Lincecum, Skaggs, Shoemaker. That pitching order sounds pretty good except for the opener #amiright?
This season is kind of like the above mentioned Meatloaf song. "There's nothing left inside of here." ie., this team has nowhere to go. "That'll never changed the way I feel." But still fans, right?? This 2016 Angels season is one we want, one we need, but probably one we don't love. Thanks for the words of wisdom Meatloaf.
The Angels are now firmly (I use that term loosely) in 4th place and chasing the Mariners. If they do catch them, it's going to be a while since they are 5.5 games behind. But the Halos have been playing good ball since July and stranger things have happened.
The Angels have outscored the Mariners 95-60 since All-Star break and they have the best AVG and OBP in all of baseball while the Mariners rank 27th. Pitching, of course, has been the Achilles heel for the Angels, though their team ERA of 3.70 since the break is very respectable (Seattle is at 4.49).
These teams have already met 6 times this year and the Angels have taken 4 games. The Halos took 12 of the 19 matchups in 2015.
Biggest question: Still wondering when The Freak shows up or gets the boot.
Tim Lincecum vs. Felix Hernandez
Friday, August 5th, 2016 @ 7:10PM
Battle of the the former Cy Youngs
Tyler Skaggs vs. Taijuan Walker
Saturday, August 6th, 2016 @ 6:10PM
Matt Shoemaker v. James Paxton
Sunday, August 7th, 2016 @ 1:10PM
Would rather be facing Bill Paxton
VERDICT: Paxton has been pretty good and Shoemaker never gets run support so this will be a toughy.
OVERALL VERDICT: A sweep is doubtful, but the Angels might be able to pull off a series win.