After being swept by the Rangers on the road in a three-game set in the series before their last one the Angels look to return the favor, as they look for a sweep in Game 3 Wednesday night. The Rangers have lost three in a row and four of their last five games. They have only totaled five runs in losing the first two games of this division series. Texas is balanced but not in a good way, ranking 23rd in the Majors in both runs scored and team ERA. They are five games under .500 (17-23) and in third place in the AL West 8.5 games out of first place. After losing four in a row the Angels have gotten back on track to win their last three games. The team is 27-17 and they are in second place in the AL West only one game back of the Houston Astros. The L.A. pitching has been great in the first two games of this series and they rank a legit seventh in team ERA and have scored the second most runs in baseball. First pitch is scheduled for 938pm EST.
Lineup Has StruggledThe Texas lineup has been the main issue for the club as of late only averaging two runs in their last five games. In their last game they lost to the Angels 5-3 where Mitch Garner and Jonah Heim each had solo shots and Adolis Garcia was 2 for 4 with an RBI. Nathaniel Lowe leads the team only batting .245 and he had his five-game hitting streak come to an end in the last game. Garcia leads the team with 26 RBI and has two in the last three games but is only batting .214. Big off-season addition Corey Seager leads the Rangers with eight HR and is batting .239 with 19 RBI but he was 0 for 4 in the last game against the Halos and has only gone yard once in the last 12 games. On the season Texas is 8-11 on the road.
Glenn Otto (1-2 5.55 ERA 1.48 WHIP) takes the hill in this series finale and he gave up two runs on seven hits in six innings in his last start and got little help in a 5-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox. His previous start was the worst of the season giving up eight runs and that is the main reason his ERA is north of 5.00 while he has not given up more than two runs in four of his other five starts. This is Otto’s first start of the season facing the Angels and last season in his last start he was torched by them giving up five runs in only two innings.
Pitching Has Come ThroughWhile the Angels have not lit it up at the dish in winning their last three games, they have been solid on the mound only giving up seven runs. In the 5-3 win over the Rangers in the last game in this series the Halos had 12 hits, Jared Walsh was 2 for 4 with a solid HR, and five players had at least two hits.
Mike Trout leads the team in batting average (.328) and ranks tied for second in the Majors with 12 HR and has three HR over the last six games. Shohei Ohtani leads the club with 28 RBI and was 0 for 2 in the last game but had two hits in each of the previous two games with one of them his 100th career HR. On the season L.A. is 15-8 at home.
Reid Detmers (2-1 4.15 ERA 0.89 WHIP) gets the nod for Game 3 of this division series and in his last start gave up three runs on three hits, including two HR, in only 3 2/3 innings in a 10-5 loss to the Rangers. In his previous start the rookie tossed a no-hitter and the Angels had won three in a row with him on the hill before his last outing. Detmers has not given up more than three runs in six of his seven starts this season including his last five.
The L.A. Angels are:
- 12-3 in their last 15 home games
- 23-8 in their last 31 home games vs. a team with a losing record
- 10-2 in their last 12 home games vs. a right-handed starter
The Texas Rangers are:
- 17-40 in their last 57 road games vs. a left-handed starter
- 1-4 in their last 5 overall
- 23-60 in their last 83 road games
- 11-24 in their last 35 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15