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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Los Angeles Angels Preview and Predictions 09-17-2020

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The Los Angeles Angels are running out of time in their late push to sneak into the playoffs.

They opened this week with a realistic shot at second place in the American League West, but will need a win on Thursday afternoon to avoid getting swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks in their three-game series in Anaheim, Calif.

The Angels lost the series opener 9-8 on Tuesday after falling behind 8-0.

Los Angeles (20-30) fell behind early again on Wednesday and ended up losing 9-6, keeping them 4 1/2 games back of the Houston Astros for second in the division with 10 games remaining.

Wednesday's loss was particularly bothersome for manager Joe Maddon because the Angels had their most consistent starter on the mound, right-hander Dylan Bundy, but he lasted a season-low 2 2/3 innings.

Maddon said after Wednesday's loss that it's imperative the Angels get off to a better start on Thursday, and that begins with starting pitcher Griffin Canning.

"We get behind the proverbial eight ball often and we just keep fighting back," Maddon said. "That's a great characteristic to have, but to get to the promised land, you've got to pitch. You just cannot get there and win unless you pitch at a high level consistently. And we need that again from our starter (Thursday)."

The Diamondbacks saw their playoff hopes disappear while losing 18 of 20 from Aug. 19 to Sept. 9, but manager Torey Lovullo likes what he's seen in Anaheim.

"These guys have been grinding, and playing hard, and practicing hard, for this type of a result," he said. "That's what's most gratifying, when I see the dugout full of excitement and feeling good about themselves. They deserve it. And I want that to continue for as long as we can possibly do it."

The Diamondbacks (19-31) are scheduled to send left-hander Alex Young to the mound for the series finale.

Young (2-3, 4.42 ERA) will be making his sixth start of the season to go along with eight relief appearances.

He's coming off his second win of the season, holding the Seattle Mariners to two runs and two hits in 5 1/3 innings of relief on Friday, allowing the Diamondbacks to hold on for a 4-3 win.

Young has never faced the Angels and the only Los Angeles player who has batted off Young is third baseman Anthony Rendon, who is 0-for-3.

Canning (0-3, 4.57 ERA) has pitched well enough in two of his past three outings to get his first win of 2020.

He was dinged by his own defense in an 8-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday.

Canning took a 2-0 lead into the third inning before the Rockies scored twice when center fielder Mike Trout and right fielder Taylor Ward miscommunicated on a fly ball that should have been the third out of the inning, instead dropping for a two-run double.

Ward also misplayed a deep fly that led to another run in the fourth.

Canning was finished after allowing those three runs over 5 2/3 innings.

On Aug. 30, Canning held the Mariners to one run and four hits over eight innings, but didn't get enough offensive support and the Angels lost 2-1 in 10 innings.

Canning has never faced Arizona, and Jon Jay is the only member of the Diamondbacks to face Canning, going 1-for-3.

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

Los Angeles Angels

  • Jason Castro

    Jaw
    Prob Wed | probable

    Castro is nursing a sprained jaw, but he is expected to take on the Cardinals in Game 1 of the NL wild-card round.

  • Mike Trout

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Trout is not expected to play Sunday against the Dodgers as he is to be rested.

  • Patrick Sandoval

    Leg
    day-to-day | out

    Sandoval was lifted from Sunday's game with a leg injury.

  • Luis Rengifo

    Hamstring
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Rengifo has wound up on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain, ending his season.

  • Dylan Bundy

    Finger
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Bundy missed his last start due to a finger laceration, and it is unclear if he will be available Sunday versus the Dodgers.

  • Anthony Rendon

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Rendon is unlikely to suit up against the Dodgers on Sunday due to a day of rest.

  • Mike Trout

    Rest
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Trout is not expected to play against the Dodgers on Saturday due to a day of rest.

  • Anthony Rendon

    Rest
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Rendon will get the night off to rest against the Dodgers on Saturday.

Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Starling Marte

    Ear
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Marte is battling a left ear contusion, and it is unknown if he will be available for Game 1 of the National League wild-card round against the Cubs.

  • Corbin Martin

    Elbow
    out for season | 45-day IL

    Martin has been placed on the 45-day injured list as he is working his way back from Tommy John surgery. He suffered an oblique strain during his recovery and is likely to be shelved for the remainder of the season.

  • Josh Rojas

    Back
    out for season | 10-day IL

    Rojas is on the 10-day injured list due to lower-back inflammation, and he is likely to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Ildemaro Vargas

    Hamstring
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Vargas will miss an undetermined length of time while on the 10-day injured list due to a right hamstring strain.

  • Starling Marte

    Rest
    Ques Sat | questionable

    Marte is likely to be absent from the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees due to a day of rest.

  • Ketel Marte

    Wrist
    Ques Tues | 10-day IL

    Marte is on the 10-day injured list due to left wrist inflammation. It is unknown if he will return Tuesday versus the Rangers.

  • Andrew Chafin

    Finger
    Ques Sun | 10-day IL

    Chafin has been added to the 10-day injured list with a left finger sprain, and it is uncertain if he will be activated prior to Sunday's game versus the Twins.

  • Starling Marte

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Marte is likely to be absent from the starting lineup for Wednesday's battle with the Red Sox due to a day of rest.

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arizona-diamondbacks Stats 2020

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