Well, here we are - the last week of the season for our Angels, and we face familiar foes in the cellar-sharing Oakland A's. While the Angels were busy almost sweeping the Astros, the A's last week dropped all 3 games to them and two more to the Rangers.
These two teams have been fairly evenly matched all year, and the Angels are up 9 games to 7. The A's are one of the things standing between the Angels and a higher draft pick - and probably the only thing standing between the Angels and their first cellar dwelling finish in the Mike Scioscia era.
Can Weaver, Nolasco, and Meyer save Soth from the ultimate embarrasment? Can Mike Trout hit 30 homeruns and steal 30 bases this year? Stay tuned friends - same time, same bat channel.
Biggest question: Will the Angels buttercup their way out of a top 10 draft pick for 2017?
Jered Weaver v. Sean Manaea
Monday, September 26th, 2016 @ 7:05PM
Manaea has only allowed 1 run in his last 21.1 innings. The good news is the Angels beat him up last time they faced him with 5 runs in 5.2 innings including homeruns by Jett Bandy and Jefry Marte.
Ricky Nolasco v. Daniel Mengden
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 @ 7:05PM
Rollie fingers Jr. takes the mound.
Don't look now, but Ricky Nolasco has had two back to back scoreless starts and he hasn't allowed a run in his last 13 innings against Toronto and Houston. That now makes 3 of Nolasco's 10 starts where he hasn't allowed a run. He has shown a record of struggling when the pressure is on so hopefully the Angels can get him some early insurance runs. He's faced Oakland twice as an Angels and in 13 innings has given up 8 runs and 3 homers.
This 23 year old is not having a great season with a 5.74 ERA. He gave up 4 runs to Houston his last time out. Mengden has yet to face the Angels in his very young career.
Alex Meyer v. Sonny Gray
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 @ 7:05PM
OVERALL VERDICT: The Angels could take this series with an a shot at a sweep if their pitching holds up.