29-14. That was the total score of the Yankees vs. Angels in their 4 game set back in June. It was a painful sweep, as any loss against the Yankees is. The Angels are only 2-8 vs. the Yankees over the past two years which is pretty miserable.
The great UCL hope, Masarhiro Tanaka, is pitching the series opener. His non-surgical survival from a UCL tear gives us hope that Garrett Richards can come back to pitch in 2017. Tanaka is a little bit different since he throws like 85 different pitches and doesn't rely on a high 90s fastball. But I digress...
Aside for Tanaka, the Angels will be facing two young (Cy Rookie) pitchers during this series. The Yankees have been busy with minor league call-ups this year.
Unlike the Angels, the Yankees have been playing some pretty good baseball and are two games over .500. The Yankees are out hitting the Angels by about 30 points in August and out pitching them by just a little bit.
Biggest question: Can we beat the freaking Yankees??
Jered Weaver vs. Masahiro Tanaka
Friday, August 19th, 2016 @ 7:05PM
UCL tear survivor on the mound
Ricky Nolasco vs. Luis Cessa
Saturday, August 20th, 2016 @ 6:35PM
Jhoulys Chacin vs. Chad Green
Sunday, August 21st, 2016 @ 12:35PM
Cy Rookie alert, part 2.
OVERALL VERDICT: Series win will be tough. We should be able to pick up at least one win but have a chance to be swept - again.