Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (28-29, 3rd AL West) @ Tampa Bay Rays (31-27, 2nd AL East)
Tropicana Field – St. Petersburg, FL
Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Thunderstorms, 78F, Wind WSW 9mph, 56% Chance of Rain (Domed Stadium)
Matt Shoemaker (3-4, 5.08 ERA)
Thanks to a couple days off on the Angels’ schedule over the last few days, Shoemaker will be pitching on eight days rest this evening. In his last start on May 31, Shoemaker held the Tigers to 2 runs (1 earned) over 5 1/3 innings in a game the Angels won 4-2 (Shoemaker got a no-decision). Shoemaker will be looking to continue his recent trend of controlling the home run ball after leading the AL in that department through April and early May.
Nate Karns (3-2, 3.63 ERA)
Karns’ last start came last week at Angel Stadium. In that start he gave up 4 earned runs – including home runs to Mike Trout and Johnny Giavotella – over 5 innings, but he would take the no-decision as the Rays ended up winning the game 6-5 in 10 innings, powered mostly by a 5-spot in the 6th inning against Hector Santiago.
- The Rays took 2 of 3 in a series at Angel Stadium last week. The Angels took 5 of 7 against the Rays in 2014.
- The Angels’ Matt Joyce and Cesar Ramos will be making their first return to Tropicana Field after being acquired from the Rays in offseason trades. Joyce was traded for reliever Kevin Jepsen, and Ramos was traded for pitching prospect Mark Sappington.
- The numbers show that Karns is actually better the second time through the lineup than the first time. The first time through the lineup, Karns is allowing a .226 batting average. The second time through, he is allowing just a .197 average.
- SS-Erick Aybar .265
- CF-Mike Trout .283
- 1B-Albert Pujols .258
- RF-Kole Calhoun .266
- 3B-David Freese .239
- DH-Matt Joyce .188
- C-Carlos Perez .283
- LF-Kirk Nieuwenhuis .176
- 2B-Johnny Giavotella .277