2016 Game 60: Angels at Yankees

6-9-16

Los Angeles Angels (26-33, 4th AL West) at New York Yankees (29-30, 4th AL East)

Yankee Stadium – Bronx, NY

Yankee Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 70F, Wind NW 8mph

Pitching Matchup

Jhoulys Chacin (2-3, 4.50 ERA)

Jhoulys Chacin delivers a pitch during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 4, 2016 (Justin Berl/Getty Images)

Jhoulys Chacin delivers a pitch during a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on June 4, 2016 (Justin Berl/Getty Images)

Chacin turned in one of the best starts of his career two starts ago when he tossed a complete game 4-hitter, holding the Tigers to just 1 run in a game the Angels won 5-1. After that however, he had his last start bumped up a day thanks to Nick Tropeano‘s shoulder injury, but was still pitching on normal rest. Nonetheless he gave up 3 runs on 6 hits in just 5 innings and took a no-decision in a game the Angels dropped 8-7.

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Ivan Nova (4-3, 4.41 ERA)

Ivan Nova delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium on May 14, 2016 (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Ivan Nova delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Yankee Stadium on May 14, 2016 (Al Bello/Getty Images)

When the Yankees broke camp this spring their intention was to keep Nova in a long relief role, but as the season has worn on it has become necessary to ease Nova back into the rotation. Since making his first start of the season on May 9, Nova has posted a 3-2 record and a 4.11 ERA spanning 6 starts and 35 innings. He has begun to struggle over his last 3 starts though, and his last one was somewhat ugly in Baltimore. He gave up 5 runs on 7 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings, but still took the victory in a game the Yankees won 8-6.

Game Notes

  • Thanks to a 12-6 blowout on Wednesday, the Yankees have all of their big three bullpen arms rested for Thursday’s finale — Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman. New York had used two of the three in each of the series’ first two games.
  • The Angels will have C.J. Cron back in their lineup on Thursday after a scheduled day off on Wednesday. Cron is batting .321 with a pair of homers his last nine games.
  • Big bats on both sides have woken up in this series. For the Yankees, Carlos Beltran notched his third home run in as many days on Wednesday, and Alex Rodriguez had his fourth multihit game in his last five. For the Angels, Mike Trout went 3-for-5 with a home run and double on Wednesday after going hitless the first two games.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .308
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .300
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .309
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .239
  5. DH-C.J. Cron – .251
  6. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .256
  7. LF-Rafael Ortega – .250
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .200
  9. SS-Gregorio Petit – .288

New York

  1. CF-Jacoby Ellsbury – .293
  2. LF-Brett Gardner – .250
  3. RF-Carlos Beltran – .281
  4. DH-Alex Rodriguez – .221
  5. C-Brian McCann – .222
  6. 2B-Starlin Castro – .258
  7. SS-Didi Gregorius – .267
  8. 3B-Chase Headley – .235
  9. 1B-Chris Parmelee – .600

AL West Standings

  1. Texas: 37-23 (.617)
  2. Seattle: 33-26 (.559) – 3.5 GB
  3. Houston: 29-33 (.468) – 9 GB
  4. Angels: 26-33 (.441) – 10.5 GB
  5. Oakland: 25-34 (.424) – 11.5 GB

Other AL West Matchups

  • Houston 3, Texas 5 – F
  • Cleveland @ Seattle – 7:10pm PT
  • Oakland – OFF

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