2016 Game 85: Angels at Rays

7-6-16

GAME INFO

Los Angeles Angels (34-50, 5th AL West) at Tampa Bay Rays (34-49, 5th AL East)

Tropicana Field – St. Petersburg, FL

Tropicana Field

Pitching Matchup

Jered Weaver (6-7, 5.51 ERA)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A's at Oakland Coliseum on June 19, 2016 (Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A’s at Oakland Coliseum on June 19, 2016 (Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

Weaver’s season-long struggle with velocity and inconsistency will continue this evening as he takes the ball in the 3rd of the 4-game set at Tropicana Field. Although he pitched a complete game gem in Oakland on June 19, the month of June was not kind to Weaver as he posted a 5.70 ERA and a 2-4 record for the month. In his last outing against Houston he allowed 6 runs on 7 hits in 5 1/3 innings to take the loss in a game the Angels lost 10-4.

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Drew Smyly (2-9, 5.33 ERA)

Drew Smyly delivers a pitch during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field on July 1, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Drew Smyly delivers a pitch during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Tropicana Field on July 1, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Once a prominent piece in the trade which sent David Price from Tampa to Detroit, Smyly is yet another pitcher struggling to find consistency this season. He’s had a particularly rough go of it over his last two starts as he’s allowed a combined 14 runs in 11 2/3 innings. He had trouble getting the 3rd out his last time out against Detroit as his 6 runs allowed (4 earned) all came with 2 outs over his 6 2/3 innings. He took the loss in a game the Rays dropped 10-2.

Game Notes

  • The Angels have used 43 players on the Major League roster this season, which is most in the American League.
  • Rays shortstop Brad Miller hit his 12th home run of the season on Monday. That set a new single-season high for Miller. The 12 homers are also the most by a Rays shortstop before the All-Star break.
  • Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer has 52 career HBPs. That’s the most in Rays history, and his 17 on the season lead the AL by six.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .321
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .285
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .324
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .249
  5. 1B-C.J. Cron – .284
  6. LF-Jefry Marte – .229
  7. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .276
  8. C-Jett Bandy – .259
  9. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .261

Tampa Bay

  1. DH-Logan Forsythe – .298
  2. SS-Brad Miller – .247
  3. 3B-Evan Longoria – .277
  4. 1B-Logan Morrison – .237
  5. CF-Brandon Guyer – .262
  6. RF-Steven Souza – .263
  7. LF-Corey Dickerson – .222
  8. 2B-Nick Franklin – .300
  9. C-Curt Casali – .171

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 28-57 (.329)
  2. Minnesota: 29-55 (.345)
  3. Cincinnati: 32-54 (.372)
  4. Angels: 34-50 (.405)
  5. Tampa Bay: 34-49 (.410)

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