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Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 42,722

Angels take on A's in crucial tilt

According to STATS
According to STATS

Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Athletics will travel to Anaheim to face off with the Angels for their fourth series of 2018. The Angels have won 12 of the last 15 games against Oakland at Angel Stadium, outscoring the A's a combined 91-65 over those games.
  2. Oakland has won seven of its last eight games and have held opponents under five runs in 11 consecutive games. That is the longest such streak by any A's team since May 2014 (12 straight games).
  3. The Angels swept the Tigers in a three-game set following a span where they lost six of seven. They hit a combined seven home runs in the series, tied for their most in a three-game series since they hit 11 against Baltimore from August 18-20, 2017.
  4. Khris Davis has recorded a hit in eight of his last nine games including five home runs and nine RBI. After slashing .221/.330/.484 in the month of June, he is slashing .311/.356/.680 since July 1 with 12 homers and 33 RBI. His 33 RBI since July 1 lead MLB.
  5. Kole Calhoun hit another homer against the Tigers in his last game and has now hit 12 since July 1. That is tied with Kris Davis for second most in MLB behind Matt Carpenter's 16 homers. Calhoun was slashing .145/.195/.179 before being placed on the DL but is slashing .292/.360/.636 since returning on June 18.
  6. Andrelton Simmons has multiple hits in each of his last four games and is batting .387 in August so far. He is on pace for career highs in batting average (.310), on-base percentage (.362) and slugging percentage (.435).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 8/10/2018 thru 8/12/2018

The Los Angeles Angels made up some ground in their slim playoff pursuit this week, but still have a long road ahead if they hope to get back in contention.

They'll open a crucial three-game series against the Oakland A's beginning Friday night at Angel Stadium.

The A's (68-47) won six of their past seven games to surge ahead of the Seattle Mariners for the second wild card from the American League. They'll enter Friday 10 1/2 games ahead of the Angels (58-58), who are coming off a three-game sweep against the visiting Detroit Tigers.

Los Angeles has scored 66 runs in its past eight home games and could get center fielder Mike Trout back during the series. The two-time AL Most Valuable Player missed the past seven games with a sore right wrist.

"Obviously, you never want to play too many games without a guy like Mike in your lineup, but we've been forced to, and I think we've been holding our own," Angels manager Mike Scioscia told following a 6-0 win against the Tigers on Wednesday.

Oakland second baseman Jed Lowrie has been battling leg issues and the 34-year-old has just four hits in his past 37 at-bats to drop his batting average from .280 to .265, but the Angels have usually brought out the best in Lowrie ever since he delivered the walk-off RBI single in his rookie year with the Boston Red Sox to complete a sweep of the Angels at the 2008 AL Division Series.

Lowrie will face the Angels for the 100th time in his major league career on Friday. He's hitting .269 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs in the previous 99 games against Los Angeles.

"We've given him some day games off and I communicate with him all the time," Oakland manager Bob Melvin told the San Jose Mercury News after a 3-2 win against the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. "He wants to play and wants to be out there, especially in the position that we're in. Whether or not he's 100 percent with his legs, probably not, but he holds down the three-hole. Everybody's going to have some periods during the season where they struggle some. He'll get it going back again."

Lowrie will be up against Angels right-hander Felix Pena, who has lost his past three starts. Pena (1-3, 4.97 ERA) was better in his most recent outing than he was on July 29. He recorded just one out against the Seattle Mariners while giving up seven runs, six hits and two walks in the 8-5 loss.

He came back Saturday at the Cleveland Indians and held them to two runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings, but received no run support in the 3-0 loss.

Pena made his only career appearance against the A's out of the bullpen on April 8, giving up a solo homer to Matt Joyce in one inning of work.

Pena will be opposed by A's left-hander Brett Anderson, who's coming off his best start in nearly six years but didn't get a win to show for his effort. He retired the first 16 batters in order and blanked the Tigers for seven innings on two hits last Friday, but left with the game still scoreless. Oakland scored in the bottom of the 13th for a 1-0 win.

Anderson (2-3, 4.64 ERA) is 1-3 in his career against the Angels with a 3.76 ERA in 52 2/3 innings.

Updated August 9, 2018

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