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Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California  Attendance: 21,185

Angels, A's ready for series finale

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Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics

  1. The Athletics have won their last three series with the Angels in Oakland, including a 3-1 series win earlier this season. The A's had not won three consecutive home series against the Halos since they won four straight series across the 2010 and 2011 seasons (minimum two games per series).
  2. The Angels won their final two games with the Rangers in Anaheim, snapping a five-game losing skid. Los Angeles is 1-8 on the road against AL West opponents this season and 8-6 on the road against all other opponents.
  3. The Athletics swept a three-game set with the Mariners in Oakland to bring their current win streak to nine games (there is one suspended game against Detroit in the middle of this streak which will not be settled until September). Oakland has not won 10 straight games since June 8 to 18, 2006 (10 games).
  4. Mike Trout has 10 home runs and 19 RBI at home this season but just two homers and 11 RBI on the road. Trout has a 1.025 OPS on the road against Oakland since the beginning of the 2013 season. Only Adam Jones, 1.056, has a better OPS in the Oakland Coliseum over that span (minimum 50 PA).
  5. Matt Chapman hit his 50th and 51st career home runs in back-to-back games over the weekend. Chapman's 13 home runs this season are second most among American League third basemen behind Alex Bregman (Hou, 15; based on most played position this season).
  6. Chris Bassitt has a 2.48 season ERA despite a rough outing in his last start, when he allowed three earned runs in 3.2 innings at Cleveland. Bassitt is holding opposing hitters to a .183 average this season, second lowest in the American League behind Justin Verlander (Hou, .151; minimum 125 batters faced).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/27/2019 thru 5/29/2019

Impressive rookie Griffin Canning will attempt to give the Oakland Athletics a losing streak immediately following their 10-game winning spree when the visiting Los Angeles Angels go for a second straight win in the series finale Wednesday afternoon.

The Angels denied the A's an 11th consecutive victory Tuesday night when Shohei Ohtani lined a two-run, tie-breaking single with two outs in the ninth inning, producing a 6-4 win.

The 23-year-old Canning (2-1, 3.42) will be making his sixth career start. The last two have been brilliant, having limited Kansas City and Texas to a total of one run and six hits in 12 innings.

The UCLA product admitted if he had any doubts that he would succeed in the big leagues, his teammates and coaches extinguished them.

"Everyone told me when I got up here that I belong," he told reporters recently. "That's the biggest thing: confidence. I'm just trying to keep my head down and keep getting better."

Canning, a California native, has never faced the A's.

Meanwhile, Oakland right-hander Daniel Mengden (1-1, 3.31) has had nothing but bad experiences against the Angels. He's faced the American League West rival four times, three times as a starter, and gone 0-2 with an 8.84 ERA.

If Mike Trout were to identify his favorite pitcher, he'd likely have Mengden on his short list. Trout has bombed his rival for two singles, two doubles and a home run in six career at-bats. He's also been walked twice and hit once, meaning he's reached base in eight of nine plate appearances.

Mengden hasn't fared much better against Trout's teammate Albert Pujols, who has recorded two singles, a double and a home run in six career at-bats in the head-to-head.

None of those meetings were this season, when the 26-year-old has pitched the best ball of his career.

His last two outings have been almost as impressive as Canning's, having given up a total of just two runs and eight hits in 11 innings against Detroit and Seattle.

Mengden hopes to get the type of offensive support his teammates have afforded Chris Bassitt and Frankie Montas in the first two games of the series, when the A's have pounded Angels pitching for six home runs.

"People were freaking out about our offense, and now it's like: Here it is," Bassitt observed earlier in the series. "We have one of the best offenses in the league. We knew this was coming. It was just a matter of time."

The A's might have lost Tuesday, but it appears they uncovered another bullpen weapon in left-hander Wei-Chung Wang.

Promoted from the minors over the weekend, Wang entered a game the A's were trailing 4-1 and kept the Angels from tacking on, shutting out the visitors on one hit over two innings.

Oakland then rallied to tie the game at 4-4, only to fall short in the end, long after Wang's work was complete.

The 27-year-old from Taiwan hadn't pitched in the majors since 2017 and entered the contest with an 11.09 career ERA in 22 games with the Milwaukee Brewers.

--Field Level Media

Updated May 29, 2019

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