The Angels already got a taste of the A’s in the season’s opening weekend, losing three of four games in Oakland. The Angels are slumping but now return home, beginning a series Monday night against the team that has yet to lose this month.
After scoring only six runs in three games while getting swept by the Rangers in Texas, the Angels now have to face a team in Oakland that has allowed two or fewer runs in seven of their last nine games.
Oakland is 9-0 in August, outscoring their opponents 47-19 this month. The Angels have lost four of their five series this season, and at 5-11 own the worst record in the American League. The A’s, at 12-4, have the best AL mark.
Anthony Rendon is 4-for-39 (.103). Shohei Ohtani is 7-for-41 (.171). Albert Pujols is 8-for-43 (.186). Justin Upton is 5-for-46 (.109) and was demoted to a platoon role. Jo Adell had a rough first week in the majors, just 2-for-15 (.133) with nine strikeouts.
“I think we all know that when we’re clicking, we’re going to be a great team,” Andrew Heaney said Sunday. “It’s just not happening right now.”
The Angels will try to get clicking against the A’s, with these pitching matchups over the next three days.
Monday, 6:40 p.m. PT (Fox Sports West)
Julio Teheran makes his second start for the Angels, likely allowed to throw 75 pitches or so this time around. Sean Manaea has been Oakland’s worst starter to date, failing to complete five innings in any of his three starts. The Angels got to him for four runs on July 25 in their only win of that series.
Tuesday, 6:40 p.m. (Fox Sports West, MLB Network)
Dylan Bundy has been the best story on the Angels this year, and is coming off a complete game with 10 strikeouts and no walks. He beat Manaea in that July 25 game. Baseball hero Mike Fiers only lasted four innings against the Angels on July 26, allowing four runs, but has pitched six innings each of his last two times out, both Oakland wins.
Wednesday, 1:10 p.m. (Fox Sports West, MLB Network)
This one is a rematch of July 27 in Oakland. Griffin Canning has been promising at times so far this season, but then he walked six in his last start on Friday in Texas, lasting only 3⅔ innings. Chris Bassitt has only allowed two runs in his three starts, including seven strong innings last Friday. He pitched four scoreless innings against the Angels in the series finale in Oakland.