Scioscia’s Office: Indians @ Angels – 8/3/15 7:05pm Pacific

Indians at Angels

Cleveland Indians (48-56, 5th AL Central) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (55-49, 2nd AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Partly Cloudy, 80F, Winds WSW (Out to RF) 8mph, 0% Chance of Rain

Pitching Matchup:

Corey Kluber (6-11, 3.44 ERA)

Corey Kluber delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 18, 2015 (Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Corey Kluber delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on July 18, 2015 (Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner takes the hill in tonight’s contest. Kluber has pitched much better than his 6-11 record would indicate as the Indians’ offense has had a tough time providing him with run support, but he also has had a few poor outings. Two starts ago he allowed 6 runs on 8 hits over 7 innings against the White Sox, but in his last start he pitched a complete game 5-hitter, allowing just one run to the Royals.

~VS~

Garrett Richards (10-8, 3.37 ERA)

Garrett Richards delivers a pitch during a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium on July 23, 2015 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Garrett Richards delivers a pitch during a game against the Minnesota Twins at Angel Stadium on July 23, 2015 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Richards has had something of a rough go of things over his last 4 starts or so. Outside of a brilliant complete game shutout of the Red Sox on July 18, Richards has allowed 3 earned runs or more in 3 of his last 4 starts. He gave up 4 runs on 12 hits over just 5 1/3 innings July 9 in Seattle, then gave up 4 runs on 7 hits over 6 1/3 innings in his last start against Houston. The Angels are hoping Richards can right the ship tonight and stop their current 6-game losing streak.

Game Notes:

  • With no designated hitter during their Interleague series at Dodger Stadium, the Angels started David Murphy in left field against right-handers, with David DeJesus coming off the bench. Now that they’re heading back to Anaheim, both Murphy and DeJesus will likely be in the lineup against the right-handed Kluber.
  • Richards will be making his first career start against the Indians, who are the only AL Central team he has yet to face.
  • Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis was out of the lineup Sunday with right shoulder soreness. Kipnis had an MRI exam and could be headed for the disabled list.

Starting Lineups:

Cleveland:

  1. 2B-Jose Ramirez – .176
  2. SS-Francisco Lindor – .257
  3. DH-Michael Brantley – .299
  4. 1B-Carlos Santana – .225
  5. C-Yan Gomes – .227
  6. RF-Lonnie Chisenhall – .220
  7. LF-Jerry Sands – .370
  8. CF-Michael Bourn – .242
  9. 3B-Giovanny Urshela – .242

Angels:

  1. LF-David DeJesus – .249
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .279
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .309
  4. DH-David Murphy – .290
  5. SS-Erick Aybar – .278
  6. 3B-Conor Gillaspie – .244
  7. 1B-C.J. Cron – .253
  8. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .263
  9. C-Carlos Perez – .222

AL West Standings:

  1. Houston – 60-46
  2. L.A. Angels – 55-49 – 4 GB
  3. Texas – 51-53 – 8 GB
  4. Seattle – 48-58 – 12 GB
  5. Oakland – 47-59 – 13 GB

AL Wild Card Standings:

  1. L.A. Angels – 55-49 – +1.5 G
  2. Minnesota – 54-51
  3. Toronto – 55-52
  4. Baltimore – 53-51 – 0.5 GB
  5. Tampa Bay – 52-54 – 2.5 GB
  6. Texas – 51-53 – 2.5 GB
  7. Detroit – 51-54 – 3 GB
  8. Chicago – 50-53 – 3 GB
  9. Cleveland – 48-56 – 5.5 GB
  10. Seattle – 48-58 – 6.5 GB
  11. Boston – 47-59 – 7.5 GB
  12. Oakland – 47-59 – 7.5 GB

Other AL West Matchups:

  • Houston @ Texas – 5:05pm Pacific
  • Seattle @ Colorado – 5:40pm Pacific
  • Baltimore @ Oakland – 7:05pm Pacific

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