This will be the 627th time these two times have faced each other since 1961. Over the past 5 years, these two teams are 19-19. In 2015, the Angels won the series in Anaheim 2 games to 1.
The Angels hope to turn things around (again) after a series of really bad days in New York in which they were swept by the Yankees and were outscored 29-14. Talk about a bad trip. Mike Scioscia and his team now find themselves 11 games out of first place, and are bailing water with no buckets.
Stop me if you've heard this one before... A first place team (Indians) heads to Anaheim to take on the nearly last place Angels. The last time this happened, the Orioles rode into town and rode out with a 2-1 series win. Do we have what it takes to end up with a different result this time? The Indians dropped 2 to the Mariner's in Seattle, but before that were coming off a 6-game winning streak. Must be nice to know what it feels like to win more than 4 games in a row - right Cleveland fans? Let alone, being anywhere near the .500 mark.
The Angels flew in from NY for a fairly quick turn around. There have been worse schedules, but it is kinda rough to land in California around 2-3AM after a 5 hour flight and have a game the next night (or the same night, depending on how you look at it). At least the Indians were already on the West Coast.
The Indians have some HR power all around their lineup, especially in Santana and Napoli, but overall they sit about in the middle in the AL for HRs. In fact, they sit around the middle in the AL for most batting stats. They aren't afraid of the running game, and are 4th in the AL in SB - led by Rajai Davis (14) and Francisco Lindor (10).
Biggest question(s): Can the Angels bounce back from their trouncing in the Bronx?
Hector Santiago vs. Corey Kluber
Friday, June 10th, 2016 @ 7:05PM
Shoemaker was broken to start the year, now it's apparently Santiago's turn to need fixing.
Matt Shoemaker vs. Trevor Bauer
Saturday, June 11th, 2016 @ 7:05PM
Shoemaker has a splitter and it's good stuff.
Trevor Bauer has been pretty solid this year. Since he progressed from the pen to a starting role on April 30th, he hasn't given up more than 4 runs (and that was just once). The good news is, he gives up runs most games, and has only had one scoreless start out of his 8 games. He consistently has allowed 3 ER, in fact, he's allowed exactly 3 ER in 5 of his 8 starts. Bauer has gone 7+ innings in back to back starts now, striking out 16 and allowing 4 ER. In 2015, Bauer pitched 8 strong innings against the Halos, allowing only 1 run on 5 hits.
TBD vs. Danny Salazar
Sunday, June 12, 2016 @ 12:35PM
Angels don't have a starter listed yet for Sunday