Mike Trout and the Angels visit Bryce Harper and the Nationals

Mike Trout

The Nationals host the Angels for the first of three interleague games. Washington leads the majors with 20 errors and they committed four during a four-game split with St. Louis over the weekend. The Nationals were mistake-free in yesterday’s 3-2 victory, however, winning despite leaving 17 runners on base.

The Nationals, who are in the midst of an 11-game homestand, will face the Angels for the first time since they swept them in 2011. The Angels enter this contest on a two-game slide after they tallied four errors that led to both runs in yesterday’s 2-1 setback against the Tigers, including three throwing errors on a stolen base attempt and an errant pickoff throw by Hank Conger on a pitchout. The loss was the Angels’ fifth in their last eight games, four of which have been decided by one run.

This game will feature the first clash between Mike Trout and Bryce Harper but both stars are struggling at the plate a bit. Trout is 0-for-7 over his last two games after going 14-for-33 in his previous seven while Harper is 2-for-15 in four contests since hitting 14-for-29 during an eight-game hitting streak.

According to the MLB Lines at OddsBay, the Angels are at + 107, the Nationals are at -117 and the total is set at 8 at most sportsbooks.

Pitching Matchup:

Garrett Richards (2-0, 2.84 ERA) vs. Tanner Roark (1-0, 5.29 ERA)

Richards was tagged for five runs and eight hits over seven innings in Tuesday’s 10-9 loss to the Athletics, but he was still in line for the win until reliever Joe Smith surrendered four runs without recording an out in the eighth inning. The outing was the first poor one in three tries for the right-hander, who held his first two opponents to a total of one run and four hits over 12 innings on the road. Richards has never faced the Nationals, but he is 1-0 with a 1.27 ERA in 10 interleague appearances (three starts).

Tanner Roark took his third consecutive turn on the road on Wednesday, earning a no-decision for the second straight time in the Nationals’ 6-3 victory over the Marlins. Roark allowed three runs on seven hits over a season-high 6 1/3 innings, but he has been almost untouchable in his brief career at home, going 3-0 with a 0.47 ERA in seven all-time appearances (one start). His only interleague action came against the Royals last August, when he yielded one hit over 4 2/3 innings in relief to get the win.

Los Angeles Angels (8-10) vs. Washington Nationals (11-8)

7:05 PM ET, April 21

Nationals Park

Coverage: MASN

61° F/ 16° C

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