Scioscia’s Office: Angels @ A’s – 6/19/15 6:35pm Pacific

Angels at A's

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

Pitching Matchup:

Matt Shoemaker (4-5, 4.85 ERA)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 9, 2015 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on June 9, 2015 (Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

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).

~VS~

Sonny Gray (8-3, 1.60 ERA)

Sonny Gray delivers a pitch during the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels at O.co Coliseum on April 28, 2015 (Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

Sonny Gray delivers a pitch during the seventh inning of a game against the Los Angeles Angels at O.co Coliseum on April 28, 2015 (Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images)

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.

Game Notes:

  • 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.

Starting Lineups:

Angels:

  1. LF-Efren Navarro – .286
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .269
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .300
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .270
  5. 3B-David Freese – .235
  6. SS-Erick Aybar – .246
  7. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .271
  8. DH-Matt Joyce – .189
  9. C-Chris Iannetta – .169

Oakland:

  1. CF-Billy Burns – .315
  2. C-Stephen Vogt – .279
  3. LF-Ben Zobrist – .242
  4. RF-Josh Reddick – .297
  5. DH-Billy Butler – .256
  6. 1B-Ike Davis – .282
  7. 3B-Brett Lawrie – .285
  8. 2B-Eric Sogard – .254
  9. SS-Marcus Semien – .272

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