The LA Angels Should Be Able to Finish August Strong
The LA Angels have had a rollercoaster of a month. After going 12-4 over the first half of the months, they are 4-6 over their last ten games and have fallen 1.5 games back of the second AL Wild Card spot. However, they should be able to end on a high note.
The LA Angels have had one of the most consistently inconsistent seasons in recent memory. However, that seemed to be over after such a successful beginning of August. They looked ready to threaten the New York Yankees for home field advantage in the Wild Card Game.
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However, after losing two series to division rivals, the Angels are on the outside looking in. They now host the Oakland Athletics in a three game series in which they look to get back into Wild Card position.
While it would not be tough for the Halos to sweep the 58-72 Athletics, gaining ground on the Minnesota Twins might be tough. The Twins will be facing the Chicago White Sox in a three game series as well, starting Tuesday.
The Angels will send out Andrew Heaney, Troy Scribner, and Parker Bridwell. Heaney will be out to prove he has settles in after giving up seven big flies in his first two starts since returning from Tommy John surgery.
Scribner is filling in for the injured JC Ramirez. Scribner seems to go out and give a quality start every time he takes the mound. He always leaves the team in position to leave the game, whether that means in the lead or only a couple runs behind.
For the series finale, the Angels have to be comfortable in sending out Bridwell. He is 7-2 on the season, and one of those losses came after allowing just two runs over seven innings. His ERA sits at 2.89 on the year, and he’ll be looking to improve that against a weak A’s offense.
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While the Twins are unlikely to drop more than one game, if the Angels are able to sweep the A’s they may just be able to even things up with the Twins heading into the final month of the season.