Out of sight, out of mind. The calendar is turning pages into August and the Angels are looking to spring into action to make a push in the Wild Card hunt as summer is quickly turning into fall. Heading into the final series of the month/ first of another, the Halos (54-53) head to humid Tampa to take on the Rays (53-53). Currently standing at 11-12 in July, the Angels will attempt to go .500 on the month with a win in the opener and continue the momentum against a Rays team that has been struggling defensively. Over the past three games, Tampa Bay has allowed 37 runs to the Baltimore Orioles-- the worst team in baseball. If the pitching staff continues to throw over the heart of the plate, the Angels offense that has four times hit the double-digit mark since the Break should be in good shape to return to form.
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Angels vs. Rays: The Schedule
Tuesday, July 31: Fox Sports West, 3:30p.
Wednesday, August 1: Fox Sports West, 3:30p.
Thursday. August 2: Fox Sports West, 9:30a.
Note: All times reflect the start of #AngelsLive.
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Angels vs. Rays: The Probables
Tuesday, July 31: LHP Tyler Skaggs (Angels) vs. RHP Ryne Stanek (Rays)
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Angels vs. Rays: The One to Watch
That's so Fletch!
After bursting onto the scene in June, rookie David Fletcher continued to impress both at the plate and manning multiple positions around the diamond for Mike Scioscia's ball club in July. As a utility player, Fletch has played in all 23 games so far this month-- earning 19 starts-- and performed at a heroic level, especially manning the hot corner. His efforts at the plate amounted to seven extra-base hits in the month and he is maintaining a .298 average. He has struggled away from the Big A so far in his early career (home avg: .348, road avg: .229), but now that he has found a more perminent spot in the rotation, look for Fletcher to make a major impact on his second trip to the east coast.