Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers (-144, 8.5)
It's an AL West showdown on Sunday Night Baseball as the Rangers host the Angels.
Yu Better Believe It
Yu Darvish makes his second start of the season as he tries to top the one-hitter he threw against the Astros this past Tuesday. Darvish was magnificent against Houston although performances like that will probably be the norm against the Astros’ weak-hitting lineup. Now he takes a step-up in class against the Angels whom he faced six times last season. Darvish allowed 19 runs in those six games with 48 strikeouts. The righty actually had more struggles against Los Angeles at home where he had one of his worst starts of the season back on August 1. Darvish allowed seven runs on four hits and six walks in just five innings in that game which turned into an 11-10 victory.
Jered Weaver got a no-decision in his last start despite giving up only a single run and two hits in six innings at Cincinnati on Monday. His problem was the first three innings where he threw 63 pitches which was the reason why he couldn't go deep into the game. Weaver is not the biggest fan of pitching in Arlington, posting a 6.48 ERA in his three starts there last year. Most of that damage came in one outing back on May 13 when he allowed eight runs and 10 hits in just over three innings. He beat the Rangers on September 28 in Arlington after yielding only two runs and five hits in seven innings.
The injury reports for these two teams are relatively clean. The Angels are without Ryan Madson who is recovering from Tommy John surgery. He'll be big for their bullpen when he returns. Texas has a few key names that aren't available right no, including pitchers Colby Lewis, Joakim Soria, and Neftali Feliz who is expected to be out until early August due to ligament transplant surgery. The former Royals' closer, Soria, hopes to be back by late May after undergoing his own Tommy John surgery. Finally, Lewis also had elbow surgery and hopes to be back by late May.
Angels are 20-6 in Weaver's last 26 starts vs. a team with a winning record
Under is 35-17-3 in Weaver's last 55 starts vs. a team with a winning record
Rangers are 11-4 in Darvish's last 15 home starts
Over is 5-2 in Darvish's last seven home starts
Hitters to Watch
Mike Trout 6-for-17 vs. Darvish
Albert Pujols 4-for-17 vs. Darvish
Elvis Andrus 23-for-60 vs. Weaver
Adrian Beltre 13-for-65 vs. Weaver