In case you were wondering where the Angels were heading next:
Seattle ✈️✈️✈️✈️✈️!!— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) April 1, 2019
The Mariners have been a juggernaut so far this year with 15 home runs and 48 runs scored over this 6 games. That’s an average of 8 runs per game while the Angels have only managed to score 9 total runs across 4 games. Should we be worried? Probably. But it’s also not likely the Mariners can keep up that kind of offense for long.
In 2018, the Angels went 8-11 against the Mariners, including dropping 4 of the last 5 games. The Angels have come out of the gate sputtering and need to get the offense going up on Seattle this week.
Know your foe:
Mariners - who’s hot (last 7 days):
Ryon Healy .444 OBP, 1 HR, 4 doubles
Domingo Santana .500 OBP, 2 HR, 4 walks
Edwin Encarnacion .385 OBP, 1 HR
Chris Stratton (R) (0.00 ERA) v. Felix Hernandez (R) (0.00 ERA)
Monday, April 1st @ 7:10PM
Pitcher vs. Batters
The Chris Stratton era has begun! Once a top prospect and former 1st round pick, Stratton take the place of Jaime Barria in the rotation. It’s possible Billy Eppler is just playing the long game, knowing we will need a lot of starters this year and Barria has options. Meanwhile, we will see if the pitching wizards of the Angels can turn Stratton into something more serviceable than his 5.09 ERA last year over 145 innings. Stratton gave up 19 home runs, struck out 112 and walked 54 in his first full big league season last year.
If you are Felix Hernandez and you face Mike Trout right now, do you just say eff it and throw? Trout has an over .500 OBP against the former King and 7 of his 16 hits have left the park. It’s a shame Trout only has 11 RBIs to show for that and that just tells you what kind of offense the Angels have had the past few years. The once King Felix has seen his ERA balloon from 3.82 in 2016 to 4.36 to 5.55 last year over 155.2 innings.
Trevor Cahill (R) (6.00 ERA) v. Marco Gonzales (L) (4.76 ERA)
Tuesday, April 2nd @ 7:10PM
Pitcher vs. Batters
Trevor Cahill had an okay first start despite giving up 4 runs over 6 innings. He’ll have to do better than that this time out if the Angels offense falls asleep again. Fortunately for Cahill, the man who has owned him a bit (Kyle Seager) is on the IL and he won’t have to face him in this series.
Last year, the Angels .224 AVG against lefties was the worst in baseball. They have only faced a lefty once this year (Brett Anderson) and were just 3 for 21 against the veteran. However, Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons have fared well against Gonzales and they may have to lead the offensive charge in this game. Gonzales hasn’t been too sharp so far with 16 hits and 6 ER allowed over 2 starts.
Overall Verdict: Mike Trout owns Felix Hernandez and he hasn’t been the same pitcher as of late so they certainly have a chance in game 1. Despite their weaknesses against lefties, Trout and Simmons could also lead them to a victory in game 2. However, I’m not expecting more than a split here.
(Pitch tracking data from baseballsavant.mlb.com)
(Last 5 year splits from FanGraphs Splits Tool)