Wednesday, April 26 vs. A’s
Probables- Sean Manaea vs. Matt Shoemaker
In the second game of the series, the A’s send out southpaw Sean Manaea. Manaea will be making his fifth start of the season. He started off the season poorly, owning a 7.15 ERA after his first two starts. However, he has brought that down to a respectable 4.43 after two solid outings in which he threw a combined 11 innings, allowing three runs (two earned). He allowed no hits in one start while allowing five in the next. He struck out six batters in each game. The Angels (besides Trout, who has four hits in seven at-bats with a homerun, triple, and two RBI’s) have not done well against Manaea in the past. He is not the kind of pitcher they want to face as they try to get back to their winning ways.
The Angels send Matt Shoemaker to the mound in hopes of limiting this hot A’s team. He is coming off his best start of the season. In seven innings against the Astros, he allowed two runs on three hits. However, all three of those hits were for extra bases while two of them were solo shots. Shoemaker has shown signs of becoming the Angels new Jered Weaver.
He’ll give you a solid start most of the time, always allow one or two long balls, and every now and then get rocked for five or six runs. Hopefully, he is able to continue his success on Wednesday against an A’s team that has found scattered success against Shoemaker. He has good numbers against most of their batters, but there are a few who have rocked him in the past.
Prediction- Angels 6, Athletics 3