After a clutch all-around ream performance last night in a 7-2 victory, the Angels will try to win a second game in a row this afternoon for the first time since Sept.16 when they take on the Texas Rangers in the rubber match of a 3-game series in Arlington, Texas.
The Halos have had a rough month of September, going 9-16 so far. While wins and losses are hardly meaningful at this point, the Angels have an opportunity to build some momentum and play spoiler headed into the upcoming Seattle series.
The Angels are 11-7 this season against Texas, the only AL West rival they have a winning record against. That’s not an impressive feat, however, as the Rangers are 58-100 on the year.
First pitch is at 11:05 a.m. PDT and the game can be accessed via Bally Sports West and KLAA-AM830.
- RHP Alex Cobb gets the start for the Angels. He’s 8-3 on the year with a 3.46 ERA. Recently coming off the IL, Cobb has been very good and has seemingly picked up where he left off prior to the injury. He has 93 strikeouts in 88.1 innings pitched with a 1.23 WHIP this season. Cobb is notably a free agent this upcoming offseason and this could be the last game he pitches in Angel red. He went 5.2 innings in his last outing with only one run allowed and four strikeouts in a no-decision against Houston.
- For Texas, RHP Glenn Otto gets the nod. The 25-year-old rookie out of Rice was called up by the Rangers on Aug. 27 and has gone 0-3 with an ERA of 8.02 in 21.1 innings. He has already amassed 26 strikeouts and has a WHIP of 1.55. He has only given up two home runs in his three starts, but has also allowed 19 runs and 26 hits. In his last start, he pitched five innings, allowing two runs and striking out seven in a loss against Baltimore.
Player to Watch
Although he was shut down on the mound, it’s hard to argue against Shohei Ohtani as the player to watch at this point. With only four games left on the season and an inevitable AL MVP award coming his way this offseason, we should take in as much Ohtani-mania as we still can.
Last night, Ohtani made more history as he became the first American League player with 45+ home runs. 25+ steals and 100+ runs in a season.
Coming out of a slump, Ohtani has been a catalyst on offense, slashing .278/.594/.500 in his last seven games. He currently sits at 98 RBIs on the year and is two home runs back of tying Troy Glaus’ franchise record for most home runs in a single season (47, 2000).