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Series Preview: Yankees @ Angels (Judge Not)

The Bronx Bombers head to Anaheim with the leading All Star vote getter in tow

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

All eyes are on the draft today and tomorrow but we also need to get ready for the Yanks coming to town!

The media darling and current leading AL MVP candidate will be in Anaheim this week - and it’s not Mike Trout. The media is going ga ga over Judge and his power (among other things) but during this series he’ll be playing against the Marine Layer - not a bandbox stadium. Now Angels fans get to see this supposed best thing in baseball up close and personal. NOTE: He DOES hit balls far as he hit a 496’ bomb over the weekend - the longest since tracking began in 2009. Yikes.

Angels bats have been hot lately with them scoring 32 runs over their last wins, but those damn Yankees have been hotter, scoring 55 runs over their current 5 game winning streak. Two of the three pitchers have been hot for the Yankees so will be a good test for Halo bats.

The Angels won only 1 game against the Yankees in 7 attempts last year.

Question: Can the Angels pull a double upset in back to back series?


Alex Meyer v. Masahiro Tanaka
Monday, June 12th @ 7:07PM

Meyer > than Tanaka

Pitcher vs. Batters


Alex Meyer is getting more confident and his starts are getting better. How about back to back starts of 6 innings and only 1 run allowed? How about going 6 innings 3 of his last 4 starts with only 2 total ER in those 18.1 innings? Meyer has never faced the Yankees, so this game should be a good test of his new found successes on the mound.

Alex Meyer is having a better season that Masahiro Tanaka who has a 6.55 ERA on the season and has give up 12 ER in his last two starts. Tanaka faced the Angels twice in 2016 and only gave up 2 runs in 14.2 innings.

Verdict: If Meyer can keep the Yankees bats down enough, the Angels have a chance in this kickoff game.


JC Ramirez v. CC Sabathia
Tuesday, June 13th @ 7:07PM

JC vs. CC should be a GG to watch.

Pitcher vs. Batters

Notable Stats:


Will the real JC Ramirez please stand up?? After a pretty good season, Ramirez hasn’t done that great in his last two starts, allowed 11 ER in 9.1 innings. He’s had pretty limited experience with most of the Yankees lineup, which Chris Carter knocking a HR in 3 AB.

The resurgence of CC Sabathia has not been greatly exaggerated. Since May 16th, he’s pitched in 5 games and has allowed only 4 runs in 32.1 IP. He’s also won his last 5 starts in a row.

Verdict: Tough battle for JC with Sabathia getting the edge the way he’s been pitching as of late.


Matt Shoemaker v. Michael Pineda
Wednesday, June 14th @ 7:07PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Notable Stats


Matt Shoemaker has given up 4 runs in 3 of his last 5 starts, including 10 runs in his last 17 innings, so he’s gonna have to turn that around against his lineup. McCann and Castros both went long off Shoemaker last June and Carter has taken him deep as well. He’ll need to keep those baseballs in the park.

Micahel Pineda has been strong with a 3.39 ERA and 1.13 WHIP so far this year. Last time he faced the Angels (in 2016), he gave up a run to Kole Calhoun but still got the win.

Verdict: Probably another game that leans toward the Yankees.

Overall Verdict: Game 1 might be the best shot at an Angels win but of course they also just became the only team to win a series against the Astros this year - so there is that...