Francisco Liriano (7-12, 5.16 ERA) and the Toronto Blue Jays (81-66) are in Los Angeles to meet Ricky Nolasco (5-14, 4.94 ERA) and the Angels (63-84) in a matchup that has the potential for plenty of offense. This is the third of a four-game series at Angel Stadium. The Angels lost the last game 5-0, extending a five-game losing streak. The game starts at 9:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 17 and will air on FSW and RSN1.
In his last start, Nolasco pitched 6.0 innings, giving up four runs, striking out three and walking one in an 8-1 loss to the Mariners. Mike Trout (.317, 110 Rs, 27 HRs, 89 RBIs, 25 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 2 for 5. The Blue Jays were victorious over the Rays 3-2 the last time Liriano pitched. He went 6.1 innings, allowing two runs, striking out six and walking one. Josh Donaldson (.289, 114 Rs, 34 HRs, 93 RBIs, 6 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one RBI.
After last game's shutout win against Los Angeles, the Blue Jays now have eight shutouts this season. The Angels have been shut out in six games this season.
The Angels didn't score any runs in their last game. The Blue Jays have an 8-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
It looks like the Blue Jays have a slight leg up on the Angels, as the Blue Jays have won their last two games while the Angels have lost their last five.
When they outhit their opponents, the Angels are 51-12. The Blue Jays have a 66-11 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 19th in runs, Los Angeles has earned 640 this season. Toronto ranks sixth with 707 runs.
Ranking 19th, Los Angeles is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.731). Toronto ranks in the top 10 with an OPS of .761.
The Blue Jays are 50-52 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Angels are 36-69 when they allow at least one homer.