2016 Game 23: Angels at Rangers – 5:05pm PT

4-29-16

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Los Angeles Angels (11-11, 3rd AL West) at Texas Rangers (12-10, 1st AL West)

Globe Life Park – Arlington, TX

Global Life Park

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Thunderstorms, 73F, Wind S 9mph, 55% Chance of Rain

Pitching Matchup

Hector Santiago (2-0, 2.70 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field on April 18, 2016 (David Banks/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox at US Cellular Field on April 18, 2016 (David Banks/Getty Images)

Much like he did in 2015, Santiago has gotten his 2016 season off to a fine start. He’s given up just 8 earned runs on 17 hits in 26 2/3 innings across his 4 starts so far. He’s also struck out 27 batters and walked only 8 in those 26 2/3 innings while seeing his average fastball velocity creep up a couple of ticks from last season. His last start was Saturday at home against Seattle, and in that game he gave up just 2 runs on 4 hits over 6 innings to take the victory in a game the Angels won 4-2.

~VS~

Colby Lewis (1-0, 3.38 ERA)

Colby Lewis delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Globe Life Park on April 16, 2016 (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Colby Lewis delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Globe Life Park on April 16, 2016 (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Lewis has gotten his 2016 season off to a solid if not spectacular start in his 4 outings so far. He’s gone exactly 6 innings in each of his four starts and given up more than 3 earned runs in a game just once. That once came two starts ago and he gave up just 4 earned runs in that contest. His last start was Saturday in Chicago and in that game he held the White Sox to 1 run on 6 hits in his 6 innings, but took a no-decision in a game the Rangers eventually lost 4-3.

Game Notes

  • The Rangers and Angels split a four-game series in Anaheim earlier this month. The Angels were 12-7 against the Rangers last season, including 7-3 in Arlington.
  • In 87 career games and 306 at-bats against the Rangers, the Angels’ Mike Trout is hitting .333 with 18 home runs, 62 RBIs and a .601 slugging percentage. Those are all career highs against an American League West opponent.
  • Third baseman Adrian Beltre is the only Rangers player to have started all 22 games this season.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .281
  2. LF-Rafael Ortega – .313
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .295
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .169
  5. RF-Kole Calhoun – .256
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .241
  7. 1B-C.J. Cron – .180
  8. C-Geovany Soto – .304
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .188

Texas

  1. 2B-Rougned Odor – .241
  2. RF-Nomar Mazara – .345
  3. 3B-Adrian Beltre – .298
  4. DH-Prince Fielder – .190
  5. CF-Ian Desmond – .213
  6. 1B-Mitch Moreland – .239
  7. SS-Elvis Andrus – .343
  8. LF-Ryan Rua – .273
  9. C-Bryan Holaday – .188

AL West Standings

  1. Texas: 12-10 (.545)
  2. Seattle: 11-10 (.524)
  3. Angels: 11-11 (.500)
  4. Oakland: 11-12 (.478)
  5. Houston: 7-15 (.318)

Other AL West Matchups

  • Houston @ Oakland – 7:05pm PT
  • Kansas City @ Seattle – 7:10pm PT

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