Scioscia’s Office: Rangers @ Angels – 7/26/15 12:35pm Pacific

Rangers at Angels

Texas Rangers (47-49, 3rd AL West) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (54-43, T-1st AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 83F, Wind SSW (out to CF) 9mph, 0% Chance of Rain

 Pitching Matchup:

Nick Martinez (5-5, 3.92 ERA)

Nick Martinez delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 20, 2015 (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Nick Martinez delivers a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on July 20, 2015 (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Martinez will be making his 2nd start since being recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on July 20. The Rangers have lost each of Martinez’s last 5 big league starts as he has posted a 6.98 ERA over 29 2/3 innings in that time. Martinez did however make two starts against the Angels in April and shut them out over 13 innings across those two starts. In his last start Monday in Colorado, Martinez gave up 7 runs on 7 hits over just 4 innings in a game the Rangers lost 8-7.

~VS~

Andrew Heaney (4-0, 1.57 ERA)

Andrew Heaney delivers a pitch during Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox played due to a rainout the day before on July 20, 2015 (Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

Andrew Heaney delivers a pitch during Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Boston Red Sox played due to a rainout the day before on July 20, 2015 (Jonathan Moore/Getty Images)

While the Rangers have lost each of Martinez’s last 5 starts, the Angels have won each of Heaney’s 5 big league starts this season. The Angels’ rookie lefty has been sensational since his callup on June 24, as he has become the first left hander in Angel history to go at least 6 innings and allow 2 earned runs or fewer in each of his first 5 starts with the team. Heaney’s latest effort was against the Red Sox in Game 2 of Monday’s doubleheader where he held the Sox to 2 runs on 5 hits over 7 innings to take the win in a game the Angels won 7-3.

Game Notes:

  • The Rangers have played 27 day games, while the Angels have played 25, the fewest of any team in the American League. The Angels are hitting .220 in day games, second-lowest in the league. Their .338 slugging percentage in day games is the lowest.
  • No current Rangers player has faced Heaney in the big leagues.
  • Angels All-Stars Mike Trout and Albert Pujols are a combined 1-for-20 off Martinez in their career.
  • Even with a right-hander on the mound for the Rangers, Matt Joyce might have another day off as he continues to work through his issues at the plate. On Saturday, Scioscia said, “We’re not gonna pigeonhole ourselves into anything right now,” but if Joyce sits, Kyle Kubitza could get another start in left field, with Conor Gillaspie at third base.

Starting Lineups:

Texas:

  1. CF-Delino DeShields, Jr. – .275
  2. 2B-Rougned Odor – .268
  3. 3B-Adrian Beltre – .256
  4. DH-Prince Fielder – .337
  5. 1B-Mitch Moreland – .283
  6. SS-Elvis Andrus – .248
  7. RF-Josh Hamilton – .247
  8. LF-Ryan Rua – .188
  9. C-Tomas Telis – .333

Angels:

  1. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .268
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .274
  3. CF-Mike Trout – .307
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .261
  5. SS-Erick Aybar – .282
  6. DH-C.J. Cron – .259
  7. 3B-Conor Gillaspie – .243
  8. C-Carlos Perez – .224
  9. LF-Matt Joyce – .178

AL West Standings:

  1. L.A. Angels – 54-43 (.557)
  2. Houston – 55-44 (.556)
  3. Texas – 47-49 – 6.5 GB
  4. Seattle – 45-53 – 9.5 GB
  5. Oakland – 44-55 – 11 GB

AL Wild Card Standings:

  1. L.A. Angels – 54-43 (.557) – +2 G
  2. Houston – 55-44 (.556) – +2 G
  3. Minnesota – 52-45
  4. Toronto – 50-49 – 3 GB
  5. Tampa Bay – 49-50 – 4 GB
  6. Detroit – 48-49 – 4 GB
  7. Baltimore – 47-49 – 4.5 GB
  8. Texas – 47-49 – 4.5 GB
  9. Chicago – 45-50 – 6 GB
  10. Cleveland – 45-51 – 6.5 GB
  11. Seattle – 45-53 – 7.5 GB
  12. Oakland – 44-55 – 9 GB
  13. Boston – 43-55 – 9.5 GB

Other AL West Matchups:

  • Houston @ Kansas City – 11:10am Pacific
  • Oakland @ San Francisco – 1:05pm Pacific
  • Toronto @ Seattle – 1:10pm Pacific

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