Los Angeles is getting 55 percent of the wagers for this game as the favorite at home against the Athletics. In six games against divisional foes, Angels starters have an ERA of 6.41 and the bullpen's ERA is 3.45.
The verdict is in on Shohei Ohtani's bat and arm, and it's good news for Angels fans: he's basically a video game cheat code. Oakland catcher Jonathan Lucroy waits for the throw. Ohtani is a once-in-a-generation player, just like Mike Trout. With two outs, he ended the inning with a swinging strikeout. With AP Photos.Shohei Ohtani retired the Oakland Athletics' first 19 batters before Marcus Semien's seventh-inning single broke up the two-way Japanese sensation's bid for a ideal game in his first home pitching start for the Los Angeles Angels. The Athletics are 12-27 in the last 39 meetings in Los Angeles, 1-4 in the last 5 meetings and 1-4 in Gravemans last 5 road starts vs. Angels.
The left-handed slugger also flied out in the fourth inning, earned a bases-loaded walk in the fifth and ground out in the seventh.
In fairness, the Angels' brass didn't assuage concerns as rumors of Ohtani opening the season in the minors became prevalent about two weeks prior to Opening Day.
Graveman has struggled out of the gate with a 9.45 ERA in three starts. He batted second and played center field.
Trout hit a long homer over the ficus trees in center field in the third inning, snapping an 0-for-15 skid on Los Angeles' homestand. Angels reliever Jim Johnson (1-0) got the win over Treinin (0-1) in a game in which neither pitching staff was very effective. This will be Ohtani's second career game against the Athletics.
Shohei Ohtani wants us all to know: It's okay to believe the hype.
"He looked even better today", A's manager Bob Melvin said. You're going to have stretches with any great hitter when you're not quite in sync. J.C. Ramirez went on the 10-day list with a right elbow strain after lasting just two innings and walking five A's in his loss Saturday night. Scioscia said the Angels had no further clarity on the severity of his injury or what caused it. Andrew Heaney and Matt Shoemaker also are out.
In reality, the Mets are giving me the better pitcher and, at least for this one series, the better lineup.
Matt Joyce got the A's on the board in the ninth inning with a solo home run off Felix Pena. Not to mention his quality start and win over the A's in his first start on the mound.
Chapman seemed to take a step back when hitting righty pitching on the road previous year, maintaining a slash line of.149/.243/.347 across 115 such plate appearances (his overall season line was.234/.313/.472).