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Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas  Attendance: 0

Former prep rivals square off as Rangers host Angels

According to STATS
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Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers

  1. Texas had a 10-9 edge in this series last season, including a 7-3 record at home. The Rangers are the only MLB team without a divisional win so far in 2020 (0-3, swept by Oakland this week).
  2. The Rangers' 3-8 start is their worst through 11 games since also being 3-8 in 2002. Their 36 runs scored (3.3 per game) are the fewest by the franchise at this juncture since 1988 (21 runs); only the Blue Jays are averaging fewer runs this year (3.1).
  3. Los Angeles has scored five or more runs in nine straight games, two shy of the franchise record of 11 straight in April 1979. The Angels have scored 62.1 percent of their runs this season via the home run, second highest by any MLB team (Yankees, 69.2 percent).
  4. Max Stassi's four home runs are tied for the most among MLB catchers this year, with Boston's Christian Vazquez. Stassi's four homers have come in just 21 at-bats (5.3 AB/HR); entering this season he had 12 home runs in 432 career at-bats (36.0 AB/HR).
  5. Mike Trout hit 11 homers in 18 games against Texas last year, setting a franchise record for home runs against a single opponent in a season. He leads all active players in career home runs (36), RBI (105) and runs scored (125) against the Rangers franchise.
  6. Todd Frazier has put together three straight multi-hit games, raising his average from .192 before the Oakland series to the current .289. He last had four consecutive multi-hit games in May 2015 with the Reds.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/7/2020 thru 8/9/2020

Former high school rivals Patrick Sandoval of the Los Angeles Angels and Kolby Allard of the Texas Rangers will match up for the first time as major leaguers when they take the mound on Saturday evening in Arlington, Texas.

Sandoval graduated from Mission Viejo High School in 2015, the same year Allard graduated from San Clemente High School. Both left-handers played in the six-team South Coast League in South Orange County, Calif.

Allard, the 14th overall pick by the Atlanta Braves in 2015, hopes to continue taking advantage of the opportunity that opened up in the rotation when two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber was shut down with a tear in his throwing shoulder.

Allard (0-0, 2.25 ERA) did well in his first audition in Kluber's spot, allowing one run and two hits over four innings in San Francisco on Sunday, earning another chance to take the ball on Saturday.

"It's not fair to ask anybody to be Corey Kluber, but could (Allard) give you the kind of performance for 2 1/2 months that Corey would," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I think he can."

Sandoval (0-0, 2.25) had longer odds to reach the majors. He was drafted in the 11th round out of high school by the Astros and was traded to Anaheim in 2018 before making his major league debut last August.

Sandoval also went four innings in his lone outing this season, allowing two runs and four hits, striking out four and walking one in a 10-2 win on July 28 against the visiting Seattle Mariners.

He made two starts against the Rangers last season. He struggled in the first appearance in Arlington (four runs, eight hits over 3 1/3 innings), but shut them out on one hit over five innings in a 3-0 loss in Anaheim on Aug. 28. He did not receive a decision in either game.

"He's going to get plenty of wins," Angels manager Joe Maddon said of Sandoval. "He's going to get stretched out, stay healthy, and have a long career ahead of him. He's really good."

The Angels hope to play better behind Sandoval than they did Friday night in the series opener, committing three errors and allowing three unearned runs in the 4-3 loss.

The Angels are also searching for offense, especially behind leadoff hitter David Fletcher and No. 2 batter Mike Trout.

Justin Upton (.109) and Albert Pujols (.154) have already been dropped in the order, and Shohei Ohtani (.147) and Anthony Rendon (.121) also continue to struggle in the meat of the order.

The Rangers have some players who are overdue, as well.

Five players in the starting lineup on Friday were hitting below .200 by the end of the game, including veteran shortstop Elvis Andrus (.178), one of the team's best hitters last season who went 0-for-4 in the series opener and left runners in scoring position his first two times up.

The hottest hitter for the Rangers has been catcher Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who went 2-for-4 Friday and is 9-for-18 during a five-game hitting streak with four runs scored.

--Field Level Media

Updated August 8, 2020

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