Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA
San Diego Padres (21-25, 4th NL West) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (23-22, 2nd AL West)
Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 68F, Winds WSW 9mph, 0% Chance of Rain
TV: Fox Sports West – Victor Rojas & Mark Gubicza
Radio: KLAA AM830 – Terry Smith & Mark Langston
Odrisamer Despaigne (2-3, 6.11 ERA)
After giving up a combined 15 earned runs over his previous two starts, Despaigne looked much better in his last start. His last start came Thursday at Petco Park against the Cubs. In that game he limited the Cubs to 2 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings. He would however take the loss as the Padres fell to the Cubs 3-0.
Matt Shoemaker (3-4, 6.29 ERA)
It’s certainly no secret that Shoemaker has struggled with the home run ball so far this season. Shoemaker leads the American League with 13 home runs surrendered in his 44 1/3 innings this year, which is only one less than he surrendered in 136 innings across the entire 2014 season. Shoemaker will try to turn things around again tonight, as on Thursday up in Toronto he was tagged for 2 more home runs while giving up 8 runs (7 earned) across 6 innings to take the loss in a game the Angels lost 8-4.
- As stated in yesterday’s preview, the Padres get the rare chance to use the DH in this series. Yesterday Matt Kemp got the start at DH, but manager Bud Black stated previously that catcher Derek Norris should get a start at DH in this series. Starting Norris at DH would give rookie catcher Austin Hedges – from nearby Tustin, CA – a chance to start.
- Going into Monday’s game the Padres had a season-high 6 consecutive quality starts, and Tyson Ross gave them another one last night extending the streak to 7. The Padres lead the Major Leagues with 30 quality starts this season.
- Angels reliever Cesar Ramos, who used to pitch for the Padres, has stranded 16 of 19 inherited base runners this season to lead the Angels in that category.
- 1B-Yangervis Solarte – .283
- CF-Will Venable – .293
- LF-Justin Upton – .289
- RF-Matt Kemp – .251
- C-Derek Norris – .277
- 2B-Cory Spangenberg – .237
- 3B-Will Middlebrooks – .226
- DH-Jedd Gyorko – .202
- SS-Alexi Amarista – .194