2016 Game 101: Angels at Royals

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7-27-16

Los Angeles Angels (45-55, 5th AL West) at Kansas City Royals (48-51, 4th AL Central)

Kauffman Stadium – Kansas City, MO

Kauffman Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 91F, Wind NNW 7 MPH

Pitching Matchup

Matt Shoemaker (5-10, 3.99 ERA)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on July 8, 2016 (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on July 8, 2016 (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Shoemaker has been one of baseball’s best pitchers since around mid-May, as he’s pitched to a 2.39 ERA over his last 12 starts. He hasn’t gotten much run support from the Angel offense however, as his record is only 3-5 over those 12 starts. His last start was Friday in Houston and in that game he held the Astros to 2 runs on 5 hits over 6 2/3 innings, but took another tough luck loss as the Angels dropped the game 2-1.

~VS~

Danny Duffy (6-1, 3.14 ERA)

Danny Duffy delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium on July 22, 2016 (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Danny Duffy delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium on July 22, 2016 (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

While Duffy has only been pitching out of the Royals’ rotation since May 15, he’s been one of the Royals’ most consistent starters over that stretch. He’s pitched to a 3.17 ERA over 76 2/3 innings as a starter this season and the Royals are 10-3 in games that he has started. His last start was another strong one Friday against Texas as he held the Rangers to 1 run on 4 hits over 6 2/3 innings to take the victory in a game the Royals won 3-1.

Game Notes

  • Duffy’s 8.5 strikeouts-to-walks ratio since June 27 is the best in the AL.
  • Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is nearing a milestone as, with his next home run, he will be one of just four players to log at least 20 homers in 15 of their first 16 seasons (Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays).
  • No expected Royals starter has logged more than eight career at-bats against Shoemaker, but they have gotten to the right-hander when given the opportunity. Paulo Orlando, Salvador Perez, Jarrod Dyson, Alcides Escobar and Eric Hosmer all enter Wednesday with career averages of .500 or higher against Shoemaker.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .326
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .283
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .314
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .255
  5. 1B-Jefry Marte – .221
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .282
  7. C-Jett Bandy – .284
  8. LF-Gregorio Petit – .276
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .267

Kansas City

  1. SS-Alcides Escobar – .260
  2. 3B-Cheslor Cuthbert – .296
  3. 1B-Eric Hosmer – .288
  4. DH-Kendrys Morales – .251
  5. C-Salvador Perez – .271
  6. LF-Alex Gordon – .199
  7. RF-Paulo Orlando – .317
  8. 2B-Raul Mondesi, Jr. – .000
  9. CF-Jarrod Dyson – .250

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 34-66 (.340)
  2. Minnesota: 37-62 (.374)
  3. Tampa Bay: 39-61 (.390)
  4. Cincinnati: 40-61 (.396)
  5. Arizona: 41-59 (.410)
  6. San Diego: 44-58 (.431)
  7. Milwaukee: 43-55 (.439)
  8. Philadelphia: 46-57 (.447)
  9. Angels: 45-55 (.450)
  10. Oakland: 46-55 (.455)

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