The Freeway Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Anaheim Angels is always one of the more anticipated series of the year, with both teams being so close in proximity and calling Southern California home.
A three-game weekend series will take place between the two teams at Angel Stadium beginning Friday. Last year, the Dodgers absolutely dominated the Angels winning all six matchups.
This year, the two sides enter this series not at their best moments. Both teams begin the set after being swept in their previous series.
The Dodgers were swept in a three-game set in Chicago against the Cubs. In two of those games, the Dodgers were one out away from winning the game, but they fell in extra innings in both contests. The Angels were swept in a four-game home set against the Tampa Bay Rays.
There will be a couple big names from the Angels missing as well, as star third baseman Anthony Rendon was just placed on the injured list after fouling a ball off his kneecap. The Angels also just cut future Hall of Famer, Albert Pujols, on Thursday.
Starting the first game on Friday night for the Dodgers will be Julio Urias. The Dodger left hander is 4-0 and has posted a 2.87 ERA so far this season. In his last start, Urias gave up one run over seven innings against the Milwaukee Brewers. Opposing him will be Angels right hander Griffin Canning who’s 2-2 and has posted a 6.20 ERA.
Saturday’s starter for Anaheim will be righty Dylan Bundy. He’s 0-3 with a 4.00 ERA. Sunday for the Angels, lefty José Quintana is set to pitch. He’s struggled so far this season posting an 0-3 record with a 10.59 ERA. The Dodgers haven’t announced a starter for Saturday and Sunday, although manager Dave Roberts said it is a possibility that Clayton Kershaw will start on four days rest to cover an anticipated bullpen game. The Dodgers have been down a starter since Dustin May went down for the year.
Fans are hoping the Dodgers come alive, as it has been quite a frustrating last few series for the team offensively. The last series the Dodgers won was nearly two weeks ago, so they will look to get back on track. Both teams are coming in on losing streaks. The Dodgers have lost three straight and the Angels have lost five straight.
Over the last ten games, the Dodgers are 2-8 and the Angels are 3-7.
Friday’s first pitch is set 6:38 p.m. Pacific.