Angels Insiders: Skaggs, Calhoun, Hunter, Trout

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The time has come! Tyler Skaggs will officially make his first Big League start for the Halos since July 31, 2014 against the Kansas City Royals! After undergoing Tommy John Surgery, and a prolonged recovery process that involved a lot of fatigue, the young lefty is finally getting another chance to make himself a staple in the Angels’ rotation of the future. Here is the panel on Angels Live discussing Tyler’s return in detail:

With a record of 43-55 and 13 1/2 games back in the AL West, this will be a boost for the Angels if all goes well. The club just won 10 of 12 before being swept over the weekend by an Astros team that they’re 1-11 against. That split, along with 0-9 against the Yankees, Cardinals, and Cubs (a split of 1-23) is pretty much where the Halos’ season is. With pitching being the main culprit, the team needs Skaggs to perform alongside a resurgent Matt Shoemaker.

And considering their rotation needs for next season, this is a very important step for this organization. We wish Tyler a healthy and productive return!

 

And now for more around the Big A!

  • Here’s a new episode of Kole Calhoun Spotlight!

  • Angels Weekly caught up with Torii Hunter to talk about the Angels selecting his son, Torii, Jr., in the 2016 Draft!

 

  • Mike Trout met longtime fan Nicholus Sutton through the Make-A-Wish America program prior to last Wednesday’s Angels game.

Angels 2016 Draft Results and Signings!

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Welcome to the LA Angels Insider 2016 Draft Tracker. All picks are listed by round, with schools included. We will be updating this post as each player is signed, or opts not to sign. Here are the latest results:

1 (16th overall) — Matt Thaiss, C, Virginia

  • Signed June 16, 2016

2 — Brandon Marsh, OF, Buford (Georgia) HS

3 — Nonie Williams, SS, Home-schooled (Kan.)

4 — Chris Rodriguez, RHP, Monsignor Edward Pace HS (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

  • Signed June 20, 2016

5 — Connor Justus, SS, Georgia Tech

6 — Cole Duensing, RHP, Blue Valley Northwest HS (Overland Park, Kan.)

7 — Jordan Zimmerman, 2B, Michigan State

8 — Troy Montgomery, CF, Ohio State

  • Signed June 16, 2016

9 — Michael Barash, C, Texas A&M

  • Signed June 17, 2016

10 — Andrew Vinson, RHP, Texas A&M

  • Signed June 17, 2016

11 — Brennon Lund, CF, BYU

12 — Bo Tucker, LHP, Georgia

13 — Anthony Molina, RHP, West Broward HS (Pembroke Pines, Fla.)

14 — Francisco Del Valle, OF, Puerto Rico BB Academy (Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico)

15 — Mike Kaelin, RHP, Buffalo

  • Signed June 17, 2016

16 — Keith Grieshaber, SS, Jefferson

  • Signed June 20, 2016

17 — Zach Gibbons, OF, Arizona

18 — David Oppenheim, LF, Southern Cal

19 — Cody Ramer, SS, Arizona

20 — Jack Kruger, C, Mississippi State

21 — LJ Kalawaia, RF, UNC Greensboro

22 — Troy Rallings, RHP, Washington

23 — Torii Hunter, CF, Notre Dame

  • Signed June 25, 2016

24 — Brennan Morgan, C, Kennesaw State

25 — Cameron Williams, OF, Howard

  • Signed June 20, 2016

26 — Derek Jenkins, CF, Seton Hall

  • Signed June 20, 2016

27 — Gregory Belton, RHP, Sam Houston State

28 — David Hamilton, SS, San Marcos (Texas) HS

29 — Blake Smith, RHP, West Virginia

30 — Robbie Peto, RHP, Monroe Township (NJ) HS

31 — Johnny Morell, RHP, Basha HS (Chandler, Ariz.)

