Game Preview – A’s @ Angels – 6/12/15 7:05pm Pacific

A's at Angels

Oakland Athletics (25-37, 5th AL West) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (30-30, 3rd AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 72F, Wind SW 8mph, 0% Chance of Rain

Pitching Matchup:

Jesse Chavez (2-6, 2.51 ERA)

Jesse Chavez winds up during the first inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on June 6, 2015 (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Jesse Chavez winds up during the first inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on June 6, 2015 (Rich Gagnon/Getty Images)

Chavez has been the poster child for lack of run support this season, as his 2-6 win-loss record would indicate even though he sports a sparkling 2.51 ERA. The A’s have been shut out in 3 of his starts – including April 23 in Anaheim – and they have also scored 3 or fewer runs in 4 of Chavez’s other starts. In his last start on Saturday, Chavez was charged with 4 runs on 10 hits over 5 innings and took the loss in a game the A’s lost 4-2 up in Boston.

~VS~

Hector Santiago (4-3, 2.55 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium on May 29, 2015 (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium on May 29, 2015 (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Santiago hasn’t started a game since June 3 against Tampa Bay in Anaheim thanks to off-days in the Angels’ schedule. In that June 3 start, Santiago cruised through 5 innings allowing just 2 hits and no runs, but then the wheels came off in the 6th as he was tagged with 2 home runs that brought in 5 runs before he ever recorded an out in the inning. Santiago did however pitch 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief in New York on Saturday.

Game Notes:

  • Chavez is 0-2 with a 4.09 ERA in two starts against the Angels this year. He pitched effectively in Anaheim on April 23, allowing one hit – a two-run homer by Kole Calhoun – in 6 innings of work in the Athletics’ 2-0 loss.
  • Santiago had one of his best outings of the season against the Athletics on April 21, allowing just one run – courtesy of a Billy Butler home run – and striking out 8 in 6 innings in the Angels’ 14-1 victory. In 8 career appearances (6 starts) against the A’s, Sanitago owns a 3-2 record with a 1.91 ERA in 37 2/3 innings.
  • Erick Aybar, Mike Trout and Albert Pujols – typically the Nos. 1-3 hitters in the Angels’ order – are batting a combined .354 (17-for-48) lifetime against Chavez.

Starting Lineups:

Oakland:

  1. CF-Billy Burns – .313
  2. LF-Mark Canha – .247
  3. RF-Josh Reddick – .312
  4. 2B-Ben Zobrist – .208
  5. DH-Billy Butler – .250
  6. 1B-Stephen Vogt – .290
  7. 3B-Brett Lawrie – .271
  8. C-Josh Phegley – .296
  9. SS-Marcus Semien – .276

Angels:

  1. SS-Erick Aybar – .267
  2. CF-Mike Trout – .292
  3. 1B-Albert Pujols – .267
  4. RF-Kole Calhoun – .272
  5. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .281
  6. LF-Efren Navarro – .308
  7. DH-Matt Joyce – .183
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .261
  9. 3B-Kyle Kubitza – .500

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