2016 Game 88: Angels at Orioles

7-9-16

GAME INFO

Los Angeles Angels (37-50, T-4th AL West) at Baltimore Orioles (49-36, 1st AL East)

Oriole Park at Camden Yards – Baltimore, MD

Camden Yards-late afternoon

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 90F, Wind W 8mph

Pitching Matchup

Nick Tropeano (3-2, 3.28 ERA)

Nick Tropeano delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park on May 23, 2016 (Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Nick Tropeano delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park on May 23, 2016 (Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

Tropeano made his return from the disabled list and brief demotion to the minors on Monday in Tampa Bay and in that game he gave up two solo home runs along with two other hits in his 5 innings of work. Tropeano has given up 3 or fewer earned runs in 9 of his 11 starts this season. The Angels ended up losing Monday’s game 4-2, but Tropeano was not involved in the decision.

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Yovani Gallardo (3-1, 6.10 ERA)

Yovani Gallardo delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards on June 24, 2016 (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Yovani Gallardo delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards on June 24, 2016 (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Gallardo, who has also spent time on the disabled list this season, is yet another Baltimore starting pitcher carrying a season ERA over 6. Baltimore’s starting rotation has been among the worst in baseball, but they stay in 1st place on the power of their offense & bullpen. Gallardo’s last start was Monday at Dodger Stadium and in that game he gave up 4 runs on 6 hits in just 4 innings. He took a no-decision in a game the Orioles lost 7-5.

Game Notes

  • The Orioles’ Mark Trumbo has already surpassed his home run total from last season (25), earning the No. 1 seed in Monday night’s Home Run Derby at Petco Park. There has been speculation Baltimore might try to trade Trumbo to add another starting pitcher or left-handed reliever. However, that scenario seems unlikely because of Trumbo’s value to the lineup, in addition to being a pending free agent.
  • Los Angeles catcher Geovany Soto caught back-to-back games for Triple-A Salt Lake City this week and was activated Saturday. He has been on the DL since May 18 with a right lateral meniscus injury. To make room, the Angels have optioned Carlos Perez.
  • Baltimore’s Manny Machado has continued to torment opposing pitching and will enter Tuesday’s All-Star Game as one of the league’s hottest hitters. Machado is batting .395 over his last seven games and narrowly missed his 20th homer of the season Friday night.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .325
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .286
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .324
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .250
  5. LF-Daniel Nava – .235
  6. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – .056
  7. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .273
  8. C-Jett Bandy – .279
  9. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .262

Baltimore

  1. CF-Adam Jones – .262
  2. LF-Hyun Soo Kim – .331
  3. 3B-Manny Machado – .323
  4. DH-Mark Trumbo – .287
  5. 1B-Chris Davis – .233
  6. 2B-Jonathan Schoop – .302
  7. SS-J.J. Hardy – .248
  8. RF-Joey Rickard – .268
  9. C-Caleb Joseph – .164

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 30-57 (.345)
  2. Minnesota: 30-56 (.349)
  3. Cincinnati: 32-55 (.368)
  4. Tampa Bay: 34-52 (.395)
  5. Angels: 37-50 (.425)
  6. Oakland: 37-50 (.425)
  7. Arizona: 38-50 (.432)
  8. San Diego: 38-49 (.437)
  9. Milwaukee: 38-47 (.447)
  10. Colorado: 39-47 (.453)

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