Well crap. The Angels were swept by the Mariners and now head to Chi-Town to take on the Cubs. I think they are good? We are probably in great hands with Weaver and Nolasco taking the mound against the Cubs. I mean, the Cubs? That sounds kinda wimpy right? Cubs are cute and cuddly. I'm sure our top 2 pitchers will be no match for a cute and cuddly team like the Cubs who are on a lowly 7 game winning streak.
I guess the good news is we will get to watch some really good players on Tuesday and Wednesday. Like Mike Trout and pretty much the entire Cubs roster. So chin up buttercup. Opps, I said the bad word. But don't worry - we can't be buttercupped when we lose by 10 runs (or worse). During the two game series to start the season, the Cubs beat the Angels by a total of 15-1 on the backs of Arrieta and Lester.
Yes the Cubs are good. No the Angels are not. I suggest you still enjoy this short series, but keep your expectations low. Post All-Star break, the Angels have scored 16 more runs than the Cubs and are hitting 25 points higher. The Cubs have also hit a measly 14 homeruns (last in the majors) since the break, while the Angels have socked 22. Offensively, the Angels have actually been significantly better than the Cubs which is pretty amazing considering our lineup was basically MacGyvered together with duct tape and left over pieces from other teams.
The problem will come into play when our offense faces the #1 pitching staff. Since the break, the Cubbies have a staggering 2.31 team ERA and pretty much have a lights out bullpen now (aside from Joe Smith). The Cubs pen has a 1.88 ERA since the break and they've only had Aroldis Chapman for a portion of that time.
An often potent Angels offense facing lights out pitching + Cubs sometimes potent offense facing bad pitching. You can see which way this series will probably go. We don't have to face Hendricks, Arrieta, or Lester, so that's a bit of hope since Lackey and Hammel are the two "worst" starters on the Cubs. Must be nice to have your two worst staters with a 1.10 WHIP or less and 3.70 ERA or less.
Biggest question(s): Who is better - Trout or Bryant?
Jered Weaver vs. John Lackey
Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 @ 5:05PM
Veteran arms face off or fall off
Ricky Nolasco vs. Jason Hammel
Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 @ 5:05PM
Ricky Fiasco Nolasco is trying to shake off his new nickname.
OVERALL VERDICT: Cubs should probably sweep the Angels and extend their winning streak to 9 - but they have to lose some time right? Hope springs eternal....