The Los Angeles Angels are continuing to press on without Mike Trout as the month of July beckons. The 41-39 Angels do have some concerns to address before Trout returns.
The Los Angeles Angels are 12.5 games behind the division-leading Houston Astros. The loss of Mike Trout could have been disastrous for the Angels. However, the Angels are steadfast and remain in the hunt for a Wild Card spot. As the All-Star break approaches, the Angels are ready to welcome Mike Trout back into the lineup. However, there is still work to do for the Angels.
Ricky Nolasco has struggled mightily on the mound this season. The former Minnesota Twin pitcher is 3-9 on the season. In 15 games he’s throwing an ERA of 5.23 with 98 hits made and 23 home runs given up.
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If you recall last year following the trade, Nolasco struggled early in his debut as an Angel. However, finished the season strong going 4-1 and an ERA of 3.21. Last night appeared to be the start of Nolasco finding his groove.
He pitched very well against the Los Angeles Dodgers in six innings. That is until a comeback ball struck him in his right leg. Nolasco gave up five hits and struck out five in last night’s game before leaving in the seventh inning.
The Angels need Nolasco to pitch better than he has this season. However, his numbers have declined drastically since 2013. Still, Nolasco has given up more home runs than any other Angel. Jesse Chavez is the closet with 19 home runs given up. Only J.C. Ramirez and Matt Shoemaker have winning records as Angels starters.
What’s good about the Angels is they are staying above .500 and are within striking distance of the playoffs. However, good pitching must happen from all the Angels starters in order for a playoff appearance to happen.
The Angels will face the Twins, Mariners, and Rangers before the upcoming All-Star break. Hopefully, they can continue their stellar play and make a push to close in on the Houston Astros.