The Los Angeles Angels play the second game of a three-game series on the road Saturday against the New York Yankees in the Big Apple. The two teams open the series on Friday.
Los Angeles won its last outing Thursday 8-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays as Albert Pujols and Mike Trout each hit home runs and Shohei Ohtani had two doubles.
The Yankees were idle on Thursday, but lost their second straight game Wednesday to the Texas Rangers 12-10. New York is currently one game behind first place Boston, but nine games in front of third-place Tampa Bay in the American League East. The Yankees offense keeps pounding away as in Wednesday’s loss they hit four more home runs to match a major league record of 21 home runs over a span of five games.
Andrelton Simmons leads the Angels with a .331 batting average and team high 59 hits. Mike Trout leads in home runs with 15 and Justin Upton in RBIs with 35. Los Angeles has a team batting average of .249 while opposing hitters are averaging .241 at the plate against Angels pitching. Los Angeles has not yet announced its starting pitcher for Saturday.
Miguel Andujar leads the Yankees with a .288 batting average. Aaron Judge has a team high in hits with 50, in home runs with 13 and RBIs with 38. New York has a team batting average of .259 while opposing hitters are averaging .224 at the plate against Yankees pitching. On Saturday, the Yankees will send Sonny Gray to the mound. The right-hander this season is 3-3 with an ERA of 5.48, 37s Ks and 25 BBs.