Los Angeles Angels vs Texas Rangers
The two AL West rivals are tied in the division and battle in this series. Dillon Peters is scheduled to pitch for the Angels and Kolby Allard is set to start on the mound for the Rangers in only his third start of the season.
Offensively, the Angels have averaged six runs per game over their last five. For the season, they have hit 177 home runs and average five runs per game. Mike Trout provides a huge chunk of the attack, hitting nearly .300 with 41 home runs and 96 RBI. Kole Colhoun is second on the team with 26 home runs and Albert Pujols has added 18 with 70 RBI.
Tommy LaStella and Shohei Ohtani have added to the offense, hitting around .300.
For the Rangers, they are averaging under four runs per game over their last nine and 5.1 for the season on 175 home runs. Danny Santana, Rougned Odor and Joey Gallo lead the team with 21 home runs, but Gallo is still out after undergoing wrist surgery. Shin-Sho Choo has added 19 home runs and Elvis Andrus has been steady with 58 RBI.
On the mound, Dillon Peters is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA.
He’s been very solid with the exception of the home run, allowing seven in 37 1/3 innings. Closer Hansel Robles, Cam Bedrosian and Ty Buttrey have been the most frequently used out of the pen and have a combined ERA of 3.20. As a team the Angels are allowing 203 home runs and 5.3 runs per game.
Kolby Allard has thrown only 10 innings this season, allowing five earned runs and six walks. The 22-year old had a 12.58 ERA in his first three Major League appearances, all last season with the Atlanta Braves. Out of the bullpen, there have been plenty of struggled. Jeffrey Springs has an ERA of 6.23 in 26 innings. Brett Martin has a 4.99 ERA in 48 2.3 innings. Jose LeClerc and Shawn Kelley have been more steady, posting an ERA of 4.20 over 90 innings.
As a team, the Rangers are allowing 5.3 runs per game.
Los Angeles will likely be able to take advantage of the inexperience of Allard. Hitting the ball well lately, the Angels should be able to knock Allard out of the game relatively early and surpass their average scoring output. The Rangers can get to Peters via the long ball, but probably wont have the firepower to keep up with the Angels. Look for a Los Angels win by a 7-5 margin.