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Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers Preview and Predictions 07-04-2019 in MLB


The Los Angeles Angels have responded with back-to-back stellar efforts following the death of Tyler Skaggs, and they look to complete a three-game sweep of the host Texas Rangers on Thursday. The series was shortened from four to three games when Skaggs tragically passed away on Monday, and Los Angeles has overcome the adversity with 9-4 and 6-2 victories.

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All-Star Mike Trout, who tearfully remembered Skaggs in a press conference following Tuesday's victory, belted two homers and drove in four runs on Wednesday as he has gone deep eight times against the Rangers this season while also moving into a tie with Edwin Encarnacion for the American League lead with 24 blasts. Albert Pujols was out of the lineup after fouling a ball off his foot on Tuesday and the club is hopeful he won't require a stint on the 10-day injured list. Texas has scored just 10 runs during a four-game slide that has followed a season-high six-game winning streak. Slugger Joey Gallo has struck out five times in seven hitless at-bats for the Rangers in the series after going 6-for-13 with three homers over his previous four games.

TV: 8:05 p.m. ET, FS West (Los Angeles), FS Southwest (Texas)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Griffin Canning (3-4, 3.79 ERA) vs. Rangers RH Lance Lynn (10-4, 4.00)

Canning settled for a no-decision against Texas on May 24, when he gave up one run and three hits over five innings, and is making this start on the day Skaggs was scheduled to pitch. The 23-year-old Canning defeated Oakland in his last turn as he permitted two runs and three hits over six frames. Canning had dropped his previous three decisions before recording his first victory since tossing seven scoreless innings against Kansas City on May 18.

Lynn has won three consecutive turns and four straight decisions over a six-start stretch. The 32-year-old was superb in his last effort as he registered 10 strikeouts and scattered three hits over eight innings in a 5-0 triumph over Tampa Bay. Lynn is 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA in two starts against the Angels this season and 1-2 with a 4.30 ERA in five career outings versus the club.

WALK-OFFS

1. Rangers DH Hunter Pence (groin) was replaced on the AL All-Star team on Wednesday but said he was not disappointed that he won't be able to play in the Midsummer Classic on Tuesday.

2. Los Angeles 2B Tommy La Stella (fractured right tibia) also was replaced on the AL team after landing on the 10-day injured list along with OF Brian Goodwin (wrist) while 3B Matt Thaiss and OF Jarrett Parker were recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake.

3. Texas RHP Matt Bush (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery after experiencing tightness in a recent minor-league outing, with an ensuing MRI exam detecting a tear.

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Globe Life Park in Arlington
Arlington, Texas, USA.
Capacity: 52,419

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Last Injuries

Texas Rangers

  • Hunter Pence

    Groin
    Prob Tues | probable

    Pence has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from a strained right groin. He is expected to be available for Tuesday's game against the Diamondbacks.

  • Yohander Mendez

    Elbow
    Late July | 60-day IL

    Mendez has been transferred to the 60-day injured list with a right UCL strain. He is not expected to return until at least the latter half of July.

  • Kyle Dowdy

    Elbow
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Dowdy is on the 10-day injured list with a right elbow impingement, and he is expected to be out of action until the latter part of July.

  • Luke Farrell

    Jaw
    Late July | 60-day IL

    Farrell is on the 60-day injured list as he is recovering from surgery to repair a non-displaced fracture in his jaw. He is expected to be shut down until at least the latter portion of July.

  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa

    Finger
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Kiner-Falefa has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a right middle finger ligament sprain. He is lining up to be reinstated from the IL during the end of July.

  • Connor Sadzeck

    Elbow
    Late July | 10-day IL

    Sadzeck is on the 10-day injured list with inflammation in his right elbow. He is expected to be out of commission until at least the latter half of July.

  • Shin-Soo Choo

    Ankle
    Prob Thurs | probable

    Choo departed the previous game due to left ankle soreness, but he is likely to play Thursday against the Astros.

