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The Los Angeles Angels are firing on all cylinders.

By David Rice
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 30: (L-R) Chris Young
OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 30: (L-R) Chris Young /
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The Los Angeles Angels are off to their best start in team history.  After 13 games the Angels have won all four of their series and are in first place in the AL West with a 10-3 record.

So how are the Los Angeles Angels doing it so far this season? The answer, they are playing together as a team and getting contributions from pretty much everyone on their roster including some players that have been called up from Triple-A.

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One such player was Wednesday night’s starter Jaime Barria who was making his Major League debut.  Barria pitched really well going five innings and gave up one hit which was a home run by to Ryan Rua.  Other than that he had three walks with three strikeouts.

The next two days the Angels will get Nick Tropeano and Andrew Heaney back.  Tropeano hasn’t started in a game since June of 2016 when he tore his UCL in his right elbow.  Tropeano did not make the roster out of Spring Training, but now is getting opportunity due to J.C. Ramirez for the season ironically with the same injury Tropeano is trying to come back from.

On Friday Andrew Heaney will make his first start of the season.  Hopefully he will pitch better than he did last year on his return from the same UCL tear.  Heaney struggled last year once he came back the last two months of the season going 1-2 with a 7.07 ERA and a 1.66 WHIP.

Heaney looked really good in his one rehab start allowing only one run in 6.1 innings for the Inland Empire 66’ers.  Hopefully Heaney will pitch more like that than the way he pitched last season.

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On Wednesday night Shohei Ohtani started the scoring with an RBI single to take a 1-0 lead.  Zack Cozart and Jefry Marte each had RBI-Triples.  Kole Calhoun had a two-run single to put the game away in the top of the ninth.  Keynan Middleton came in during the 8th inning and got out of jam that Blake Wood created.  Middleton pitched the last 1.2 innings to pick up his 2nd save of the season.

The Angels starting pitching has not been bad, but they only have three quality starts in 13 tries. However, the bullpen has been stellar as they have had to go four or more innings in all but five games this season including 13 scoreless innings in a series victory over the Indians.

At the plate Ohtani has been the big story has a .364 batting average with three homers and eight RBIs.  Mike Trout also is being Mike Trout.  Trout has four homers and 10 RBIs.  The Angel bench has been contributing to the success of the team as well.

Next: Jaime Barria shines in his debut.

So relax and enjoy this hot streak.  Hopefully it will continue  for awhile,

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