Watching the Angels – Mariners game on August 13th felt dark. You know you are an Angels fan if you are watching this game between two bad teams. The pivital point came late in the game as Mariners reliever Yohan Ramirez walked Mike Trout to get to All Star free agent acqusition Anthony Rendon. And as a microcosim of the season : Rendon stuck out to end the game. So goes 2020.
With one month left in the regular season, the 12-24 Angels are unlikely to make it to the postseason. The end of August saw the end of the trade deadline. While the team didn’t do as much as others (Padres and Cubs for example), they did complete three trades.
The Angels gave the A’s Tommy La Stella for Franklin Barreto in a trade of utility men, gave catcher Jason Castro to the Padres for reliever Gerardo Reyes, and outfielder Brian Goodwin for pitcher Pack Naughton and a player to be named later or cash from the Reds.
I felt that the La Stella trade could’ve brought in a starting pitcher to help in the rotation since Ohtani can’t pitch this season. Instead they trade him for a different utilityman and I think the reason was so they could bring in someone younger that they could develop and keep for a while. The rest of the trades made sense to me as they brought in relief help.
Going into what happened the rest of the week, it was pretty eventful.
To start the week, they faced the Astros in what was supposed to be a four-game series. Thursday’s game was moved to Tuesday causing the first double header for both teams and Wednesday’s game was postponed to this coming weekend. All of this was due to Hurricane Laura coming closer to making landfall.
They fell in the first two games by scores of 11-4 and 6-3. The second game of the double header, they came to life to get their revenge from the previous two games as they won 12-5.
Due to the hurricane, they had two days off prior to their series at home against the Mariners. This series finished on Monday, Aug. 31 in a split as the Halos won the first two and dropped the others. This was the final time the two teams meet this season.
In the first game, the Angels won 3-2 with Andrew Heaney pitching 7.2 innings with 10 strikeouts in his longest and best outing of the season.
The second game saw three homers, the first being Jo Adell’s first major league home run while the second resulted in Adell’s first multi-homer game of his career. The Halos won the game 16-3.
The Halos also played in their sixth international tie breaker, losing for the fifth time on Sunday. They lost 2-1 in both of their final games of the series.
This week they face the San Diego Padres for two games at home before the Astros come to town for a four-game series (one will be an Astros home game).
I feel like they will split the series against the Padres and win one against the Astros. Thursday’s game against the Padres will see Clevenger in his first appearance as a Padre against Heaney on the mound. For the Astros series, I think that the only game they will win is one of the double header games.