No Santiago again? Of all the dumb luck... That’s two series this year and not once will the Angels be facing Santiago who has been on a huge downward spiral since the beginning of May.
Mike Trout won’t be back, but it’s also highly probable this could be the last series the Angels will be Trout-less as he’s staying behind to do some rehab with the 66ers this week. Trout could be back for the end of Rangers series this weekend (Saturday or Sunday) and this lethargic offense sure could use the boost. It’s also highly possible his first MLB game back will be the All Star Game in Miami.
The Twins have been struggling as of late and are only a half game ahead of the Angels in the very early wild card race. The once hot Twins team played 1 game under .500 for the month of June.
Last time these two teams met, the Twins took the series 3 games to 1.
Series Question: Can the Angels take the series this time around and can Meyer best his former team yet again?
Alex Meyer v.
Cy RookieAdalberto Mejia
Monday, July 3rd @ 5:10PM
Pitcher vs. Batters
Alex Meyer can still walk batters like he’s getting paid for each ball. However, he has been pitching better lately and in only 1 of his 6 starts in June did he allow more than 2 runs which amounted to a 2.25 ERA for the month with 34 Ks in 32 IP. He gets to face his former team again and last time he allowed just 1 run and 5 hits over 6 IP.
Adalberto Mejia beat the Angels in Anaheim back on June 1st when he allowed just 1 run (a homer to Kole Calhoun) over 6 innings. Mejia has been pretty good this year and aside from a Mariners 8 run ass whopping, has not given up more than 3 runs in any of his other 10 trips to the mound.
Verdict: All bets are off when Cy Rookie takes the mound.
JC Ramirez v. Kyle Gibson
Tuesday, July 4th @ 11:10AM
Pitcher vs. Batters
JC Ramirez had a rough go when he faced the Twins in early June. The Twinkies pounded him for 7 runs, including 3 homers over 4.1 innings. This year, Ramirez has been up and down quite a bit. During the month of June he had a 7.04 ERA with 9 homeruns allowed. The good news? Ramirez has been better on the road than at home this year with a 5.44 ERA in Anaheim and a 3.68 ERA on the go.
Kyle Gibson hasn’t had a great year with his -0.7 WAR and 6.11 ERA. He DID beat the Angels back on June 2nd, however. Gibson has been even more terrible-er at home to the tune of a .364 BAA and 7.08 ERA. His BAA, OBP, and SLG are all around 100 points higher at home than on the road.
Verdict: Half of Nick Franklin’s hits against Gibson are homers. If he plays, maybe he’ll hit another? This game could go either way.
Parker Bridwell v. Ervin Santana
Wednesday, July 5th @ 5:10PM
Pitcher vs. Batters:
Parker Bridwell has been an intriguing addition to the Angels staff. At least until his last start when he gave up 5 runs, but no one is perfect. He’s been a pretty efficient pitcher and in his last two trips to the mound hurled 6 and 6.2 innings and didn’t throw more than 75 pitches in either appearance. He does give up the long ball though and has given up 7 dingerz in just 27.1 innings.
The Angels don’t get to face their old friend Hector Santiago, but they do get to the face their older and better friend Ervin Santana. Despite being “better”, Santana has pretty much melted down after his super hot start to the year. Sure he’s had a few great scoreless starts (2 in June and 3 in May), but when he’s not holding teams scoreless he’s giving up 5-7 runs, including against the Angels back on June 3rd when he only lasted 4 innings after given up 3 homers and 7 runs.
Verdict: This game probably leans toward Santana but is it too much to ask for one of his 7 run games?
Overall Verdict: Tough series to call with a battle of some average teams that both have been hot and cold many times this season.