MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
LA Angels2 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 373
Texas0 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 x 450
  W: J. Lyles (1-1)   L: G. Canning (0-2)   S: R. Montero (1)
6:05 PM PT7:05 PM MT8:05 PM CT9:05 PM ET21:05 ET1:05 GMT9:05 6:05 PM MST8:05 PM EST8:35 PM VEN5:05 UAE (+1)8:05 PM CT, August 7, 2020
Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas  Attendance: 0

Lyles looks for better showing in Rangers' series opener vs. Angels

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Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers

  1. Texas had a 10-9 edge in this series last season, including a 7-3 record at home. The Rangers are the only MLB team without a divisional win so far in 2020 (0-3, swept by Oakland this week).
  2. The Rangers' 3-8 start is their worst through 11 games since also being 3-8 in 2002. Their 36 runs scored (3.3 per game) are the fewest by the franchise at this juncture since 1988 (21 runs); only the Blue Jays are averaging fewer runs this year (3.1).
  3. Los Angeles has scored five or more runs in nine straight games, two shy of the franchise record of 11 straight in April 1979. The Angels have scored 62.1 percent of their runs this season via the home run, second highest by any MLB team (Yankees, 69.2 percent).
  4. Max Stassi's four home runs are tied for the most among MLB catchers this year, with Boston's Christian Vazquez. Stassi's four homers have come in just 21 at-bats (5.3 AB/HR); entering this season he had 12 home runs in 432 career at-bats (36.0 AB/HR).
  5. Mike Trout hit 11 homers in 18 games against Texas last year, setting a franchise record for home runs against a single opponent in a season. He leads all active players in career home runs (36), RBI (105) and runs scored (125) against the Rangers franchise.
  6. Todd Frazier has put together three straight multi-hit games, raising his average from .192 before the Oakland series to the current .289. He last had four consecutive multi-hit games in May 2015 with the Reds.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/7/2020 thru 8/9/2020

Jordan Lyles expects to leave a better impression when he makes his second start for the Texas Rangers on Friday night.

The rest of the Rangers hope to be much improved, as well, when they host the Los Angeles Angels in the opener of the three-game series.

After getting swept in a three-game series that concluded Thursday afternoon in Oakland (giving the Rangers five losses in their last six games), they'll send Lyles to the mound for the start against the Angels.

Lyles (0-1, 6.00 ERA) made his first start with his new team on Saturday in San Francisco and went four innings, allowing four runs and three hits, striking out one and walking five.

"That outing, it stinks," Lyles told reporters after the game. "Walking so many guys, just putting free passes on everyone. Just giving way too much respect and not being in the zone a little bit better. That's tough. It's tough on me, it's tough on the guys behind me, fans watching the game. ... That's not what I'm about; I like to get it and go. Next outing. I'll be in the zone more."

Angels starter Griffin Canning would be satisfied to replicate his last outing.

Canning (0-1, 3.38) went six strong innings against the visiting Houston Astros on Saturday, allowing one run and six hits while striking out five and walking two.

The bullpen was unable to protect the lead after Canning departed, but the Angels eventually won 5-4 in 10 innings.

"That's the standard for me," Canning said of his performance. "It's something that I can come back to and watch this outing and kind of take all the good stuff from this outing and use it for myself going forward."

Canning made two starts against the Rangers as a rookie last season and lost both games. He is 0-1 with a 7.56 ERA in those contests.

His lone appearance in Arlington came on July 4, three days after teammate Tyler Skaggs was found dead in his hotel room from an accidental drug overdose. Skaggs was supposed to start the series finale, but instead Canning was roughed up for six runs and seven hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Canning was sidelined in March after feeling discomfort in his throwing elbow and was given a platelet-rich plasma injection. Shortly afterward, the league was shut down because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Canning's most recent outing showed he's back to 100 percent, and the Angels should also be confident after taking two of three at the Seattle Mariners for their first series win of the season.

Lyles, who spent last season with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers, does not have much experience against the Angels either.

He's 2-1 in five career appearances (four starts) against Los Angeles with a 5.50 ERA.

Lyles has not faced the Angels since May 6, 2015, when he was knocked out of the game after one inning while pitching for the Colorado Rockies. He left after trying to barehand a line drive off the bat of slugger Albert Pujols and his hand swelled between innings.

Angels left fielder Justin Upton is 5 for 9 in his career against Lyles, but has been platooning in left field with Brian Goodwin following a slow start to the season.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 7, 2020

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