  • Signed June 20, 2016

32 — Doug Willey, RHP, Arkansas

33 — Justin Kelly, LHP, UC Santa Barbara

34 — Justin Nielsen, LHP, Illinois

  • Signed June 20, 2016

35 — Sean Issac, RHP, Vanguard

  • Signed June 20, 2016

36 — Jose Rojas, SS, Vanguard

37 — John Schuknecht, RF, Cal Poly

  • Signed June 20, 2016

38 — Tyler Bates, CF, East Texas Baptist

  • Signed June 20, 2016

39 — Richard Fecteau, 2B, Salem State

  • Signed June 20, 2016

40 — Brad Anderson, 1B, Pepperdine

  • Signed June 20, 2016

 

LA Angels Insider will be updating this post as new draftees sign with the club.

2016 Game 98: Angels at Astros

7-24-16

Los Angeles Angels (43-54, 5th AL West) at Houston Astros (53-44, 2nd AL West)

Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX

Minute Maid Park-day

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Cloudy, 96F, Wind SSE 3 MPH

Pitching Matchup

Tim Lincecum (2-3, 6.59 ERA)

Tim Lincecum delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 5, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Tim Lincecum delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 5, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Lincecum has had a rough go of it so far in his time with the Angels as his 6.59 ERA would indidcate. He’s had particular trouble with the home run ball as he’s given up 6 in his 6 starts and has given up 47 hits overall in just 28 2/3 innings. His last time out Tuesday against Texas was a bit shaky as well as he gave up 5 runs (3 earned) on 9 hits in 5 innings, but the Angel offense gave him plenty of support and he took the victory in a game the Angels won 8-6.

~VS~

Mike Fiers (6-4, 4.75 ERA)

Mike Fiers delivers a pitch during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on July 6, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Mike Fiers delivers a pitch during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on July 6, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

While Fiers has been a solid performer overall for the Astros this season, he’s run into a bit of trouble over his last two starts. He’s failed to complete 4 innings in each of them and things turned particularly ugly his last time out Monday in Oakland. In that game he was pulled with 2 outs in the 4th inning after giving up 6 runs on 5 hits in just 3 2/3 innings. He was charged with the loss in a game the Astros dropped 7-4, but more disturbingly Fiers was seen having confrontations with manager A.J. Hinch and his teammates in the dugout after being removed from the game.

Game Notes

  • Astros catcher Jason Castro is expected to be available after being scratched from Saturday’s lineup with a right hand contusion after a foul tip bounced off the back of his hand in the ninth inning of Friday’s game.
  • In 10 career starts against the Astros, Lincecum has a 5-1 record with a 1.60 ERA (12 ER/67.2 IP).
  • Entering Sunday, the Astros have won ten straight against Los Angeles, which is Houston’s longest winning streak against an AL team in franchise history.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .318
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .285
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .314
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .249
  5. LF-Daniel Nava – .231
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .279
  7. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – .163
  8. C-Jett Bandy – .274
  9. 2B-Gregorio Petit – .277

Houston

  1. DH-George Springer – .260
  2. 1B-Marwin Gonzalez – .253
  3. 2B-Jose Altuve.357
  4. SS-Carlos Correa – .266
  5. 3B-Luis Valbuena – .254
  6. C-Evan Gattis – .224
  7. RF-Colby Rasmus – .229
  8. CF-Carlos Gomez – .207
  9. LF-Preston Tucker – .178

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 33-65 (.337)
  2. Minnesota: 37-60 (.381)
  3. Cincinnati: 38-59 (.392)
  4. Tampa Bay: 38-59 (.392)
  5. Arizona: 40-57 (.412)
  6. San Diego: 42-56 (.429)
  7. Milwaukee: 41-54 (.432)
  8. Angels: 43-54 (.443)
  9. Oakland: 44-54 (.449)
  10. Philadelphia: 45-54 (.455)

2016 Game 97: Angels at Astros

7-23-16

Los Angeles Angels (43-53, 4th AL West) at Houston Astros (52-44, 2nd AL West)

Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX

Minute Maid Park-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 94F, Wind SSE 8 MPH

Pitching Matchup

Jered Weaver (8-7, 5.02 ERA)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 6, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 6, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

It would seem as though the extra rest afforded to Weaver during the All-Star break certainly did him some good as his fastball velocity was up a couple of ticks from its 83 MPH season average his last time out against the White Sox on Sunday. In that game he worked 7 innings giving up just 1 run on 6 hits to take the victory in a game the Angels won 8-1, and his fastball hit 87.5 MPH at one point, and sat around 85 all day.

