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MLB Preview: Los Angeles Angels (64-70) at Oakland Athletics (39-95)

LOS ANGELES ANGELS NOTES:

LEADING OFF: Today, the Angels play the seventh (3-3) of nine games on a road trip against the New York Mets (2-1), Philadelphia Phillies (1-2) and Oakland A’s (Sept. 1-3)…Halos went 1-5 on last homestand against Tampa Bay (1-2) and Cincinnati (0-3)…Halos went 2-4 on last road trip against Houston (1-2) and Texas (1-2).

TODAY’S TRANSACTIONS: Today the Angels selected the contract of INF Kyren Paris and recalled RHP Jimmy Herget, LHP Kolton Ingram, RHP Gerardo Reyes, INF Michael Stefanic and RHP Andrew Wantz from Triple-A Salt Lake.

RECENT ROSTER MOVES: Yesterday, the Angels recalled RHP Jóse Marte from Triple-A Salt Lake… Additionally, RHP Davis Daniel was returned from a rehab assignment, reinstated from the IL and optioned to Salt Lake.

CLAIMED: Yesterday, five Angels players were claimed off waivers by other clubs: Cleveland claimed RHP Lucas Giolito, RHP Reynaldo López and LHP Matt Moore…OF Hunter Renfroe was claimed by Cincinnati and RHP Dominic Leone was claimed by Seattle.

HELLO, MY NAME IS…: With their debuts, Kyren Paris and Jóse Marte would become the 61st and 62nd different players used by the Angels this year…Halos currently lead the Majors with the 60 different players used this season (Oakland is second with 58)…LAA set a franchise record last year with 66 players used.

WELCOME TO THE SHOW: Kyren Paris is a native of Oakley, CA (approximately 48 miles from the Coliseum)…He reached base safely in each of his last 29 games for Double-A Rocket City, leads the Southern League in walks (88) and runs (79) and is tied for second in the league in stolen bases (44).

LATE COMEBACKS: Wednesday at Philadelphia was the Angels fifth win this season when trailing after eight innings…It’s the highest total for the Club since 2017, when the Angels also had five wins when trailing after eight frames.

SCHANUEL’S STREAK: Nolan Schanuel has hit safely in each of his first 10 MLB games, which is the longest streak to begin a career in Angels history (see list below)…Earlier this year, St. Louis’ Jordan Walker hit safely in his first 12 career games…Last A.L. player to begin career with an 11-game hit streak was Toronto’s Bo Bichette in 2019.

RENGIFO ROLLING: Luis Rengifo has hit safely in a season-high eight straight games and has multiple hits in five of those contests…Over his last 10 games, he is
batting .500 (18/36) with two doubles, one triple, three home runs and nine RBI.

RECORD SETTING PACE: Shohei Ohtani’s 44 home runs through the first 134 team games of the season are the most in Angels history (the previous record was 43 HR by Mike Trout in 2019)…Club record through 135 team games was also 43 HR by Trout in 2019.

45/20: With 44 home runs and 19 stolen bases on the season, Shohei Ohtani is one HR and one SB shy of his second career season with 45+ HR and 20+ SB (Ohtani had 46 HR & 26 SB in 2021)…He would join Ken Griffey Jr. and Alex Rodriguez as the only players with multiple 45 HR/20 SB seasons.

HOME RUN LEADERS: Angels lead the American League and rank third in the Majors with 195 home runs this season…Only the Braves (253) and Dodgers (212) have homered more.

VS. OAKLAND: Angels lead the season series 5-2 and are 2-1 at the Coliseum in 2023…LAA is 17-9 against the A’s since the start of 2022.

QUICK PATH TO THE SHOW: Nolan Schanuel made his MLB Debut on Aug. 18 vs. Tampa Bay, just 40 days after being selected in the first round (11th overall) by the Angels in the 2023 Draft from Florida Atlantic University…He joined LHP Brian Anderson (1993) and DH Danny Goodwin (1975) as the only Halos to debut in their draft year.

