Game Preview: Rays @ Angels – 6/2/15 7:05pm Pacific

Rays at Angels

 

Tampa Bay Rays (26-26, 2nd AL East) @ 

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (28-24, 2nd AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 69F, Winds SW 8mph, 1% Chance of Rain

TV: Fox Sports West: Victor Rojas & Mark Gubicza

Radio: KLAA AM830: Terry Smith & Mark Langston

Pitching Matchup:

Chris Archer (5-4, 2.12 ERA)

Chris Archer delivers a pitch during the 2nd inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on May 17, 2015 (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Chris Archer delivers a pitch during the 2nd inning of a game against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field on May 17, 2015 (Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

In a season where the Rays have seen some of their top pitching stars such as Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Matt Moore miss time to injuries, Archer has emerged to become the Rays’ best starting pitcher so far this season. In his last start last Wednesday, Archer matched Felix Hernandez pitch-for-pitch over 8 innings as he blanked the Mariners on just 2 hits while striking out 12. Unfortunately for the Rays, Brad Boxberger would allow 3 runs in the top of the 9th, and Hernandez would finish off his CG shutout to beat the Rays 3-0.

~VS~

C.J. Wilson (3-3, 3.18 ERA)

C.J. Wilson delivers a pitch during the 1st inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium on May 28, 2013 (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

C.J. Wilson delivers a pitch during the 1st inning of a game against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium on May 28, 2015 (Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)

Wilson will certainly be hoping tonight goes much better than the last time he faced the Rays. The last time Wilson faced the Rays was August 2, 2014 at Tropicana Field. That game was his first off the DL after missing about a month with a sprained ankle, and he was tagged for 6 runs on 6 hits in just an inning and a third. This year however, things have been going much better for Wilson overall. In his last start on Thursday, Wilson held the Tigers to just 1 run on 2 hits over 6 innings to notch his 3rd victory of the year.

Game Notes:

  • Albert Pujols homered in his return to the field in Monday’s series opener after a groin injury kept him at designated hitter for the previous two games. Pujols’ ability to start at first base gives the Angels much more lineup flexibility.
  • Archer pitched the only two games in which the Rays beat the Angels in 2014, one of which was at Tropicana Field and the other was at Angel Stadium.
  • After his recent tear of 5 home runs over his last 5 games, Albert Pujols now has 533 career home runs. That puts him just one behind Jimmie Foxx for 17th on the all-time list.

Starting Lineups:

Tampa Bay:

  1. LF-Brandon Guyer – .298/.367/.421
  2. DH-Joey Butler – .338/.370/.532
  3. 3B-Evan Longoria – .275/.355/.423
  4. 2B-Logan Forsythe – .286/.367/.457
  5. RF-Steven Souza – .232/.326/.463
  6. 1B-Jake Elmore – .281/.324/.469
  7. SS-Asdrubal Cabrera – .206/.265/.320
  8. CF-Mikie Mahtook – .250/.250/1.000
  9. C-Rene Rivera – .165/.213/.256

Angels:

  1. SS-Erick Aybar – .271/.317/.323
  2. DH-Mike Trout – .294/.381/.552
  3. 1B-Albert Pujols – .254/.304/.497
  4. RF-Kole Calhoun – .270/.325/.405
  5. 3B-David Freese – .237/.288/.432
  6. LF-Matt Joyce – .181/.256/.319
  7. C-Chris Iannetta – .187/.273/.308
  8. CF-Kirk Nieuwenhuis – .114/.188/.182
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .278/.333/.361

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