The Angels and Reds both come in to this series with 74 losses, two of the worst records in baseball this year. While the Halos are coming off back to back series wins, the Reds lost both their last two series (though they did beat the Dodgers before that).
The Reds have one of the worst team ERAs in baseball this year (about 40 points worse than the Angels). However, since the All Star break, they have the 9th best team ERA and the Angels sit at 24th. Also since the break, the Red have scored 205 runs (4th) to the Angels 168 runs (20th). The second half Reds are definitely better than the first half Reds, so this series will be no walk in the park for the Angels.
These two teams haven't met since 2013 and have played each other only 9 times in their entire history. The Angels lead the series 5 games to 4. Those 9 games are the fewest number of times the Angels have played ANY team. The Phillies are runner up at just 10 games. The Red haven't been to Anaheim since 2002, so those 3 or 4 Cincinnati fans living in OC are going to be very happy for a few days.
The Angels are currently tied with Milwaukee to be in line for the 7th overall pick in the 2017 draft. It's unlikely they'll fall lower than the #9 pick, but could go as high as #3 or #4. This series definitely plays into that since the Reds are currently tied with the Rays for a #5 pick.
Biggest question: Can the Angels take three series in a row to end August on a high note?
Matt Shoemaker vs. Dan Straily
Monday, August 29th, 2016 @ 7:05PM
Jered Weaver vs. Tim Adelmann
Tuesday, August 30th, 2016 @ 7:05PM
A bunch of guys who haven't seen Jered Weaver before probably bodes well for him (at least until the 2nd and 3rd time through the order). He has seen Joey Votto, Zach Cozart, and Brandon Phillips in the past and they are hitless against him in 8 trips to the plate.
Ricky Nolasco vs. Brandon FInnegan
Wednesday, August 31th, 2016 @ 4:05PM
Finnegan begin again
OVERALL VERDICT: This series could really swing either way and all 3 games are mostly a toss up.