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Winning streak? Gone. Get on a series-winning streak? Nope. Over .500? Not anymore!
What went wrong in Thursday night’s game is pretty clear: Joe Saunders only lasted 2.2 innings and got blasted for 5 runs on six hits with 2 walks and no strikeouts. It marked the third bad start in four games for Saunders, who finished the night with an ERA of 5.82. Not exactly great. It’s far too soon for me to talk about how right I was in my prediction of Saunders’ performance this season, but whether you thought he’d repeat 2008 or not, this start to the season has to be a bit worrisome. Of the four that have started at least three games this season, there’s no question Saunders has been the worst of them, even with Santana struggling some himself.
As I said, though, it is only four starts, much too soon to really determine anything off of. For now, the Angels end up tying the four-game series with the Tigers, falling back under .500, and now meet the Yankees riding a two-game losing streak. The Angels send out Ervin Santana, while the Yankees counter with A.J. Burnett. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m. PT, with the game on Fox Sports Prime.