Major League Baseball action on Tuesday afternoon and a pair of teams from the American League West will square off as the Los Angeles Angels grapple with the Texas Rangers in game one of a day/night doubleheader. This will be game two of a four-game series from Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas. The Angels will enter Monday night with a 7-6 lead in the season series.
Pitching Matchup: Getting the nod for the Halos will be Jaime Barria (4-6, 6.62 ERA) and the Rangers will counter with Brock Burke (0-0, 0.00 ERA).
This Article Was Written Prior To Last Night’s Game
Halos Finish The Homestand Well
The Los Angeles Angles come into this series on Monday night off a seven-game homestand and after losing the first two games to the Pirates, they went to go 4-1 in the last five games of the stand. Granted, one was against the Pirates and then four were against the White Sox, but still, it was a nice way to end the homestand. Despite their solid play, the Halos are still sitting well outside of playoff contention as they will enter Monday night sitting 11.5 games out of the 2nd wildcard slot in the American League. I will go out on a limb and state that the Angels will not be invited to the postseason party this year. Just a hunch The Angels did play well on the backend of that homestand, but now they are on the road where they have gone 29-33 on the year. That will make for an interesting game as the rangers are struggling at the moment.
On Sunday, the Halos ripped the White Sox by a score of 9-2 and leading their attack in the contest was Matt Thaiss, who had three hits and four RBIs in the contest. One hit was his 6th homer of the year. Shohei Ohtani (16), Kole Calhoun (27), and Anthony Bemboom (1) also deposited balls over the fences. For Bemboom, it was his first career home run. Grabbing the win in the contest was Griffin Canning, who allowed one ER on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in 7.0 innings of work to move to 5-6 with a 4.58 ERA on the year. LA will enter Monday night 18th in the league in run differential at -29.
*𝑂𝑏𝑖-𝑊𝑎𝑛 𝐾𝑒𝑛𝑜𝑏𝑖 𝑣𝑜𝑖𝑐𝑒*
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— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) August 18, 2019
Toeing the slab for the Angels will be Jaime Barria and he has gone 4-6 with a 6.62 ERA in 12 games (seven starts) on the year, including 1-4 with a 5.30 ERa in his last four starts and 2-5 with a 9.93 ERA in seven games (five starts) on the road. Righties are hitting .336 off of Barria this year, while lefties are hitting .238 off of him. In his career, he has gone 8-8 with a 4.85 ERA in 19 games (17 starts) on the road and 3-3 with a 3.99 ERA in eight starts during the month of August, plus 3-2 with a 2.84 ERA in seven games (six starts) in the daytime. Barria has gone 4-2 with a 3.18 ERA in seven starts against the Rangers in his career, including 3-1 with a 2.85 ERA in five starts against them here at Globe Life Park.
The Angels have been solid on offense so far as they come in ranked 11th in the league in scoring, putting up 5.06 rpg, while also ranking 13th in hitting at .254 and 14th in homers with 181. On the mound, they have been poor so far as they come in ranked 26th in the league in ERA at 5.08, while also ranking 18th in WHIP at 1.37 and 11th in K’s with 1101. The pen for the Halos ranks 21st in the league with a 4.75 ERA.