Scioscia’s Office: Angels @ White Sox – 8/12/15 5:10pm Pacific

Angels at White Sox

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (59-53, 2nd AL West) @ Chicago White Sox (53-58, 4th AL Central)

U.S. Cellular Field – Chicago, IL

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 75F, Wind SE 6mph, 0% Chance of Rain

Pitching Matchup:

Andrew Heaney (5-1, 2.45 ERA)

Andrew Heaney delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2015 (Harry How/Getty Images)

Andrew Heaney delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 1, 2015 (Harry How/Getty Images)

Heaney finally saw his streak of 7 consecutive starts of giving up 2 earned runs or less come to an end his last time out Friday night against Baltimore. He didn’t quite make it a quality start and was laboring most of the evening, but he managed to limit damage and gave up just the 4 runs on 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings. Fortunately the Angel offense was able to come through and pull out an 8-4 victory, but Heaney ended up with a no-decision.

~VS~

John Danks (6-9, 4.79 ERA)

John Danks delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field on August 1, 2015 (David Banks/Getty Images)

John Danks delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the New York Yankees at U.S. Cellular Field on August 1, 2015 (David Banks/Getty Images)

While Danks has been steady for the most part this season, he has been more prone to the big inning than he had been in years past so far, and his season ERA of 4.79 is a reflection of that. Since the start of July, Danks has been pitching some of his best ball, having given up 3 earned runs or fewer in 5 of his 7 starts during that time. In the two other starts however, things got out of hand on him quickly. On July 8 against Toronto, Danks was touched for 6 runs on 8 hits in just 4 1/3 innings. On July 27 in Boston, Danks yielded 7 runs (6 earned) on 9 hits in just 4 1/3 innings. In his last start Friday in Kansas City however, Danks yielded just 3 runs on 5 hits over 6 innings, but took the tough luck loss in a game the Sox lost 3-2.

Game Notes:

  • White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche has been in a slump as of late, and as a result, missed his second start in his last three games on Tuesday. LaRoche has eight hits in his last 10 contests, but has hit safely in five of them. This season, he’s hitting .213, below his .261 career average.
  • Angels third baseman Conor Gillaspie could make his first start against his former team after missing the first two games of the series. The Angels acquired Gillaspie off waivers on July 25 after the White Sox designated him for assignment a week earlier. Since he was called up, he’s hitting .186 with one home run and six RBIs.
  • Los Angeles outfielder David DeJesus has also yet to make a start this series, but he figures to see action given his record against Danks. In 25 career at-bats against the lefty, DeJesus is has nine hits, including three doubles, and five RBIs.

Starting Lineups:

Angels:

  1. LF-Shane Victorino – .239
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .274
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .301
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .254
  5. SS-Erick Aybar – .272
  6. DH-C.J. Cron – .265
  7. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .270
  8. 3B-Conor Gillaspie – .227
  9. C-Carlos Perez – .224

Chicago:

  1. DH-Adam Eaton – .269
  2. 3B-Tyler Saladino – .241
  3. 1B-Jose Abreu – .294
  4. LF-Melky Cabrera – .285
  5. RF-Avisail Garcia – .264
  6. SS-Alexei Ramirez – .237
  7. CF-Trayce Thompson – .444
  8. C-Tyler Flowers – .219
  9. 2B-Gordon Beckham – .193

AL West Standings:

  1. Houston: 61-53
  2. L.A. Angels: 59-53 – 1 GB
  3. Texas: 55-56 – 4.5 GB
  4. Seattle: 54-61 – 7.5 GB
  5. Oakland: 51-63 – 10 GB

AL Wild Card Standings:

  1. Toronto: 62-52 – +2 G
  2. L.A. Angels: 59-53
  3. Baltimore: 57-56 – 2.5 GB
  4. Tampa Bay: 57-56 – 2.5 GB
  5. Minnesota: 56-56 – 3 GB
  6. Texas: 55-56 – 3.5 GB
  7. Detroit: 54-59 – 5.5 GB
  8. Chicago: 53-58 – 5.5 GB
  9. Seattle: 54-61 – 6.5 GB
  10. Cleveland: 52-59 – 6.5 GB
  11. Oakland: 51-63 – 9 GB
  12. Boston: 50-63 – 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
  • Seattle 3, Baltimore 0 – F
  • Houston 2, San Francisco 0 – F

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