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The Los Angeles Angels make the short road trip to Chase Field to open up a three-game set on the road against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. The Angels are projected to send right-hander Shohei Ohtani to the mound while the Dbacks counter with right-hander Merrill Kelly.
Ohtani Picks Up Win vs Mariners
Shohei Ohtani fired six innings against the Mariners on Friday, allowing two runs on four hits and no walks in the win. Ohtani’s outing started out poorly as J.P. Crawford hit a lead-off home run. The Japanese sensation bounced back with six quality innings, allowing one more run while tying his season-high with 10 strikeouts. He has registered a quality start in three of his past four appearances, posting a spectacular 30:7 K/BB ratio across that stretch. The 26-year-old carries a 2.76 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, with a 60/26 K/BB ratio over 42.1 innings into this matchup with the Dbacks. Opposing hitters are batting a minuscule .162 and slugging .275 against Ohtani over his eight starts.
With his home run in the third inning last night, Max Stassi has now homered in three straight games with a plate appearance for the first time in his career. #CarryTheFreight pic.twitter.com/0ye5zKTIEF
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) June 9, 2021
As a team, the Angels have enjoyed relative success at the plate. They rank top 10 in batting average, runs, slugging percentage, and home runs. The dual-threat third-year phenom has been getting it done at the dish to start 2021 in addition to his stellar pitching. Ohtani is batting .261 with a whopping 17 home runs and 44 RBI through 56 starts as the DH for the Angels.
Kelly Struggles Against Brewers
Merrill Kelly allowed five runs (four of them earned) on six hits and one walk but did not factor in the decision during the Diamondbacks’ loss to the Brewers on Saturday in his last outing. The 32-year-old had allowed three runs or less in seven straight showings before surrendering nine over his past two appearances. Kelly will carry a 5.12 ERA over 70 1/3 innings of work with a 1.34 WHIP and 62 strikeouts into this start against the Angels. Opposing batters are hitting a startling .274 against him with a .445 slugging percentage in 12 starts.
The Dbacks have been struggling mightily through the first couple of months of the season. They rank bottom 10 in the Majors in batting average, on-base percentage, home runs, and slugging percentage. Eighth-year shortstop Eduardo Escobar has been the lone bright spot, hitting 14 home runs and 41 RBI through 60 starts. Arizona’s rotation has been riddled with injuries, losing Zac Gallen and Luke Weaver. As a result, they have been routinely shelled, and rank bottom five in runs allowed, home runs, and batting average against.
- Dbacks are 0-7 in their last seven games
- Dbacks are 1-4 in their last five facing AL opponents
- Angels are 5-1 in their last six games
- All trends found on oddshark.com