It's not even the end of April and already the Angels are set to head into their first series rematch of the season. This series was a 2-2 split just a few weeks ago in Anaheim, but this time, with a 3 game series, there is only a win or lose - no draw. Hector Santiago gets the nod for the series start, while Richards once again lines up with the other team's ace - Cole Hamels.
The Rangers sit atop the AL West, a mere 1 game ahead of the Angels with a 12-10 record.
An interesting set of stats to consider for this series:
- The Angels have lowest strikeout rate in the AL - they are making contact - but...
- The Angels also have highest GDP rate in the AL
- The Rangers have highest # of DP in the AL
During the last 4 game series, The Angels hit into 8 double plays - including 3 in one game - twice. In short, the Rangers are really good at turning DPs on the Angels.
Biggest question: Can we cut down our #$&*!@#$ GIDP?
Hector Santiago vs. Colby Lewis
Friday, April 29, 2016 @ 5:05PM
Fun fact: every matchup this weekend is a lefty vs. righty battle. Game 1 is probably the most favorable pitching matchup of the whole weekend.
Matt Shoemaker vs. Derek Holland
Saturday, April 30, 2016 @ 5:05PM
Shomemaker has been less than a fan favorite as of late, while Holland is off to an okay start.
Garrett Richards vs. Cole Hamels
Sunday, May 1, 2016 @ 12:05PM
This is an exact rematch for only about 3 weeks ago. Richards pitched well, but Hamels shut down the Angels and gave Richards the loss.