2016 Game 100: Angels at Royals

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7-26-16

Los Angeles Angels (44-55, 5th AL West) at Kansas City Royals (48-50, 4th AL Central)

Kauffman Stadium – Kansas City, MO

Kauffman Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 86F, Wind ENE 8 MPH

Pitching Matchup

Tyler Skaggs (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Tyler Skaggs delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on July 31, 2014 (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Tyler Skaggs delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on July 31, 2014 (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Skaggs will be making his triumphant return to the big leagues tonight after August 2014 Tommy John surgery. He makes his return just 5 days shy of the 2-year anniversary of his last big league game on July 31, 2014 – a game in which he had thrown 4 2/3 hitless innings before waving to the dugout after throwing a pitch to Caleb Joseph with 2 out in the bottom of the 5th. Skaggs makes his return after throwing 12 2/3 scoreless innings with 26 strikeouts over his last two starts for AAA Salt Lake and will be taking the rotation spot of Nick Tropeano, who suffered his own UCL tear while pitching against Texas last week.

~VS~

Dillon Gee (3-3, 4.19 ERA)

Dillon Gee delivers a pitch during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2016 (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Dillon Gee delivers a pitch during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2016 (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Gee has been bouncing in and out of the Royals’ rotation this season as he’s been in a season-long battle for the 5th spot in the rotation with fellow right-hander Brian Flynn. Neither seems to be taking the reigns of the position as they’ve both struggled in that spot. The Royals will give Gee another look tonight. Gee’s last start was July 10 against Seattle and in that game he gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits in just 3 2/3 innings and took the loss in a game the Royals dropped 8-5.

Game Notes

  • Skaggs has never faced the Royals in his career, while none of the expected Royals starters have tallied an official at-bat against him. Likewise, Gee did not pitch in the series the Royals played against the Angels earlier this year and has not faced the team since April 11, 2014.
  • The Royals had given up a home run in 11 consecutive games before keeping the Angels inside the park on Monday in Kansas City’s 6-2 loss.
  • The Angels swept their first two home series after the All-Star break, but have won just one of their four road series since the start of July. Meanwhile, the Royals have not won a home series since taking three out of four against the Tigers back on June 16-19.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .316
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .281
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .313
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .254
  5. DH-Daniel Nava – .239
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .281
  7. LF-Ji-Man Choi – .175
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .206
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .261

Kansas City

  1. SS-Alcides Escobar – .259
  2. 3B-Cheslor Cuthbert – .296
  3. 1B-Eric Hosmer – .291
  4. DH-Kendrys Morales – .254
  5. C-Salvador Perez – .274
  6. LF-Alex Gordon – .202
  7. CF-Paulo Orlando – .317
  8. RF-Brett Eibner – .239
  9. 2B-Raul Mondesi, Jr. – .000

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 33-66 (.333)
  2. Minnesota: 37-61 (.378)
  3. Tampa Bay: 38-60 (.388)
  4. Cincinnati: 39-60 (.394)
  5. Arizona: 41-58 (.414)
  6. San Diego: 43-57 (.430)
  7. Milwaukee: 42-55 (.433)
  8. Angels: 44-55 (.444)
  9. Oakland: 45-55 (.450)
  10. Philadelphia: 46-55 (.455)

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