Albert Pujols has a staggering contract to live up to, but the slugger will get added opportunities to prove his value to the Los Angeles Angels when the team kicks off a 17-day stretch of interleague play starting with a three-game series at theColorado Rockies on Friday night. With the next six games in National League ballparks, the Angels will be deprived of using the designated hitter, so Pujols has volunteered to move to third base to allow DH Kendrys Morales to see time at first base.
The Rockies could use a DH to provide a jolt to their offense, which mustered only one run in losing the final two games against the Arizona Diamondbacks and has scored only 10 runs in the last five contests. The team is hoping for the return of first baseman Todd Helton, who was forced to exit Tuesday’s game with back and hip stiffness.
Angels Rockies Betting
When: 8:40 PM ET, Friday, June 8, 2012
Where: Coors Field, Denver, Colorado
TV: 8:40 p.m. ET, FSW (Anaheim), ROOT (Colorado)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Angels LH C.J. Wilson (6-4, 2.54 ERA) vs. Rockies RH Alex White (2-3, 5.60)
Wilson is coming off a brilliant three-start stretch, winning twice and allowing only one earned run in 20 innings. He did not factor in the decision last time out despite blanking Texas on five hits over six innings. Wilson has yielded a total of eight hits in his last three outings and has not surrendered more than six hits in any start this season.
White is coming off his best effort of the year. He overcame a season-high five walks by limiting the Los Angeles Dodgers to two runs on two hits in 6 2/3 innings to earn the victory. White beat the Angels in his second career start last year, holding them to three runs in six innings. Howie Kendrick and Mark Trumbo each went 2-for-3 against him.
1. The Rockies struck out 16 times Tuesday, one shy of the franchise record for a nine-game inning. They also fanned 16 times against the Angels in June 2010.
2. Morales is batting .364 with four homers and 11 RBIs in his last nine games.
3. The Angels have won six of eight meetings in Colorado.