Coming into tonight, the Angels have given up 20 runs in their last two games; split evenly 10-10 each night. Pitching has been a problem throughout their losing streak, and throughout the season, but the effects are noticeably being felt as of late. In the month of September, Angels pitching has a 4.42 ERA in 159.0 IP giving up 86 runs with a 1.45 WHIP.
Offense has also been a problem in September where the Halos rank dead last in runs (57), hits (125), RBIs (55), average (.212), and second to last in OBP (.280). If the Angels had a fully healthy roster, like the one that they rolled out on Opening Day, doubtless these numbers would look different, but these figures are the reality for the Halos right now.
The Angels have struggled against the Astros all season, going 5-12 on the year so far and in the midst of their other struggles, this matchup has certainly not helped. Here’s the lineup that looks to turn it around tonight:
They will face a familiar face in Luis Garcia (11-7, 3.37 ERA) who the Angels have found some success against. In 5 games pitched against the Halos (4 GS) he’s gone 20.1 innings while allowing 12 runs (5.31 ERA), 25 hits, 10 walks, and 6 home runs.
On the Angels side, Janson Junk (0-1, 2.25 ERA) is making his 3rd career start. Here’s a look at one of the four pitches in his arsenal; his slider:
Janson Junk, Wicked 81mph Slider. pic.twitter.com/uiL1cNBG6A— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) September 16, 2021
In his last start Junk went 4.1 IP allowing 3 hits and 1 R, 0 BB and 2 Ks. This will also be the first time he has pitched against the ‘Stros.
The Angels enter tonight’s game 72-79 on the year. Yesterday they were mathematically eliminated from winning the 2nd AL Wildcard and all playoff contention. Finishing the season healthy and making it back to .500 are the goals that remain for the Halos as their year comes to a close. To be at .500 when the season ends, the Angels need to win 7 of their next 11 games.
Angels News and Notes:
- Shohei Ohtani’s next start is scheduled for this Sunday (26th) which is the Halos home finale.