~VS~

Collin McHugh (6-6, 4.25 ERA)

Collin McHugh delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A's at Minute Maid Park on July 8, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Collin McHugh delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A’s at Minute Maid Park on July 8, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

While McHugh has been struggling through an inconsistent season overall, he seems to have regained the form that made him a 19-game winner last year over his last 6 starts. Over those 6 starts he is 5-1 with a 2.41 ERA, giving up just 10 earned runs over 37 1/3 innings in the span. His last start Sunday in Seattle was a beauty as he held the Mariners scoreless over 6 innings while striking out 10 to take the victory in a game the Astros won 8-1.

Game Notes

  • Entering Saturday, Jose Altuve leads the American League in batting average (.358), hits (135), on-base percentage (.427) and steals (25). The last player to lead the AL in those categories at season’s end was Ty Cobb in 1917.
  • Weaver has given up two runs in 13 innings this month. His fastball averaged 85.71 mph in his previous start, his highest of the season and way up from the 83.5 mph averaged in the outing prior to that.
  • This will be McHugh’s 20th start of the season. He’s allowed three runs or fewer in six consecutive starts with the Astros, going 5-1 in those games.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .316
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .285
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .317
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .252
  5. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .276
  6. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – .156
  7. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .262
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .204
  9. LF-Todd Cunningham – .182

Houston

  1. RF-George Springer – .256
  2. 1B-Marwin Gonzalez – .254
  3. 2B-Jose Altuve – .358
  4. SS-Carlos Correa – .263
  5. 3B-Luis Valbuena – .254
  6. DH-Preston Tucker – .182
  7. CF-Carlos Gomez – .211
  8. C-Evan Gattis – .218
  9. LF-Jake Marisnick – .206

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 33-64 (.340)
  2. Minnesota: 36-60 (.375)
  3. Cincinnati: 37-59 (.385)
  4. Tampa Bay: 38-58 (.396)
  5. Arizona: 40-56 (.417)
  6. Milwaukee: 40-54 (.426)
  7. San Diego: 42-55 (.433)
  8. Oakland: 43-54 (.443)
  9. Angels: 43-53 (.448)
  10. Philadelphia: 45-53 (.459)

2016 Game 96: Angels at Astros

7-22-16

Los Angeles Angels (43-52, 4th AL West) at Houston Astros (51-44, 2nd AL West)

Minute Maid Park – Houston, TX

Minute Maid Park-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 93F, Wind SSE 8mph

Pitching Matchup

Matt Shoemaker (5-9, 4.08 ERA)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on July 8, 2016 (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on July 8, 2016 (Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

While Shoemaker got his July off to a bit of a rough start leading into the All-Star break (he gave up 8 earned runs over 9 2/3 innings in Boston & Baltimore on July 3 & 8 respectively), he came out of the break absolutely on fire his last time out. His last start was Saturday against the White Sox and in that game he threw his first career complete game shutout giving up 6 hits and striking out a career-high 13 – including the final two batters of the game – to earn a thrilling 1-0 victory that earned him AL Player of the Week honors.

