Game No. 33: Los Angeles Angels (16-16) vs. New York Yankees (17-15)

By Jose Serrano

May 5, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (2) follows through on a double in the seventh inning as Los Angeles Angels catcher Chris Iannetta (17) and home plate umpire Laz Diaz (63) watch at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

After 20 years, 80 games, and 331 at-bats in Anaheim, “The Captain” bids adieu to Angel Stadium.

Derek Jeter is in the midst of a farewell tour that has fans and players reflecting on his storied career. His last game at the Big A is no different. Attendees will receive a commemorative token signifying Jeter’s importance to baseball, even if a lot of that success came in Orange County.

Aside from AL East ballparks, most of Jeter’s plate appearances (377) have been in Angel Stadium. His slash line is .328/.398/.486 with 10 home runs, 42 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases, including three postseason series’.  Last night, Jeter went 1-for-2 with a single, walk, and hit by pitch in New York’s 4-3 victory.

Four of five games between the Angels and Yankees have been decided by three runs or less. And while we can expect a high scoring game Wednesday- given Hector Santiago and Vidal Nuno’s ballooned ERA’s- the focus will be on Jeter.

Pitching Matchup– Hector Santiago (4-2, 5.01 ERA) vs. Vidal Nuno (0-0, 6.87 ERA)

Santiago and Nuno each look for their first win of the season tonight. The difference is Santiago has twice as many starts.

A victim of the big inning, Santiago can’t avert from pitching into trouble. He coasted through the first six innings against Texas last Friday before surrendering three runs in the seventh. One start prior, he gave the Yankees three runs in the second on his way to a fourth loss.

The left-hander is 1-1 with a 7.71 ERA in two starts and two relief appearances against New York. Santiago hasn’t pitched beyond the sixth inning all season, and gave up at least four runs in four of six starts this year.

Nuno hasn’t fared much better of the last two starts. He’s tossed nine inning to the tune of a 7 ERA, yielding seven runs and five walks. He gave up three runs in 4 1/3 inning against the Angels April 26 but didn’t factor into the decision.

Walk offs:

  1. Jeter is 3-for-5 with a home run against Santiago.
  2. Mike Trout snapped an 0-for-12 skid with a triple Tuesday night.
  3. The Angels are 2-8 in one-run games.

TV: 7:05 p.m. PT, Fox Sports West, YES Network

Radio: KLAA 830, WFAN 660/ 101.9 FM