Zach Neal (2-4, 5.33 ERA) and Ricky Nolasco (5-12, 4.95 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (58-79) and the Los Angeles Angels (62-75) at O.C. Coliseum. The Angels won the last game 10-7, and Los Angeles leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 10:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Sep. 6 and can be seen on CSCA and FSW.
Neal pitched 3.2 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs (one unearned) and walking one in a 16-2 defeat to the Red Sox. Danny Valencia (.296, 60 Rs, 16 HRs, 47 RBIs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with two runs, one home run, and two RBIs. Nolasco went 9.0 innings, surrendering zero runs and striking out seven in a 3-0 win over the Reds in his last outing. Mike Trout (.325, 108 Rs, 27 HRs, 88 RBIs, 23 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Angels, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two runs and one stolen base.
The Athletics hold a 22-33 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Angels' record in these matchups is 25-30.
When leading after seven innings, Los Angeles is 26-33, while Oakland is 20-34.
The Angels are coming into this meeting after a high-scoring game where they scored an impressive 10 runs. The Athletics have a 1-13 record when opponents score that many runs or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 39-14. The Angels have a 50-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 28th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 536 this season. Los Angeles ranks in the top half with 624.
Ranking 27th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.697). Los Angeles ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .746.
When the Angels allow at least one home run, they are 35-61, well-matched with the Athletics who are 29-65 when allowing at least one homer.