Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for the Los Angeles Angels in 2014 They are 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position and hold an AL-worst 8.50 team ERA through two games. In danger of being swept by a division rival, the Angels also face their worst start since 1992 (0-4). Tonight, newly acquired Hector Santiago has the burden of saving face against the suddenly overpowering Seattle Mariners offense.
Pitching Matchup- Hector Santiago (0-0) vs. James Paxton (0-0)
Santiago arrives in Anaheim after compiling a 4-9 record with the Chicago White Sox last year. The lefty posted a 3.56 ERA through 149 innings in his first full MLB season and led team starters in games pitched, largely in part to time spent as a reliever.
Aside from the typical repertories of pitches, Santiago also utilizes the rarely-seen screwball. It’s movement is more devastating to right-handed batters who account for 65 percent of Santiago’s career strikeout total. The Mariners, however, aren’t strangers to Santiago’s signature pitch. The 26-year-old has allowed three walks and three earned runs in six relief appearances.
Paxton is one of Seattle’s top pitching prospects and makes the Opening Day roster with a sold spring; yielding four runs in four starts while maintaining a 3-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Paxton was more impressive during his call up last September, going 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA trough 24 innings.
- The Angels open a season with a 0-2 record for the first time since 2001.
- Santiago landed with the Angels in a three-team trade that send Mark Trumbo to Arizona.
- Seattle leads the AL in runs (18), home runs (3), and RBIs (18).
Forecast: A stray shower is possible, mostly clear
TV: 7:05 p.m. PT, Fox Sports West, ROOT Sports
Radio: KLAA 830, 710 ESPN
While the Angels may only be playing in game three today, later on in the month they will play at the New York Yankees on April 25th for which you can find Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Yankees tickets here.