SETTING THE TONE: The Angels are tied for second in the Majors with eight leadoff home runs this season (four by Mickey Moniak and two each from Taylor Ward and Luis Rengifo)…Only the Dodgers (11 – all by Mookie Betts) have hit more this year…The eight leadoff homers are tied for the third-most in a season in Halos history (LAA had 10 leadoff HR in 1986 and nine in 2021).

THE INJURED LIST: Angels currently have 16 players on the injured list and have used the IL a total of 32 times this year for 27 different players.

TODAY’S STARTING PITCHER – LHP PATRICK SANDOVAL 7-10, 3.95 ERA
Has surrendered two-or-fewer earned runs in seven of last eight starts.

TODAY’S GAME: Making 24th start of the season and 14th on the road…Is in fifth Major League season with Angels…Made third Opening Day roster (also, 2020 & 2022).

  • LAST TIME OUT: Took win on August 25 at New York (N.L.), tossing 6.0 innings and surrendering one run on two hits, four walks, and seven strikeouts.
  • VS. OAKLAND: In 10 career starts vs. Athletics, is 4-3 with a 1.93 ERA (56 IP – 12 ER) and 44 strikeouts…This season, is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA (12 IP – 3 ER) in two starts vs. OAK…In last seven starts vs. A’s, has a 1.70 ERA (47.2 IP – 9 ER).
  • AT OAKLAND COLISEUM: In five career starts in Oakland, is 2-1 with a 1.05 ERA (25.2 IP – 3 ER) and 19 strikeouts…Won 2023 debut at Oakland after pitching 5.0 innings and surrendering one run on two hits, two walks, and two strikeouts…Last season, was 1-0 with a 0.73 ERA (12.1 IP – 1 ER) in two starts at the Coliseum…Career 1.05 ERA at Oakland Coliseum is best at any road park (min. three starts).
  • SCORING CHANGE: Major League Baseball has made an official scoring change to Game 2 of the Angels doubleheader on July 27 at Detroit…In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Matt Vierling reached on what was originally ruled a single and a throwing error…This has been changed to a straight error on Patrick Sandoval…As a result, the two runs charged to Sandoval in that inning are now unearned.
  • GET SETTLED: This season, 14 of 67 (21%) of runs have come in the 1st inning and 23 (34%) in the 3rd inning.
  • IN THE ARSENAL: This season, has thrown changeups 26.0% of the time and is holding opponents to a .175 (27/154) average with 53 strikeouts…Throws sliders 27.6% of the time, with opponents batting .266 (38/143) against the pitch.
  • LEFT IN THE PARK: Since start of 2022, is second in the Majors (min. 250 IP) with a 0.60 HR/9 innings rate… Has not allowed multiple home runs in a start since July 18, 2021…On August 1, allowed a home run to a left-handed batter (Michael Harris II, ATL) for the first time since Aug. 13, 2021 (Kyle Tucker, HOU).
  • GROUND RULES: This year, ranks sixth in the American League (min. 120 IP) with a 49.2% ground ball rate… Since start of 2022, ranks fourth in A.L. (min. 250 IP) with a 48.2% ground ball rate.
  • GOOD NIGHT: This year, has a 3.31 ERA (87 IP – 32 ER) in night games, compared with a 5.50 ERA (36 IP – 22 ER) in day games…Last season, was 4-4 with a 2.50 ERA (72 IP – 20 ER) with 75 strikeouts in his 13 night starts, compared with a 2-5 record and 3.29 ERA (76.2 IP – 28 ER) in his 14 day games.
  • HOT SUMMER: Pitched to a 1.04 ERA (17.1 IP – 2 ER) and .136 opponent batting average (8/59) with 16 strikeouts in three starts in July…Holds a 3.40 ERA (79.1 IP – 30 ER) and .216 opponent batting average (64/296) with 93 strikeouts in the month of July in his career.
  • BACK IN THE WIN COLUMN: Earned the win on June 16 at Kansas City after tossing 7.0 scoreless innings…First scoreless start of the season and snapped streak of five straight starts with a losing decision.
  • HOME OPENER: Started Angels Home Opener on April 7 vs. Toronto…Tossed 6.0 innings and allowed one earned run…Marked second time starting Angels Home Opener (also, 2020 vs. Seattle).
  • WINNING STREAKS: Loss on April 20 at Yankees snapped streak of three straight winning decisions (dating back to last season), which was longest streak of career