Los Angeles Angels

  • Keynan Middleton

    Elbow
    Out indefinitely | 60-day IL

    Middleton is on the 60-day injured list after undergoing Tommy John surgery. He has suffered a setback in his rehabilitation due to mild ulnar neuritis in his right elbow and is without a timetable for return.

  • Jonathan Lucroy

    Concussion
    Early Aug | 10-day IL

    Lucroy has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a concussion, and he also underwent surgery to repair a fractured nose. He is expected to miss three weeks as a result.

  • Albert Pujols

    Hamstring
    day-to-day | probable

    Pujols sat out the last game due to a tight left hamstring, but is expected be in the starting lineup Saturday against the Mariners.

  • Andrew Heaney

    Shoulder
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Heaney has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation, and there is currently no timetable for a return.

  • Noe Ramirez

    Suspension
    day-to-day | out

    Ramirez has been suspended three games for intentionally hitting a batter. He is likely to be reinstated in time for Saturday's contest against the Mariners.

  • Zack Cozart

    Shoulder
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Cozart has been transferred to the 60-day injured list while recovering from season-ending surgery to fix a torn labrum in his left shoulder.

  • Kevan Smith

    Hand
    day-to-day | questionable

    Smith has been activated from the 10-day injured list and it is unclear if he will be available for Saturday's tilt versus the Mariners.

  • Matt Harvey

    Back
    day-to-day | probable

    Harvey has been activated from the 10-day injured list, and is expected to be available for Saturday's clash versus the Mariners.

texas-rangers Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Jesse Chavez 4 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .500 .500 .500
Danny Santana 71 55 240 45 76 15 3 13 35 136 12 70 5 .317 .567 .350
Hunter Pence 59 51 209 45 61 14 1 15 48 122 3 48 1 .292 .584 .351
Elvis Andrus 87 87 356 51 103 19 3 8 49 152 21 61 4 .289 .427 .328
Shin-Soo Choo 92 86 348 63 99 23 2 16 39 174 8 97 1 .284 .500 .383
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Jose Leclerc 44 3 134 67 5 33 5 0 22 0 0 4 22 828
Jesse Chavez 39 9 206 62 5 70 12 0 41 0 0 2 20 1138
Chris Martin 36 0 109 40 0 32 7 0 12 0 0 3 3 547
Shawn Kelley 32 0 99 32 0 33 6 0 11 0 0 1 5 506
Brett Martin 29 0 105 28 0 38 6 2 19 0 0 1 8 525
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jeff Mathis 56 51 0 39 4 3 0 3
Isiah Kiner-Falefa 38 30 0 12 5 1 0 3
Ariel Jurado 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Asdrubal Cabrera 85 82 0 0 0 6 0 0
Chris Martin 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0

los-angeles-angels Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Trevor Cahill 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 .333 .333 .333
Mike Trout 92 92 319 75 96 21 1 30 75 209 8 71 2 .301 .655 .449
Tommy La Stella 78 71 283 49 85 7 0 16 44 140 0 27 0 .300 .495 .353
Shohei Ohtani 61 54 222 32 66 9 1 14 40 119 6 60 1 .297 .536 .355
David Fletcher 92 83 333 51 97 20 3 5 32 138 5 31 3 .291 .414 .354
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Hansel Robles 45 1 134 46 0 38 3 0 13 0 0 0 11 771
Cam Bedrosian 44 7 136 50 2 34 5 0 23 0 0 3 19 775
Ty Buttrey 44 0 135 53 3 41 4 0 13 0 0 3 12 747
Daniel Hudson 39 1 126 42 3 34 5 0 15 0 0 3 21 770
Justin Anderson 39 0 102 48 1 26 3 0 17 0 0 3 21 657
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Jonathan Lucroy 73 63 1 41 15 3 0 7
Kevan Smith 32 28 0 12 2 0 0 0
Dustin Garneau 22 16 0 8 4 0 0 1
Albert Pujols 76 73 0 0 0 1 0 0
Andrelton Simmons 63 60 0 0 0 5 0 0