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Series Preview: Angels @ Dodgers (Freeway series: remix)

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One more series before the All Star Break

Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Angels 48-46
Dodgers 51-42

The Angels just beat the Dodgers and Mariners in back to back series and no that’s not a joke. The Angels actually obliterated the Mariners in the series by a score of 20-8. Quite embarrassing for the Mariners but quite fun for Angels fans. Last weekend though, the Angels only managed 8 runs over 3 games against the Dodgers. I have a feeling they will need more than that if they want to win this series and go strong into the All Star Break. The Angels are indeed 4-2 over their last 6 games but are 5-5 in July while the Dodgers boast an 8-3 record this month.

Sunday the game time is the same time as the Futures Game. I’ll probably be watching the later. MLB probably should of had that game later or scheduled all the MLB games for 10AM or 1PM Eastern Time.

Know your foe:
Dodgers - who’s hot (last 7 days):

Not really anyone. No on the team hit higher than .300 over the past week. Puig had a pair of home runs in 9 ABs but landed on the DL.

Weather Forecast

It’s SoCal, so it will be sunny and warm every day. It’s also Los Angeles so really it’s sunny with a chance of smog.

GAME 1

Felix Pena (3.63 ERA) v. Walker Buehler (3.44 ERA)
Friday, July 13th @ 7:10PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Summary:

Felix Pena has hopefully become the starter we need in a season full of injuries. Last time he pitched, he threw 5.1 innings of 3 hit and 2 run ball against the Dodgers. In his 4 starts he has a 2.81 ERA with 25 Ks in 19.2 innings.

Pitch Arsenal:

Buehler has had some pretty good starts this year but was thrashed by the Cubs last week when he gave up 5 runs over just 1 inning. He has yet to face the Angels in his young career.

Pitch Arsenal:

Verdict: Pena has been crazy good so far and I like what I see. Hopefully he kicks off this series with a bang.


GAME 2

Andrew Heaney (3.84 ERA) v. Clayton Kershaw (2.61 ERA)
Saturday, July 14th @ 4:15PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Notable Stats

Summary:

Andrew Heaney struck out 10 Dodgers when he faced them last week and logged a win after his 7 strong innings. He can still be a bit volatile. Despite coming off two back to back great starts, he was blown up in 3 of his prior 6 games.

Pitch Arsenal:

Clayton Kershaw has pitched 12 games, but for some reason it feels like 3. He missed nearly a month at one point, but guess what? He’s still good. Since April 25th, Kershaw has started 6 games and hasn’t given up more than 2 runs in any of those. Last June he embarrassed the Angels with 12 Ks and 3 hits over 7 innings.

Pitch Arsenal:

Verdict: You don’t bet against Kershaw. Not in this matchup. BUT he has lost 4 games this year.


GAME 3

TBD v. Rich Hill ( ERA)
Sunday, July 15th @ 1:10PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Summary:

This is seriously the Angels starter depth chart right now:

So go ahead and draw a name out of a hat and we’ll see who starts this game.

Remember when Rich Hill signed that 3 year 48 million dollar deal as a 36 year old pitcher? It worked out great for a year. Maybe parts of 2. But fast forward to 2018 and Hill has a 4.64 ERA with a -0.2 WAR. The Dodgers get one more year of the guy who lost to the Padres and allowed 4 runs on 8 hits. Before you get too excited - he’s had a handful of good starts this year so the potential is still there.

Pitch Arsenal:

Verdict: Um, no pitcher vs. Rich Hill? Can’t really say much about this game as it depends largely on who the Angels start. The offense DOES have a chance against Hill though.


Overall Verdict: Let’s knock on wood, throw salt over our shoulders, or whatever you do. It’d sure be great if the Angels could finish off the first half on a high note and take at least 2 of these game.

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