While the rotation has played a major role in the Los Angeles Angels’ positive stretch at home, the Colorado Rockies haven’t gotten much from their starters during their nine-game losing streak.
As C.J. Wilson looks to add to his string of solid performances, the Angels will go after their fifth victory in seven games Tuesday night in the opener of a two-game series against the Rockies.
Los Angeles starters have allowed one run or none four times in the team’s last six games after Garrett Richards and three relievers combined for a one-hitter in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Houston.
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Wilson (1-2, 2.70 ERA) gave the Angels (15-17) another solid start in that stretch last Wednesday, when he surrendered two runs over seven innings before Huston Street blew the save in Los Angeles’ 4-3 victory over Seattle.
"I don’t think any club can reach its goals without five guys going out there and giving their team a chance to win," manager Mike Scioscia told MLB’s official website. "This week has been incredible, with the length and quality we’ve got (from our rotation)."
Wilson has allowed two runs or fewer in five of his six starts and in each of his past four. The left-hander is also 9-2 with a 3.62 ERA in his last 17 starts at Angel Stadium, with the hosts winning 14 of those.
In his only career start against the Rockies, Wilson yielded one run over eight innings of a 7-2 road win in June 2012.
Former Minnesota first baseman Justin Morneau has the most experience facing Wilson, but he’s just 2 for 17 with one home run in their matchups. Nick Hundley has been a bright spot for Colorado, batting .415 over a 12-game hitting streak.
Wilson has received a total of six runs from the offense over his last five outings and owns a major league-low 1.80 run-support average. However, that could change as the Angels look to add to Kyle Kendrick’s struggles.
The right-hander is 0-4 with a 11.08 ERA in five starts since shutting out Milwaukee over seven innings to win his debut with the Rockies. He’ll work on eight days rest after allowing six runs over five innings in an 8-6 loss at San Diego on May 3.
Kendrick (1-4, 8.73) has been hurt by the long ball, yielding 10 homers over his last five outings. He’s never faced the Angels, though Albert Pujols has gone 5 for 12 with a home run off him dating to his time in St. Louis.
Rockies starters, last in the NL with a 5.66 ERA, have been particularly dreadful with an 8.86 mark during a skid that’s tied for the fourth longest in franchise history. Colorado (11-17) now hopes to avoid its first 10-game losing streak since April 24-May 7, 2005, following Sunday’s 9-5 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
”Honestly, good teams don’t go through this," third baseman Nolan Arenado said. "We need to find a way to get out of it. I believe we’re a good team but right now we’re not playing at a high level.”
This is the first meeting between the Rockies and Angels since June 8-10, 2012, when Mike Trout went 8 for 14, scored eight runs and stole four bases in Los Angeles’ three-game road sweep. The Angels have won the last five matchups overall.