Scioscia’s Office: Angels @ White Sox – 8/11/15 5:10pm Pacific

Angels at White Sox

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (59-52, 2nd AL West) @ Chicago White Sox (52-58, 4th AL Central)

U.S. Cellular Field – Chicago, IL

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 74F, Wind NNE 9mph, 0% Chance of Rain

Pitching Matchup:

Hector Santiago (7-5, 2.78 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2015 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on July 31, 2015 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

After putting together the most brilliant half-season of baseball in his career over his first 19 starts that saw his season ERA drop as low as 2.30 on July 20 and earn him his first career All-Star selection, Hector has run into something of a wall since the All-Star break. He hasn’t pitched poorly per-se, but has failed to last more than 5 innings in a game just once in his last 4 starts, and has given up 3 earned runs or more in 3 of his last 4 outings. His last start was Wednesday against Cleveland. In that game he gave up 3 runs on 5 hits and threw 99 pitches in 6 innings, taking a no-decision as the Angels won the game late by a 4-3 final.

~VS~

Carlos Rodon (4-4, 5.00 ERA)

Carlos Rodon delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field on July 31, 2015 (David Banks/Getty Images)

Carlos Rodon delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field on July 31, 2015 (David Banks/Getty Images)

The White Sox young rookie southpaw has been having a season you might expect for a 22 year-old getting his first taste of big league action this season. While the 3rd overall pick in the 2014 draft has shown flashes of brilliance at times, he has struggled mightily with his control this season, having surrendered 50 walks in just 84 2/3 innings so far. He has also failed to go more than 4 2/3 innings in 3 of his last 4 starts. His last start was Wednesday against Tampa Bay, and in that game he gave up 4 runs on 6 hits in just 4 2/3 while walking 2 and hitting a batter. The White Sox came back to win the game late by a 6-5 final.

Game Notes:

  • Part of Santiago’s development is the addition of a curveball, which he throws for just 5.1 percent of his pitches, according to Fangraphs. But Sanitago has also gone to his cutter more this season, throwing it 12.5 percent of his pitches — the most of any season.
  • Rodon is tied for seventh in the Majors with 50 walks thrown this season, but what’s more telling is that he’s done it in 84 2/3 innings. All but one of the nine other pitchers in front or tied with Rodon have pitched at least 125 innings.
  • The Angels have won eight of their last 13 against the White Sox, including the last three season series.

Starting Lineups:

Angels:

  1. LF-Shane Victorino – .236
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .274
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .304
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .257
  5. SS-Erick Aybar – .275
  6. DH-C.J. Cron – .260
  7. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .270
  8. C-Chris Iannetta – .186
  9. 3B-Taylor Featherston – .138

Chicago:

  1. CF-Adam Eaton – .269
  2. 3B-Tyler Saladino – .241
  3. 1B-Jose Abreu – .295
  4. DH-Melky Cabrera – .284
  5. RF-Avisail Garcia – .266
  6. SS-Alexei Ramirez – .239
  7. 2B-Carlos Sanchez – .231
  8. C-Tyler Flowers – .221
  9. LF-Trayce Thompson – .429

AL West Standings:

  1. Houston: 61-52
  2. L.A. Angels: 59-52 – 1 GB
  3. Texas: 55-55 – 4.5 GB
  4. Seattle: 52-61 – 9 GB
  5. Oakland: 51-62 – 10 GB

AL Wild Card Standings:

  1. Toronto: 61-52 – +1 G
  2. L.A. Angels: 59-52
  3. Baltimore: 57-54 – 2 GB
  4. Tampa Bay: 56-56 – 3.5 GB
  5. Texas: 55-55 – 3.5 GB
  6. Minnesota: 55-56 – 4 GB
  7. Detroit: 54-58 – 5.5 GB
  8. Chicago: 52-58 – 6.5 GB
  9. Cleveland: 51-59 – 7.5 GB
  10. Seattle: 52-61 – 8 GB
  11. Oakland: 51-62 – 9 GB
  12. Boston: 50-62 – 9.5 GB

Other AL Contender Matchups:

  • Oakland @ Toronto – 4:07pm Pacific
  • Atlanta @ Tampa Bay – 4:10pm Pacific
  • N.Y. Yankees @ Cleveland – 4:10pm Pacific
  • Detroit @ Kansas City – 5:10pm Pacific
  • Texas @ Minnesota – 5:10pm Pacific
  • Baltimore @ Seattle – 7:10pm Pacific
  • Houston @ San Francisco – 7:15pm Pacific

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