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  W: A. Heaney (1-1)   L: T. Mahle (2-8)
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, June 25, 2019
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 37,260

Reds look to regain momentum vs. Angels

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Cincinnati Reds at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Angels nearly blew a six-run lead in the ninth Sunday in St. Louis before hanging on for a 6-4 win to snap a three-game skid. They are a perfect 34-0 this season when leading after seven innings after going 69-10 in those same situations a year ago. Those 10 defeats were tied for the most in the majors.
  2. Mike Trout, who is slashing .485/.564/.909 in his last eight games, leads the majors this year with 157 times on base, his most through 75 games played. He was on base 156 times through 75 games each of the last two seasons.
  3. Justin Upton made his season debut last week after being sidelined since spring training because of turf toe and already has hit three homers. It's the most home runs through seven games played for the 13-year veteran since he had six for the Braves in the first week of 2013.
  4. Following a season-high six-game win streak, the Reds have lost their last two, scoring five runs in each defeat. They have MLB's third-worst record when scoring at least five at 21-11 (.656) and haven't finished a season with a worse winning percentage in such games since 1949, when they were 36-19 (.655).
  5. Joey Votto hit a three-run homer Sunday, his first home run with two men on since Sept. 9. Votto is slashing .373/.439/.678 with 11 extra-base hits in the first inning this year (66 PAs) after producing a .298/.429/.368 slash line with seven extra-base hits in the first inning all of last season (140 PAs).
  6. Cincinnati relievers have a 1.78 ERA over the team's last nine games, and their 3.38 ERA on the year leads the NL. Cincinnati hasn't finished a season leading the league in bullpen ERA since it had a 2.65 in 2012.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/25/2019 thru 6/26/2019

The Los Angeles Angels and Cincinnati Reds open a two-game series in Anaheim, Calif., on Tuesday night and both teams will try to continue keeping pace with the rest of the playoff contenders.

The Angels return home after going 6-5 on their road trip, keeping them within four games of the final wild-card spot in the American League entering this week.

The Reds come in on a two-game losing streak but won a season-high six straight games before that, including the first sweep this season against the AL West-leading Houston Astros. Cincinnati enters the week 3 1/2 games back of the second wild-card spot in the National League.

"We can say, 'Hey, we've put ourselves in position here with a long way to go,'" Reds manager David Bell told reporters after a 7-5 loss at the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. "You just keep moving forward. It is just a week, but it was a real important week."

The Angels have been pleased lately with their Mike Trout-anchored offense, which owns the eighth-best batting average in the majors at .260, but the team could use more consistency out of the starting pitching.

Los Angeles starters have gone at least six innings just 19 times in 79 games, the fewest in the majors.

"Pitching and defense wins championships," Angels manager Brad Ausmus recently told reporters. "Starting pitching is the biggest chunk of that. We definitely need, as a whole, to pitch better. If we do, the way our offense has come around, it gives us 1/8a 3/8 legitimate shot at a playoff spot."

The Angels will look to left-hander Andrew Heaney to provide some length.

Heaney (0-1, 5.68 ERA) missed the first two months of the season after he was shut down during spring training because of elbow inflammation. He's still looking for his first win after five starts. Heaney has gone at least six innings just once.

Heaney gave up five runs in 3 2/3 innings at the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, his poorest outing of the five this season. He said he met with pitching coach Doug White and they spent extra time combing through that performance.

"I think we got an idea of what I was doing and how to fix it," Heaney said.

Heaney will try to follow up the strong performance by fellow left-hander Tyler Skaggs, who threw five shutout innings in a 6-4 win at the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, helping the Angels salvage a win from the three-game series. This will be his first meeting vs. the Reds.

"Skaggs has looked better," Ausmus said. "I think Heaney is going to be fine. I'm really not too worried about the two lefties at all."

The Reds plan to send right-hander Tyler Mahle to the mound to oppose Heaney.

Mahle (2-7, 4.17 ERA) is coming off the longest outing of his three-year major league career and maybe one of his best, holding the Astros to two runs and four hits in seven innings on Wednesday. The Reds won 3-2, but Mahle did not receive a decision. This will be his first time facing the Angels.

"That's what makes him good," Bell said of Mahle. "He competes."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 24, 2019

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