Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (33-32, 3rd AL West) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (31-33, 3rd NL West)
Chase Field – Phoenix, AZ
Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 109F, Wind W 11mph, 0% Chance of Rain (Retractable roof will be CLOSED for entire Angel series)
Hector Santiago (4-3, 2.59 ERA)
Santiago is coming off a start at home against Oakland in which he gave up back-to-back solo home runs and scattered 5 other hits across 5 2/3 innings, striking out 6. Santiago took a no-decision in that game as the Angels made a comeback in the late innings to beat Oakland 5-4. This will be Santiago’s first career start against Arizona, and the first time he will step into the batter’s box this season. For his career, Santiago has a hit and 3 sacrifices in 12 trips to the plate.
Chase Anderson (2-1, 2.82 ERA)
Anderson has been the D’Backs strongest and most consistent starting pitcher all season. He leads MLB with 9 no-decisions due to dismal run support. His only loss came April 27 against Colorado, and is the only start in which he has given up more than 3 earned runs. In his last outing against the Giants on Friday, he tossed 7 innings of 1-hit, shutout baseball to finally notch his 2nd victory of the season in a game Arizona won 1-0.
- The D-backs called up first baseman/outfielder Danny Dorn on Tuesday with Ender Inciarte going on the 15-day disabled list. Dorn started Tuesday’s game in Anaheim so Paul Goldschmidt could be the designated hitter, but with no DH in Arizona and a southpaw on the mound, Dorn is unlikely to play on Wednesday.
- Angels right fielder Kole Calhoun is from Arizona, and he has about 40 guests coming to Wednesday’s game. When he was in high school, Calhoun played in an All-Star Game at Chase Field, and he attended the D-backs’ first game of the 2001 playoffs there.
- SS-Erick Aybar – .251
- RF-Kole Calhoun – .268
- CF-Mike Trout – .298
- 1B-Albert Pujols – .273
- 3B-David Freese – .241
- LF-Matt Joyce – .181
- 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .268
- C-Chris Iannetta – .159
- P-Hector Santiago – .000