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1979 Angels Week 18: Staying afloat

Halos hold on to first place while missing some stars

California Angels v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images

The 1979 Angels were without some of their stars in the last week and dropped four of seven games, just trying to stay afloat and maintain their lead in the American League West.

The Angels pitching staff is currently without Nolan Ryan and Frank Tanana, and desperately needed innings. Dave Frost has provided them, including two wins in his two starts last week, allowing two total runs in 16⅓ innings. He struck out six in a complete game win over the Mariners on Tuesday.

Frost in the last seven weeks has given the Angels staff stability, averaging 7.77 innings over his last 13 starts, with six complete games and a 2.94 ERA during that span. He’s also walked only nine batters in his last 10 starts.

On the flip side was Don Aase, who after pitching a shutout the previous week, posted two clunkers. He allowed three runs while recording one out on Wednesday’s loss to the Mariners, then got roughed up for five runs in just 2⅓ innings on Sunday in Minnesota, allowing his first two home runs in over three weeks in the loss.

Rod Carew started the first two games of the week but was limited to a pair of pinch-hitting appearances over the last five games. Willie Aikens started at first base in three of the games Carew missed, but was just 2-for-21 (.095) for the week.

Center fielder Rick Miller doubled twice in Saturday’s win over the Twins, one of four multi-hit games for the week. He was 11-for-23 (.423) with five walks, four RBI last week, including three hits in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader. He reached base at least twice in all seven games, and posted a .516 on-base percentage.

Joe Rudi, who has battled injuries a good portion of the year, had a blast from the past week, going 8-for-21 (.381) with three extra-base hits. He was 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader.

Weekly summary

3-4 record
34 runs scored (4.86 per game)
35 runs allowed (5.00 per game)
.487 pythagorean record

Year-to-date summary

63-49 record
607 runs scored (5.42 per game)
498 runs allowed (4.45 per game)
.590 pythagorean record (66-46)

AL West standing: 1st place, 3½ games up on Texas

Game results

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The Angels this week play the teams with the two worst records in the American League, finishing off the road trip in Oakland followed by the Mariners coming to Anaheim next weekend.