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Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California Attendance: 16,051
Angels look to continue trend against Athletics
Los Angeles Angels at Oakland Athletics
- The Angels have won the season series with the Athletics each of the past five seasons. However, the last time these teams met in Oakland, the Athletics hung 38 runs on the Angels over three games. That was the most any team scored in a three-game span against an opponent last season.
- The Angels finished 2018 with an 80-82 record, their third consecutive season under .500. Los Angeles had not finished three straight seasons with a losing record since 1992 through 1994. The Angels have a new manager at the helm, Brad Ausmus, for the first time since 2000 (Mike Scioscia's first season).
- Oakland finished second in the American League West in 2018 despite winning 97 games, its most wins since 2002 (103). The Athletics opened their 2019 season in Japan, losing both games to the Mariners. Oakland has not lost its first three games of a season since 1996.
- Trevor Cahill will be making his first start for the Angels on their Opening Day. He went 7-4 with a 3.76 ERA while pitching for Oakland in 2018. He was 5-1 with a 1.84 ERA and a .179 opponent batting average in 11 starts at the Oakland Coliseum last season.
- Mike Fiers will be making his second start of the season after he took the loss in the Athletics' first game in Japan. Since being acquired on August 6 of last season, Fiers is 5-3 but has allowed 13 home runs in 56.0 innings (2.09 HR/9), the fifth-highest rate in the AL over that span (minimum 50 innings).
- Mike Trout became the highest-paid player in MLB history over the offseason. He is coming off back-to-back seasons with a .400-plus OBP and a .600-plus slugging percentage, the first player to do so in consecutive seasons since Albert Pujols with the Cardinals in 2008-09 (minimum 400 plate appearances).
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The visiting Los Angeles Angels hope to continue a recent opening-series trend when they seek a second straight win against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday night.
One day after opening the season with a 4-0 loss to the A's, the Angels got key late hits from Andrelton Simmons and Mike Trout while rallying from a 2-0 deficit to square the series with a 6-2 win on Friday night.
The Angels also lost on Opening Day at Oakland the last two seasons, only to immediately get even in the second game.
On both of those occasions, the Angels also won the third game of the series, each time by five runs.
Seeking to make it three years in a row, L.A. will send right-hander Felix Pena to the mound to oppose Oakland lefty Brett Anderson.
They went head-to-head twice last season, including in a 10-0 A's win in September in which they bombed the L.A. starter for six runs in the fourth inning.
Anderson threw six shutout innings that day, allowing three hits.
Neither got a decision in their August head-to-head, which began with Matt Chapman and Khris Davis homering off Pena in a three-run top of the first.
But that's all the A's got off the 29-year-old in 5 2/3 innings.
In the meantime, the Angels rallied to win 4-3, with Kole Calhoun contributing a two-run homer off Anderson to get the comeback rolling.
Anderson has faced the Angels 13 times in his career, 10 times as a starter, going 2-3 with a 3.48 ERA.
He's had surprising success against Trout (1-for-9) and Albert Pujols (0-for-7).
Like his A's mates in the first two games of the series, one powerful bat Anderson won't have to deal with Saturday is Angels slugger Justin Upton, who suffered a toe injury when he ran into the outfield wall in last Sunday's exhibition game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Angels manager Brad Ausmus announced before Friday's game that Upton will miss at least the next eight weeks.
"It's certainly not ideal," Ausmus gruffly responded to reporters when asked about the significance of the injury. "Can we withstand it? We have to. We don't have a choice."
Anderson will be following in the footsteps of starters Mike Fiers and Marco Estrada, both of whom turned shutouts over to the Oakland bullpen.
A's relievers protected Fiers' lead, but couldn't do the same with Estrada's.
"Same situation as (the opener)," A's manager Bob Melvin observed to reporters about the use of his bullpen in Friday's 6-2 loss. "Once we took the lead, we had our guys lined up.
"We feel good when our bullpen's in the game and we're in the lead. Just didn't happen tonight."
Pena has three career appearances (two starts) against the A's, all last season. He's gone 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA.
Jurickson Profar was a third current member of the A's to have homered against Pena last season, doing so for Texas.
--Field Level Media
Updated March 30, 2019