2016 Game 101: Angels at Royals

7-27-16

Los Angeles Angels (45-55, 5th AL West) at Kansas City Royals (48-51, 4th AL Central)

Kauffman Stadium – Kansas City, MO

Kauffman Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 91F, Wind NNW 7 MPH

Pitching Matchup

Matt Shoemaker (5-10, 3.99 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)

Shoemaker has been one of baseball’s best pitchers since around mid-May, as he’s pitched to a 2.39 ERA over his last 12 starts. He hasn’t gotten much run support from the Angel offense however, as his record is only 3-5 over those 12 starts. His last start was Friday in Houston and in that game he held the Astros to 2 runs on 5 hits over 6 2/3 innings, but took another tough luck loss as the Angels dropped the game 2-1.

~VS~

Danny Duffy (6-1, 3.14 ERA)

Danny Duffy delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium on July 22, 2016 (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Danny Duffy delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Kauffman Stadium on July 22, 2016 (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

While Duffy has only been pitching out of the Royals’ rotation since May 15, he’s been one of the Royals’ most consistent starters over that stretch. He’s pitched to a 3.17 ERA over 76 2/3 innings as a starter this season and the Royals are 10-3 in games that he has started. His last start was another strong one Friday against Texas as he held the Rangers to 1 run on 4 hits over 6 2/3 innings to take the victory in a game the Royals won 3-1.

Game Notes

  • Duffy’s 8.5 strikeouts-to-walks ratio since June 27 is the best in the AL.
  • Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is nearing a milestone as, with his next home run, he will be one of just four players to log at least 20 homers in 15 of their first 16 seasons (Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays).
  • No expected Royals starter has logged more than eight career at-bats against Shoemaker, but they have gotten to the right-hander when given the opportunity. Paulo Orlando, Salvador Perez, Jarrod Dyson, Alcides Escobar and Eric Hosmer all enter Wednesday with career averages of .500 or higher against Shoemaker.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .326
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .283
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .314
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .255
  5. 1B-Jefry Marte – .221
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .282
  7. C-Jett Bandy – .284
  8. LF-Gregorio Petit – .276
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .267

Kansas City

  1. SS-Alcides Escobar – .260
  2. 3B-Cheslor Cuthbert – .296
  3. 1B-Eric Hosmer – .288
  4. DH-Kendrys Morales – .251
  5. C-Salvador Perez – .271
  6. LF-Alex Gordon – .199
  7. RF-Paulo Orlando – .317
  8. 2B-Raul Mondesi, Jr. – .000
  9. CF-Jarrod Dyson – .250

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 34-66 (.340)
  2. Minnesota: 37-62 (.374)
  3. Tampa Bay: 39-61 (.390)
  4. Cincinnati: 40-61 (.396)
  5. Arizona: 41-59 (.410)
  6. San Diego: 44-58 (.431)
  7. Milwaukee: 43-55 (.439)
  8. Philadelphia: 46-57 (.447)
  9. Angels: 45-55 (.450)
  10. Oakland: 46-55 (.455)

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 104: Red Sox at Angels

7-30-16

Boston Red Sox (56-45, 3rd AL East) at Los Angeles Angels (46-57, 5th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 80F, Wind SSW 9 MPH

Pitching Matchup

Drew Pomeranz (8-8, 2.84 ERA)

Drew Pomeranz delivers a pitch during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park on July 25, 2016 (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Drew Pomeranz delivers a pitch during a game against the Detroit Tigers at Fenway Park on July 25, 2016 (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Acquired on July 14 from San Diego for 18 year-old pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza, Pomeranz will be making his first road start as a member of the Red Sox this evening. His first start in a Red Sox uniform did not go so well as he was knocked around for 5 runs in just 3 innings by the Giants in interleague action, but his last start against Detroit was much more impressive. In that game Pomeranz held the Tigers to 2 runs on 4 hits over 6 innings, but took the tough luck loss in a game the Red Sox dropped 4-2.

