Angels Series Preview: Mike Trout Returns As L.A. Hosts Orioles
Reid Detmers
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After a successful roadtrip in Texas, the Los Angeles Angels return to The Big A tied for the best record in the American League at 8-5 and the third best run differential at +9.

They are also expected to get Mike Trout back in the lineup after he was hit by a pitch while facing the Texas Rangers a few days ago. He underwent testing but an x-ray came back negative.

The Baltimore Orioles come to town performing as expected of them as they’re last in the AL with a 4-9 record and a -15 run differential.

Game 1: 6:38 p.m. PT

Reid Detmers starts the first game for The Halos. The 22-year-old southpaw has struggled with an 8.59 ERA through two starts, but the top prospect has tons of potential and could break out at any point.

In his previous outing, he went just 3.1 innings against the Rangers and allowed five runs, but he was still able to strike out five and walk just one. On the season, he has thrown 7.1 innings while allowing seven earned runs.

The Orioles counter with Bruce Zimmerman, who has yet to allow an earned run through his two starts. The 27-year-old left-hander has thrown nine scoreless innings while striking out 10.

However, he owns an ERA near five through 80.1 innings pitched in his career with 73 strikeouts in 18 games.

Game 2: 6:07 p.m. PT

Noah Syndergaard looks to build on his winning ways in his third start of the season. The 29-year-old has thrown 11.1 innings this season with a 1.59 ERA and is coming off a start of six innings and two earned runs against the Rangers.

He owns a career 3.29 ERA in 729.1 innings, but the right-hander is still looking for his velocity to return after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

The Orioles send Spenser Watkins to the mound, who owns a 2.25 ERA through two starts this season. Although the 29-year-old right-hander has been effective through his two starts, he only has two strikeouts in eight innings pitched and owns a career ERA of 7.32 with just 37 strikeouts across 62.2 innings

Game 3: 1:07 p.m. PT

In the final game of the season, Jose Suarez takes the ball sporting a 5.19 ERA in 8.2 innings with five strikeouts.

The 24-year-old southpaw owns a 5.67 ERA in 190.1 Major League innings, but he earned a spot in the Angels rotation with a solid Spring Training. He has thrown 4.1 innings in both of his starts this season and he has struggled with his command as he’s walked seven hitters.

Chris Ellis makes his second start of the season after throwing 4.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts against the Oakland Athletics last week.

The 29-year-old right-hander owns a 1.82 career ERA across 34.2 innings with 25 strikeouts in nine games.

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