The Los Angeles Angels look to get back on track when they visit the Oakland Athletics on Friday for the first of three games.
The Angels are off on Thursday but have lost four straight after falling Wednesday night to the Seattle Mariners 8-6. The loss dropped the Angels to 7 ½ games behind the first place Mariners in the American League West.
Oakland has lost two straight after losing 13-5 to Houston in Wednesday and will complete that series with the Astros on Thursday. The A’s fell to .500 at 34-34 and are 10 games behind Seattle.
Mike Trout leads Los Angeles with a .314 batting average and has a team high in hits with 77, home runs with 23 and RBIs with 45. Los Angeles has a team batting average of .248 while opposing hitters are averaging .244 at the plate against Angels pitching. On Friday, the Angels will send Tyler Skaggs to the mound. The left-hander this season is 5-4 with an ERA of 3.08, 78 Ks and 23 BBs.
Jed Lowrie leads Oakland with a .280 batting average and team high 73 hits. Khris Davis is the team leader in home runs with 19 and RBIs with 48. Oakland has a team batting average of .241 while opposing hitters are averaging .245 at the plate against Athletics pitching. On Friday, the A’s will send Chris Bassitt to the mound. On the season, Bassitt is 0-1 with an ERA of 1.29, 6 Ks and 1 BB.