Arizona Diamondbacks (31-32, 3rd NL West) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (32-32, 3rd AL West)
Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 74F, Wind SW 7mph, 0% Chance of Rain
Jeremy Hellickson (4-3, 5.29 ERA)
After mostly struggling through his first 8 starts of the season, Hellickson had appeared to have turned things around during his previous 3 starts before going to Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. In those 3 starts he had gone 3-0 and posted a 3.28 ERA. At Dodger Stadium on Wednesday however, he was touched for 5 runs on 6 hits over just 3 2/3 innings.
Garrett Richards (6-4, 3.97 ERA)
Richards bounced back nicely from his career-worst outing at Yankee Stadium on June 6 – a game in which he gave up 6 runs on 5 hits in just 2/3 of an inning. On Thursday in Tampa Bay however, he held the Rays to 2 runs on 4 hits over 7 innings, striking out 7 to take the win.
- Because Hellickson pitched in the American League before this season, several Angel players have seen him before. Albert Pujols has the most career at-bats against him (1-for-8). Mike Trout (2-for-4 with a HR) and Chris Iannetta (2-for-5) have had the most success against Hellickson
- No Diamondback player has more than 5 career at-bats against Richards. Only Chris Owings, A.J. Pollock, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia have hits off Richards.
- CF-A.J. Pollock – .320
- 1B-Danny Dorn – .333
- DH-Paul Goldschmidt – .366
- LF-David Peralta – .255
- RF-Yasmany Tomas – .325
- 3B-Jake Lamb – .321
- 2B-Chris Owings – .238
- C-Jarrod Saltalamacchia – .131
- SS-Nick Ahmed – .224