Angels Series Preview: Four-Game Set With Blue Jays
Shohei Ohtani
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After splitting their two-game series with the Texas Rangers, the Los Angeles Angels continue their homestand with a four-game set against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Angels enter the matchup with the fifth-best record in the American League at 27-18. L.A. currently sits in second place in the AL West, and their +48 run differential is good for second in the league.

The Blue Jays have yet to see their aggressive offseason turn into many wins as they are just 23-20, which is good for third place in the AL East. They are just 9-12 on the road, and their -7 run differential suggests they have actually outperformed their record.

Game 1: 6:38 p.m.

Shohei Ohtani starts for the Angels in Thursday’s series opener. He enters at 3-2 with a 2.82 ERA, 2.15 FIP and 1.02 WHIP with 53 strikeouts against nine walks in 38.1 innings this season (seven games).

Ohtani is coming off an excellent outing against the Rangers in which he allowed just two runs on six hits and collected seven strikeouts over six innings pitched.

The Blue Jays counter with Hyun Jin Ryu, who makes his fourth start of the season. He has posted a 1-0 record with a 6.00 ERA, 4.56 FIP and 1.33 WHIP in 18 innings pitched thus far.

Ryu tossed six shutout innings and yielded six hits in a 2-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds last week.

Game 2: 6:38 p.m.

Chase Silseth starts for the Angels in Friday’s matchup against the Blue Jays. He is making just the third start of his MLB career, and enters at 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA, 5.15 FIP and 1.07 WHIP in 10.1 innings pitched this season.

Silseth was tabbed with a loss in his last start against the Oakland Athletics after allowing three runs on six hits across 4.1 innings of work.

The Blue Jays counter with Alek Manoah, who makes his ninth start of the season. He has posted a 5-1 record with a 1.62 ERA, 2.96 FIP and 0.88 WHIP in 50 innings pitched thus far.

Manoah allowed one run and seven hits in a season-high eight innings pitched against the Reds last week.

Game 3: 7:07 p.m.

Michael Lorenzen starts for the Angels in Saturday’s contest against the Blue Jays. He enters at 5-2 with a 3.05 ERA, 4.06 FIP and 1.07 WHIP with 29 strikeouts against 13 walks in 41.1 innings this season (seven games).

Lorenzen is coming off an solid outing against the Athletics in which he allowed only three hits and collected five strikeouts over six shutout innings.

The Blue Jays counter with Yusei Kikuchi, who makes his ninth start of the season. He has posted a 2-1 record with a 3.47 ERA, 4.33 FIP and 1.27 WHIP in 36.1 innings pitched thus far.

Kikuchi allowed two runs and two hits with seven strikeouts against three walks in a no-decision against the Reds last week.

Game 4: 1:07 p.m.

Patrick Sandoval starts for the Angels in Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays. He enters at 3-1 with a 1.79 ERA, 2.57 FIP and 1.17 WHIP with 38 strikeouts against 17 walks in 40.1 innings this season (seven games).

Sandoval is coming off a stellar outing against the Athletics in which he allowed only one run and four hits with seven strikeouts over a season-high 7.1 innings.

The Blue Jays counter with Jose Berrios, who makes his 10th start of the season. He has posted a 3-2 record with a 4.75 ERA, 4.51 FIP and 1.44 WHIP in 47.1 innings pitched thus far.

Berrios allowed three runs and seven hits with seven strikeouts in a no-decision against the St. Louis Cardinals last week.

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