The Angels are slowly working their way back to .500 as they currently sit at 65-67, improving their record after last night’s thrilling win against the Yankees. Ohtani hit his MLB leading 42nd home run of the season, off of old friend Andrew Heaney, Jack Mayfield hit his first career grand slam, Juan Lagares had 3 hits, and Raisel Iglesias got his 28th save of the season.
Yesterday’s bullpen game was successful in getting the win and the team is looking for some length from Barría. Shohei Ohtani was originally slated to start today but was hit by a pitch on his right wrist on Sunday and is still experiencing soreness, so his start was pushed. Maddon has said that he will continue to hit and he has been fine at the plate (see last night’s HR). Tonight would have been an opportunity for Ohtani to face the team where he had the only real blemish on his pitching record this season.
Earlier in this season, Ohtani was hit in his right thumb while in the dugout avoiding a foul ball. At the time he was scheduled to pitch on August 1 and ended up back on the mound on August 4. With Barría scheduled for today, Naughton on Wednesday, and an off day Thursday, the next possible opportunity for him to pitch would be on Friday at the start of the Rangers series.
Barría (2-2, 5.56 ERA) has struggled throughout the month of August, posting a 7.53 ERA with a 2.02 WHIP, and going just 14.1 IP in 4 GS. The Yankees will try to even the series with James Taillon on the mound (8-4, 4.18 ERA) who is notably worse on the road with a 5.18 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. The Yankees will try to stem their three game losing streak while the Angels are trying to put together some momentum and go for their third straight win tonight.
Here’s the lineup that will go for that Angels win:
Taillon has faced the Angels once this season where he allowed 5 runs on 9 hits.
The two teams are currently tied in the season series (2-2), with tonight serving as an opportunity for the Angels to improve their record.
Angels News and Notes:
- Jimmy Herget’s (RHP) contract has been selected
- In a corresponding move, Kean Wong has been optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake
- Aaron Slegers, who elected free agency on August 29, signed a 2 year minor league contract with the Rays that includes a invite to spring training (he was acquired by the Angels in a trade with the Rays)