Hot-hitting Shohei Ohtani will be looking to extend his 16-game hitting streak as the Los Angeles Angels (72-86) host the Texas Rangers (66-91) at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on Sunday with the home team eyeing a sweep of the three-game series. The Angels lead the series 2-0 after winning 3-2 on Saturday, their sixth straight victory overall and eighth in 18 games against the Rangers this season. Starter Jose Suarez went seven innings, giving up two runs on two hits, to get the win, and Ryan Tepera picked up his sixth save with a scoreless ninth. Livan Soto went 3 for 3 with two doubles, one run, and one RBI in the win. Nathaniel Lowe was 1 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs for the Rangers.
ON THE MOUND
Tyson Miller (1-1, 18.00 ERA) is in line to get the start for Texas. The RHP threw 3.2 scoreless innings in relief in his last appearance, a 5-0 road win over the Mariners on Tuesday. He was credited with the win, scattering two hits while striking out three and walking one. For Los Angeles, lefty Tucker Davidson (2-7, 6.80 ERA) gets the ball. His only prior start against the Rangers this season was his last time out, when Davidson gave up three runs over five innings in a 7-2 road defeat on September 21. He gave up five hits while striking out three in the loss.
AT THE PLATE
Over the last five games, Texas has averaged 3.6 runs a game, a small drop compared to their season average of 4.4. Against lefties like Davidson this season, the Rangers have a .749 OPS. Lowe is the team’s most potent producer against left-handers with a .923 OPS in 190 at-bats. Los Angeles is averaging only 3.8 runs per game in the last five, consistent with their season average. The Halos have a .695 OPS against righties in 2022. With a .926 OPS over 373 at-bats, Ohtani has been their best hitter against right-handers.
HOME AND AWAY
Texas is on a four-game losing streak on the road, bringing their record to 34-46 in 2022. The Rangers have scored 4.5 runs per game away from home, while allowing 4.2 runs. Los Angeles has won five in a row in front of their home fans. The Halos are 39-41 at home this season, averaging 4.0 runs per game while surrendering 4.2. In the last 10 games between the AL West rivals at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Texas is 6-4 with an average scoreline of 4.5-3.0.
The Rangers are fourth in the AL West, 36 games behind the division-leading Astros. The Angels are third in the AL West, 31 games behind the Astros.
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