Another Angels rookie pitcher gets crack at Rangers
In their biggest series of the season to date, the Angels will turn to another rookie pitcher against the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. After Garrett Richards' second big league start was cut short by a right groin strain in the first inning of an 8-4 loss Monday night, 21-year-old right-hander Tyler Chatwood will attempt to subdue the Rangers on Tuesday night.
Chatwood, called up in early April, is 6-8 with a 4.07 earned-run average on the season and is winless in six of his last seven starts (1-4) despite allowing three runs or fewer in four of those games.
He is also winless in his last six home starts, with a 5.73 ERA (21 earned runs, 33 innings) in those games. His last victory in Angel Stadium came on May 22 against the Atlanta Braves.
In seven of his eight losses this season, the Angels have failed to score a run while Chatwood was in the game.
The Angels lineup: CF Peter Bourjos, 3B Alberto Callaspo, DH Bobby Abreu, RF Torii Hunter, 1B Mark Trumbo, LF Vernon Wells, 2B Howie Kendrick, SS Erick Aybar, C Jeff Mathis, P Tyler Chatwood.
The Rangers lineup: 2B Ian Kinsler, SS Elvis Andrus, LF Josh Hamilton, 3B Michael Young, RF Nelson Cruz, C Mike Napoli, 1B Mitch Moreland, DH Yorvit Torrealba, CF Endy Chavez, P Derek Holland.
Photo: Tyler Chatwood. Credit: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times