Scioscia’s Office: Rangers @ Angels – 7/25/15 6:05pm Pacific

Rangers at Angels

Texas Rangers (46-49, 3rd AL West) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (54-42, T-1st AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 85F, Wind WSW (out to RCF) 9mph, 0% Chance of Rain

 Pitching Matchup:

Yovani Gallardo (7-9, 2.97 ERA)

Yovani Gallardo delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 19, 2015 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Yovani Gallardo delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 19, 2015 (Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Gallardo will be facing the Angels for the first time in his career this evening. Earlier this season between June 10 and July 7, Gallardo put together a scoreless inning streak that reached 33 1/3 innings before being broken up in the 4th inning of a game against Arizona on July 7. Since that streak however, Gallardo is 0-3 with a 5.28 ERA over his last 3 starts, and is also 3-5 with a 3.36 ERA in 11 starts away from Globe Life Park this season. He has managed to control the home run ball quite well however, as he’s only given up one in his last 67 innings. In his last start Sunday in Houston, Gallardo gave up 5 runs on 7 hits in just 4 innings in a 10-0 loss.

~VS~

Hector Santiago (7-4, 2.30 ERA)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox to make up a rainout the night before on July 20, 2015 (Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

Hector Santiago delivers a pitch during the first inning of Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox to make up for a rainout the night before on July 20, 2015 (Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

After having his last start pushed back a day after the first rainout at Angel Stadium since June 16, 1995, 2015 American League All-Star Hector Santiago threw 5 innings of 1-run ball against the Red Sox in Game 1 of a doubleheader played on Monday. In doing so, Santiago tied a career high by striking out 10 Red Sox and lowered his ERA from 2.33 to 2.30, which is good for 2nd in the American League among qualified pitchers.

Game Notes:

  • Corner infielder Conor Gillaspie, acquired by the Angels from the White Sox on Friday for cash considerations, will likely be added to the team’s active roster and start at third base.
  • Santiago is 5-0 with a 1.64 ERA against the Rangers in Arlington, but he is 0-2 with a 6.63 ERA in four starts and one relief appearance against them at Angel Stadium.
  • Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre and second baseman Rougned Odor have had the most success against Santiago. Beltre is 7-for-22 (.318) with three home runs against the lefty, and Odor is 5-for-11 (.455) with a pair of homers.

Starting Lineups:

Texas:

  1. CF-Delino DeShields, Jr. – .277
  2. 2B-Rougned Odor – .264
  3. 3B-Adrian Beltre – .259
  4. DH-Prince Fielder – .338
  5. SS-Elvis Andrus – .249
  6. 1B-Adam Rosales – .235
  7. RF-Shin Soo-Choo – .235
  8. LF-Ryan Rua – .177
  9. C-Robinson Chirinos – .223

Angels:

  1. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .265
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .272
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .306
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .259
  5. SS-Erick Aybar – .282
  6. DH-C.J. Cron – .265
  7. 3B-Conor Gillaspie – .237
  8. C-Chris Iannetta – .201
  9. LF-Kyle Kubitza – .212

AL West Standings:

  1. L.A. Angels – 54-42 (.563)
  2. Houston – 55-43 (.561)
  3. Texas – 46-49 – 7.5 GB
  4. Seattle – 45-52 – 9.5 GB
  5. Oakland – 44-54 – 11 GB

AL Wild Card Standings:

  1. L.A. Angels – 54-42 (.563) – +2 G
  2. Houston – 55-43 (.561) – +2 G
  3. Minnesota – 52-44
  4. Tampa Bay – 49-49 – 4 GB
  5. Toronto – 49-49 – 4 GB
  6. Detroit – 47-49 – 5 GB
  7. Baltimore – 46-49 – 5.5 GB
  8. Texas – 46-49 – 5.5 GB
  9. Cleveland – 45-50 – 6.5 GB
  10. Chicago – 44-50 – 7 GB
  11. Seattle – 45-52 – 7.5 GB
  12. Oakland – 44-54 – 9 GB
  13. Boston – 43-54 – 9.5 GB

Other AL West Matchups:

  • Oakland 1, San Francisco 1 – Top 6
  • Toronto 3, Seattle 3 – Bot 4
  • Houston @ Kansas City – 4:10pm Pacific

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