Page’s Weekly LA Angels Predictions: Week Two

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols hits a 2 RBI single to tie the game in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners Angels won 10-9. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols hits a 2 RBI single to tie the game in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners Angels won 10-9. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /
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Friday, April 14 @ Royals

Apr 9, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker (52) in the first inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 9, 2017; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Matt Shoemaker (52) in the first inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

Probables- Danny Duffy vs. Matt Shoemaker

The Angels begin their first road trip of the season in Kansas City, taking on Danny Duffy and the Royals in the first game. Duffy has been phenomenal to start the season. In two games, he has pitched 13 innings allowing only three runs on 11 hits. He has 11 strikeouts while allowing five free bags. The Angels may be able to have some success against Duffy, though. He is a left-handed pitcher, and the Angels have a very right-handed dominant lineup. They will be able to see the ball better this way. Mike Trout is 4-9 in his career against Duffy with a homerun and two RBI’s. He has walked once while striking out twice. If the Angels can consistently get enough runners on base, they might be able to nab this one.

Matt Shoemaker will take the mound for the Halos. It has been a tale of two starts for Shoemaker. In his 2017 debut, he hurled five innings, striking out four and allowing only two runs. However, in his second start, he allowed six runs over 4.1 innings giving up a homerun and two walks while only striking out one batter. Even in his first outing, he allowed two solo shots. The long ball has been a problem for Shoemaker thus far into the season. The Royals don’t usually hit for power, but they have plenty of players who can.

Prediction- Royals 5, Angels 2