2016 Game 14: Angels at White Sox

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4-19-16

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Los Angeles Angels (6-7, T-2nd AL West) @ Chicago White Sox (8-5, T-2nd AL Central)

U.S. Cellular Field – Chicago, IL

US Cellular Field

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Cloudy, 57F, Wind NE 14mph, 15% Chance of Rain

Pitching Matchup

Matt Shoemaker (1-1, 6.00 ERA)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum on April 13, 2016 (Jason O Watson/Getty Images)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at Oakland Coliseum on April 13, 2016 (Jason O Watson/Getty Images)

After a rough season debut in which he allowed 6 runs on 7 hits in just 3 innings against Texas, Shoemaker rebounded in fine style Wednesday in Oakland. In that game he held the A’s scoreless on just 1 hit over 6 innings while striking out 5 batters to take the W in a game the Angels won 5-1. Shoemaker is hoping to fare better on the road this season than he did last season, as he posted a 5.04 ERA in 15 starts away from Angel Stadium in 2015.

~VS~

Mat Latos (2-0, 0.75 ERA)

Mat Latos delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on April 14, 2016 (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Mat Latos delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on April 14, 2016 (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Latos, who spent the final week of the 2015 season with the Angels after a rocky season that saw him pitch for three different clubs, has gotten his 2016 season off to a fine start. So far, Latos has given up just 1 earned run on 4 hits in 12 innings over two starts in Oakland and Minnesota, winning both games. In his last start Thursday in Minnesota, Latos held the Twins to a single run on 3 hits in 6 innings to take the W in a game the White Sox won 3-1.

Game Notes

  • The White Sox bullpen figures to be shorthanded Tuesday after absorbing 8 2/3 innings because of Carlos Rodon‘s short start. Jake Petricka (2 2/3 innings), Zach Putnam (three innings) and Dan Jennings (two innings) each pitched multiple innings, which will force the White Sox to call an extra reliever up from the Minor Leagues before Tuesday’s game.
  • Andrelton Simmons is 5-for-9 with two doubles in his career against Latos, but Yunel Escobar has only three singles in 12 at-bats. In two starts against the White Sox, Shoemaker has given up 11 runs (10 earned) on 18 hits in 10 2/3 innings.
  • Albert Pujols enters Tuesday with 562 home runs, one away from tying Reggie Jackson for 13th on the all-time list. Angels closer Huston Street has 318 saves, one away from tying Todd Jones for 18th on the all-time list.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .315
  2. LF-Rafael Ortega – .125
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .234
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .180
  5. RF-Kole Calhoun – .354
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .275
  7. 1B-C.J. Cron – .159
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .172
  9. 2B-Cliff Pennington – .250

Chicago

  1. RF-Adam Eaton – .347
  2. SS-Jimmy Rollins – .231
  3. 1B-Jose Abreu – .217
  4. 3B-Todd Frazier – .154
  5. LF-Melky Cabrera – .304
  6. 2B-Brett Lawrie – .286
  7. CF-Austin Jackson – .184
  8. DH-Avisail Garcia – .171
  9. C-Dioner Navarro – .045

AL West Standings

  1. Texas – 7-6 (.538)
  2. Angels – 6-7 (.462)
  3. Oakland – 6-7 (.462)
  4. Seattle – 5-7 (.417)
  5. Houston – 5-8 (.385)

Other AL West Matchups

  • Seattle @ Cleveland – 3:10pm PT
  • Oakland @ NY Yankees – 4:05pm PT
  • Houston @ Texas – 5:05pm PT

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