During a recent game Angels manager looked at his lineup card in the dugout and he had a curious look on his face. It was like a smirk. I took it as happiness as the youngsters have given new life to this team.
With two weeks left in the season, the 20-28 Angels find themselves still in fourth place in the AL West. It is unlikely that they will reach the playoffs but they will still work their hardest to win their remaining games to come out of this condensed season with a .500 winning percentage.
In a week where I thought they would’ve gone 4-2, the Halos split the week during their six-game road trip.
They started the week off against the Texas Rangers losing the first 7-1. The only run produced by the Angels came off of a Jared Walsh home run as Andrew Heaney gave up five hits, 3 earned runs, and one walk while also recording four strikeouts. His best performance of the week came later in the trip.
They lost the second 3-7 as Julio Teheran continued his losing streak. The pitcher is now 0-3 this season following his positive COVID-19 test prior to the season starting. He was quarantined the first few weeks of the season.
The Angels had finally gotten a win in the series, winning the last game 6-2 as both Walsh and Mike Trout homered in the game. On the mound, Bundy had an amazing performance as he pitched 7.1 innings, only gave up four hits, two runs and one walk. He recorded the most strikeouts he has had this season with 12.
The team immediately traveled to mile-high Denver, Colorado to face the Rockies. As I said last week, if they could win one at Coors Field, it’s a win. In this case however, they won the only series between the two teams.
The only game in the series the Angels lost was the first one as Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon hit a grand slam to put the final score at 8-4. This is the second time this season that the Halos lost to a walk-off grand slam.
Walsh homered in this game for his third in three straight games he played. He didn’t stop there as he hit a walk-off 3-run home run in the 11th inning the following day, winning 5-2.
The final game of their road trip saw history as Albert Pujols hit his 660th home run in the eighth inning. This homer put him in a tie for fifth on the all-time home run list. This homerun put the Halos in the lead, ultimately winning 5-3.
This next week sees the Halos in their final home stretch of this 60-game season starting with a three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks, who are last in the NL West. The end of the week, the Rangers come to town for a four-game series concluding on Monday.
I believe that the Halos will sweep the D-backs before taking three of four against the Rangers to conclude the American League portion of their schedule.
Following this article being published, the Diamondbacks won the first game of the series 9-8. I now believe that the Angels will take the next two.