Game Preview: Rays at Angels – 6/3/15 7:05pm Pacific

Rays at Angels

 

Tampa Bay Rays (27-26, 2nd AL East) @ 

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (28-25, 2nd AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 69F, Winds SW 9mph, 0% Chance of Rain

TV: Fox Sports West: Victor Rojas & Mark Gubicza

Radio: KLAA AM830: Terry Smith & Mark Langston

Pitching Matchup:

Nate Karns (3-2, 3.32 ERA)

Nate Karns delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 12, 2014 (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Nate Karns delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 12, 2014 (Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Acquired from the Washington Nationals in a February trade, Karns has turned out to be a nice find for the Rays as they continue to compete in the AL East amid several injuries to their starting rotation. Karns has filled in nicely. In his last start on Friday in Baltimore, Karns blanked the Orioles on just 1 hit over 6 innings striking out 7, but took the no-decision as the Rays lost that game 2-1.

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Hector Santiago (4-3, 2.18 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)

If someone had taken Santiago to be the Angels’ ERA leader on June 3, they could likely have made a whole lot of cash up in Vegas. Santiago has been the Angels’ unlikely ace so far this season, sporting a stellar 2.18 ERA to go along with quite impressive strikeout (8.3 per 9 innings) and hit (7 per 9 innings) rates. His walk rate (3.6 per 9 innings) is still a bit higher than most would like to see it, but Hector has been able to pitch himself out of jams all season, particularly over his current stretch of 5 consecutive quality starts wherein he has pitched to a 1.35 ERA and held opponents to a .190 batting average.

Game Notes:

  • Rays outfielder Mikie Mahtook, called up from Triple-A Durham after Monday’s series opener, started Tuesday’s game in center and could continue to see playing time with the Rays facing four straight left-handed starters, including Santiago on Wednesday.
  • Albert Pujols‘ next home run will move him past Jimmie Foxx into sole possession of 17th place on the all-time list after the Angels first baseman tied Foxx with career homer No. 534 on Tuesday, his sixth long ball in six days.
  • After Foxx, the next target on the all-time home run list is Mickey Mantle, who sits at 16th with 536 career home runs. After him at 15th is Mike Schmidt at 548.

Starting Lineups:

Tampa Bay:

  1. LF-Brandon Guyer – .288/.361/.407
  2. DH-Joey Butler – .333/.365/.519
  3. 3B-Evan Longoria – .269/.349/.414
  4. 2B-Logan Forsythe – .288/.374/.475
  5. RF-Steven Souza – .228/.325/.455
  6. 1B-Jake Elmore – .278/.316/.444
  7. SS-Asdrubal Cabrera – .212/.269/.324
  8. CF-Mikie Mahtook – .143/.250/.571
  9. C-Rene Rivera – .168/.214/.255

Angels:

  1. SS-Erick Aybar – .276/.321/.332
  2. CF-Mike Trout – .288/.374/.540
  3. 1B-Albert Pujols – .254/.303/.508
  4. RF-Kole Calhoun – .266/.324/.399
  5. 3B-David Freese – .237/.288/.428
  6. DH-Matt Joyce – .177/.252/.313
  7. C-Carlos Perez – .288/.309/.462
  8. LF-Kirk Nieuwenhuis – .106/.176/.170
  9. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .280/.333/.360

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