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Series Preview: Angels @ Rangers (Heads above water)

Time to tack on some wins before the schedule gets tougher

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v San Diego Padres Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images

Angels 62-60
Rangers 53-69

Maybe the schedule hasn’t been so tough (thanks Padres and Tigers!), but the Angels have won 7 of their last 9 games and have outscored their opponents 50-33 during that stretch. The Rangers meanwhile, have dropped 6 of their last 10 games, though they did beat up on the Yankess 12-7 last Friday.

So far this season, the Angels are up 5 games to 1 against Texas and have outscored them 37 to 10. These two teams haven’t played each other in a little over 2 months.

Know your foe:

Rangers - who’s hot (last 7 days):

Shin-Shoo Choo .552 OBP, 3 doubles, 1 stolen base
Ronald Guzman .412 OBP, 4 home runs

Weather Forecast


Taylor Cole(R) (2.95 ERA) v. Ariel Jurado(R) (5.66 ERA)
Thursday, August 16th @ 5:05PM


Taylor Cole will be making his second start of the year (and of his career). The first time around didn’t go so well with 3 runs allowed over only 1.1 innings and 37 pitches thrown. Either way, I can’t imagine Cole goes more than 3 innings in this game - the first of two bullpen games in the series.

Pitch Arsenal:

Ariel Jurado has only started 4 games in his career. He’s given up 13 runs over 20.2 innings and did have an impressive 6 innings 1 run game against the Astros at the end of July. Given that Jurado is a righty, Shohei Ohtani should be back as a starter for this game.

Pitch Arsenal:

Verdict: Neither pitcher screams dominance so this one could go either way really.


Odrisamer Despainge(R) (5.31 ERA) v. Mike Minor(L) (4.61 ERA)
Friday, August 17th @ 5:05PM

Pitcher vs. Batters


Since 2015, Despainge has been with the Padres, Orioles, Marlins, and now Angels. He’s pretty much here to fill some innings so don’t get too excited. He’s only started 1 game all season (5 innings) at the big league level but started 4 games in July in AAA. He hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since May 31st.

Pitch Arsenal:

Mike Minor has been pretty good this year with 14 starts (out of 22) in which he has allowed 3 runs or less. It’s hard to say what version we get here, but Minor is capable of a solid outing if the free swinging Halos show up.

Pitch Arsenal:

Verdict: Minor has the edge here but Despainge has something to prove. This may be the toughest game matchup-wise for the Angels.


Andrew Heaney(L) (3.88 ERA) v. Drew Hutchison(R) (6.07 ERA)
Saturday, August 18th @ 5:05PM

Pitcher vs. Batters


After giving up 9 total runs in back to back starts, Heaney had a much needed rebound against the Padres with just 2 runs allowed over 7.1 innings of work. He hasn’t faced the Rangers yet this season.

Pitch Arsenal:

Drew Hutchison made his way from the Phillies to the Rangers after the Phillies released him. In two starts for the Rangers this month, he’s given up 9 runs in 8.1 innings with 3 home runs, 7 walks, and only 2 Ks.

Pitch Arsenal:

Verdict: Heaney should give the Angels a helpful edge in this game.


Jaime Barria(R) (3.50 ERA) v. Martin Perez(L) (6.71 ERA)
Sunday, August 19th @ 12:05PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Notable Stats


Jaime Barria tied his season high of 7 Ks last time out and threw 86 pitches over 5 innings. In his last 4 starts he has a 2.55 ERA. He’s already faced the Rangers twice this year and allowed only 1 run across 11 innings.

Pitch Arsenal:

Martin Perez has been throwing batting practice much of the season with 90 hits over 57.2 innings. He certainly has experience with the Angels - though not all good like in early April when he gave up 8 runs over 3 innings.

Pitch Arsenal:

Verdict: Perez has been a mess and Barria has been on a roll. That tells you what you need to know about the odds here.

Overall Verdict: A sweep would be amazing but I’m just hoping for 3 wins here.

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