Los Angeles Angels (56-58) vs San Francisco Giants (62-51)
Game Info: Wednesday, August 9, 2023 at 9:38 pm (Angel Stadium of Anaheim)
Shohei Ohtani (9-5) (3.39) vs Ryan Walker (4-1) (2.52)
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The Los Angeles Angels and the San Francisco Giants will meet in Anaheim for their interleague series finale this Wednesday from Angel Stadium. LAA took game two after holding on to an early lead, 7-5.
Giants Preview & Projected Starter
San Francisco comes in at 62-52 after losing to Los Angeles. The Giants created some space in the standings by taking three from the DBacks, and they’ll look to keep applying pressure to the Dodgers here. The San Francisco offense is scoring 4.81 runs per game, while batting .250, with a .326 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.89 ERA, with a 1.29 WHIP.
Ryan Walker (4-1, 1.23 ERA, 15 Ks) will open the game for San Francisco. The rookie pitcher has found success in a bullpen role this season for SFG. Walker has held teams scoreless in ten of his last twelve outings, and he’ll look to get the Giants off to another solid start here Wednesday.
Giants Player Trends & Props
• J.D Davis homered in the game one victory, and he leads SFG in hits (91) and home runs (15), with 55 RBI.
• Wilmer Flores homered in Tuesday's loss, and after collecting multiple hits in four of the last five games, and he’s posting team-leading splits of .310/15/39.
• Mike Conforto has recorded a hit in six of the last ten games, and he totaled thirteen homers and 52 for the season.
Angels Preview & Projected Starter
Los Angeles moved to 57-58 after defeating San Francisco. The Angels finally got back into the win column, and they’ll look to put together a season-turning stretch here. The LAA offense is scoring 4.16 runs per game, while batting .257, with a .333 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.43 ERA, with a 1.36 WHIP.
Shohei Ohtani (9-5, 3.43 ERA, 156 Ks) will take the mound for LAA. The two-way superstar had a short outing in division action with Seattle last week, tossing four scoreless frames before leaving with finger stiffness. Ohtani would go on to hit his 40th homer of the season in that performance, so it looks like he’s good to go here in the rubber match. Ohtani delivered a gem in the start prior in Detroit, tossing a complete-game shutout, so look for some sort of bounce back effort from him at home here. Ohtani picked up his first win of the season in Seattle back in April, striking out eight thru six innings of work, and he’ll look to deliver another special effort here, as both squads are fighting for playoff position. Ohtani has recorded a hit in seven of eight games this month, and he’s first in the AL in home runs (40), while leading LAA in hits (130) and RBI (83), while batting .307.
Angels Player Trends & Props
• Brandon Drury provided a solo shot in last night’s win, and he’s posting splits of .277/15/47.
• Hunter Renfroe played a pair of runs in the game two victory, and he’s posting a line of .251/17/51.
• Mike Moustakas has multiple hits in four of the previous six games, and he’s posting splits of .278/10/37.
• CJ Cron has reached base in eleven of his first twelve games with the Halos, and he’s tallied 36 RBI for the season.
• Mickey Moniak has recorded a hit in five of the previous seven games, and he leads the Halos in batting (.304), with twelve homers and 37 RBI.
Corey’s Free Pick
This 2002 World Series rematch has identically given us a pair of strong late-game finishes, and I think it closes in the same fashion. The Angels stopped the bleeding last night, and they’ll now turn to the arm of their franchise player Shohei Ohtani. It’s tough to gauge the mental of Ohtani right now, as that untimely losing stretch was draining, but they aren’t completely out of the Wild Card picture yet, and winning this in-state series could serve as some sort of optimism going forward. The Halos have tooled up for a run, so look for them to keep fighting, and let’s back them here in the series finale.