"What we try to do is have a staff of five aces," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "John [Lackey] has stepped up and done a great job as the lead dog, and Kelvim's right there with him. Both those guys have been terrific all year."
Wolf encountered his usual first-inning struggles against the Mets in his last start, but he got back on track with his off-speed pitches and kept the Dodgers close enough to mount a comeback for a 5-3 victory. Signed on the rebound from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery, Wolf has emerged as one of the best pickups from the last offseason.
LAA: RHP Kelvim Escobar (7-3, 2.89 ERA)
Escobar beat the Dodgers with eight shutout innings, giving up three hits, this year at Angel Stadium and is 2-1 with a 2.53 ERA in three career games against the Dodgers. He is making his Dodger Stadium debut.
LAD: LHP Randy Wolf (8-4, 4.06 ERA)
Look for Mike Scioscia to stack his lineup with right-handed bats against Wolf, facing the Angels for the first time. Right-handers have batted .261 over Wolf's career compared to .220 by lefties.
Player to watch
The Angels are hoping there's no residual pain in Vlad Guerrero's right arm after he was struck by a Jason Schmidt pitch on Saturday. Vlad has torched Wolf in previous meetings: 12-for-24, three homers, 12 RBIs, six walks.
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Monday: Angels (John Lackey, 10-4, 2.53) vs. Astros (Chris Sampson, 6-5, 3.29), 7:05 p.m. PT
Tuesday: Angels (Bartolo Colon, 6-2, 5.73) vs. Astros (Jason Jennings, 0-1, 3.18), 7:05 p.m. PT
Wednesday: Angels (Ervin Santana, 5-7, 5.04) vs. Astros (Wandy Rodriguez, 4-6, 4.19), 7:05 p.m. PT