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Angels turn to Tucker Davidson in finale vs. Rangers

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Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Rangers have won 10 of their 16 games against the Angels this season, including four wins in six games in Anaheim. The Angels hit 17 home runs in the 10 games they played in Arlington this year but they've hit only two homers in their six home games against Texas.
  2. The Rangers have the worst record in the major leagues in games decided by a one-run margin this season (14-33, .298) and the Angels have the sixth-worst mark in such games (17-25, .405). Texas has the lowest winning percentage in one-run games this season both at home (8-14, .364) and on the road (6-19, .240).
  3. Glenn Otto beat the Angels in Anaheim on May 25 (five innings, one run) but he's 0-4 with a 4.66 ERA in his 10 road starts since then, including a start against the Angels on July 30 (no decision, five innings, four runs).
  4. The Angels bring a 13-12 September record into their final game this month. The team was 14-8 in April this year but they posted a losing record in each of the next four months: 13-15 in May, 10-18 in June, 6-18 in July and 14-15 in August.
  5. Mike Trout has hit 10 home runs in September, which ties him with Aaron Judge and Anthony Santander for the most in MLB. This is the sixth time Trout has hit 10 or more homers in a calendar month during his 12 seasons in the majors. His career high for home runs in one month is 13 in July 2019.
  6. Reid Detmers allowed 11 home runs in his first 12 starts this season (58 innings) but he has given up only two homers in 12 starts since then (65 innings) and none in his last six starts. Patrick Sandoval is the only pitcher with a longer streak of homerless starts for the Angels this season (nine, April 12 through June 5).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/30/2022 thru 10/2/2022

Left-hander Tucker Davidson will make his final start of the season for the Los Angeles Angels on Sunday against the Texas Rangers in Anaheim, Calif.

Although it is game No. 159 in a 162-game season, Davidson should be rested.

Davidson (2-7, 6.80 ERA) last pitched on Sept. 21, also against the Rangers. And that start came after the club decided to skip a start in order for him to focus on the mechanics of his delivery in an effort to improve his control.

Prior to that Sept. 21 game, Davidson had issued more walks (30) than strikeouts (27) in 11 games (10 starts) this season, including four games with the Atlanta Braves. Davidson was acquired by the Angels in a trade deadline deal Aug. 2 along with reliever Jesse Chavez in exchange for closer Raisel Iglesias.

The time off seemed to work, as Davidson did not walk a batter in five innings. He was tagged with the loss but did not pitch poorly, giving up three runs and five hits.

"I think the walks and the strike percentage kind of showed that," Davidson said. "It's one of those (things) I'm going to continue to build off of, but I think we're making a lot of progress. I think the new delivery setup, whatever you want to call it, is going to be beneficial for me, and it just kind of simplifies things."

Angels interim manager Phil Nevin agreed that Davidson's work in between starts is paying off.

"That was the most encouraging thing," Nevin said. "He was around the strike zone, and just seeing him around the zone like that and not (allowing) hard contact is good."

Davidson's start against the Rangers on Sept. 21 was his first and only career appearance versus Texas.

Right-hander Tyson Miller (1-1, 8.10 ERA) will get the start for the Rangers on Sunday.

Miller, who has yet to face the Angels in his career, allowed two hits in 3 2/3 innings in a 5-0 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.

Marcus Semien, who went 1-for-4 in Saturday's 3-2 loss to the Angels, is finishing up his first season as the Rangers second baseman. He is having added another solid season to his career, including on the defensive side.

Semien committed 35 errors as the Oakland A's shortstop in 2015 and 21 more in 2016. But thanks to the help of then-A's coach Ron Washington and continued hard work since leaving the team, Semien successfully has made the transition from shortstop to second base.

Last season with Toronto, he won a Gold Glove at second base.

"Yeah, I mean, for me, it's not always about errors," Semien said. "It's about what balls you can get to and what plays you're making that the rest of the league doesn't. I think that's where the analytics have gone. It used to be just fielding percentage, now it's both. Do you make every play that you're supposed to make? And do you make plays that other people don't? That's kind of the difference maker."

Enough to win another Gold Glove?

"I think as of late (he's done enough)," Rangers interim manager Tony Beasley said. "Early on, not so much. But he's shown why he won a Gold Glove. I think you've seen ample enough defensive prowess to understand that.

"But Marcus would be the first one to tell you that his defense, especially earlier on and up to halfway through the season, was not where he wanted it to be. I don't know that he'll be in a Gold Glove conversation this year. But I think he would tell you himself that he wants to get better defensively."

--Field Level Media

Updated October 2, 2022

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