Our last road game before Tuesday’s Home Opener and our first look at how the new dimensions play out.
I keep forgetting I’m doing the GameThreads, but I haven’t missed one yet. I think I will get a week’s worth together, so I don’t have to worry about forgetting. Unless someone would like the job.
Today we get the second start of the season from Yusei Kikuchi. I’d take another 5 scoreless innings.
The Angels have another lefty starting, Reid Detmers. He went 4.2, allowing 2 earned in his first start of the season.
Some teams seem to collect lefty starters. I remember a study years ago, that lefty starters had a slightly better winning percentage than right-handers. I wonder if that is still true. Well, lefty starters have allowed a .733 OPS, while righties .719 so far this season, so on a small sample, I’d guess not.
Today’s lineups. Kiemaier stays in against the lefty, as well as Varsho. Springer DHes. Jansen is behind the plate.
I hoped Trout and Ohtani would get a scheduled day off, but no such luck.
|George Springer - DH||Taylor Ward - LF|
|Bo Bichette - SS||Mike Trout - CF|
|Vladimir Guerrero - 1B||Shohei Ohtani - DH|
|Matt Chapman - 3B||Anthony Rendon - 3B|
|Daulton Varsho - LF||Hunter Renfroe - RF|
|Whit Merrifield - RF||Brandon Drury - 1B|
|Santiago Espinal - 2B||Luis Rengifo - 2B|
|Danny Jansen - C||Gio Urshela - SS|
|Kevin Kiermaier - CF||Logan O'Hoppe - C|
|Yusei Kikuchi - LHP||Reid Detmers - LHP|
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