American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Monday, April 14th
(All times Eastern)
Oakland Athletics (8-4) at L.A. Angels of Anaheim (6-6), 10:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Oakland - Jesse Chavez (0-0, 1.38)
LA Angels - Hector Santiago (0-2, 7.71)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Jesse Chavez takes another stab at his first win of the
season Monday night when the Oakland Athletics enter Angel Stadium to open a
three-game set with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Chavez has been stellar through two turns (1.38 ERA) in his first full season
as a starting pitcher in the majors. After holding Seattle to one run in six
innings during his first start, Chavez quieted the Twins bats on Thursday as
he allowed only earned one run in seven innings.
However, both times he walked away with a no-decision.
For Los Angeles, left-hander Hector Santiago is also in search of his first
win in 2014. But unlike Chavez, Santiago struggled in both of his first two
starts. Most recently, he allowed four runs and three walks in 4 1/3 innings
against Seattle last Tuesday.
He'll hope for some more offensive production from a lineup that has come
alive of late. On Sunday, Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Raul Ibanez connected
on back-to-back-to-back home runs in the first inning of an eventual 14-2 win
over the New York Mets in the rubber match of a three-game interleague series.
Hank Conger and Ian Stewart also went deep for the Halos, and all nine hitters
in the lineup recorded a hit and scored at least one run.
"(The Angels are) always a very dangerous team," A's manager Bob Melvin said
of Monday's opponent. "You have to play well against them. Offensively,
they're a force. I know they're down (injured outfielder Josh) Hamilton right
now, but they still have a lot of guys who can hurt you, and some different
starting pitching we haven't seen."
However, Oakland's pitching presents a tough challenge, as well. A's starters
threw 17 scoreless innings and struck out 34 batters in the three-game weekend
series at Seattle.
In Sunday's series-clinching, 3-0 win, Scott Kazmir struck out nine and
allowed only two hits in six shutout innings. Four relievers combined to close
the door over the final three frames.
"It's exciting to have guys follow up a quality start, one after another, one
through five. It really is exciting," Kazmir said. "We just want to keep going
out there and keep making quality pitches and quality outings, all of us."
In terms of the head-to-head series between these two teams, Oakland has won
13 of the last 19 meetings at Angel Stadium. Overall, the A's have won the
last four season series after going 11-8 against the Halos in 2013.
04/14 10:49:22 ET