Wednesday, April 12 vs. Rangers
Probables- A.J Griffin vs. Jesse Chavez
In their first starts against the Mariners last week, each starting pitchers had a very different game than the other. A.J Griffin barely made it to the fourth inning, where he was pulled after giving up four runs thus far. It was not the start Griffin and the Rangers expected, and it may be more of the same in this start.
In 13 starts on the road last season, Griffin went 2-2 with a 5.21 ERA. He has faired slightly better in his eight starts against the Angels though. He owns a 3-2 record with a 4.23 ERA when facing the Halos. Yunel Escobar has given Griffin problems in the past. In 10 career at-bats, Escobar has four hits with a double and an RBI. He also has never been struck out by Griffin. If he is able to get on base to start the game, the Angels’ offense with roll on.
While Griffin did not fair well against the Mariners, Angels’ starter Jesse Chavez went 5.1 innings in his Halo debut, allowing one run with six strikeouts and a walk. After spending 2016 as a relief pitcher, the Angels signed Chavez to compete for a starting job. He won it in Spring Training, and so far has shown it was a great choice. He has faired reasonable well against the Rangers’ best bats in his career. Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre both have sub-.200 batting averages against Chavez. If Chavez can hold the Rangers to three runs through five innings, it is hard to imagine the Rangers winning this one. This game could be the best of the series, and could once again be bullpen heavy.
Prediction- Angels 5, Rangers 4