SERIES PREVIEW: Guess what? The Los Angeles Angels are still not officially out of the playoffs. There’s still a chance, people!
Okay, maybe not really. The Angels would basically need to win the rest of their games this season and a bunch of teams would have to go on some serious losing streaks. Maybe a more attainable goal would be trying to reach .500. Currently the Angels sit at 4 games under .500 and have 10 games left which means that the Angels would need to go 8 and 2. Hmm… that doesn’t look good either.
Here’s your match-ups:
We recently gave a run-down on minor league work-horse Matt Shoemaker and what the Los Angeles Angels can expect out of him. Read it here. Shoemaker will be facing a struggling Eraso Ramirez. The right-hander was called up earlier this year and comes in sporting a 4.98 ERA and having allowed 12 home runs in as many games.
It’s the match-up of struggling back-end rotation starters with these two toeing the slab tonight. Former Angels starter Joe Saunders comes in sporting a 5.16 ERA. Saunders hasn’t been able to log 6 innings in any of his last four starts and during that period has allowed 31 hits n 18 2/3rds total innings pitched. Meanwhile, the Angels will send out Jerome Williams who has struggled in the second-half himself but is coming off of one of his better starts of the year where he held the lowly Astros to just one run over 7 innings.
Game Three: Felix Hernandez vs. C.J. Wilson
As amazing as Felix Hernandez has been over his career, the Los Angeles Angels have always seemed to do well against him. In 2013, King Felix has pitched agains the Angels a bit better, sporting an even 3.00 ERA in 4 starts. However, his one start in Anaheim this year, the Angels lit Hernandez up for 7 runs and 12 hits over 5 innings pitched. They’ll look to continue that trend in the series wrap-up game on Sunday.