Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers
The Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers meet on Saturday for game two of their series in Anaheim. The Rangers are -115 favorites over the Angels with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Los Angeles Angels still have plenty of work to do if they hope to catch the Rangers this season but they took a step in the right direction getting the win on Friday. Mark Trumbo and Mike Trout homered and Albert Pujols had three hits as the Rangers scored six runs on 10 hits. Jered Weaver allowed six hits and a run while striking out four over seven innings to go to 12-1 on the year. For Saturday’s game Los Angeles starts Ervin Santana who is known for being a second half of the season type of pitcher. For the year Santana has allowed 108 hits and 68 earned runs while striking out 75 over 109.1 innings of work for a 5.60 ERA.
The Texas Rangers took one on the chin on Friday night but still have a five game lead in the A.L. West. Elvis Andrus homered, Mike Napoli had three hits, and Chris Gentry had two hits as the Rangers scored one run on nine hits in all. On the mound Dave Holland allowed nine hits and six earned runs over 6.2 innings to fall to 6-5 on the season. For Saturday’s game Texas starts Yu Darvish who has lost his last two starts. For the season Darvish has allowed 95 hits and 48 earned runs while striking out 121 over 109 innings of work for a 3.96 ERA.
Los Angeles is 5-1 in their last six home games, 1-4 in their last five games as an underdog, and 2-8 in Santana’s last 10 starts. Texas is 5-3 in their last eight games overall, 1-5 in their last six games against team with a winning record, and 1-5 in Darvish’s last six road starts. Los Angeles is 7-3 in Santana’s last 10 home starts against the Rangers but they are 1-4 in Santana’s last five starts against the Angels.
Santana is a second half of the season pitcher so this is his time and this is the Angels series.
Los Angeles Angels -105 Texas Rangers