A pair of AL West rivals close out an early week set in the Lone Star State. The Los Angeles Angels are on the road for the final game of a three-game series with the Texas Rangers Wednesday night. In the opening game of the series, Texas slugged their way to a 12-7 victory on Monday night. The pitching matchup for the middle game of the series Tuesday night saw Jaime Barria take the mound for the Angels: he was scheduled to be opposed by the Rangers’ Lance Lynn. First pitch in that contest was scheduled for 8:05 pm ET.
Los Angeles Angels Hoping to Close Road Trip on Positive Note
Los Angeles couldn’t get things going in a positive direction despite having an unexpected off day Sunday. The Angels entered Tuesday’s action 3.5 games behind the surging Astros in the AL West race: they were in the basement of the division despite sitting at .500 on the year. Los Angeles jumped to a 3-0 lead after half an inning and a 4-1 edge after two and a half but couldn’t hold on. Kole Calhoun (two runs, two RBI) had three hits for the Angels while no other player had more than one. Calhoun (his third) and Brian Goodwin (his second) each homered in the loss. Trevor Cahill didn’t factor in the decision after allowing four runs on five hits with two walks and two strikeouts over four innings. Cam Bedrosian (1-1) took the loss as he gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits with a walk and a strikeout over two-thirds of an inning.
The Angels send Matt Harvey to the mound for his fourth start of the season hoping that he can turn a corner. He is 0-1 with a 10.05 ERA, a 1.953 WHIP, seven walks and 11 strikeouts over 14.1 innings of work this season. Harvey didn’t factor in the decision in his last start, which came at home against Milwaukee last Monday. He threw 4.1 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits with two walks and five strikeouts in a game the Angels won 11-8. Harvey was blasted and took the loss in his lone career start against the Rangers, which came at home back on April 4. He allowed eight runs on 10 hits with two walks and five strikeouts over four innings in an 11-4 Angels loss. In his 137th major league appearance and 132nd career start, Harvey pitches at Globe Life Park for the first time.
Texas Rangers Seek Series Win
Texas got off to a rough start but kicked things into gear when it mattered and that helped them take the opening game of the series. The Rangers entered Tuesday tied for third in the AL West, three games behind the Astros for the top spot in the division. Shin-soo Choo (run, RBI) and Joey Gallo (two runs, two RBI) each had three hits for Texas in the victory. Choo (his first), Asdrubal Cabrera (his fifth) and Gallo (his fifth) each homered in the contest for the Rangers. Shelby Miller recorded a no-decision as he allowed four runs on six hits with three walks and no strikeouts over 4.1 innings. Kyle Dowdy (1-0) earned the win in relief as he allowed one run on one hit with two walks and a strikeout over 2.2 innings. Jose Leclerc retired Zack Cozart with the bases loaded on a grounder to short to earn his fourth save.
The Rangers look to Lance Lynn on the mound here as he logs his fourth start of the season in this contest. He is 1-1 with a 4.82 ERA, a 1.179 WHIP, three walks and 19 strikeouts over 18.2 innings of action this season. Lynn earned the win in his last start, which came on the road against the Diamondbacks last Wednesday. He threw six innings, allowing a run on four hits with two walks and nine strikeouts in a 5-2 Texas triumph. Lynn makes his fifth career start against the Angels here looking for his first win against them. He is 0-2 with a 4.56 ERA, a 1.352 WHIP, six walks and 23 strikeouts over 23.2 innings of work. Lynn didn’t factor in the decision in his lone career start at Globe Life Park, which came on March 31 against the Cubs. He allowed seven runs on 10 hits with no walks and five strikeouts over 5.2 innings in an 11-10 walk-off win for the Rangers.
- Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400
- Rangers are 4-1 in their last 5 home games
- Angels are 2-8 in their last 10 road games vs. a right-handed starter
- Angels are 2-12 in their last 14 road games