Much like last week's road series against the Chicago White Sox, the Los Angeles Angels have struggled to produce with runners in scoring position in their rematch at home.
Unlike that first series, the Angels are in position to sweep this four-game set thanks to their opponent's own offensive struggles.
The Angels can do so by handing the White Sox a ninth consecutive loss at Anaheim on Thursday night.
Los Angeles (63-57) was outscored 14-4 and went 1 for 32 with runners in scoring position while being swept on Chicago's South Side from Aug. 10-12. The Angels have managed eight runs and are 1 for 16 in those situations through the first three of this series. However, they've held the White Sox (55-63) to four runs and a 1-for-19 effort with runners in scoring position.
Carlos Perez's sixth-inning homer was the difference in Wednesday's 1-0 victory for Los Angeles, which has recorded six of its runs on five homers in the series. The Angels held on thanks to a game-ending double play that needed replay to overturn a safe call at first.
"It's one of those things where one error can hurt you, one bad pitch can hurt you," winning pitcher Jered Weaver said. "It's exciting.''
Mired in its third seven-game road losing streak of the season, Chicago has dropped 14 of 17 at Anaheim.
Losers of 13 of 19 overall, the White Sox turn to Jose Quintana (6-10, 3.62 ERA), who is 0-2 with a 5.06 ERA in three road starts against the Angels. He's 0-1 with a 4.34 ERA and has received seven runs of support in three starts this month.
"I love the kid," manager Robin Ventura told MLB's official website after the left-hander allowed three runs in six innings of Saturday's 6-3 loss to the Cubs.
"He's a competitor. When he goes (to the mound), the other teams know they're in for a fight. He's grinding the whole time. His record is one thing, but we know what he is. ... That record, you can throw it out the window."
Mike Trout and Albert Pujols are each batting .333 with a home run against Quintana. Trout, however, is 1 for 15 in the last five games.
Pujols, who's homered in each of the first two games of this series and three of four overall, is expected to be in the lineup after being rested Wednesday.
"I don't think it's ever easy for Albert to have a day off," manager Mike Scioscia said. "With Albert, I think there's a definite parallel between the strength in his legs and his foundation and his production, and you want to make sure that stays there."
Los Angeles has recalled Nick Tropeano (1-1, 3.00) from Triple-A Salt Lake to make this start in place of Matt Shoemaker, who was sent down Sunday. The right-hander has started twice this season, most recently July 24 when he gave up four runs in six-plus innings of a 4-2 loss to Texas.
Tropeano will try to cool off Chicago second baseman Carlos Sanchez, who is batting .417 with nine doubles in his last 18 road contests.