The slow start seems to be a thing of the past for the Los Angeles Angels, who have won 13 of 17 to get two games above .500 for the first time this season and climb within three games of American League West leader Texas. The Angels will look to continue their rise by maintaining their dominance at Coors Field, where they’ve improved to 8-2 all-time by taking the first two games of an interleague series with the Colorado Rockies.
Los Angeles will send struggling right-hander Ervin Santana to the mound in search of the sweep, but it might not matter who is pitching if the Angels keep up their hot hitting. They’ve scored six or more runs in five straight games. The Rockies showed signs of breaking out of their recent offensive slump in Saturday’s 11-5 loss, hitting five solo home runs. Tyler Colvin had two of the solo blasts, but Colorado still lost for the fourth straight game and the fifth time in seven games.
Angels Rockies Betting
When: 3:10 PM ET, Sunday, June 10, 2012
Where: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
TV: 3:10 p.m. ET, Fox Sports West (Los Angeles), ROOT Sports (Colorado)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels RH Ervin Santana (2-7, 5.33 ERA) vs. Rockies LH Christian Friedrich (4-1, 4.50 ERA)
Santana hasn’t won since May 15, going 0-1 with a 7.84 ERA in 20 2/3 innings over his last four outings. He has allowed four runs or more in each of his last three starts, including Monday against Seattle when he allowed seven runs and walked six in 4 2/3 innings. Santana has posted quality starts in both of his previous outings against Colorado, including a victory in 2010.
The 24-year-old rookie Friedrich has been somewhat inconsistent for the Rockies, but he turned in his best outing yet Monday at Arizona, throwing seven scoreless innings and allowing just four hits to win his third straight start. Friedrich’s strikeout numbers are impressive – in 36 innings over six starts, he has 36 strikeouts against only 10 walks.
1. Angels slugger Albert Pujols had a season-high four RBIs on Saturday and has eight RBIs through eight games this month.
2. Angels OF Mike Trout has recorded multiple hits in six of his last eight games, including both games in Colorado, and is 17-for-33 (.515) over that stretch.
3. The Rockies are 0-5 in interleague play this season after going 56-42 against AL teams from 2006-11.