The LA Angels have been pitching brilliantly over the past week. However, the lack (or nonexistence) of an offense has overshadowed the pitching.
The LA Angels’ starting pitchers have been pitching great over the past six games. They have allowed 10 earned runs in 37.1 innings over the past six games. That comes out to a 2.42 ERA for the starting pitchers. That is an outstanding number, but it has only equated to a 1-5 record.
That number is at fault of the offense. They have averaged a putrid 1.5 runs per game over the same stretch. They are batting an abysmal .188 as a team. Of those few hits they have (36), only eight have been for extra bases. If the team does not start hitting the ball better soon, they are going to dig themselves a deep hole to battle back from the rest of the season.
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The Angels will look to turn their fate around in a weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Angels have not yet announced their starting pitchers for the entire series, but Alex Meyer will be making his first start for the Angels tonight. This is amove that is going to give the Angels’ starters an extra day of rest.
It also gives the Angels an opportunity to see what they have in Meyer as a starter. He has yet to make an appearance this season, but started five games for the Angels last season. In those games, he had a 4.57 ERA over 21.2 innings pitched. His best game came against none other than the Toronto Blue Jays, where he threw five shutout innings allowing only two hits. He did allow three walks to go with that, but also struck out seven.
It looks like Tyler Skaggs will take the mound on Saturday night. He is coming off his best outing of the season against the Royals, where he threw seven shutout innings while striking out nine. Taking the mound after Skaggs could be either Jesse Chavez or Ricky Nolasco. However, it seems as if they will match up Chavez against the struggling Marcus Stroman on Sunday. That leaves Nolasco to take on Fransisco Liriano, who has been pitching well in his last two starts, in the series finale on Monday.
No matter how well the Angels starters throw this weekend, it will not matter if the offense continues their recent woes.