Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (34-33, 3rd AL West) @ Oakland Athletics (29-40, 5th AL West)
O.co Coliseum – Oakland, CA
Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 69F, Wind W 13mph, 0% Chance of Rain
Matt Shoemaker (4-5, 4.85 ERA)
Shoemaker is coming off a game on Sunday against the A’s at the Big-A in which he pitched well – 4 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits over 5 2/3 innings – but still took the loss in a game where the Angels were once again dominated by Sonny Gray. Shoemaker has posted a 2.22 ERA over his last 4 starts, but has tallied only one win during that time. In his career against the A’s, Shoemaker has posted a 1-2 record and a 4.57 ERA over 5 appearances (4 starts).
Sonny Gray (8-3, 1.60 ERA)
As his 1.60 season ERA would indicate, Gray has been dominating all opponents all season long. This is especially true against the Angels as Gray has already posted 3 victories against the Angels this season, including his last outing on Sunday where he dominated Shoemaker & the Angels at the Big-A, allowing no earned runs and only 5 hits across 7 2/3 innings. In his 3 starts against the Angels this season, Gray is 3-0 with a 1.19 ERA.
- The Angels lead the season series 6-4 as they took 2 of 3 in last weekend’s series at the Big-A. After this weekend’s series, these AL West rivals will meet just 6 more times this season.
- Several Angels hitters have struggled against Gray. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols are each 4-for-22 (.182) against the right-hander, while Kole Calhoun is 3-for-24 (.233).
- The A’s are 12-10 in series opening games this season. The Angels are 11-11.
- LF-Efren Navarro – .286
- RF-Kole Calhoun – .269
- CF-Mike Trout – .300
- 1B-Albert Pujols – .270
- 3B-David Freese – .235
- SS-Erick Aybar – .246
- 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .271
- DH-Matt Joyce – .189
- C-Chris Iannetta – .169