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Angels keep faith in OF Jo Adell in tilt vs. White Sox
Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox
- The Angels are 10-4 (.714) against the White Sox since the beginning of the 2019 season. This ties for the Angels' best winning percentage against any AL opponent in that span (Blue Jays).
- Prior to 2022, Taylor Ward had 15 home runs and 55 RBI with a .230 average in 159 career MLB games over four seasons. So far this season, he is hitting .381 to go with four home runs and 11 RBI in 12 games played.
- In his first three starts of the season, Noah Syndergaard has only allowed 10 hits. This is the lowest hit total he's surrendered in his first three starts of a season in his career (previous low was 13).
- Andrew Vaughn has hit four home runs with 12 RBI this season. He is tied for the second most home runs in the AL in 2022 among players under the age of 25 (behind Vladimir Guerrero Jr.).
- Lucas Giolito had nine strikeouts in four innings pitched in his previous start against the Twins. The only MLB pitcher with more strikeouts through 4.0 innings of a start this season is Nestor Cortes (10).
- The Angels have 14 stolen bases so far this season which is the most in the American League. This is the team's most stolen bases through 20 games since 2010 when they had 16.
- Blue Jays hire Mattingly as bench coach
- 1B Abreu joins Astros on 3-year deal
- MLBPA extends Clark through 2027
- Candelario, Nats agree to 1-year deal
- Pirates sign veteran 1B/DH Santana
Jo Adell is expected to get the start in left field Sunday afternoon when the visiting Los Angeles Angels play the third game of their four-game set against the Chicago White Sox.
With Mike Trout in center field and Taylor Ward winning the every-day spot in right field with his sizzling bat, Adell and Brandon Marsh find themselves in a platoon situation in left field, with the right-handed hitting Adell getting starts against lefties.
The White Sox will throw left-hander Dallas Keuchel (1-2, 9.00 ERA) against Angels right-hander Michael Lorenzen (2-1, 2.93) on Sunday.
Adell, though, actually has had more success against right-handers, both in his career and this season. He's hitting .290 against right-handers this season, and just .158 vs. lefties. For his career, he's hitting .217 vs. righties, .202 vs. lefties.
Adell also is still trying to figure out how to lower his strikeout rate. In his rookie year in 2020, he struck out in 42 percent of his plate appearances, but he got that number down to 23 percent last season. He is at 36 percent in 2022.
The Angels, though, still believe in his potential, and with Adell (23 years old) and Marsh (24) still getting their major league feet wet, splitting the left field duties might take off some of the pressure.
"They're very talented, there's no question," Angels manager Joe Maddon said. "You put your scout's cap on, and my goodness, that's exactly what you're looking for. Body, speed, strength, running ability, everything. They're gonna get settled in. But they're going to be really good major leaguers for a long time."
In fact, together, their combined numbers aren't too far off those of Trout (five homers, 10 RBIs) and Ward (five homers, 13 RBIs). Adell and Marsh have combined for five homers and 23 RBIs.
"They're giving you flashes right now," Maddon said. "We need to get their feet on the ground to the point where they can compete in really tight games and meaningful times of the year. ... That has to be nurtured. I don't expect it overnight. You don't turn battleships on a dime."
Lorenzen has no decisions with a 3.86 ERA in five career games (two starts) vs. the White Sox. Keuchel has had success against the Angels, going 12-2 with a 3.52 ERA in 20 career games (19 starts). But he has not beaten Los Angeles since 2018.
Despite Saturday's 4-0 win over the Angels, the White Sox have lost 10 of their last 12 games, a lack of offense being a big part of it. During those 12 games, they've averaged just 2.4 runs per game.
"Guys are grinding. But whatever the reason, the quality of at-bats can get better, and they're working on it," White Sox manager Tony La Russa said.
"It's starting to show results. I've learned a long time ago, if you try to explain yourself, it sounds like an excuse. The less you explain, the less excuses people think you're making. But our offense is going to be fine. We're going in the right direction," La Russa said.
--Field Level Media
Updated May 1, 2022