Scioscia’s Office: Angels @ Rockies – 7/8/15 5:40pm Pacific

Angels at Rockies

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (45-38, 2nd AL West) @ Colorado Rockies (35-48, 5th NL West)

Coors Field – Denver, CO

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Thunderstorms, 62F, Wind NE 8mph, 75% Chance of Rain

Special Weather Statement:

The weather in and around the Denver area is looking pretty bleak this afternoon with a line of heavy thunderstorms passing through the area. The chance for rain at Coors Field will increase to 75% by game time, meaning there’s a pretty good chance tonight’s game may be delayed or postponed. Should the game be postponed, a make-up date will be difficult to determine as the Angels will obviously not travel back to Denver this season. The Angels & Rockies only have two common off-days the rest of the season. The first will be August 6. On August 6 the Angels will be in the middle of a homestand while the Rockies will need to travel to Washington to take on the Nationals the next day. The second is September 10. On September 10 the Angels will again be in the middle of a homestand while the Rockies will be traveling from San Diego to Seattle. This will leave only four viable options: 1) play the makeup on the last day of the All-Star break (July 16), 2) the Angels make a day-trip to Denver on Sept. 10 while the Rockies make a quick stop there on their way from SD to Seattle, 3) they play the makeup at Angel Stadium on Sept. 10 with the Angels as the road team, or 4) play the makeup game the day after the regular season ends (Oct. 5). We’ll see what happens, but with these difficult logistics they’ll likely do everything they can to get the game in tonight.

Pitching Matchup:

Matt Shoemaker (4-7, 4.91 ERA)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on June 19, 2015 (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on June 19, 2015 (Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Although Shoemaker has had an up & down season so far – particularly struggling with the long ball through April and the first half of May – Shoemaker has settled down of late and put together a string of solid outings through June and the early part of July. He has allowed 3 earned runs or fewer in 3 of his last 4 starts, but has taken the loss in all three of those starts due to lack of run support. In his last start a week ago today, Shoemaker held the Yankees to 2 runs on 7 hits over 5 2/3 innings, but would take the loss as the Angels lost the game 3-1.

~VS~

Chris Rusin (3-3, 4.27 ERA)

Chris Rusin delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field on June 21, 2015 (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Chris Rusin delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Coors Field on June 21, 2015 (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Rusin is another Colorado pitcher who began the season in the minor leagues and didn’t join the Rockies’ rotation until mid-May. In his 8 starts at the big league level so far this season, Rusin has had a rough go of it at times, but has rebounded to post quality starts in each of his last 3 starts. He is however 0-1 in his last 2 starts as his defense has failed him and given up 5 unearned runs over those two starts. His last start was Thursday in Arizona. In that game he held the D’Backs to 3 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits over 6 innings, but took the loss as the Rockies lost that game 8-1.

Game Notes:

  • Wednesday’s contest will serve as an introduction of sorts on both sides. Nick Hundley is the only Rockies position player who has faced Shoemaker, while David Freese is the only Angeles position player who has seen Rusin.
  • In five career Interleague games (four starts), Shoemaker is 2-2 with a 1.67 ERA. He’s given up just five runs in 18 innings and has held opponents to a .189 batting average.
  • After homering in the series opener, Albert Pujols now has at least one RBI in each of his last three games. An RBI on Wednesday would be his first four-game RBI streak of the season.

Starting Lineups:

Angels:

  1. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .269
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .268
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .302
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .264
  5. SS-Erick Aybar – .276
  6. 3B-David Freese – .246
  7. C-Chris Iannetta – .193
  8. LF-Dan Robertson – .294
  9. P-Matt Shoemaker – .000

Colorado:

  1. CF-Charlie Blackmon – .280
  2. 2B-DJ LeMahieu – .304
  3. SS-Troy Tulowitzki – .320
  4. RF-Carlos Gonzalez – .241
  5. 3B-Nolan Arenado – .279
  6. 1B-Ben Paulsen – .281
  7. C-Nick Hundley – .291
  8. LF-Brandon Barnes – .275
  9. P-Chris Rusin – .200

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