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Texas Rangers Series Preview: Los Angeles Angels

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In the hopes that a return home will get this team on track

Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

The Texas Rangers are back home for a six game home-stand, starting off against the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels are currently tied with the Mariners for third place in the division with a record of 5-9 while the Rangers are 3-8. The Rangers run differential is -18 while the Angels are -1.

On Friday, Griffin Canning will make his third start of the 2020 season it what will also be his third start against the Rangers in his career. The Rangers faced Canning twice last year — he pitched 8.1 innings giving up seven runs on 10 hits and five walks, striking out 11. He got a loss and a no decision between those two games. His most recent 2020 start came against Houston in a game where he gave up just one run over six innings.

Jordan Lyles will face off against Canning for the Rangers. Lyles has pitched five games against the Angels, and in his career he’s 2-1 with a 5.50 ERA and 1.39 WHIP. He last faced them in 2015.

Kolby Allard will make the start on Saturday for the Rangers. In his one career start against the Angels he gave up seven runs (six earned) in five innings, though Texas went on to win 8-7 in the 11th.

The Angels don’t have a starter listed for Saturday.

In the finale of the series, Lance Lynn will match up against Andrew Heaney.

Last season Lynn won both home starts he made against the Angels. In his three starts against Los Angeles in 2019, he went 2-1 with, giving up six runs on 21 hits and four walks, striking out 12 over 19.2 innings. Heaney made three starts against the Rangers last season, going 1-0 in 19 innings pitched, giving up four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and four walks, striking out 32.

There are different start times for each game of this series:

Friday 8:05pm CST

Saturday 6:05pm CST

Sunday 1:35pm CST