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Series Preview: Angels @ Athletics (Return of Richards)

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Angels head to Oakland with Garrett Richards in tow

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The Angels swept the A’s last week and outscored them 21-11. They are going to need more of that mojo if they plan to gain ground in the wild card hunt. The Angels have beat the A’s 10 games to 6 this year but last time they were in Oakland they dropped 2 out of 3. Good news? The A’s have been struggling and have dropped their last 6 games.

In this series we get to see Garrett Richards return, Bridwell get revenge (hopefully), and Phillips should be coming around. September baseball is fun!!

Question: Can the Angels extend the A’s losing streak to 9 ?


Parker Bridwell v. Chris Smith
Monday, September 4th @ 1:05PM

Pitcher vs. Batters


Parker Bridwell has been very solid for the Angels but was beat up his time on the mound and the team that beat him up? Oakland. He’ll be looking for a rebound here as well as a chance at redemption.

Chris Smith has started 9 games in 2017, including his last game in which the Angels hammered him for 7 runs (6 earned) and 2 homers in 3.2 innings. Smith has given up 3 more runs in all of his starts except for against Tampa Bay back in July.

Verdict: Bridwell should have a rebound game here and it’s hard to think the A’s would get to him twice. He has the edge over Smith in this matchup - most likely.


Garrett Richards v. Kendall Graveman
Tuesday, September 5th @ 7:05PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Notable Stats


Garrett Richards is back! Richards only made 1 rehab start and he only threw 2 innings. It’s hard to believe he’ll go more than 50 or 60 pitches here, but he could help give the Angels a good jump early in this game.

The Angels knocked around Graveman last week but in his previous 3 starts against them this year he’s held them to just 2 runs each game. Prior to the 5 runs he gave up to the Angels last week, he had a 2.25 ERA in his prior 3 games.

Verdict: Assuming Richards is a close to his potential in this game, he should give the Angels a solid start. The question may be how long he can last and what version of Graveman shows up.


Tyler Skaggs v. Sean Manaea
Wednesday, September 6th @ 12:35PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Notable Stats


Tyler Skaggs has not been so hot in 2017. Over his last 3 starts he has a 9.75 ERA and he only lasted 2 innings against the Rangers. He’s face the A’s twice this year in early August and way back on April 6th. He’s allowed 8 runs over 9.1 innings against Oakland in 2017.

Sean Manaea has a 9.73 ERA against the 2017 Angels in 3 starts. However, over his last 3 starts he had some pretty solid outings.

Verdict: Could really go either way as both pitchers have had their share of struggles this year. Might even see both teams hit the bullpen early.

Overall Verdict: Angels should win this series but a sweep is certainly no gaurantee.