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Dylan Bundy tries to prevent another Angels sweep

Angels are 5-15 on the road this season, including 0-5 in Texas

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

The Angels try to avoid getting swept in Texas for the second time this season, sending Dylan Bundy to the mound against the Rangers on Thursday afternoon at Globe Life Field in Arlington.

Texas swept the Angels from August 7-9, and the Angels were also swept at home by the Dodgers one week later. Those are the two times they’ve been swept this season, though they do have four other losing streaks of at least three games outside of those series sweeps.

Angels-Rangers lineups

Pos Angels Pos Rangers
Pos Angels Pos Rangers
SS Simmons CF Taveras (S)
DH Thaiss (L) 2B Odor (L)
CF Trout 3B Kiner-Falefa
3B Rendon RF Gallo (L)
1B Walsh (L) LF Solak
C Stassi 1B Guzman (L)
RF Adell DH Dietrich (L)
LF Ward SS Tejeda (S)
2B Rengifo (S) C Mathis
Dylan Bundy vs. Kyle Gibson on the mound

That’s the recipe of a 17-27 team, one that enters Thursday with a 2.2-percent chance to make the playoffs.

Bundy hasn’t started any of the Angels’ five games at Globe Life Field this season, during which they’ve been outscored 27-10.

Bundy has been one of the best pitchers in the American League this season, posting a 2.49 ERA and allowing two runs or less in six of his eight starts. He’s sixth in the AL in FIP (2.98), and tied with teammate Andrew Heaney for fifth in fWAR (1.5). But even Heaney hasn’t been immune to the Angels’ Texas malaise, allowing five runs in both starts in Arlington this season, both losses, including Tuesday night’s series opener.

Bundy is 2-1 when starting after an Angels loss this season.

Shohei Ohtani, whose last extra-base hit was 10 games ago, on August 28, is not in the lineup for the series finale, even against right-hander Kyle Gibson. Ohtani is hitting .195/.295/.349 with an 82 wRC+ in what has essentially been a lost season for him.

“He’s struggling, no question,” manager Joe Maddon said on a conference call. “His BP in pregame has been really good. He hasn’t been able to take it into the game yet, but he will.”

Matt Thaiss is at designated hitter on Thursday after confounding misplays at second base and left field in the first two games of the series, his first professional start at each position.

Rangers roster move

Texas called up catcher Sam Huff, their second-best prospect per MLB Pipeline, though he’s not in the starting lineup. The Rangers optioned outfielder Scott Heineman to make roster move.

Game info

Time: 1:05 p.m. PT

TV: Fox Sports West, MLB Network (out of market)