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Angels Week 7: Going streaking

It took a while, but the Angels suddenly got hot

Houston Astros v Los Angeles Angels Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Don’t look now, but the Angels have suddenly won five straight, including a weekend sweep of the Astros that put the Halos only five games out of a playoff spot with 18 games to play.

Sure, it’s still a long shot, but it’s a little better than the no shot the Angels were sitting at a week ago.

Batter of the week

Mike Trout had a weekend to remember against the Astros, and for the week hit a robust .400/.538/1.000, leading the team in home runs, doubles, runs scored, and was second in RBI. He tied Tim Salmon for the all-time Angels home run lead on Friday, then passed him on Saturday with the 300th homer of his career.

Pitcher of the week

Andrew Heaney picked up where he left off last week, with seven scoreless innings to beat the Padres on Thursday.

Week 7 results

5-2 record
39 runs scored (5.57 per game)
38 runs allowed (5.43 per game)
.512 pythagorean record

Season to date

17-25 record
209 runs scored (4.98 per game)
229 runs allowed (5.45 per game)
.458 pythagorean record (19-23)

AL West standing: 4th place, 8½ games back
Current playoff position: 12th in AL, 5 games out of a playoff spot

Miscellany

Welcome aboard: Jahmai Jones, drafted in the second round in 2015, made his major league debut on Monday, pinch running for Andrelton Simmons in the ninth inning against Seattle. Jones was stranded at second base.

The walk-off that wasn’t: Anthony Rendon hit a go-ahead home run in the final inning in the Angels’ home stadium on Saturday in the second game of the doubleheader against the Astros. But it wasn’t a walk-off, because the Astros were the home team in this one, a makeup game from the previous week in Houston. It made for a fantastic call from Victor Rojas on Fox Sports West.

Rojas was a great sport about it afterwards:

Transactions

Monday: Jaime Barria was recalled to start against the Mariners, reliever Cam Bedrosian was activated from the injured list after missing nearly four weeks with a right adductor strain, and catcher Jose Briceño was added to both the active and 40-man rosters. Relief pitchers Keynan Middleton and Ryan Buchter were optioned to the alternate training site.

Monday: Just before the trade deadline, outfielder Brian Goodwin was sent to the Reds in exchange for pitcher Packy Naughton and a player to be named later. infielder Jahmai Jones was recalled to take Goodwin’s spot on the active roster.

Thursday: David Fletcher was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left ankle sprain, and outfielder Taylor Ward was recalled.

Saturday: Dillon Peters was recalled as the 29th player for the Angels’ doubleheader against the Astros, and he started the second game. He was returned to the alternate site after the game.

Sunday: Catcher Max Stassi was activated from the injured list after missing 15 games, and Briceño was optioned.

Sunday: Ryan Buchter cleared waivers and was sent outright to the alternate training site, but he elected free agency instead.

Game results

Week 7 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
Trout 20 9 8 3 3 6 0 6 0.400 0.538 1.000 1.538
Upton 22 7 9 2 2 7 0 1 0.409 0.458 0.773 1.231
Rendon 23 4 6 1 2 5 0 3 0.261 0.346 0.652 0.998
Walsh 17 4 5 2 1 4 0 1 0.294 0.316 0.588 0.904
Simmons 26 2 10 2 0 4 0 0 0.385 0.407 0.462 0.869
Adell 21 3 5 1 1 3 0 2 0.238 0.304 0.429 0.733
Ohtani 15 2 4 0 0 2 1 4 0.267 0.421 0.267 0.688
Rengifo 15 2 2 0 0 1 0 3 0.133 0.278 0.133 0.411
Barreto 17 0 2 0 0 2 1 0 0.118 0.167 0.118 0.284
Bemboom 11 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.091 0.167 0.091 0.258
Starters 187 34 52 11 9 34 2 21 0.278 0.358 0.492 0.850
Stassi 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0.667 0.750 0.667 1.417
Ward 9 2 3 0 0 1 0 3 0.333 0.500 0.556 1.056
Briceño 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.200 0.333 0.200 0.533
Pujols 16 1 3 1 0 4 0 1 0.188 0.235 0.250 0.485
Bench 33 5 9 1 0 5 0 6 0.273 0.385 0.364 0.748
Offense 220 39 61 12 9 39 2 27 0.277 0.363 0.473 0.835

Week 7 pitching

Pitcher G Record IP H R ER BB SO ERA WHIP
Pitcher G Record IP H R ER BB SO ERA WHIP
Heaney 1 1-0 7.0 3 0 0 2 6 0.00 0.714
Bundy 1 0-0 7.0 6 2 2 1 8 2.57 1.000
Teheran 1 0-0 5.0 3 2 2 3 2 3.60 1.200
Barria 2 0-0 9.3 8 4 4 4 9 3.86 1.286
Canning 1 0-0 4.0 4 4 4 2 4 9.00 1.500
Peters 1 0-0 1.7 3 4 3 0 2 16.20 1.800
Starters 7 1-0 34.0 27 16 15 12 31 3.97 1.147
Mayers 5 1-0 4.7 3 0 0 0 7 0.00 0.643
Bedrosian 2 0-0 3.3 0 0 0 0 2 0.00 0.000
Andriese 2 1-1 4.3 2 1 1 1 5 2.08 0.692
Quijada 3 0-0 2.3 3 1 1 1 4 3.86 1.714
Ramirez 3 1-0 2.3 4 2 2 0 0 7.71 1.714
Peña 5 1-0, Sv 4.0 7 5 5 1 6 11.25 2.000
Buttrey 5 0-1, Sv 4.0 7 6 6 0 5 13.50 1.750
Bard 2 0-0 1.0 2 2 2 0 0 18.00 2.000
Barnes 1 0-0 1.0 2 2 2 0 0 18.00 2.000
Robles 1 0-0 0.0 0 3 3 3 0 ----- -----
Bullpen 29 4-2, 2 Sv 27.0 30 22 22 6 29 7.33 1.333
Totals 36 5-2. 2 Sv 61.0 57 38 37 18 60 5.46 1.230

Previous weekly reviews: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4 | Week 5 | Week 6

The week ahead

The Angels head out on their penultimate road trip of the season, with three games against the Rangers in Arlington, followed by a weekend series at Coors Field against the Rockies. But first, a Labor Day holiday.

Week 8 schedule

Mon, Sep 7 Tue, Sep 8 Wed, Sep 9 Thu, Sep 10 Fri, Sep 11 Sat, Sep 12 Sun, Sep 13
Mon, Sep 7 Tue, Sep 8 Wed, Sep 9 Thu, Sep 10 Fri, Sep 11 Sat, Sep 12 Sun, Sep 13
Off at Rangers at Rangers at Rangers at Rockies at Rockies at Rockies
5:05 p.m. 5:05 p.m. 1:05 p.m. 5:40 p.m. 5:10 p.m. 12:10 p.m.
Heaney v. Teheran v. Bundy v. Canning v. Barria v. Heaney v.
Lynn Cody Gibson Marquez Castellani TBD
FSW FSW FSW/MLBN* FSW FSW FSW