Game Preview: Rays @ Angels – 6/1/15 7:05pm Pacific

Rays at Angels

 

Tampa Bay Rays (26-25, T-1st AL East) @ 

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (27-24, 2nd AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 71F, Winds WSW 8mph, 0% Chance of Rain

TV: Fox Sports West: Victor Rojas & Mark Gubicza

Radio: KLAA AM830: Terry Smith & Mark Langston

Pitching Matchup:

Alex Colome (3-1, 4.55 ERA)

Alex Colome delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on May 16, 2015 (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Alex Colome delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on May 16, 2015 (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Colome has been on a bit of a personal tour of the AL West over his last few starts. Tonight will mark his third consecutive start against AL West opponents. In his first two – both at home – vs. Oakland on May 21 and vs. Seattle on Tuesday, Colome allowed a combined 2 runs on 9 hits and 3 walks in 10 1/3 innings and went 1-0.

~VS~

Garrett Richards (4-3, 3.12 ERA)

Garrett Richards delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at Angel Stadium on May 27, 2015 (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Garrett Richards delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the San Diego Padres at Angel Stadium on May 27, 2015 (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

After putting together a string of five very impressive starts after a shaky season debut, Richards’ last couple starts have gone back to the shaky side of things. On May 22 in Boston, the fact that he was touched for 5 runs on 9 hits was overshadowed by a 9-run 5th inning by the Angel offense that allowed the team to cruise to a 12-5 victory. In his last start on Wednesday however, the third out proved to be elusive for him as he allowed 5 runs (3 earned), all with 2 out, in 6 2/3 innings. The two unearned runs came across due to Richards’ own error.

Game Notes:

  • Alex Colome has only gone deeper than 5 1/3 innings in a game once this season, and the one time he went deeper than that he posted new career highs in hits allowed (11) runs allowed (8) and home runs allowed (4). He has never pitched against the Angels.
  • Garrett Richards is coming off a loss to San Diego in which he gave up 5 runs (3 earned) on 8 hits a home run, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. Richards is 1-1 with a 5.70 ERA in two career starts against the Rays.
  • The Rays are struggling to find a first baseman to fill in for the injured James Loney, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 25 with a broken middle finger on his left hand. Jake Elmore made his first two career starts at first base during the weekend series in Baltimore, and Logan Forsythe started there in Sunday’s series finale.

Starting Lineups:

Tampa Bay:

  1. CF-Kevin Kiermaier – .225
  2. DH-Joey Butler – .342
  3. 3B-Evan Longoria – .275
  4. LF-David Dejesus – .333
  5. 1B-Logan Forsythe – .291
  6. RF-Steven Souza – .238
  7. SS-Asdrubal Cabrera – .211
  8. 2B-Nick Franklin – .069
  9. C-Rene Rivera – .160

Angels:

  1. SS-Erick Aybar – .271
  2. CF-Mike Trout – .295
  3. 1B-Albert Pujols – .245
  4. RF-Kole Calhoun – .278
  5. 3B-David Freese – .230
  6. DH-Matt Joyce – .186
  7. C-Carlos Perez – .286
  8. LF-Kirk Nieuwenhuis – .098
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .271

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