The 9-22 Angels are currently tied for the worst record in the American League after another two-win week against the Giants and A’s. The beginning of this week isn’t going to help get that record up. Before we get to this next week for the Halos, let’s talk about last week.
They started their week off against the San Francisco Giants at Angels Stadium before going to Oracle Park in a four-game series. The Angels won the first game but dropped the next three but we got to see Mike Trout fired up.
In Tuesday’s 8-2 loss, pitcher Shaun Anderson threw two pitches near Trout’s head, in the same at-bat. Joe Maddon didn’t see anything malicious and pointed to Anderson’s inexperience, but this wasn’t the only time in the series that Trout saw pitches near his head.
Anderson did it again two nights later with a fastball high and in, prompting a warning from home plate umpire Lance Barrett. Following this one, Maddon was seen loudly cursing and complaining about it before coming out of the dugout.
The Angels then traveled to the Oakland Coliseum to take on the A’s for the third and final time this season. They lost the first 5-3 before winning the next 4-3. The final game saw the Halos in their fifth ITB, losing in the 10th inning. They are 1-4 in these ITBs and need a new strategy if they want to start winning when they head to extras. Until that happens, don’t expect them to win in this situation.
Following their final series against the A’s the Angels are in Houston to take on the Astros for a four-game series. The scheduled game for Thursday got moved to Tuesday and the Halos will play a double-header. MLB shifted this series due to Tropical Storm Laura which is supposed to hit the Gulf Coast late Wednesday night, early Thursday.
I see the Angels taking one or two games from the Astros but I don’t believe they will take the series. Even with the power hitting they have, a team is nothing without pitching, something that the Angels have been struggling with.
After this series, the Halos come back home to face the Seattle Mariners who as of Monday Aug. 24, are a game and a half up. The Mariners are currently fourth in the AL West while the Angels sit in last.
The four-game series will finish out the month of August for both teams and I see the Angels winning the final series between the two. The Mariners have won four of their last seven, one of which came against the Dodgers. They are on a hot streak but will quickly end as they face the Padres first. That losing momentum will carry into the series at Angels Stadium.
As the trade deadline comes closer, it will be interesting to see if they will get some bullpen help. Unfortunately, the Angels are seen as clear sellers and the name that is being thrown around is leadoff hitter David Fletcher. There is a high asking price for the middle infielder as he is hitting .306, has an OPS of .827, three home runs and 10 RBIs.
Other names mentioned as marketable pieces are pitcher Dylan Bundy, utility Tommy La Stella and outfielder Brian Goodwin.