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  W: D. Smyly (1-3)   L: C. Bedrosian (1-3)   S: S. Kelley (5)
7:07 PM PT8:07 PM MT9:07 PM CT10:07 PM ET22:07 ET2:07 GMT10:07 7:07 PM MST9:07 PM EST9:37 PM VEN6:07 UAE (+1)9:07 PM CT, May 24, 2019
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 43,806

Angels charged with trying to slow surging Rangers

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Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Rangers have won four straight games, and seven of their last eight overall. Over this eight-game stretch, Texas has out-homered its opponents, 19-6, while slashing .321/.383/.604 as a team.
  2. The Angels have lost four straight games, including getting swept in three games by the Twins in their most recent series. Los Angeles surrendered at least 10 hits in all three losses to Minnesota -- overall, the 37 hits allowed in the series were the most surrendered by the team in a three-game series in 2019.
  3. These teams have played two series so far this season -- the Angels won three of four games in the first series, then the Rangers swept the second series in three games. Texas is 3-10 on the road against the Angels since 2018, including losses in eight of the last nine meetings at Angel Stadium.
  4. Over his last six games, Joey Gallo is batting .545 (12-for-22) with three home runs, five RBI and nine runs scored. Among qualified batters this year, Gallo's 1.113 OPS ranks fourth in MLB and first in the AL.
  5. Tommy La Stella hit a grand slam in the Angels' 16-7 loss against Minnesota yesterday, his 12th home run of the year. La Stella is the first Angels' left-hander batter with 12+ home runs before the start of June since Mo Vaughn (18) and Garret Anderson (13) both did so 2000.
  6. Rookie Griffin Canning is 3-1 with a 3.80 ERA in four starts this season -- the rest of the Angels starters have combined to go 19-26 with a 6.09 ERA in 2019. In his last start, Canning turned in the Angels' only start this season of at least 7.0 innings and zero runs allowed.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/24/2019 thru 5/26/2019

The Texas Rangers are playing their best baseball of the season as they begin a three-game series Friday against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif.

The Rangers have won four in a row and seven of eight after beating Seattle 2-1 on Wednesday, moving over .500 (24-23) for the first time since April 28.

"I always talk about process, but the bottom line is it comes down to winning games," Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. "Everything we do is to win games, so we are starting to put the pieces together and guys are starting to believe. There is a lot of character in that ballclub. They do believe. Whether people outside believe, we don't care. We may not finish .500, but our guys are investing in things that will help us win games."

The Rangers are doing it with offense -- they rank tied for second in the majors with 271 runs scored and averaged 6.6 runs per game during their recent eight-game stretch.

Outfielder Joey Gallo has been the heart of Texas' offense, with 15 homers, 35 RBIs and leading the American League in slugging percentage (.687) and OPS (1.113). He has come up big against the Angels so far this season -- he has five homers and 10 RBIs in six games.

Gallo and his teammates will get their first look at Angels right-hander Griffin Canning, who is coming off his best start of the season since being called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on April 30.

Against Kansas City last Saturday, Canning threw seven scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and one walk. Angels manager Brad Ausmus said the game against the Royals showed that Canning is learning as he goes.

"The strike-throwing ability and the use of all his pitches, including his changeup," Ausmus said of Canning's recent improvements. "... We know the slider is the best breaking ball and he uses the curveball quite a bit, but we haven't seen the changeup (until now), especially in tough counts. Not only to be effective with it but to get that many swings and misses."

Canning (2-1, 3.80 ERA) will be opposed by Rangers left-hander Drew Smyly (0-3, 6.51), who is still looking for his first win of the season. Smyly has lasted at least five innings only once in seven games this season.

Smyly has been equally bad against the Angels in his career, going 0-4 with a 5.59 ERA in seven games (five starts). Smyly has held Angels center fielder Mike Trout to four hits in 15 career at-bats against him, but two of the hits were home runs and the other two were doubles.

Trout has been good against Rangers pitching this season, hitting five homers with nine RBIs in seven games. In his career, Trout has hit more home runs (30) against the Rangers than any other team (tied with Oakland). In 139 career games against Texas, Trout is hitting .335 with a 1.080 OPS.

While the Rangers have played well of late, the Angels are moving in the opposite direction. They were just swept by the Minnesota Twins -- allowing a whopping eight homers in a 16-7 loss Thursday -- and have lost four in a row and six of their last eight games.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 24, 2019

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