The Angels will try to build off of Monday’s thrilling comeback win on Tuesday night against the A’s at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. The Halos will try for something that has eluded them through the first 17 games of the season: back-to-back wins.
A big step forward to that end is having Dylan Bundy on the mound in the second game of the series. Bundy has a 2.08 ERA and 2.47 FIP through three starts, including a complete game last Thursday in Seattle. It’s exactly the type of performance the front office was craving at the front of the rotation when they traded four minor leaguers to Baltimore in December to get him.
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“This is what the guys thought he would look like, quite frankly,” Joe Maddon said before Tuesday’s game. “I had not seen enough of him in the past. I might have seen him once, so I didn’t have as strong of an opinion as our front office guys did. Give them credit for running him down.”
Jo Adell had two hits in his first home game as an Angel, but he sits in this one against right-hander Mike Fiers. Adell isn’t hurt, but Maddon, who’s been working with Adell in the outfield, said he wanted the rookie to “have a good workday” on Tuesday, which is why he’s not in the lineup.
Mike Trout, who homered twice on Monday to give him six home runs in his last seven games, is back in there of course, starting in center field and batting third. He has a 1.000 career slugging percentage in 37 plate appearances against Fiers, including five home runs and four doubles.
A’s outfielder Ramón Laureano, who was suspended Tuesday for six games for his role in Sunday’s melee with the Astros, has appealed his suspension, and will play tonight against the Angels. He’s in center field, batting second for Oakland.
Time: 6:40 p.m. PT
TV: Fox Sports West, MLB Network