~VS~

Lance McCullers (4-4, 3.61 ERA)

Lance McCullers, wearing a July 4 celebratory uniform, delivers a pitch during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on July 4, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Lance McCullers, wearing a July 4 celebratory uniform, delivers a pitch during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Minute Maid Park on July 4, 2016 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

After putting together a fine 8-start stretch from May 20 – July 4 that saw him post a 4-2 record and 2.98 ERA, McCullers has run into a bit of trouble with pitch efficiency over his last couple of starts. Two starts ago against Oakland he gave up just 3 runs, but threw 92 pitches to get through 4 innings and was removed for the 5th. His last time out in Seattle he ran into a similar issue where he gave up just 1 run, but was pulled after 97 pitches with 1 out in the 6th. He was ultimately charged with losses in both games as the Astros dropped the Oakland game 3-2 and the Seattle game 1-0.

Game Notes

  • The Astros have gone 18-6 at home since May 24 and have the best record in baseball overall in that span. Houston is 28-19 at home overall this year.
  • Albert Pujols, who blasted a pair of three-run homers on Tuesday to beat the Rangers, has hit 58 career homers against the Astros, including 52 in the regular season. That is his most against a team in his career.
  • Astros second baseman Jose Altuve leads the Major Leagues in batting average and hits and is riding a four-game multihit streak. He is hitting .290 at home this year, but he is batting .500 (18-for-36) against the Angels this season.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .317
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .284
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .320
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .255
  5. LF-Daniel Nava – .240
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .271
  7. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – .171
  8. C-Jett Bandy – .272
  9. 2B-Gregorio Petit – .281

Houston

  1. RF-George Springer – .257
  2. 1B-Marwin Gonzalez – .254
  3. 2B-Jose Altuve.357
  4. SS-Carlos Correa – .266
  5. 3B-Luis Valbuena – .257
  6. LF-Colby Rasmus – .232
  7. CF-Carlos Gomez – .208
  8. DH-Preston Tucker – .176
  9. C-Jason Castro – .219

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 33-63 (.344)
  2. Minnesota: 35-60 (.368)
  3. Cincinnati: 36-59 (.379)
  4. Tampa Bay: 38-57 (.400)
  5. Arizona: 40-55 (.421)
  6. San Diego: 41-55 (.427)
  7. Milwaukee: 40-53 (.430)
  8. Oakland: 42-54 (.438)
  9. Angels: 43-52 (.453)
  10. Philadelphia: 44-53 (.454)

Halos On The Mend: Tropeano, Skaggs, Soto

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Here is a list of pitchers that have either had Tommy John Surgery in the last few seasons, or at least suffered a UCL tear:

  • Garrett Richards
  • Andrew Heaney
  • Patrick Corbin
  • Tyler Skaggs
  • Nick Tropeano
  • Tyler Chatwood
  • Johnny Hellweg

Besides being ideally a young promising rotation with depth that could easily provide any team with a foundation for long term success, what do all of these pitcher have in common?

They all came through the Angels’ system!

So what is going on here? Tropeano is the latest victim of the UCL tear epidemic going around Major League Baseball, and the third Angels pitcher this season alone to suffer said injury. Trop was doing fine in his last start against the Texas Rangers, but was doing it with elbow soreness that eventually knocked him out of the game. The diagnosis goes without mentioning.

Here’s what Trop had to say…

This is just sad.

And if one takes a long look at that list above, it shows that the Angels — despite having a barren farm system — should have had an extremely deep rotation for a while now. On paper at least.

It might be safe to say that after bullpen being the biggest reason the Halos have only one playoff appearance in the last six years, the reasoning is now shifting to catastrophic pitching injuries.

We wish Trop a speedy recovery. But there may be a quick fix on the horizon…

 

And more on the DL front!

  • Just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse, things are finally set up to get better for the Halos’ rotation. Skaggs is ready to return to a Major League mound, and because he was moved back one day (Wednesday) because of a rain out, and an off day on Thursday, the lefty could actually take Tropeano’s spot in the rotation on Monday against the Red Sox. Tyler has not pitched a Major League game since July 31, 2014, almost 24 months to the day since going down.