OAKLAND ATHLETICS NOTES:

ABOUT THE A’S: Have lost four of the last five games after winning four of the previous five games…are 27-45 (.375) over the last 72 games dating back to June 6 after going 12-50 (.194) over the first 62 contests…are 39-95 (.291) overall, which is the lowest winning percentage in the majors…are 1½ games behind the Royals (41-94, .304)…the 95 losses are fifth most in Oakland history (fourth is 97 in 1997)…are a season-high tying 56 games under .500 for the third time this year…have not been more than 56 games under since the end of the 1920 season when they were 58 under at 48-106…the last two Major League teams to finish with a winning percentage under .292 are the 2018 Orioles (47-115, .290) and 2003 Tigers (43-119, .265)…have been swept 17 times this year, which ties the Oakland record set in 1978…have swept two series…have a run differential of -308, which is the lowest in the majors…the lowest in Oakland history is -287 in 1979 and the lowest in Athletics history is -344 in 1915.

AGAINST THE WEST: The A’s are 7-30 (.189) against American League West teams, which is the lowest intra-division winning percentage in the majors… the lowest mark in Oakland history is .306 (11-25) in 1997 and the lowest mark by any team against its own division is .224 (17-59) by the Nationals last year…are batting .200 (235-for-1177) with 95 runs scored (2.6 runs per game) against teams from the West and have allowed 213 runs for a run differential of -118 (-3.2 per game).

A’S IN AUGUST: The A’s went 9-18 (.333) in the month of August, which was the fourth lowest winning percentage in the majors and the third lowest in August in Oakland history (.250 in 1978, .300 in 1993)…had the worst record in the majors in April and May, the eighth worst in June and fifth worst in July…this marks the seventh consecutive full month and 11th time in the last 12 months the A’s have finished with a losing record…posted a 5.30 ERA, which was fifth highest in the majors and second highest in August in Oakland history (5.54 in 2000)…struck out 227, which is an Athletics record for the month of August and seventh most in any month…batted .222 which was second lowest in the majors…had the fifth lowest on-base percentage (.291) and sixth lowest OPS (.686)…tied with the Marlins for the fewest runs scored (96)…walked 70 times, which is second fewest in a non-strike August in Oakland history (62 in 1972)…hit 37 home runs, which is their most in a
month this year.

OFFENSE: The A’s are batting .181 (28-for-155) with 10 runs scored over the last five games…are 3-for-26 (.115) with runners in scoring position over that stretch…overall, rank last in the majors in batting (.223), slugging (.366), OPS (.666), runs (483) and extra base hits (337), are tied for the most times shut out (14), rank third in fewest doubles (178), fourth in lowest on-base percentage (.300), sixth in most grounded into double plays (104), seventh in most strikeouts (1221) and tied for seventh in fewest home runs (137)…are second in sacrifice hits (26) and fifth in hit batters (77)…the hit batters are fourth most in Oakland history (98 in 2021, 88 in 2001, 87 in 2019) and the sacrifice hits are the most since 2012 (27)…the 137 home runs match the A’s season total of 137 last year.

IN THE PINCH: A’s pinch hitters have 35 hits, which is tied for second most by an A’s team over the last 32 years (had 57 in 1997)…the A’s lead the majors in pinch hits, rank second in plate appearances (161), tied for fourth in walks (14), tied for fifth in doubles (5), tied for eighth in extra base hits (8) and tied for 10th in home runs (3).