~VS~

Hector Santiago (9-4, 4.28 ERA)

Hector Santiago, wearing a 70's era retro uniform, delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on July 20, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago, wearing a 70’s era retro uniform, delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on July 20, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

In what may be his final start as an Angel if all of the swirling trade rumors are to be believed, Santiago will attempt to continue his dominant July as he’s won each of his 5 starts this month and posted a 1.48 ERA in the process. His last start Monday in Kansas City was another solid one as he held the Royals to 2 runs on 5 hits over 5 1/3 innings to take the victory in a game the Angels won 6-2.

Game Notes

  • After falling apart in the fourth inning vs. the Giants in his Red Sox debut, Pomeranz had a nice outing his last time out, allowing four hits and two runs over six innings against the Tigers. Pomeranz’s knuckle curve was on full display in that one.
  • Angels slugger Albert Pujols is 1-for-12 against Pomeranz, while Mike Trout is 1-for-8 with a home run. David Ortiz, who is 3-for-14 lifetime against Santiago, will likely get a day of rest, with Hanley Ramirez moving to DH.
  • Aaron Hill made a rare start against a righty on Friday, and that should open a stretch in which he’ll start three straight games for Red Sox manager John Farrell. Lefty Tyler Skaggs starts for the Angels on Sunday. “I think, even though he’s a veteran guy, to get regular at-bats and repetition helps every player,” said Farrell. “He’s aware that in the remaining games in this series, he’ll be at third.”

Starting Lineups

Boston

  1. RF-Mookie Betts – .303
  2. 2B-Dustin Pedroia – .304
  3. SS-Xander Bogaerts – .331
  4. CF-Jackie Bradley – .298
  5. DH-Hanley Ramirez – .276
  6. 3B-Aaron Hill – .273
  7. 1B-Travis Shaw – .266
  8. LF-Bryce Brentz – .286
  9. C-Sandy Leon – .386

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .321
  2. CF-Mike Trout – .310
  3. DH-Albert Pujols – .258
  4. 1B-Jefry Marte – .231
  5. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .281
  6. C-Jett Bandy – .277
  7. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .274
  8. LF-Gregorio Petit – .282
  9. RF-Shane Robinson – .215

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 36-67 (.350)
  2. Minnesota: 39-63 (.382)
  3. Tampa Bay: 40-61 (.396)
  4. Cincinnati: 41-61 (.402)
  5. Arizona: 42-61 (.408)
  6. San Diego: 44-59 (.427)
  7. Milwaukee: 45-56 (.446)
  8. Angels: 46-57 (.447)
  9. Philadelphia: 47-58 (.448)
  10. Oakland: 47-56 (.456)

2016 Game 103: Red Sox at Angels

7-29-16

Boston Red Sox (55-45. 3rd AL East) at Los Angeles Angels (46-56. 5th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 80F, Wind SSW 7 MPH

Pitching Matchup

Rick Porcello (13-2, 3.57 ERA)

Rick Porcello delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 28, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Rick Porcello delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 28, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Porcello has been having an incredibly successful season as compared to the rest of his career. His 3.57 ERA to this point is nearly a full run below his 4.31 career mark, and he has won each of his 4 starts so far in July. Porcello hasn’t lost since May 17 and Boston is 7-0 in his last 7 starts. His last start against Minnesota wasn’t particularly impressive as he allowed 5 runs (4 earned) on 6 hits over 6 2/3 innings, but it was good enough to secure the victory in a game the Red Sox won 8-7.

