If you are counting, that's now 11 losses in a row against the Houston Astros and the Angels have followed up their 6 game winning streak with a 3 game losing streak. Sweep or be swept must be the new motto of this club.
The Angels are 6-3 post All-Star break which is still good, but when faced with a surging team they fell flat on their faces. Next stop is Kansas City for a 3-game set before the Angels square off with the Red Sox at home next weekend.
Other than sweeping the Rangers last week, there really was not a whole of good that came out of the Angels.
Despite losing the game, Matt Shoemaker had another strong start, going 6.2 innings and he allowed only 2 runs. Lack of run support for him continues.
Cam Bedrosian and Joe Smith were solid last week with 6.1 combined innings, 4 hits, 0 walks, and 0 runs. Bedrock also struck out 4 in 3 IP.
Andrelton Simmons has been on fire recently and last week he had an insane .524 AVG.
Jett Bandy has bumped pretty much everyone from the starting catching role with his great defense and a .421 OBP last week.
Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout both hit under .300 last week but both had an identical .435 OBP last week. Trout also swiped a pair of bases on his way to a 30-30 season.
Another pitcher, Nick Tropeano, was lost to a UCL tear. Likely heading for TJ surgery. Ouch.
Jered Weaver got beat up by the Astros on Saturday and gave up 6 runs, 3 walks, 7 hits, and 2 homeruns, in just 4 innings of work
Tim Lincecum was so-so in his first start, giving up 5 runs (3 earned) over 5 innings pitched. He also gave up 9 hits and 2 walks in that game. Then Sunday came along and Lincecum was blasted with 8 runs in just 1.1 innings.
Jose Alvarez pitched a scoreless inning, but in his second appearance he gave up a homerun and 3 runs over 1 inning.
Deolis Guerra has not been his usual awesome self and has given up runs in 3 of his last 4 appearances. Last week he gave up 2 runs in 2.2 IP.
Fernando Salas got ANOTHER blown save last week, but fortunately the Angels went on to win the game.
Jefry Marte and Carlos Perez each had 5 ABs and each hit a mere .200
Gregorio Petit also hit just .200 in his 10 ABs
Ji-Man Choi is back to his old trick - not hitting. He had a .190 last week with zero walks.
It's probably a good thing Johnny Giavotella and his .167 AVG last week sat out a few games.
Daniel Nava brought up the read in the AVG department with a whopping .133 on the week.
Hector Santiago notched the win on Wednesday but gave up 3 runs and only last 5 innings. He gave up 5 hits and 3 walks with an average pitch count of 20 per inning.
Huston Street didn't blow a game last week, but he did give up a homerun and 3 hits in the top of the 9th. Not great for a "closer".
Todd Cunningham hit .286 and didn't draw one walk.
Albert Pujols hit 2 more homeruns, but only batted .273 with 5 Ks.
Yunel Escobar hit only .261 last week with one failed stolen base attempt.