Pittsburgh Pirates look to stay on winning track against Los Angeles Angels

After taking two of three from the Colorado Rockies, the Pirates look to stay on the winning track against the Los Angeles Angels this weekend.
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MONDAY: Tyler Anderson (LHP) vs Mitch Keller (RHP)

After an ugly first season with the Angels in which he posted an ERA of 5.43, Anderson has bounced back so far this season, posting a 2.23 ERA in six starts and across 36.1 innings pitched. That being said, his 4.78 FIP suggests that Anderson might be getting a bit lucky.

Keller is coming off a solid start in his last start against Oakland, allowing three earned runs in five innings against the Oakland Athletics. He, however, took his third loss of the season. Entering Monday, he's 2-3 with a 5.18 ERA.

TUESDAY: Patrick Sandoval (LHP) vs Quinn Priester (RHP)

It has been a tough season for Patrick Sandoval. He enters Tuesday with a 1-5 season and a 5.91 ERA but his FIP suggests the opposite of his teammate Tyler Anderson. Through seven starts, Sandoval has a 3.19 FIP this season. He's only allowed two home runs but has walked 16 in 32 innings pitched. He's also allowing 10.7 hits per nine.

Priester put together a second straight quality start against Oakland last week, allowing two earned runs and three total in six innings. He struck out three while walking four. He did, however, give up a pair of home runs and has now allowed five in 16.1 innings pitched.

WEDNESDAY: Jose Soriano (RHP) vs Martin Perez (LHP)

Soriano has been one of the Angels' best pitchers on the young season, posting a 3.77 ERA over 28.2 innings pitched. That being said, control has been an issue so far with 15 walks and four hit by pitches. Last time out for Soriano, he pitched six scoreless innings against the Cleveland Guardians, walking one and striking out three.

Perez enters this week's series with a 1-2 record and a 3.15 ERA in seven starts and 40 innings pitched. This past weekend against the Rockies, the veteran pitched 5.1, allowing three earned runs on eight hits including a solo home run by Rockies third baseman Ryan McMahon.