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Angels Week 9: Too little, too late

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5th straight losing season clinched

Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

The Angels had a break even week, splitting six games against the Diamondbacks and Rangers at home. It was the fourth straight non-losing week for the Angels, which counts as progress I suppose. But the hole dug was too deep, and the Halos are on the brink of elimination.

Any combination of Angels losses and Astros wins that reaches three means curtains for the Angels. To make the postseason, the Angels 11 of 13 outcomes to go their way in the final week, and need to also find a way to pass Seattle along the way.

Sunday’s loss ensure the Angels will have a fifth straight losing season.

Batter of the week

Jared Walsh stayed hot to take this honor for a second week in a row, holding off a charge from a red-hot Taylor Ward. Walsh homered twice, drove in six, and had an extended streak of scoring and driving in a run.

Pitcher of the week

Mike Mayers continues to be the biggest success story of the Angels bullpen this season, continuing the barrage last week with 5⅔ scoreless, hitless innings of relief, with seven strikeouts. Mayers retired 17 of his 19 batters faced last week.

Week 9 results

3-3 record
33 runs scored (4.00 per game)
33 runs allowed (4.83 per game)
.500 pythagorean record

Season to date

23-31 record
266 runs scored (4.93 per game)
291 runs allowed (5.39 per game)
.459 pythagorean record (25-29)

AL West standing: 4th place, 10½ games back
Current playoff position: t-10th in AL, 4½ games out of a playoff spot

Elimination number: 3

Transactions

Wednesday: Patrick Sandoval was recalled from the alternate training site at Long Beach State, and infielder Matt Thaiss was optioned.

Game results

Tuesday: D-backs 9, Angels 8

Wednesday: D-backs 9, Angels 6

Thursday: Angels 7, D-backs 3

Friday: Angels 6, Rangers 2

Saturday: Angels 4, Rangers 3

Sunday: Rangers 7, Angels 2

Week 9 batting

Player AB R H 2B HR RBI SB BB BA OBP SLG OPS
Player AB R H 2B HR RBI SB BB BA OBP SLG OPS
Walsh 24 5 9 2 2 6 0 2 0.375 0.407 0.708 1.116
Ward 18 4 8 4 0 3 1 0 0.444 0.444 0.667 1.111
Upton 18 5 5 2 2 3 0 1 0.278 0.350 0.722 1.072
Stassi 14 1 4 1 1 2 0 1 0.286 0.333 0.571 0.905
Fletcher 26 5 10 2 0 2 0 2 0.385 0.429 0.462 0.890
Simmons 20 5 7 2 0 2 0 2 0.350 0.409 0.450 0.859
Pujols 21 3 5 0 2 2 0 1 0.238 0.273 0.524 0.797
Rendon 24 2 5 3 1 6 0 3 0.208 0.296 0.458 0.755
Trout 23 1 6 2 0 4 0 2 0.261 0.333 0.348 0.681
Starters 188 31 59 18 8 30 1 14 0.314 0.364 0.537 0.901
Ohtani 6 2 2 0 1 2 0 1 0.333 0.429 0.833 1.262
Bemboom 6 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.167 0.143 0.167 0.310
Adell 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.000 0.000 0.000 0.000
Bench 16 2 3 0 1 3 0 1 0.188 0.222 0.375 0.597
Offense 204 33 62 18 9 33 1 15 0.304 0.353 0.525 0.877

Week 9 pitching

Pitcher G Record IP H R ER BB SO ERA WHIP
Pitcher G Record IP H R ER BB SO ERA WHIP
Canning 1 1-0 5.0 6 2 1 2 7 1.80 1.600
Barria 1 1-0 6.3 6 2 2 0 8 2.84 0.947
Heaney 1 0-0 6.7 6 3 3 1 8 4.05 1.050
Bundy 1 0-1 2.7 6 6 5 2 2 16.88 3.000
Teheran 2 0-1 3.0 5 7 7 3 0 21.00 2.667
Starters 6 2-2 23.7 29 20 18 8 25 6.85 1.563
Mayers 3 1-0 5.7 0 0 0 2 7 0.00 0.353
Ramirez 3 0-0 3.0 0 0 0 0 2 0.00 0.000
Robles 1 0-0 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 0.000
Peña 2 0-0 2.7 2 1 1 0 3 3.38 0.750
Sandoval 2 0-0 8.3 7 4 4 1 10 4.32 0.960
Bedrosian 2 0-0 3.7 4 2 2 1 4 4.91 1.364
Andriese 2 0-1 1.7 1 1 1 0 1 5.40 0.600
Buttrey 3 0-0 2.0 4 2 2 0 1 9.00 2.000
Milner 3 0-0 2.3 4 3 3 2 3 11.57 2.571
Bullpen 21 1-1 30.3 22 13 13 6 32 3.86 0.923
Totals 27 3-3 54.0 51 33 31 14 57 5.17 1.204

Previous reviews: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week 8

The week ahead

We’ve reached the end of the road, with the Angels finishing off their regular season with one final home game against Texas before hitting the road to play the two best teams in the National League. Pitching probables are best guesses.

Week 10 schedule

Mon, Sep 21 Tue, Sep 22 Wed, Sep 23 Thu, Sep 24 Fri, Sep 25 Sat, Sep 26 Sun, Sep 27
Mon, Sep 21 Tue, Sep 22 Wed, Sep 23 Thu, Sep 24 Fri, Sep 25 Sat, Sep 26 Sun, Sep 27
vs. Rangers at Padres at Padres Off at Dodgers at Dodgers at Dodgers
1:10 p.m. 6:10 p.m. 1:10 p.m. 6:40 p.m. 6:10 p.m. 12:10 p.m.
Bundy v. Canning v. Barria v. Heaney v. TBD TBD
Cody Davies Clevinger Kershaw (L) TBD TBD
FSW FSW FSW/MLBN* FSW/MLBN* FSW FSW