Scioscia’s Office: Angels @ White Sox – 8/10/15 5:10pm Pacific

Angels at White Sox

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (59-51, 2nd AL West) @ Chicago White Sox (51-58, 4th AL Central)

U.S. Cellular Field – Chicago, IL

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Thunderstorms, 78F, Wind N 8mph, 47% Chance of Rain

Pitching Matchup:

Matt Shoemaker (5-7, 4.01 ERA)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 30, 2015 (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Matt Shoemaker delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 30, 2015 (Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Shoemaker has perhaps been the Angels’ best pitcher over the last six weeks or so as since June 26, Shoemaker sports a 1.69 ERA over 7 appearances (6 starts) in that span. Shoemaker will also be bringing a personal 19-inning scoreless streak to the South Side this evening. Shoemaker has not allowed an earned run since giving one up during a relief appearance in Seattle just before the All-Star break on July 12. In his last start on Tuesday, Shoemaker shut out the Indians over 6 innings while tying a season high with 10 strikeouts, but the Angel offense was stymied by Carlos Carrasco and the Cleveland bullpen and the Angels lost 2-0.

~VS~

Chris Sale (9-7, 3.52 ERA)

Chris Sale delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at U.S. Cellular Field on August 4, 2015 (David Banks/Getty Images)

Chris Sale delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays at U.S. Cellular Field on August 4, 2015 (David Banks/Getty Images)

While Sale was one of the very best pitchers in the American League during a 2014 season that saw him post a 2.17 ERA over 174 innings and finish 3rd in the AL Cy Young Award voting, he has struggled to repeat that success in 2014 having had his share of really rough games. He has also been solid at times as well, but not lately. Over his last 4 starts dating back to July 19, Sale is 1-3 with a 7.61 ERA in that span. He has given up 20 earned runs on 36 hits (4 HR) in just 23 2/3 innings over those 4 starts. His last start on Tuesday against Tampa Bay was a tough one. He gave up 7 runs on just 6 hits over 5 1/3 innings in a game the White Sox lost 11-3.

Game Notes:

  • Sale leads the American League and ranks second in the Majors with 186 strikeouts.
  • The Angels entered play Sunday with two of the top six home run hitters in the American League in Mike Trout (33) and Albert Pujols (30).
  • The White Sox have fared well against the American League West this season with an 11-4 mark.

Starting Lineups:

Angels:

  1. LF-Shane Victorino – .236
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .276
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .302
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .257
  5. SS-Erick Aybar – .277
  6. DH-C.J. Cron – .264
  7. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .268
  8. C-Chris Iannetta – .190
  9. 3B-Taylor Featherston – .143

Chicago:

  1. CF-Adam Eaton – .268
  2. 3B-Tyler Saladino – .240
  3. DH-Jose Abreu – .293
  4. LF-Melky Cabrera – .282
  5. RF-Avisail Garcia – .264
  6. 1B-Adam LaRoche – .216
  7. SS-Alexei Ramirez – .236
  8. 2B-Carlos Sanchez – .234
  9. C-Tyler Flowers – .217

AL West Standings:

  1. Houston: 61-52
  2. L.A. Angels: 59-51 – 0.5 GB
  3. Texas: 55-55 – 4.5 GB
  4. Seattle: 52-60 – 8.5 GB
  5. Oakland: 51-62 – 10 GB

AL Wild Card Standings:

  1. Toronto: 61-52 – +0.5 G
  2. L.A. Angels: 59-51
  3. Baltimore: 56-54 – 3 GB
  4. Tampa Bay: 56-56 – 4 GB
  5. Texas: 55-55 – 4 GB
  6. Minnesota: 55-56 – 4.5 GB
  7. Detroit: 54-57 – 5.5 GB
  8. Chicago: 51-58 – 7.5 GB
  9. Seattle: 52-60 – 8 GB
  10. Cleveland: 51-59 – 8 GB
  11. Oakland: 51-62 – 9.5 GB
  12. Boston: 50-62 – 10 GB

Other AL Contender Matchups:

  • Detroit @ Kansas City – 5:10pm Pacific
  • Baltimore @ Seattle – 7:10pm Pacific
  • Houston – Idle
  • N.Y. Yankees – Idle
  • Toronto – Idle

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