Heaney, who will face the Rangers for the first time this season, is 2-3 with a 4.82 ERA in 10 career starts against them. He has been able to handle Rangers right fielder Joey Gallo, striking him out eight times in 12 at-bats. Shortstop Elvis Andrus, though, has had some success against Heaney, with seven hits, including two homers and a double, in 23 at-bats.
Texas will be going for the sweep, having won 3-4 on Friday and 2-0 on Saturday.
The Rangers will start right-hander Lance Lynn, who has been even better than Heaney so far this season. He’s 1-0 with a 0.49 ERA in three starts, beginning the season with 18 consecutive scoreless innings, and he’s lasted at least six innings in all three starts. Opposing hitters are batting just .100 against him.
Some of Lynn’s success can be attributed to an effort to throw more off-speed pitches. Last season, he threw a fastball 71.8 percent of the time, the third highest rate in the league among pitchers with at least 1,000 pitches thrown.
“We talked about it all offseason, mixing in more curveballs and changeups,” Lynn said. .”.. If I can mix in my curve and changeup to get some easier outs, that’s the plan. Once I get going and do what I do, if I can have them as weapons, it’s going to be good.”
Angels center fielder Mike Trout is 5-for-18 against Lynn, including two home runs, and Shohei Ohtani is 3-for-7. Overall against the Angels, Lynn is 2-2 with a 3.96 ERA in six career starts.
–Field Level Media