If there is any joy we can soak up going into this last series of the year, it’s that the Angels can still finish in 2nd place, and even more so - finish above the Mariners who are currently 1.5 games behind them. Take that Jerry!
The sun is setting on another year of Angels baseball, and we won’t get to see the Angels play on TV for just under 5 more months (if you watch spring training), so somehow, some way, try to enjoy these last 27 innings (unless we get bonus times) and soak up all that is, was, and could have been the 2017 season.
We didn’t make the playoffs but it wasn’t all bad right? After all, at 10-6 against the Mariners they Angels will have a winning record against them no matter what happens this weekend. We also had the pleasure of seeing an absolutely stunned Seattle team back in April after scoring 7 runs to walk off in the bottom of the 9th at the Big A. Ricky Nolasco threw a complete game shutout against the Mariners in July. And we handed the Mariners closer, Diaz, two losses.
Time to make some memories against the Mariners for one last time in 2017, as well as make some final memories of the Angels 2017 season in general.
Oh hey - look! The Angels WILL be playing October baseball on Sunday. Of course - so will every team.
Question: How much wood could a wood chuck chuck? (if you read this then congratulations for still paying attention this far into he season!)
Tyler Skaggs (LHP) vs. Marco Gonzales (LHP)
Friday, September 29th @ 7:07PM
Pitcher vs. Batters
Since returning from the DL, Skaggs has made 10 starts with a 4.76 ERA and 1.451 WHIP which is not far off from his career levels over 311 innings. Skaggs faced the Mariners back on August 10th and he shut them out over 6.1 innings.
Marco Gonzales threw 4.1 innings of 1 run ball against the Angels on August 11th. He was on a short leash and pulled after allowing 2 runners on base in the 5th. Gonzales has a 6.25 ERA this year in 10 games (7 starts) with a 1.778 WHIP.
Verdict: Gonzales isn’t that great, but he did hold the Angels to 1 run last time he faced them. Edge should still go to the Angels in this one.
Ricky Nolasco (RHP) vs. Andrew Moore (RHP) (Cy Rookie)
Saturday, September 30th @ 6:07PM
Pitcher vs. Batters
All of them. I decided I wasn’t going to bother putting the Seattle stats v. Ricky Nolasco because they ALL love his pitching. Cano and Cruz has 7 home runs in 52 combined at bats with 11 RBIs. Mitch Haniger is 3 for 8 with a dinger. Mike Zunino is hitting .375 with a homer as well. Even Gordon Beckham has a home run off Ricky Nolasco in his 3 ABs. Get ready for some dingerz. Here we go!
If there is something good that comes out of Ricky Nolasco starting the 2nd to last game of the season, it’s that it will hopefully be his last ever start as an Angel. Of course he’ll probably end up on the Mariners next year then no-hit the Angels in back to back starts. Surprisingly, Nolasco is ending his season on a stronger note, giving up just 2 runs in each of his last 3 starts with zero home runs allowed.
The Angles beat up this Cy Rookie for 4 runs in a relief appearance last month. However, he has yet to start a game against the Angels and only has 9 starts this year (and in his career). He’s allowed 8 runs over his last 20.2 innings.
Verdict: Will Ricky Nolasco ride off into the sunset victorious or will Cy Rookie get the second win of his career? Could go either way folks.
GAME 3 (aka game 162)
Parker Bridwell (RHP) vs. TBD
Sunday, October 1st @ 12:07PM
Pitcher vs. Batters
Parker Bridwell gets one more chance to show how smart Billy Eppler was by
trading for him stealing him from the Orioles. He’s had a few bumpy starts as of late, but still throwing some good games. He gave up 3 runs in his last start against the White Sox over 6.2 innings. 12 of his 19 starts have been quality. Mike Trout’s beloved Eagles will be playing up the road in LA about 1 hour into this game. What are the odds Trout submitted a request for a PTO day so he can go watch his team beat a flailing offense vs. his team being the flailing offense if he stays in Anaheim?
Verdict: Bridwell is probably the best choice if we want to try and end this season on a high note.
Overall Verdict: Doesn’t really matter I suppose. Angels should win the series but the conclusion of these 3 games will just leave us wanting more and wondering what next season will bring. The end is nigh.