  • Soto had an MRI that revealed no structural damage. He’s expected to return right after his DL stint is up.

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)

Angels Insiders: Shoe, 70’s Weekend, Trout, G.A.

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With a spectacular performance against the Chicago White Sox over the weekend, Matt Shoemaker won himself American League Player of the Week honors. Throwing a complete game shutout and striking out 13 Sox, Shoe once again took another step toward proving he is the pitcher we all saw in 2014.

Black Beard has dazzled since coming back from the minors, although he didn’t start a game while down there. He was struggling to even make it through the fourth inning, as he was leaving his splitter up and batters were telling him what to go do with it. owever, has worked hard at getting that pitch back down, resulting in a 2.55 ERA with only 7 homers and 11 walks allowed in 81 innings.

The last two are the biggest factors. If you look at his 2014, and even his splits from last season, Shoe doesn’t normally walk hitters. This is something we’ve been monitoring over here for the past few seasons, and we came up with two conclusions.

If Matt Shoemaker keeps his splitter down and continues to keep his walk rate microscopic, he will be an ace. If not, he’ll get hammered. And that’s it.

Right now, the former amateur free agent is looking like an ace-in-the-making. And it was a great addition to seventies weekend!

 

And now here’s more from around the Big A!

  • How about a little fun? The Angels Live broadcast team decided to do their pregame dressed up like Starchy and Hutch!

  • Angels Weekly did an All-Star Game special in which FOX Sports asked players like Bryce Harper and Mark Trumbo what makes Mike Trout so great.

  • On the latest installment of Mota Mondays, Jose Mota sat down with Garrett Anderson to talk baseball and answered fans’ questions.

2016 Game 93: Rangers at Angels

7-18-16

Texas Rangers (55-38, 1st AL West) at Los Angeles Angels (40-52, T-4th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 77F, Wind SW 9mph

Pitching Matchup

A.J. Griffin (3-1, 3.81 ERA)

AJ Griffin delivers a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 30, 2016 (Getty Images)

AJ Griffin delivers a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on June 30, 2016 (Getty Images)

Griffin was 3-0 with a 2.94 ERA in his first six starts of the 2016 season before going on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. He is 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA since his return. His last start was pretty ugly on the Sunday before the All-Star Break against Minnesota. In that game Griffin gave up 6 runs on 9 hits over 5 innings to take the loss in a game where Texas was blasted 15-5.

~VS~

Nick Tropeano (3-2, 3.12 ERA)

Nick Tropeano delivers a pitch during a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 29, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Nick Tropeano delivers a pitch during a game against the Houston Astros at Angel Stadium on May 29, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Tropeano will look to continue a string of stellar starts by the Angel rotation coming out of the All-Star Break. Tropeano is coming off a gem to complete the first half on July 9 when he held the Orioles to 1 run on 5 hits over 6 innings, but took a no-decision in a game the Angels ultimately lost 3-2. Tropeano was the Angels most consistent starter in the 1st half, allowing 3 earned runs or more only twice in 12 starts, but he also only managed to complete 6 innings 3 times.

Game Notes

  • Mike Trout is a career .327 hitter against the Rangers, fifth-best among active players with at least 100 at-bats. He is second with a .446 on-base percentage and fourth with a .588 slugging percentage. He is 4-for-17 with two home runs off Griffin in his career.
  • Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus has a career .315 average at Angel Stadium. That’s the 10th-best average there by an active player with at least 100 at-bats and the second-highest average for Andrus at any American League ballpark. He is 3-for-6 off Tropeano.
  • Mitch Moreland should be back at first base for the Rangers after being out of the lineup for two of three games at Wrigley Field while Prince Fielder was starting in the field. Moreland replaced Fielder in the field during the eighth inning Saturday.

