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Angels vs. Rockies series preview & pitching matchups

The Angels road trip concludes this weekend in Denver

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Colorado Rockies

The Angels have only won three of 15 series this season, but this weekend they head to a place where they’ve never lost a series. Three games against the Rockies begin Friday night at Coors Field, where the Angels historically have enjoyed uncommon interleague success.

The Angels are 12-3 all-time at Coors Field, including winning nine of their 10 games played in this century.

Colorado enters the weekend just outside of playoff position at 20-23, currently the ninth seed when eight teams make the postseason. But the Rockies started this season 11-3 and are 9-20 since, including a sweep at the hands of the Padres this week.

Here are the pitching matchups and schedule for this weekend’s series.

Friday, 5:40 p.m. PT (Fox Sports West)

Griffin Canning has failed to complete five innings in five of his last six starts, and opposing batters are slugging .487 against him this season. German Marquez starts for the Rockies, and has a 7.03 FIP in four starts at Coors Field this year, though 10 runs came in one start, on August 20 against Houston.

Saturday, 5:10 p.m. (Fox Sports West)

The last game the Angels played in Denver, on May 9, 2018, they shut out the Rockies, 8-0. Jaime Barria, making just his fourth major league start, struck out seven and pitched into the sixth for the win. On Saturday, Barria makes his 42nd career start. The right-hander has a 3.38 ERA and 3.87 FIP with 17 strikeouts in 18⅔ innings this season.

Denver native Kyle Freeland has seven quality starts in nine tries this season, including three out of five at Coors Field.

Sunday, 12:10 p.m. (Fox Sports West)

Andrew Heaney enters the weekend with a 4.04 ERA and 2.93 FIP in nine starts, the third-highest gap between ERA and FIP in the majors. In two career starts at Coors Field, one in 2015 and another in 2018, he allowed a total of four runs in 13⅓ innings.

Rookie right-hander Ryan Castellani has a 5.34 ERA and 7.50 FIP in his seven games for the Rockies, including six starts. Among the 178 pitchers with at least 20 innings, Castellani’s ERA-FIP (-2.17) ranks 172nd.