~VS~

Tim Lincecum (2-4, 8.70 ERA)

Tim Lincecum delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on July 19, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Tim Lincecum delivers a pitch during a game against the Texas Rangers at Angel Stadium on July 19, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Outside of his impressive debut with the Angels in Oakland on June 18, Lincecum has really struggled during his time with the Angels, but never more so than in his last start in Houston on Sunday. That start was the worst of Lincecum’s career as he was shelled for 8 runs on 7 hits – 3 of which were home runs – over just 1 1/3 innings. He was obviously tagged with the loss in a game the Angels dropped 13-3. With Jhoulys Chacin pitching well out of the Angels’ bullpen, Lincecum will need to turn things around to stay in the rotation.

Game Notes

  • Tonight’s game features 4 of the top 5 hitters in the American League: #2 Xander Bogaerts (.330), #3 David Ortiz (.325), #4 Yunel Escobar (.324), and #5 Mike Trout (.313). The Astros’ Jose Altuve is #1 at .357.
  • Red Sox catcher Ryan Hanigan has been knocked for a loop by the flu in recent days, and hasn’t played since July 24. Red Sox manager John Farrell hopes to have him available on Saturday.
  • Albert Pujols has seen the ball well against Porcello in his career, going 6-for-19 with two doubles and a homer. Hanley Ramirez has plenty of experience against Lincecum from their time in the National League, going 9-for-27 with a homer and five RBIs.

Starting Lineups

Boston

  1. RF-Mookie Betts – .305
  2. 2B-Dustin Pedroia – .303
  3. SS-Xander Bogaerts – .330
  4. DH-David Ortiz – .325
  5. 1B-Hanley Ramirez – .278
  6. CF-Jackie Bradley – .299
  7. 3B-Aaron Hill – .273
  8. C-Ryan Hanigan – .176
  9. LF-Brock Holt – .257

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .324
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .279
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .313
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .255
  5. LF-Daniel Nava – .233
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .284
  7. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – .175
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .220
  9. 2B-Gregorio Petit – .288

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 35-67 (.343)
  2. Minnesota: 38-63 (.376)
  3. Tampa Bay: 39-61 (.390)
  4. Cincinnati: 40-61 (.396)
  5. Arizona: 42-60 (.412)
  6. San Diego: 44-58 (.431)
  7. Milwaukee: 44-56 (.440)
  8. Angels: 46-56 (.451)
  9. Philadelphia: 47-57 (.452)
  10. Oakland: 47-55 (.461)

2016 Game 102: Red Sox at Angels

7-28-16

Boston Red Sox (55-44, 3rd AL East) at Los Angeles Angels (45-56, 5th AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Angel Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 82F, Wind SW 7 MPH

Pitching Matchup

David Price (9-7, 4.51 ERA)

David Price delivers a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 17, 2016 (Getty Images)

David Price delivers a pitch during a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 17, 2016 (Getty Images)

As his ERA would indicate, Price has struggled in his first season in Boston as compared to the rest of his brilliant career so far. He has especially struggled coming out of the All-Star break as he’s given up 22 hits and 8 earned runs over 11 1/3 combined innings over his last 2 starts. In his last start against Minnesota, Price gave up 11 hits and 5 earned runs over 5 2/3 innings, but took a no-decision in a game the Red Sox eventually lost 11-9.

~VS~

Jered Weaver (8-8, 5.32 ERA)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium on July 17, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Jered Weaver delivers a pitch during a game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium on July 17, 2016 (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

Weaver started out his July with two strong starts against Tampa Bay and the Chicago White Sox, giving up just 2 earned runs on 10 hits over 13 combined innings. He did however struggle in his last start in Houston. In that game Weaver gave up 6 runs on 7 hits over just 4 innings and took the loss in a game the Angels lost 7-2.

Game Notes

  • Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz will likely be out of the lineup for Thursday’s opener. Red Sox manager John Farrell mentioned that he’d check with Ortiz after Wednesday’s game to see how he felt, but hinted that he expected the slugger to take Thursday off.
  • Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez has five home runs and 12 RBIs in his last seven games.
  • Angels center fielder Mike Trout is hitting .188 (3-for-16) against Price with nine strikeouts, while first baseman Albert Pujols is hitting .158 (3-for-19). But Pujols entered Wednesday batting .284/.355/.506 with five homers and 27 RBIs in 21 July games.

