Game Preview: Angels @ Blue Jays – 5/21/15 4:07pm Pacific

Angels at Blue Jays

Rogers Centre – Toronto, Ontario

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (21-19, 2nd AL West) AT Toronto Blue Jays (18-24, 5th AL East)

Weather forecast at first pitch: Mostly Cloudy, 61F, Winds W 12mph, 0% Chance of Rain

TV: Fox Sports West – Victor Rojas & Mark Gubicza

Radio: KLAA AM830 – Terry Smith & Mark Langston

Pitching Matchup:

Matt Shoemaker (3-3, 5.63 ERA)

Matt Shoemaker throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on May 16, 2015 (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Matt Shoemaker throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards on May 16, 2015 (Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Shoemaker said he rediscovered his “bulldog mentality” on the mound Saturday night in Baltimore during a start in which he held the Orioles to one run on 3 hits over 7 innings, striking out 7 along the way. He did however give up his 11th home run of the season during that outing. The 11 home runs Shoemaker has given up this season (7 of which have come in his last 3 starts) ranks him 2nd in the Majors in that category.

~VS~

R.A. Dickey (1-5, 5.76 ERA)

R.A. Dickey throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves at Rogers Centre on April 18, 2015 (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

R.A. Dickey throws a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Atlanta Braves at Rogers Centre on April 18, 2015 (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

The former Cy Young Award winning knuckleballer has been having a bit of trouble controlling that knuckle ball so far this season, and his numbers certainly show it. Dickey has allowed at least 2 home runs in each of his last 2 starts, and has posted a quality start in only 3 of his 8 starts so far in 2015.

Game Notes:
  • Shoemaker posted a victory in his only career appearance against Toronto. It was an appearance out of the bullpen last July. In the outing, Shoemaker threw 3 2/3 innings, giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits.
  • Dickey has struggled to find consistency in 2015, posting just 3 quality starts so far, and his strikeout rate is also way down. He has fanned just 7 batters over his last 5 starts, a span of 30 2/3 innings.
  • Entering play yesterday, Kole Calhoun was 16-for-47 (.340) with 5 home runs and 11 RBI in 12 career games against the Blue Jays.

Starting Lineups:

Angels:
  1. SS-Erick Aybar – .276
  2. 1B-Marc Krauss – .125
  3. DH-Mike Trout – .288
  4. RF-Kole Calhoun – .298
  5. 3B-David Freese – .226
  6. LF-Matt Joyce – .155
  7. C-Chris Iannetta – .173
  8. CF-Collin Cowgill – .190
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .264
Toronto:
  1. 3B-Josh Donaldson – .309
  2. DH-Jose Bautista – .223
  3. 1B-Edwin Encarnacion – .230
  4. RF-Chris Colabello – .357
  5. CF-Kevin Pillar – .233
  6. C-Josh Thole – .143
  7. LF-Danny Valencia – .345
  8. SS-Ryan Goins – .231
  9. 2B-Steven Tolleson – .235

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