PITCHING: A’s pitchers hit their 81st batter of the season on Wednesday, which ties the Athletics record set in 1911…lead the majors in hit batters and are 14 short of the American League record of 95 set by the 2003 Devil Rays… have a 5.71 ERA, which is the highest in the majors, the highest in Oakland history (5.48 in 1997) and third highest in Athletics history (6.07 in 1936, 5.79 in 1939)…also have the highest opponents on-base percentage in the majors this year (.356), the second highest slugging percentage (.463) and OPS (.819) and third highest batting average (.270)…have a ML leading 563 walks, which are the most by an A’s team since 2008 (576)…have the most wild pitches in the majors (61), are tied for third in fewest shutouts (4), rank fifth in most home runs (183) and sixth in fewest strikeouts (1084).

STARTING PITCHING: A’s starting pitchers are 1-6 with a 6.87 ERA (42 er in 55.0 ip) over the last 13 games and have allowed 17 home runs over that stretch…are 13-60 with a 6.03 ERA for the season…have the fewest wins and highest ERA in the majors and the second most losses…the fewest wins from starting pitchers in Major League history is 21 by the Pirates last year…the ERA is currently the highest in Athletics history (5.94 in 1997)…have tossed 7.1 innings or fewer in each game and have the second fewest innings pitched in the majors (610.1).

THE BULLPEN: The A’s bullpen was 2-1 with a two saves, a blown save and a 1.88 ERA (5 er in 24.0 ip) on the road trip…has a 5.35 ERA overall, which is the highest in the majors and the highest in Oakland history (5.22 in 1980)…also has the most losses in the majors this year (35) and the second most innings pitched (563.1)…has set Athletics single-season records for most losses, walks (300) and runs allowed (362) by relievers…is 23-for-48 (47.9%) in save opportunities…has the second lowest save percentage in the majors, is tied for the second fewest saves and is tied for the sixth most blown saves (25)… has allowed 96-of-249 (38.6%) inherited runners to score, which is the third highest percentage…has the second most inherited runners.

ON THE BASES: The A’s are 123-for-147 (83.7%) in stolen base attempts…rank fifth in the majors in steals, attempts and percentage…the stolen bases are the most by an A’s team since 2010 (156) and the only time in Athletics history the A’s had a stolen base percentage above 81.5 was in 2020 (89.7%)…A’s opponents are 92-for-133 (69.2%) in stolen base attempts, which is the lowest success rate in the majors…the 41 caught stealings are the most…A’s pitchers have 13 pickoffs, which is fourth most.

HOME AND AWAY: The A’s begin a six-game homestand against Los Angeles-AL (three games) and Toronto (three games) tonight…went 2-4 on the last homestand against Baltimore (0-3) and Kansas City (2-1) and are 20-45 (.308) at home, which is the lowest home winning percentage in the majors…went 29-51 at home last year and have back-to-back losing seasons at home for the first time since 2015-16…went 3-4 on the last road trip to Chicago-AL (2-2) and Seattle (1-2) and are 19-50 (.261) on the road, which is second the worst road record in the majors (Royals, 18-51/.261)

ONE-RUN GAMES AND OTHER CLOSE CALLS: The A’s are 18-25 (.419) in one-run games and 21-70 (.231) in games decided by two or more runs…are tied for the most one-run losses in the majors and are tied for third in games (42)…have seven walk-off wins, which is tied for fifth in the majors…have 15 last at bat wins…are 6-7 (.462) in extra inning games…are tied for eighth in the majors in extra inning losses and rank in games (13).

PLAYER NOTES: The A’s have set Athletics records for most pitchers (37) and most relievers (33) in a season and an Oakland record for most starting pitchers (21)…the starting pitchers match the 2019 Blue Jays for second most in Major League history to the 1915 Philadelphia A’s (24)…have employed 58 players overall, which is second highest in Athletics history to the record of 64 set last year…the 58 players are second most in the majors this year to the Angels (60) and the 37 pitchers are third most (Rays 39, Dodgers 38)…have set an Oakland record for most non-Covid IL placements (30)…used the IL an Athletics record 31 times last year (including nine times for Covid).

