Derek Holland (3-3, 5.62 ERA) and the Texas Rangers (25-19) meet Nick Tropeano (2-2, 3.30 ERA) and the Los Angeles Angels (20-24) in the first of a three-game division series at Globe Life Park in Arlington. The game gets underway at 8:05 p.m. ET on Monday, May. 23 and will air on FS1.
In his most recent outing, Holland pitched 6.0 innings, giving up two runs, striking out one and walking one in a 3-1 loss to the Athletics. Nomar Mazara (.304, 18 Rs, 6 HRs, 16 RBIs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run, one home run, and three RBIs. The Angels were victorious over the Dodgers 8-1 the last time Tropeano pitched. He went 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out four and walking two. Kole Calhoun (.290, 25 Rs, 3 HRs, 21 RBIs, 1 SB) has been hitting the ball well, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
The Rangers are a small -115 favorite after opening at -125. The total is 9.5.
Pick - LAA
The Angels sit at 10-6 against their divisional rivals, while the Rangers are 13-9.
The Texas batters brought in a solid 13 hits last game. Los Angeles has a record of 1-6 when their opponents get that many hits or more.
When they are outhit, the Angels are 2-20. The Rangers have a 9-14 record when opponents outhit them.
Los Angeles ranks near the bottom of the league at 28th when it comes to home runs, hitting 37 this season. Texas ranks in the bottom half with 44.
Ranking 26th, Texas is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 113 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top half with 136.
When the Rangers hit at least one home run, they are 18-11, well-matched with the Angels who are 15-9 when hitting one or more homers.