MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Tampa Bay1 0 0 0 1 2 1 3 0 8100
LA Angels0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 364
  W: L. Patiño (1-0)   L: A. Cobb (1-2)
6:38 PM PT7:38 PM MT8:38 PM CT9:38 PM ET21:38 ET1:38 GMT9:38 6:38 PM MST8:38 PM EST9:08 PM VEN5:38 UAE (+1)7:38 PM CT, May 4, 2021
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 8,152

Behind Jared Walsh, Angels look to rebound vs. Rays

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Tampa Bay Rays at Los Angeles Angels

  1. Tampa Bay is 14-5 in its last 19 meetings with the Angels going back to May 2017, not losing back-to-back games in the series over that stretch. Tampa Bay has scored two or more runs in all 19 games, averaging 5.4.
  2. The Rays went 4-6 on their just-completed 10-game homestand. Nine of the 10 games -- and 10 of Tampa Bay's last 11 -- were decided by one or two runs.
  3. The Angels were shut out for the first time this season Sunday in Seattle, 2-0, and matched a season low with five hits. They are the only MLB team with at least five hits in every game this season, and lead the majors with a .262 team batting average.
  4. Mike Trout leads all MLB qualifiers in batting average (.413), on-base percentage (.515) and OPS (1.290). That OPS is the highest by an Angel all-time through the team's first 26 games of the season (minimum 75 PA).
  5. Shohei Ohtani has 23 strikeouts in 13.2 innings, the best strikeout rate among American League pitchers with at least three starts (15.1 K per 9 IP). He's also tied for second in the AL with eight home runs.
  6. Tyler Glasnow ranks third in the AL with a 1.67 ERA and first with a .144 batting average allowed. His five starts of at least 5.0 innings and one or zero runs allowed are tied with Yu Darvish (SD) and Kevin Gausman (SF) for the most in the majors.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/3/2021 thru 5/6/2021

The Los Angeles Angels will host the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night in Anaheim, Calif., with an impressive lineup that includes one player that not many outside of the organization might have given much thought.

With Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, Shohei Ohtani and Albert Pujols getting more attention, Jared Walsh is starting to attract interest, particularly from opposing pitchers.

Coming out of spring training Walsh was expected to share time at first base with Pujols, but a season-ending knee injury to Dexter Fowler has opened up right field for Walsh. He has started 16 games in right field and eight at first base this season.

There likely wasn't much doubt that Walsh could handle switching positions, considering he had a 1.80 ERA in five relief appearances on the mound as recently as 2019. But it was his bat that prompted the Angels to make him an everyday player.

Walsh, who went 0-for-2 with two walks in Monday's 7-3 loss to the Rays, is hitting .348 with six homers, 21 RBIs and a 1.034 OPS in 26 games. He ranks behind only Ohtani in RBIs and Trout in batting average and OPS for the Angels' team lead.

"I've always thought he had exceptional hands but the difference right now is his work ethic," Angels manager Joe Maddon said. "It's among the best. And I love the fact he hates striking out and that's why you're seeing the ball shoot all over the field. He's making adjustments during the at-bats. He's really motivated and is not a flash in the pan. He's that good."

Walsh, however, is a left-handed hitter and the Angels will face Rays left-hander Shane McClanahan on Tuesday. Walsh his hitting .276 with a .724 OPS and 10 strikeouts in 29 at-bats against lefties.

McClanahan began the season at the Rays' alternate training site but was called up last Thursday and made his first start of the season against Oakland, giving up two runs on five hits in four innings. He struck out five and did not walk a batter.

McClanahan, 24, is unique in that he made his major league debut in the postseason, pitching in four games last season -- two in the American League Division Series, one in the ALCS and one in the World Series, giving up five runs (four earned) in 4 1/3 innings.

Even with that experience, McClanahan admitted having some butterflies before his initial 2021 start.

"I was more nervous before the game than actually being on the mound," McClanahan said. "It's like, once you're on the mound, everything just kind of takes care of itself and you actually get to do what you want to do."

Rendon's status for Tuesday's game is in question because he fouled a ball off his knee in the eighth inning on Monday and had to be helped off the field.

Right-hander Alex Cobb will be on the mound for Los Angeles, trying to bounce back from two consecutive bad starts. He lasted only 2 2/3 innings against Houston on April 22. He followed that with a two-inning performance against Texas last Wednesday.

In all, Cobb has allowed 14 runs (13 earned) on 24 hits in just 16 1/3 innings covering four starts. Cobb is 0-4 with a 4.32 ERA in six career starts against Tampa Bay.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 4, 2021

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