Scioscia’s Office: Twins @ Angels – 7/22/15 7:05pm Pacific

Twins at Angels

Minnesota Twins (50-43, 2nd AL Central) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (53-40, 1st AL West)

Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, CA

Weather Forecast @ 1st Pitch: Sunny, 76F, Wind W 9mph, 0% Chance of Rain

 Pitching Matchup:

Mike Pelfrey (5-6, 4.00 ERA)

Mike Pelfrey delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 4, 2015 (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Mike Pelfrey delivers a pitch during the first inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on July 4, 2015 (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

After struggling with both injury and performance for two seasons since joining Minnesota as a free agent prior to the 2012 season, Pelfrey has been able to put together a season more in-line with his career averages so far in 2015. His solid overall numbers are thanks in large part to putting together a string of 2.28 ERA ball over his first 11 starts of the season. In his 6 starts since then however, Pelfrey has started to stuggle again, going 0-4 with a 7.59 ERA. Pelfrey’s last start was July 9 against Detroit. In that start, Pelfrey gave up 4 runs on 8 hits over 7 2/3 innings and took the loss in a game the Twins lost 4-2.

~VS~

C.J. Wilson (7-7, 3.59 ERA)

CJ Wilson delivers a pitch during a game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium on July 17, 2015 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

CJ Wilson delivers a pitch during a game against the Boston Red Sox at Angel Stadium on July 17, 2015 (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Wilson has been struggling through an extremely inconsistent season so far in 2015. The Angels never really know what they’re going to get as Wilson has either been really good or really bad at times this season with no real in-between. Fortunately however, there’s been much more good than bad from Wilson, as he’s given up 3 earned runs or fewer in 13 of his 19 starts this year, including each of his last 4. Wilson opened up the 2nd half in style for the Angels in his last start, as he pitched 8 innings of shutout baseball against the Red Sox in the first game out of the All-Star break, but he took the no-decision as it took a walk-off home run by Mike Trout in the bottom of the 9th to put the Red Sox away by the final score of 1-0.

Game Notes:

  • Mike Trout missed his first game of 2015 on Tuesday with a sore left heel. He received treatment and said he felt much better Tuesday afternoon. He expects to play Wednesday.
  • Albert Pujols was supposed to have a scheduled day off Tuesday, but with Trout out of the lineup, he ended up starting at designated hitter. Pujols might get a day off Wednesday if Trout is back.
  • Twins rookie Miguel Sano could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday, despite the initial belief he would miss the series against the Angels with a sore right ankle.
  • Joe Mauer has struggled against Wilson in his career. Mauer is hitting just .107 (3-for-28) lifetime against the southpaw, with 10 strikeouts.

Starting Lineups:

Minnesota:

  1. 2B-Brian Dozier – .257
  2. RF-Torii Hunter – .253
  3. 1B-Joe Mauer – .276
  4. DH-Miguel Sano – .326
  5. 3B-Trevor Plouffe – .256
  6. LF-Eddie Rosario – .273
  7. CF-Aaron Hicks – .255
  8. C-Eric Fryer – .300
  9. SS-Danny Santana – .221

Angels:

  1. 2B-Johnny Giavotella – .260
  2. RF-Kole Calhoun – .270
  3. DH-Mike Trout – .307
  4. 1B-Albert Pujols – .262
  5. SS-Erick Aybar – .288
  6. 3B-David Freese – .241
  7. C-Chris Iannetta – .199
  8. LF-Matt Joyce – .183
  9. CF-Dan Robertson – .271

AL West Standings:

  1. L.A. Angels – 53-40
  2. Houston – 52-43 – 2 GB
  3. Texas – 45-49 – 5.5 GB
  4. Seattle – 43-51 – 7.5 GB
  5. Oakland – 43-52 – 8 GB

Other AL West Matchups:

  • Texas 10, Colorado 8 – F
  • Seattle @ Detroit – 4:08pm Pacific
  • Boston @ Houston – 5:10pm Pacific
  • Toronto @ Oakland – 7:05pm Pacific

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