Scioscia’s Office: Angels @ Dodgers – 7/31/15 7:10pm Pacific

Dodgers vs Angels

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (55-46, 2nd AL West) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (57-45, 1st NL West)

Dodger Stadium – Los Angeles, CA

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 74F, Winds: WSW (out to RF) 7mph, 0% Chance of Rain

Pitching Matchup:

Hector Santiago (7-4, 2.43 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 10, 2015 (Otto Gruele, Jr./Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on July 10, 2015 (Otto Gruele, Jr./Getty Images)

After putting together a brilliant 5-start stretch from June 22 through July 20 where Santiago went 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA, Santiago had a bit of a rough go of it Saturday in Texas. In that start he allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 5 hits over just 5 innings. Santiago came away with a no-decision as the Angels lost that game 7-6. Santiago still does hold the 4th best ERA among qualified pitchers in the AL at 2.43.

~VS~

Zack Greinke (9-2, 1.37 ERA)

Zack Greinke delivers a pitch during the first inning of the 86th MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH on July 14, 2015 (Elsa/Getty Images)

Zack Greinke delivers a pitch during the first inning of the 86th MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, OH on July 14, 2015 (Elsa/Getty Images)

Dodgers’ lefty Clayton Kershaw was originally scheduled to pitch in this game, but was once again a late scratch as he was on Wednesday with irritation in his hip. With that being the case, NL All-Star starter Zack Greinke will toe the rubber for the Dodgers this evening. Greinke recently had his scoreless inning streak snapped at 45 2/3 innings, but has still posted victories in 4 of his last 5 starts. His 1.37 ERA is by far the best in the Majors. His last start was Sunday in New York against the Mets and was the start where he saw his streak snapped. Still, he allowed just 2 runs on 4 hits over 7 innings, but the Dodgers went on to lose 3-2.

Game Notes:

  • This is the first of six games this season in the Freeway Series. The Dodgers took home the bragging rights last season by winning three of four games.
  • Kershaw has struggled against the Angels in his career. He’s 2-2 with a 3.76 ERA, which is the highest ERA he has against any team he’s faced more than three times.
  • Angels slugger Albert Pujols has been among the league’s best this season, but he’s hitting .212 against lefties.

Starting Lineups:

Angels:

  1. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .267
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .272
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .312
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .257
  5. LF-David Murphy – .295
  6. SS-Erick Aybar – .284
  7. 3B-Conor Gillaspie – .249
  8. C-Chris Iannetta – .198
  9. P-Hector Santiago – .333

Dodgers:

  1. SS-Jimmy Rollins – .213
  2. 2B-Howie Kendrick – .288
  3. 1B-Adrian Gonzalez – .298
  4. LF-Scott Van Slyke – .252
  5. RF-Yasiel Puig – .254
  6. C-Yasmani Grandal – .277
  7. 3B-Alex Guerrero – .241
  8. CF-Enrique Hernandez – .272
  9. P-Zack Greinke – .182

AL West Standings:

  1. Houston – 58-45
  2. L.A. Angels – 55-46 – 2 GB
  3. Texas – 49-52 – 8 GB
  4. Seattle – 46-57 – 12 GB
  5. Oakland – 45-58 – 13 GB

AL Wild Card Standings:

  1. L.A. Angels – 55-46 – +2 G
  2. Minnesota – 53-48
  3. Baltimore – 51-50 – 2 GB
  4. Toronto – 52-51 – 2 GB
  5. Tampa Bay – 51-52 – 3 GB
  6. Detroit – 50-52 – 3.5 GB
  7. Chicago – 49-51 – 3.5 GB
  8. Texas – 49-52 – 4 GB
  9. Cleveland – 47-54 – 6 GB
  10. Seattle – 46-57 – 8 GB
  11. Boston – 45-58 – 9 GB
  12. Oakland – 45-58 – 9 GB

Other AL West Matchups:

  • San Francisco @ Texas – 5:05pm Pacific
  • Arizona @ Houston – 5:10pm Pacific
  • Seattle @ Minnesota – 5:10pm Pacific
  • Cleveland @ Oakland – 6:35pm Pacific

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