A’S VS. ANGELS

  • The A’s are 2-5 against the Angels this year after losing the season series last year for the first time in 2018,
  • Went 7-12 last year and the losses matched the most in Oakland history against the Angels (2009, 16, 17).
  • Are 9-17 against the Angels over the last two years.

Year Home Road Totals
2023 1-2 1-3 2-5
2022 4-6 3-6 7-12
Oakland History: 480-407
at the Coliseum: 252-192
at Angel Stadium: 228-215
All-Time: 529-484

TODAY’S TIDBITS
Zack Gelof has the most extra base hits in Athletics history by a player over his first 41 career games (23), is tied with Mark McGwire for the most home runs (10) and tied for fourth in doubles (12)…leads Major League rookies in extra base hits since the All-Star Break (23), is tied for the lead in doubles (12), ranks second in home runs (10) and tied for third in hits (42)…Esteury Ruiz has set Oakland rookie records for stolen bases (53) and hit by pitches (16)…is 13 short of the American League rookie record for steals (66, Kenny Lofton in 1992) and five short of the AL rookie record for hit by pitches (21, David Eckstein in 2001).

FOR STARTERS: Is scheduled to make his team-leading 27th start of the season…is the only A’s pitcher to spend the entire season in the starting rotation… allowed six runs in his last start after yielding seven in his previous start and is now 1-5 with a 6.80 ERA (31 er in 41.0 ip) and .995 opponents OPS over his last eight starts dating back to July 16…went 0-3 with a 5.54 ERA and .819 OPS over his first seven starts through May 8 and was 1-3 with a 3.03 ERA and .635 OPS in 11 starts in between.

FOUR-GAME LOSING STREAK: Is 0-4 with an 8.25 ERA (22 er in 24.0 ip), .364 (39- for-107) opponents batting average and 1.120 OPS over his last five starts… the four-game losing streak matches his career high…also lost four straight earlier this year from June 16-July 21 and from Sept. 25, 2022-May 8, 2023.

THE LONG BALL: Has allowed six home runs in his last three starts, 12 in his last eight and 31 for the season, which is third most in the majors…is the 14th player (16th time) in Athletics history to allow 30 or more home runs in a season…is one of two left-handers to do it (Curt Young, 38 in 1987)…his 31 home runs are tied for 10th most in Athletics history and are the most since A.J. Griffin had 36 in 2013…19 of the 31 home runs are solo shots.

HIT BATTERS: Has hit 14 batters, which is the most in the majors and an Oakland single-season record…broke the previous mark of 13 held by Barry Zito (2001, 05, 06) and Chris Bassitt (2019)…has the most hit batters by an A’s pitcher since Harry Byrd plunked 14 batters in 1953…the last time an A’s pitcher hit more than 14 batters in a season was in 1911 when Cy Morgan had 21 and Jack Coombs had 16.

BASES ON BALLS: Has walked 12 batters in his last five starts (24.0 ip) after issuing nine free passes over his previous nine starts…has walked 37 batters in 140.2 innings overall and his average of 2.37 walks per nine innings is 19th lowest in the majors…has walked two batters or fewer in 21 of his 26 starts, including seven starts with no walks and nine with one…has issued 14 of his 37 walks in the first inning.

DECISIONS: Has 13 no decisions, which is tied for sixth most in the majors among starters…it is also tied for fourth most in Oakland history…only Ron Darling (15 in 1993), Mike Fiers (14 in 2019) and Ken Waldichuk (14 in 2023) have more…has left with the lead and was in position to win in four of his no decisions…has a 2.82 ERA (23 er in 73.1 ip) in his no decisions.

