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Series Preview: Brewers @ Angels (Team vs. Trout)

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The Brew Crew is coming to town

MLB: Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

I guess the good news going into the series is that the Angels have Mike Trout. The bad news is that the Brewers have Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain, Ryan Braun, etc., In other words, while Trout was busy driving in 9 of the 19 runs scored in the Rangers series, the Brewers have a whole lot of guys in their lineup that can hurt you.

The other good news is that that Brewers aren’t throwing any lefties at the Angels, and their starters have not been all that strong so far. Take that with a grain of salt though because this Brewers team can score A LOT of runs and has racked up 53 total runs with 19 homers compared to the Angels 32 runs and 9 home runs.

Know your foe:

Brewers - who’s hot (last 7 days):

Yasmani Grandal .500 AVG, 1 HR, 1 SB
Lorenzo Cain .462 OBP, 1 HR, 3 SB
Orlando Arcia .474 OBP, 2 HR, 5 RBI
Hernan Perez .385 OBP, 1 HR
Christian Yelich .448 OBP, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB

Weather Forecast

GAME 1

(R) Trevor Cahill (3.75 ERA) v. (R) Jhoulys Chacin (4.22 ERA)
Monday, April 8th @ 7:07PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Notable Stats

Angels Summary:

If Trevor Cahill has been anything, he’s spent a consistent time on the mount in his first two starts. In both of his starts, Cahill has thrown 6 innings with 86 and 83 pitches. He hasn’t faced Milwaukee since 2016 when he was pitching out of the pen.

Pitch Data:

Brewers Summary:

Ex-Angels pitchers comes around and dominates them. It could happen. Jhoulys Chacin has been pretty good since he left the Angels, although he has given up 5 runs over his 2 starts and 10.2 innings. Giving up 2 or 3 runs per game is not so bad when you have a big offense to back you up.

Pitch Data:


GAME 2

(R) Matt Harvey (9.00 ERA) v. (R)Freddy Peralta (3.27 ERA)
Tuesday, April 9th @ 7:07PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Notable Stats

Angels Summary:

Matt Harvey looked pretty good in his Angels debut against Oakland, but was pretty opposite in his messy start against the Rangers in which he gave up 2 hits, 8 runs, and hit two batters over 4 innings.

Pitch Data:

Brewers Summary:

Young Freddy Peralta is a bit of an unknown as he has yet to face the Angels in his short career. So far in 2019, Peralta lasted only 3 innings against the Cardinals and dominated the Reds in an 8 inning 2-hit performance while racking up 11 Ks.

Pitch Data:


GAME 3

(R)Felix Pena (5.40 ERA) v. (R)Brandon Woodruff (6.00 ERA)
Wednesday, April 10th @ 7:07PM

Pitcher vs. Batters

Angels Summary:

Felix Pena has been trending upward you might say in his two starts, lasting only 3.2 innings on 61 pitches followed by 4.2 innings on 90 pitchers. The later was a pretty decent performance with 7 Ks and only 1 run allowed - but it left something to be desired in terms of efficiency.

Pitch Data:

Brewers Summary:

Brandon Woodruff is another young pitcher that hasn’t seen action against the Angels. He’s had pretty lackluster results so far in 2019 with 12 hits and 6 runs allowed over 9 innings. He may just be working out the kinks because Woodruff had a really strong campaign in 2018 over 42.1 IP.

Pitch Data:


Overall Verdict: If the Angels can come away with one win here that would be a plus. Hopefully they can avoid a sweep and to do that they need the whole team scoring runs - not just Mike Trout.

Current Standings

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