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Jays' Stroman aims to tame Angels' stars

According to STATS
According to STATS

Toronto Blue Jays at Los Angeles Angels

  1. After a 5-11 start in 2019, the Blue Jays have gone 9-3 since April 15, including 6-1 on the road. The Toronto pitching staff has a .213 opponent batting average for the season, second lowest in the majors (Houston -- .206), and the team's starters have a 3.08 ERA, second lowest in MLB (Tampa Bay -- 2.04).
  2. The Angels dropped nine of 10 games between April 15 and April 24 but have since won three of four, scoring 27 runs. The Halos are scoring 6.50 runs per game with an .840 OPS in their wins compared to an average of 3.41 runs and a .649 OPS in defeats.
  3. The teams have met 420 times entering this series, with only two games separating them -- 211 wins for the Angels to 209 for Toronto. Since 2016, the games between the clubs in Los Angeles are an even split, with each team winning six times.
  4. Freddy Galvis ranks third among qualifying switch-hitters with a .315 batting average. Galvis, who has never had a batting average above .263 over a season, has a .352 mark on the road, with multi-hit games in six of 13 contests away from home.
  5. Since April 8, Mike Trout is hitting .259 with only one homer and four RBI in 16 games. Trout has only eight at-bats all season with runners in scoring position; he has 10 walks and has been hit by pitches twice with RISP.
  6. Griffin Canning is set to become the ninth different pitcher to start a game for the Halos this season, matching Atlanta for the most starting pitchers in 2019. He will be the 21st pitcher used by the team, tying for third most in the league.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/30/2019 thru 5/2/2019

Right-hander Marcus Stroman will start for the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday night in Anaheim, Calif., and as is the case for many pitchers who face the Los Angeles Angels, he will pay close attention to his matchups against Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.

Trout (6-for-13, two doubles) and Pujols (5-for-10, one double) both have hit Stroman well in their careers. But Stroman cannot overlook Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons, who has been consistently good over the past couple weeks.

Simmons, who is 3-for-9 lifetime against Stroman, was hitting just .196 after going 0-for-5 on April 13. Since then, Simmons has hit safely in 14 of his past 15 games, including 2-for-4 on Tuesday in Los Angeles' 4-3 win over the Blue Jays, extending his hitting streak to seven games.

During the past 15 games, he's hitting .369 (24-for-65), raising his season average nearly 100 points to .289.

"Everybody's working hard, been hitting the ball hard," Simmons told reporters. "Some days they don't fall, some days they do. Right now, I'm feeling good and trying to keep it going."

Simmons has long been known for his defense -- he has won two consecutive Gold Gloves, and four overall in his career.

"He looks great," Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. "He's doing everything defensively we know he can do, and he's starting to swing that bat well."

Stroman is 1-1 with a 4.26 ERA in five career games (four starts) against the Angels. He owns a 1-3 overall record in six starts this season despite a 1.43 ERA. He went nine consecutive starts without a win, going back to last July 27, before ending the streak on April 19 with a victory over Oakland.

Stroman got a no-decision in his latest start, also against Oakland, despite throwing his best game of the season -- seven innings, no runs, one hit, two walks, seven strikeouts.

His performance was largely overlooked because it also happened to be the same game in which Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made his debut. However, Stroman admitted the excitement surrounding Guerrero's presence in the lineup might have helped him on the mound.

"I was probably just as excited as the entire fan base, to be honest with you, getting Vladdy up here," said Stroman, who turns 28 on Wednesday. "It's like having Zion Williamson on your team. It's a once-in-a-lifetime kind of talent. Just to have the opportunity to play with him is amazing, to look out there and see him behind me at third base. I think it's going to give us a huge mental edge."

Right-hander Felix Pena will start Wednesday for the Angels, still looking for his first win of the season. He's 0-1 with a 3.63 ERA in five games (four starts) this season. In his last appearance, he entered the game to start the second inning against the Yankees after reliever Cam Bedrosian pitched the first inning as the "opener."

The change of routine didn't affect Pena negatively, as he had his best performance of the year, tossing five innings and giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits and no walks with eight strikeouts.

Pena is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA in two career games (one start) vs. Toronto.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 1, 2019

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