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Series Preview: Yankees @ Angels (Walking Wounded)

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The Yankees limp into town for 4 games

MLB: All Star Game Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The Angels escaped their losing streak just in time to meet up with the Yankees in Anaheim. However - this is not the 2018 Yankees. In fact, they have almost their entire regular starting roster on the IL. You thought the Angels have been snake bit in the past with injuries? Take a look at the 2019 Yankees.

Despite that, they are still 11-10 and have won 5 of their last 6 games, so the Yankees are coming in to this one hot. Although, Aaron Judge was part of that hot streak and he has since landed on the IL himself. See below for the other guys to worry about.

Know your foe:

Yankees - who’s hot (last 7 days):

Clint Frazier .423 OBP, 3 HR, 7 RBI
Brett Gardner .476 OBP, 2 HR, 6 RBI
Austin Romine .389 OBP, 4 RBI
Mike Tauchman .450 OBP, 3 HR, 8 RBI

Weather Forecast

GAME 1

(R)Matt Harvey (9.64 ERA) v. (L)J.A. Happ (7.23 ERA)
Monday, April 22nd @ 7:07PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Notable Stats

Angels Summary:

Angels fans are still waiting for the arrival of the Dark Knight who appears to be nowhere to be found. Instead, Harvey has struggled with a -0.8 bWAR and 1.821 WHIP over his 4 starts - and that is including his solid debut on March 29th. Since then, Harvey has a 12.79 ERA and 18 runs allowed over 12.2 innings.

Pitch Data:

Yankees Summary:

Remember when the Yankees signed Happ for 17 million per year? Then Happ started 2019 as a huge dud? But have no fear! He’s a lefty - and he’s facing the Angels. He’s sure to turn his season around after that outing. Happ is coming off a quality start against the Red Sox where he allowed 3 runs over 6.1 innings.

Pitch Data:


GAME 2

(R)Chris Stratton (7.00 ERA) v. (R)Domingo German (2.37 ERA)
Tuesday, April 23rd @ 7:07PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Notable Stats

Angels Summary:

Stratton has struggled much like Harvey but without expectations to be much better. So far this year he has a mere 58% strike rate and has walked 13 batters in 18 innings. He’s also served up 23 hits which along with his walks, amounts to a 2.00 WHIP.

Pitch Data:

Yankees Summary:

Domingo German has been fire so far this year, but keep in mind he’s faced the Royals, Tigers, Orioles, and White Sox. He’s a power pitcher with a fastball than can hit 96-97 MPH and a nasty whip out curve ball.

Pitch Data:


GAME 3

(R)Felix Pena (4.15 ERA) v. TBD
Wednesday, April 24th @ 7:07PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Angels Summary:

Felix Pena has a 2.63 ERA over his last 3 starts but he’s far from the picture of efficiency. In those games he’s lasted 4.2, 4, and 5 innings though he does seem to be getting a short hook with only 72 and 71 pitches thrown his last two outings. Pena actually has the lowest ERA and lowest WHIP for any starting pitcher currently on the team.

Pitch Data:

Yankees Summary:

No pitcher announced yet.


GAME 4

(R)Trevor Cahill (5.47 ERA) v. TBD
Wednesday, April 25th @ 6:07PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Angels Summary:

The dream of Trevor Cahill started out great his first 3 games but came crashing down over his last 2 starts. In those games he’s allowed 9 runs over 8.1 innings. In 26.1 innings so far this year, Cahill has already allowed 8 home runs - so he’s hoping for some marine layer on Wednesday.

Pitch Data:

Yankees Summary:

No pitcher announced yet.


Overall Verdict: Despite the injuries to the Yankees, they could still be a tough opponent. The pitching matchups are not favorable in the first two games so the Angels may be looking at a split here with 3 wins being their ceiling in this series.

Current Standings (sorted by odds)

Notes/Credits:
(Pitch tracking data from baseballsavant.mlb.com)
(Last 5 year splits from FanGraphs Splits Tool)
(Standings/odds from fivethirtyeight.com)