WINNING PERCENTAGE: Is 2-11 and his .154 winning percentage is second lowest in the majors…the only qualifying pitcher in Oakland history to finish the season with a winning percentage under .200 is Matt Keough, who went 2-17 (.105) in 1979.

HOME AND AWAY: Is 0-5 with a 5.49 ERA (36 er in 59.0 ip) and .846 opponents OPS in 11 starts in Oakland and 2-6 with a 4.30 ERA (39 er in 81.2 ip) and .762 OPS in 15 starts on the road…no pitcher in Athletics history has gone winless at home in a season with at least 10 starts…also lost his final home start of 2022 and now has a six-game home losing streak…his last home win came on Sept. 20, 2022 against Seattle…11 of his 14 hit batters have come on the road.

OPPONENTS BATTING: Has a .237 (105-for-443) opponents batting average and .766 OPS against right-handed hitters compared to .313 (31-for-99) with a .944 OPS against left-handers…opponents are 1-for-46 with 25 strikeouts on an 0-2 count…they are 0-for-5 with three strikeouts with the bases loaded.

THIS AND THAT: Went 0-4 with an 8.25 ERA and 1.120 opponents OPS in five starts in August…the losses tied for second in the majors this year and matched the most by an Athletic in August over the last 54 years…based on a minimum of 20 innings, he had the second highest August OPS in Athletics history (Troy Herriage, 1.186 in 1956)…is 0-9 with a 5.47 ERA (59 er in 97.0 ip) in 18 starts against AL competition compared to 2-2 with a 3.30 ERA (16 er in 43.2 ip) in eight interleague starts…the nine game losing streak against the AL is the longest by an A’s pitcher since the start of interleague play in 1997.

2023 DAY-BY-DAY: Allowed eight hits in his first start on April 4 against Cleveland but then allowed six hits or fewer in each of his next 18 starts through July 16, which was the third longest such streak by a starting pitcher in Oakland history…fell two short of the record of 20 by Trevor Cahill (May 5-Aug. 14, 2010) and Tim Conroy (June 23, 1978-Aug. 31, 1983)…struck out a career-high 11 batters in 6.0 innings on April 21 at Texas but had a no decision in the A’s 5-4 win…tossed 6.0 scoreless innings on May 3 against Seattle but had a no decision in the A’s 7-2 10-inning loss…left with a 2-0 lead but the pen allowed one run in the seventh and one in the ninth for the blown save…it was the first of four times he left with the lead and was in position to get the win only to have the bullpen blow the save…surrendered a career-high tying three home runs in a 7-2 loss at New York (AL) on May 8…that extended his losing streak to a career-high four games dating back to Sept. 25, 2022…posted a 5.55 ERA and .782 opponents OPS over that stretch, which spanned nine games, including eight starts…had a no decision in an 11-3 loss to Texas on May 14 to start a stretch of five consecutive no decisions from May 14 to June 5…compiled a 2.33 ERA and .609 opponents OPS during the streak, which fell one short of the Oakland record for consecutive starts without a decision…snapped his career-high four-game losing streak in the A’s 8-6 win at Milwaukee on June 11… it was his first win since Sept. 20, 2022 against Seattle…had tossed six innings or fewer in each of the first 24 starts of his career before logging 7.0 innings in back-to-back starts on June 16 vs. Philadelphia and June 22 at Cleveland, both losses…retired the final 10 batters he faced against the Phillies and the
first 11 against the Guardians for a streak of 21 consecutive batters retired… tossed a career-high 7.1 scoreless innings, scattered five hits, and did not walk a batter on July 4 at Detroit but had a no decision in the As 1-0, 10-inning win…snapped his career-high tying four-game losing streak in the A’s 8-5 win at Colorado on July 28.

LAST START: He was the losing pitcher in the A’s 6-2 loss at Chicago (AL) last Saturday…matched his career highs in hits (9) and home runs (3)…allowed a RBI single to Jimenez in the first, a solo home run to Sosa in the second, a three-run home run to Moncada in the third and a solo home run to Benintendi in the fifth.

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