2016 Game 95: Rangers at Angels

7-20-16

Texas Rangers (55-40, 1st AL West) at Los Angeles Angels (42-52, 4th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 86F, Wind WSW 7mph

Pitching Matchup

Martin Perez (7-6, 4.05 ERA)

Martin Perez delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 15, 2016 (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Martin Perez delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on July 15, 2016 (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Perez has had a rough go of it over his last two starts as he’s given up 17 runs (12 earned) over 9 2/3 combined innings. He’s also struggled since mid-June, posing a 5.91 ERA over his last six starts. His last outing was an ugly one Friday at Wrigley Field as he gave up 6 runs (5 earned) over 5 2/3 innings to take the loss in a game the Rangers dropped 6-0.

~VS~

Hector Santiago (7-4, 4.27 ERA)

Hector Santiago, wearing a 70's era retro uniform, delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium on July 15, 2016 (Harry How/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago, wearing a 70’s era retro uniform, delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium on July 15, 2016 (Harry How/Getty Images)

Santiago has been on one of the better runs of his career of late, as he’s currently riding a streak of 22 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run. He last gave up a run (which was unearned) July 2 in Boston, and has become the third pitcher in team history to go 3 consecutive starts without giving up an earned run. His last time out against the White Sox Friday he got the Angels’ 2nd half off to a bang with 7 shutout innings, giving up just 5 hits to take the victory in a game the Angels won 7-0.

Game Notes

  • Santiago is the first left-handed starter the Rangers have faced since the All-Star break. A pair of hitters toward the top of the order have thrived off lefties, with Ian Desmond hitting an American League-best .394 against them this season. Elvis Andrus ranks third in the AL, hitting .378 against lefties.
  • Angels third baseman Yunel Escobar is also proficient against left-handers this season, as his .359 batting average ranks seventh-best in the AL.
  • The middle of the Rangers’ order has wreaked havoc on Santiago in the past. Third baseman Adrian Beltre and designated hitter Prince Fielder have faced Santiago more than any opponent has, with each going 9-for-36 against him lifetime. Beltre has three home runs against him — tied for the second-most of any opponent.

Starting Lineups

Texas

  1. 2B-Jurickson Profar – .316
  2. CF-Ian Desmond – .315
  3. 3B-Adrian Beltre – .271
  4. LF-Ryan Rua – .263
  5. DH-Rougned Odor – .276
  6. SS-Elvis Andrus – .296
  7. 1B-Mitch Moreland – .231
  8. C-Robinson Chirinos – .217
  9. RF-Nomar Mazara – .277

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .314
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .284
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .320
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .252
  5. 1B-Jefry Marte – .224
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .267
  7. C-Jett Bandy – .282
  8. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .262
  9. LF-Todd Cunningham – .105

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 33-62 (.347)
  2. Minnesota: 35-59 (.372)
  3. Cincinnati: 36-59 (.379)
  4. Tampa Bay: 37-57 (.394)
  5. Arizona: 40-55 (.421)
  6. Milwaukee: 37-52 (.429)
  7. San Diego: 41-53 (.436)
  8. Oakland: 42-53 (.442)
  9. Angels: 42-52 (.447)
  10. Philadelphia: 43-52 (.453)

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