The Angels head into play with a record of 8-7, fourth in the American League West.
They face the Rangers, who are 6-7, last in the division. Matt Harvey is scheduled to pitch for the Angels, while Mike Minor will be on the mound for the Rangers.
Examining the teams statistically, the Angels are 12th in the American League in scoring, averaging 3.9 runs per game, while the Rangers are 5th at 4.9 runs per game.
Los Angeles has been better and preventing runs from scoring, ranked 6th at 3.8 runs per game allowed. The Rangers are 11th in the American League, giving up an average of 5.2 runs per game.
Individually for the Angels, Mike Trout leads the team in hitting at .406, home runs with five and RBI with 12.
There is a significant drop off in production after Trout. Tommy La Stella has three home runs, but batting just .183.
Albert Pujols and Kole Calhoun each have two home runs, but Calhoun is hitting only .151.
Justin Bour and Andrleton Simmons also have batting averages below .200 and the Angels as a team are hitting only .215.
The Rangers attack is lead by Elvis Andrus, leading the team with a .389 average to go along with two home runs and 10 RBI.
Asdrubal Cabrera and Joey Gallo are tied for the team lead with four home runs, but both are hitting below .200.
Ronald Guzman and Nomar Mazara have added to the power, each hitting two home runs.
On the mound, Matt Harvey has struggled so far this season, going 0-1 with a 10.05 ERA. He’s allowed 16 earned runs in 14 1/3 innings and four home runs.
The Angels bull pen ha been solid, with closer Cody Allen recording four saves and an ERA 1.42. Ty Battrey and Luis Garcia have allowed only a run in 13 innings.
For the Rangers, Mike Minor has been off to a decent start, with a 1-1 record and 3.86 ERA in 18 2/3 innings.
The bull pen has been shaky. Shawn Kelley has been effective, allowing just two earned runs in seven innings, but Jose Leclerc, Jesse Chavez and Chris Martin have allowed 15 earned runs in 16 1/3 innings, for an 8.26 ERA.
The scoring output if looking purely on averages would make this around a 7 or 8 run game, which would be average or slightly below.
However, if the Rangers can take advantage of Harvey’s poor start, they could pile on the runs and if the Angels can get to the Rangers bull pen, the same could happen.
Best bet is for an average scoring game, but don’t be surprised if the teams pile on 11 or 12 runs or more combined.