2016 Game #7: Angels vs. A’s

Game Preview:

Los Angeles Angels (2-4, T-3rd AL West) @ Oakland Athletics (4-3, 1st AL West)

Oakland Coliseum – Oakland, CA

Oakland Coliseum

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 58F, Wind W 11mph

Pitching Matchup

Nick Tropeano (2015: 3-2, 3.82 ERA)

Nick Tropeano

Nick Tropeano delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on September 23, 2015 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Nick Tropeano will be making his 2016 debut this evening for the Angels as he takes over the rotation spot for the injured Andrew Heaney, who has been placed on the disabled list with a strained flexor muscle in his left arm. Tropeano pitched briefly for the Angels toward the end of the 2015 season to mixed results. Overall he started 7 games giving up 40 hits (2 home runs), 16 earned runs, 10 walks and struck out 38 batters in 37 2/3 innings.

~VS~

Sonny Gray (1-0, 1.29 ERA)

Sonny Gray delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox at the Oakland Coliseum on April 6, 2016 (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Sonny Gray delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Chicago White Sox at the Oakland Coliseum on April 6, 2016 (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

After a flu bug prevented Gray from making his third consecutive Opening Day start for the A’s, Gray made his season debut Wednesday against the White Sox and looked to be in fine form. He limited the Sox to a single run on 3 hits while striking out 5 over 7 innings to earn his first victory of the season in a game the A’s won 2-1. Overall, Gray has certainly established himself as the A’s ace, going at least 208 innings and posting an ERA no higher than 3.08 over the last two seasons.

Game Notes

 

  • The Angels have won eight of their last 11 games against the A’s, including four of their last five and 17 of their last 24. They won five of nine in Oakland last year. Since 2002, the Angels and A’s have claimed 11 of the 14 American League West titles.
  • A’s designated hitter Billy Butler could sit a fifth straight game against a right-hander Monday, though the team isn’t ready to say he’s in a strict platoon. Butler is expected back in the lineup Tuesday, with the Angels scheduled to start a lefty in Hector Santiago.
  • Left fielder Daniel Nava has been nursing a laceration on his left index finger since Friday night, an ailment that has prevented him from throwing. Angels manager Mike Scioscia said Nava “should be” ready to start on Monday, with a righty on the other side.

Starting Lineups

Angels

  1. 3B-Yunel Escobar – .273
  2. LF-Daniel Nava – .333
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .200
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .125
  5. RF-Kole Calhoun – .333
  6. DH-C.J. Cron – .091
  7. SS-Andrelton Simmons – .238
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .083
  9. 2B-Cliff Pennington – 1-for-3

Oakland

  1. CF-Coco Crisp – .222
  2. DH-Chris Coghlan – .200
  3. RF-Josh Reddick – .227
  4. 3B-Danny Valencia – .238
  5. C-Stephen Vogt – .238
  6. 2B-Jed Lowrie – .222
  7. LF-Khris Davis – .174
  8. 1B-Yonder Alonso – .136
  9. SS-Marcus Semien – .200

Other AL West Matchups

  • Kansas City @ Houston – 5:10pm PT
  • Texas @ Seattle – 7:10pm PT

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