Starting Lineups

Texas

  1. SS-Jurickson Profar – .326
  2. CF-Ian Desmond – .315
  3. 2B-Rougned Odor – .269
  4. 3B-Adrian Beltre – .274
  5. DH-Prince Fielder – .214
  6. LF-Ryan Rua – .269
  7. 1B-Mitch Moreland – .230
  8. RF-Nomar Mazara – .277
  9. C-Bobby Wilson – .227

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .322
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .283
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .316
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .248
  5. LF-Daniel Nava – .247
  6. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .262
  7. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – .156
  8. C-Jett Bandy – .264
  9. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .262

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 32-60 (.348)
  2. Minnesota: 33-58 (.363)
  3. Cincinnati: 34-58 (.370)
  4. Tampa Bay: 35-56 (.385)
  5. Arizona: 40-53 (.430)
  6. Milwaukee: 39-51 (.433)
  7. Angels: 40-52 (.435)
  8. Oakland: 40-52 (.435)
  9. San Diego: 41-51 (.446)
  10. Colorado: 42-49 (.462)

2016 Game 92: White Sox at Angels

7-17-16

Chicago White Sox (45-45, 4th AL Central) at Los Angeles Angels (39-52, 5th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-day

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 80F, Wind SW 7mph

Pitching Matchup

Jacob Turner (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Jacob Turner delivers a pitch during a Spring Training game against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium on March 14, 2016 (Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Jacob Turner delivers a pitch during a Spring Training game against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium on March 14, 2016 (Norm Hall/Getty Images)

Turner will be making his 2016 & White Sox debut this afternoon as he’s been called up to take the rotation spot of the injured Carlos Rodon. Turner has a career MLB record of 11-25 with a 4.97 ERA over 61 appearances (51 starts) for Detroit, Miami, and the Cubs from 2011-2014. So far this season he has posted a 4-7 record and 4.71 ERA in 18 starts for AAA Charlotte.

~VS~

Jered Weaver (7-7, 5.27 ERA)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A's at Angel Stadium on June 24, 2016 (Harry How/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Oakland A’s at Angel Stadium on June 24, 2016 (Harry How/Getty Images)

While Weaver has been fighting against his velocity and consistency all season, he did finish the first half on a high note. In his final start before the All-Star Break he held the Rays to just 1 run on 4 hits over 6 innings to take the win in a game the Angels won 7-2 on July 6.

Game Notes

  • Justin Morneau will be used occasionally at first base to get Jose Abreu off of his feet. But he will primarily serve as a designated hitter, getting a start again on Sunday. He is 0-for-5 over two games for the White Sox.
  • The White Sox are 33-22 against the American League West since 2015, the best mark in baseball with a minimum of 20 games played against the division. The White Sox also are 6-17 at Angel Stadium since 2011.
  • Weaver has 19 wins in July since 2011, the highest total in the Major Leagues during that time and one more than Clayton Kershaw. Weaver has a 19-2 July record during that time span.

Starting Lineups

Chicago

  1. SS-Tim Anderson – .288
  2. RF-Adam Eaton – .276
  3. 1B-Jose Abreu – .272
  4. LF-Melky Cabrera – .296
  5. 3B-Todd Frazier – .211
  6. DH-Justin Morneau – .000
  7. 2B-Brett Lawrie – .254
  8. CF-J.B. Shuck – .250
  9. C-Omar Narvaez – .000

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .320
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .286
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .316
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .244
  5. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – .138
  6. C-Geovany Soto – .284
  7. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .266
  8. 2B-Gregorio Petit – .275
  9. LF-Todd Cunningham – .067

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 31-60 (.341)
  2. Cincinnati: 33-58 (.363)
  3. Minnesota: 33-57 (.367)
  4. Tampa Bay: 34-56 (.378)
  5. Arizona: 39-53 (.424)
  6. Angels: 39-52 (.429)
  7. Milwaukee: 39-50 (.438)
  8. Oakland: 40-51 (.440)
  9. San Diego: 40-51 (.440)
  10. Colorado: 42-48 (.467)

2016 Game 90: White Sox at Angels

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