The Angels had a rough first week of the season winning only one of their first five games. What is even more disturbing is that only one Angels starter made it through the 5th inning, & that was Matt Harvey.
While Matt Harvey was not lights out in his LA Angels debut, he was effective and recorded a quality start going six innings allowing only two runs on four hits, but he got a no-decision. Harvey’s efforts kept the Angels in the game until the offense would wake up in the eighth inning for a 4-run rally to help the team get their first and right now only win of the season.
Harvey is being looked to as the team’s ace with Andrew Heaney out with shoulder inflamation. Harvey only allowed one A’s hitter to reach base in the first four innings which was Robbie Grossman, who walked to leadoff the game.
In the 5th inning Harvey gave up his first hit to Marcus Semien. Harvey had already allowed two walks as well in the inning so the bases were loaded with no one out. Harvey managed to work his way out of trouble striking out Ramon Laureano and getting Nick Hundley to ground into a double-play to end the threat.
The A’s finally got to Harvey in the bottom of the 6th inning as Matt Chapman doubled and it was followed by a khKhris Davis two-run homer to give the A’s a 2-0 lead. Harveywould limit the damage by retiring the A’s with no further damage. The Angels rallied to win the game and Harvey was definitely a catalyst in the victory.
Co-Pitcher of the Week
Ty Buttrey is the Angels Co-Pitcher of the Week. I had my co-editor Vincent Page do a story on him as he was co-pitcher of the week. Buttrey has been stellar out of the bullpen and has kept the Angels in multiple games with strong relief work. Buttrey throws in the high 90’s and he has a couple of holds over the past week. Buttrey will be used in high leverage situations in the 6th-9th inning depending on match-ups this season.
If you want to read more about Ty Buttrey click on the link above and read Vincent Page’s story. Good job Matt Harvey and Ty Buttrey the Angels Co-Pitchers of the first week of the season.