Starting Lineups

Boston

  1. RF-Mookie Betts – .304
  2. 2B-Dustin Pedroia – .303
  3. SS-Xander Bogaerts – .331
  4. DH-David Ortiz – .324
  5. 1B-Hanley Ramirez – .279
  6. CF-Jackie Bradley – .302
  7. 3B-Travis Shaw – .265
  8. C-Sandy Leon – .388
  9. LF-Brock Holt – .256

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .325
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .279
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .314
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .253
  5. 1B-Jefry Marte – .229
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .285
  7. C-Jett Bandy – .272
  8. LF-Gregorio Petit – .287
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .274

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 35-66 (.347)
  2. Minnesota: 37-63 (.370)
  3. Tampa Bay: 39-61 (.390)
  4. Cincinnati: 40-61 (.396)
  5. Arizona: 42-60 (.412)
  6. San Diego: 44-58 (.431)
  7. Milwaukee: 44-56 (.440)
  8. Angels: 45-56 (.446)
  9. Philadelphia: 46-57 (.447)
  10. Oakland: 47-55 (.461)

2016 Game 100: Angels at Royals

7-26-16

Los Angeles Angels (44-55, 5th AL West) at Kansas City Royals (48-50, 4th AL Central)

Kauffman Stadium – Kansas City, MO

Kauffman Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 86F, Wind ENE 8 MPH

Pitching Matchup

Tyler Skaggs (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Tyler Skaggs delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on July 31, 2014 (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Tyler Skaggs delivers a pitch during a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on July 31, 2014 (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Skaggs will be making his triumphant return to the big leagues tonight after August 2014 Tommy John surgery. He makes his return just 5 days shy of the 2-year anniversary of his last big league game on July 31, 2014 – a game in which he had thrown 4 2/3 hitless innings before waving to the dugout after throwing a pitch to Caleb Joseph with 2 out in the bottom of the 5th. Skaggs makes his return after throwing 12 2/3 scoreless innings with 26 strikeouts over his last two starts for AAA Salt Lake and will be taking the rotation spot of Nick Tropeano, who suffered his own UCL tear while pitching against Texas last week.

~VS~

Dillon Gee (3-3, 4.19 ERA)

Dillon Gee delivers a pitch during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2016 (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Dillon Gee delivers a pitch during a game against the Seattle Mariners at Kauffman Stadium on July 10, 2016 (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Gee has been bouncing in and out of the Royals’ rotation this season as he’s been in a season-long battle for the 5th spot in the rotation with fellow right-hander Brian Flynn. Neither seems to be taking the reigns of the position as they’ve both struggled in that spot. The Royals will give Gee another look tonight. Gee’s last start was July 10 against Seattle and in that game he gave up 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits in just 3 2/3 innings and took the loss in a game the Royals dropped 8-5.

Game Notes

  • Skaggs has never faced the Royals in his career, while none of the expected Royals starters have tallied an official at-bat against him. Likewise, Gee did not pitch in the series the Royals played against the Angels earlier this year and has not faced the team since April 11, 2014.
  • The Royals had given up a home run in 11 consecutive games before keeping the Angels inside the park on Monday in Kansas City’s 6-2 loss.
  • The Angels swept their first two home series after the All-Star break, but have won just one of their four road series since the start of July. Meanwhile, the Royals have not won a home series since taking three out of four against the Tigers back on June 16-19.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .316
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .281
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .313
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .254
  5. DH-Daniel Nava – .239
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .281
  7. LF-Ji-Man Choi – .175
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .206
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .261

Kansas City

  1. SS-Alcides Escobar – .259
  2. 3B-Cheslor Cuthbert – .296
  3. 1B-Eric Hosmer – .291
  4. DH-Kendrys Morales – .254
  5. C-Salvador Perez – .274
  6. LF-Alex Gordon – .202
  7. CF-Paulo Orlando – .317
  8. RF-Brett Eibner – .239
  9. 2B-Raul Mondesi, Jr. – .000

