American League Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, June 19 (All times Eastern)
LA Angels of Anaheim (38-32) at Cleveland Indians (36-36), 12:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: LA Angels - C.J. Wilson (7-6, 3.50) Cleveland - Justin Masterson (4-5, 5.05)
(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are a tough enough assignment when Mike Trout is his usual productive self. But when the outfielder is on a red-hot streak, it gets even more difficult.
Trout and the Angels will return to Progressive Field in Cleveland on Thursday afternoon for the finale of a weather-impacted series with the Indians.
The teams had been scheduled to play game three of four on Wednesday, but it was postponed by rain and will be made up on a mutual day off later this season.
The Angels had managed just two runs per game in a 1-4 stretch prior to Tuesday, but ended the drought with 15 hits in a 9-3 victory. Trout homered twice and drove in four runs, and is now batting .410 with eight homers and 26 runs batted in over his last 22 games.
In his last 13 games with Cleveland, he's driven in 14 runs.
"I'm being patient and squaring up some balls," Trout said. "I'm not anxious. I'm just comfortable."
Facing the comfortable Trout is Cleveland's less comfortable Justin Masterson, who was dinged for five runs in two innings of a 10-3 loss at Boston on Friday.
It was the second-shortest start of his big-league career and his 5.05 earned run average for the season is a career worst as well.
Prior to the loss to the Red Sox, he'd compiled a 1.72 ERA in three starts. Last time out against the Angels, he allowed five runs in 7 1/3 innings of a 6-3 loss in April.
Trout, incidentally, has four hits in eight career at-bats against him.
Cleveland had won 10 straight at home before Tuesday.
"We've really played very well for about the last month," Carlos Santana said. "You want to win every time, but this was just one game."
The Indians may again be without home run and RBI leader Michael Brantley, who missed Tuesday as a precaution after he was injured in Monday's game.
Brantley passed a concussion test, but was shaky during pregame activities.
The Angels start lefty C.J. Wilson, who's 1-3 in his last four starts. He dropped a 4-3 decision to Atlanta in his last start on Friday.
Wilson was a 7-1 winner against Cleveland on April 30 and is 4-2 against the Indians in eight starts.
Brantley is 1-for-14 against him in his career.
On Tuesday, Kole Calhoun went 4-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored, while Howie Kendrick also homered and drove in two for the Angels. Matt Shoemaker (4-1) lasted eight innings and gave up two runs on five hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts.
Lonnie Chisenhall homered, while Santana and David Murphy each drove in a run for the Indians. Josh Tomlin (4-4) was beat up for six runs -- five earned -- on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings.
06/19 10:45:30 ET