Saturday, April 29 @ Rangers
Probables- Yu Darvish vs. Jesse Chavez
In the second game of the series, the Angels get an unfavorable matchup in Yu Darvish. Darvish absolutely great this season. He is 2-2 with a 3.03 ERA through his first five starts. In a start against the Angels earlier this season, he threw seven shutout innings in which he struck out ten batters while allowing five hits. His matchups with Mike Trout will be the deciding factor of this game. In 39 battles between the two, Trout has 12 hits, four of which were home runs, and has driven in 6 runs while walking seven times for an on-base percentage of .500.
However, Darvish has gotten the better of Trout more than a few times, striking out the two-time MVP 13 times in his career. It will be interesting to see which of the two win come this weekend.
The Angels send out Jesse Chavez for his second outing of the week on only five days of rest. It will be his third start of the variety, and should be interesting (and nerve-wracking) to see how the 33-year old handles the lack of extra days off. He came out of the bullpen in 2016, so seeing so many innings may turn out to be a problem for Chavez. In a start against Texas earlier this season, Chavez only lasted 4.1 innings, giving up five runs on five hits, two of which left the ballpark. If Chavez can turn in five innings of work allowing less than three runs, the Angels could stand a chance in this game.
Prediction- Rangers 3, Angels 2