, they are 13-21. When the Rangers allow one or more homers, they have a 15-18 record.