The first-place Halos, owners of the best road record in baseball (21-12), pay a visit to Philadelphia tonight.
Here’s some information about tonight’s opponent, copied and pasted from the free press notes courtesy of MLB and the Angels: The Angels just completed a 4-5 homestand vs. Tampa Bay (2-1), Atlanta (1-2) and the NY Mets (1-2), marking the first time they’ve lost back-to-back series since July 22, 2007. They’ve held sole possession of first place for the last 38 days. Interestingly, they’re 27-14 vs. opponents above .500 and just 16-16 vs. teams under .500.
Hot hitters include Maicer Izturis, who has hit safely in 15 of 16 games and 20 of his last 23 contests, and Vlad Guerrero, who has hit safely in a season-best 10 straight games with 10 runs scored, 3 HR and 7 RBI. He’s batting .417 (20-for-48) this month. Overall, they’ve struggled offensively, but it hasn’t mattered. The Halos have been limited to five runs-or-less in 24 of last 28 games and 37 of last 43 games but hold a winning record of 20-17 in those 37 contests.
Pitching-wise, closer Francisco Rodriguez leads baseball with 28 saves in 30 chances, putting him on pace for 62 saves this season. The Major League record is 57 by Bobby Thigpen of the White Sox in 1990. Tonight’s starter, Ervin Santana (8-3, 3.40), is coming off one of his worst starts of the season, allowing six runs in 5 2-3 innings in a loss to the Braves.