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 33-66 (.333)
  2. Minnesota: 37-61 (.378)
  3. Tampa Bay: 38-60 (.388)
  4. Cincinnati: 39-60 (.394)
  5. Arizona: 41-58 (.414)
  6. San Diego: 43-57 (.430)
  7. Milwaukee: 42-55 (.433)
  8. Angels: 44-55 (.444)
  9. Oakland: 45-55 (.450)
  10. Philadelphia: 46-55 (.455)

2016 Game 99: Angels at Royals

7-25-16

 Los Angeles Angels (43-55, 5th AL West) at Kansas City Royals (48-49, 3rd AL Central)

Kauffman Stadium – Kansas City, MO

Kauffman Stadium-night

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 86F, Wind ENE 9 MPH

Pitching Matchup

Hector Santiago (8-4, 4.32 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 7, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on July 7, 2016 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Santiago had a career-long 24 inning scoreless streak snapped his last time out Wednesday against Texas, but Hector has been in dominant form since about the middle of June. Santiago is 5-0 with a 2.28 ERA in his last 7 starts dating back to June 15. In that last start against Texas, Santiago wasn’t as dominant as he had been during the 24 inning scoreless streak, but he did hold the Rangers to 3 runs on 5 hits over 5 innings and took the victory in a game the Angels won 7-4.

~VS~

Ian Kennedy (6-8, 4.28 ERA)

Ian Kennedy delivers a pitch during a game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium on July 20, 2016 (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Ian Kennedy delivers a pitch during a game against the Cleveland Indians at Kauffman Stadium on July 20, 2016 (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

While Kennedy has been a solid performer overall this season for the Royals, he’s REALLY been hurt by the home run ball this season. Kennedy leads the Majors with 26 home runs surrendered so far this season, and 4 of those came during his last start Wednesday against Cleveland. In that game he gave up 7 runs total on just 6 hits, 4 of which were home runs, in just 4 1/3 innings to take the loss in a game the Royals dropped 11-4. The Royals have not won a Kennedy start since June 26.

Game Notes

  • Andrelton Simmons enters Kansas City on a tear. The Angels’ shortstop singled in his first two at-bats on Sunday, giving him a .404 batting average since June 23.
  • Eric Hosmer (6-for-19) and Alcides Escobar (5-for-16) have both done well against Santiago. Albert Pujols is 4-for-10 with three home runs in his career against Kennedy.
  • The Royals’ pitching staff entered Sunday having allowed 131 home runs this season, second only to the last-place Reds. They had allowed at least one in their last 10 games.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .318
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .284
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .314
  4. DH-Albert Pujols – .249
  5. LF-Daniel Nava – .231
  6. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .286
  7. 1B-Ji-Man Choi – .170
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .204
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .258

Kansas City

  1. SS-Alcides Escobar – .259
  2. 3B-Cheslor Cuthbert – .297
  3. 1B-Eric Hosmer – .291
  4. DH-Kendrys Morales – .257
  5. C-Salvador Perez – .274
  6. LF-Alex Gordon – .204
  7. CF-Paulo Orlando – .318
  8. RF-Brett Eibner – .254
  9. 2B-Christian Colon – .250

2017 First-Year Player Draft Order

  1. Atlanta: 33-66 (.333)
  2. Minnesota: 37-61 (.378)
  3. Cincinnati: 38-60 (.388)
  4. Tampa Bay: 38-60 (.388)
  5. Arizona: 41-57 (.418)
  6. Milwaukee: 41-55 (.427)
  7. San Diego: 43-56 (.434)
  8. Angels: 43-55 (.439)
  9. Philadelphia: 45-55 (.450)
  10. Oakland: 45-54 (.455)

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)