The eastward road trip is coming to a close. After starting in Detroit with the Tigers, the Angels met with the Nationals in the nation's capital to start this week. This weekend a series that is my personal favorite since I am just outside of New York City. Let's see if the Halos deliver and earn me some bragging rights with friends and family.
Being that Michael Pineda started this week and was served a suspension, the Halos will not have to worry about any foreign substances being in play. But that could all change if Joe Girardi goes on the defensive and calls out any and every pitcher he suspects of using something. However, I am sure Mike Butcher can give his guys an alternative to putting pine tar on their necks.
C.J. Wilson, Hector Santiago, and Garrett Richards get the nod from Scioscia this weekend. Wilson was knocked around by the Tigers in his last start and Santiago was part of the Sunday afternoon debacle in Detroit. Richards, on the other hand, was spectacular on Monday night against the Nationals. The biggest question mark for the starters in this series is Hector Santiago. While his last start was not awful, his other starts have not been all that great.
For the home team, two Japanese imports along with Ivan Nova's replacement, Vidal Nuno. Kuroda has not been all that great this season. He has consistently allowed a decent amount of hits and has not exactly looked like a $16 million man. Tanaka, however, has been a stud for the Yankees thus far. His WHIP is well below 1 and he has let up only 2 walks this season. And he continues to be a strikeout machine. Vidal Nuno faces a test early this season as Saturday's matchup (on FS1) is Nuno's second start.
In the batter's box, Albert Pujols is carrying his weight and we are all waiting for him to get over the 500 home run hump to pursue 600. Mike Trout is doing his 'thang' and Howie Kendrick is starting to produce. The absence of Josh Hamilton's 2014 renaissance is missed, but the Halos are finding ways to score. The team average may not be high, but the runs are.
Grab your favorite beverage and enjoy this weekend's serving a baseball:
April 25 4:05pm (59, chance of showers) -- FOX Sports West, YES Network
April 26 10:05am (62, partly cloudy) -- FOX Sports 1
April 27 5:05pm (53, clear) -- ESPN Sunday Night Baseball
Ryan Brasier (right elbow)
Sean Burnett (left elbow)
Kole Calhoun (right ankle)
Dane De La Rosa (right shoulder)
Josh Hamilton (left thumb)
Brian Moran (left elbow)
*Don Baylor (right leg)
Francisco Cervelli (right hamstring)
Ivan Nova (right elbow)
Brendan Ryan (spine nerve)