Tuesday, April 25 vs. A’s
Probables- Jesse Hahn vs. JC Ramirez
The Angels start a three-game series against the Oakland A’s on Tuesday. The A’s come into the series winners of five of their last six games. They split the first series of the season against the A’s. The A’s will look to get the series off with a win when they send Jesse Hahn to the mound. Hahn has had three solid outings this season. He has pitched six innings in all three, allowing two, three, and one earned run in each. He has 14 strikeouts to seven walks and has allowed one big fly. He did not start against the Angels in the first series, which may help him in this start.
Hahn has not pitched against the Angels many times in his career. This gives him somewhat of a edge, as Angels batters will have to figure out his delivery and when he uses each pitch. It would not be surprising to see Hahn go through the Angels lineup once in dominant form.
The Angels will counter the consistency of Hahn with JC Ramirez. Ramirez was handed a spot in the rotation after Garrett Richards was sent to the DL. However, it may not be his for long. Ramirez has made two starts, throwing 10.1 innings and allowing eight earned runs. He has 12 strikeouts with three walks, so his control is not the problem. He just pounds the strike zone and has very hittable pitches. Oakland, as a team, has found a lot of success against Ramirez.
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The team hits .316 (12-38) off of Ramirez. They have three long balls off of him, have walked four times, and struck out only 5 times. Ramirez will have to be more deceptive with his pitches if he hopes to stand a chance against this Oakland lineup.
Prediction- Athletics 5, Angels 3