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LA Angels: Three Keys to Beating the Milwaukee Brewers

By Vincent Page
CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 01: Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers reacts after striking out against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Great American Ball Park on April 1, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - APRIL 01: Christian Yelich #22 of the Milwaukee Brewers reacts after striking out against the Cincinnati Reds in the first inning at Great American Ball Park on April 1, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /
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MILWAUKEE, WI – MAY 2: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a home run in the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 2, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI – MAY 2: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a home run in the sixth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on May 2, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Step 2: Take Early Leads

This may seem obvious, but the Angels will need to score early and often if they want any chance of really challenging the Brewers. While the Halos’ bullpen currently ranks as best in the MLB, the Brewers’ relievers are one of the most talented position groups in the league.

Josh Hader, Jeremy Jeffress, you know the names. These guys are exceptional relievers, and there isn’t a real weakness in the bullpen for the Brewers. While the same can be said for the Angels so far this season, they haven’t been tested as much as the Brewers late-inning arms.

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For the Angels offense, this means scoring early in games against an average Milwaukee rotation. However, this requires good outings from what has been an inconsistent Angels rotation. They’re slated to start Trevor Cahill, Matt Harvey, and Felix Pena in this series.

Each has had one bad and one good start, with Cahill and Pena having solid outings the last time they took the mound. Harvey is coming off one of the worst outings of his career, and needs to bounce back against this Brewers lineup.

Obviously the trio won’t shutout Yelich and Co. in all three games. However, they have to realize the intensity of this series and bring their best stuff. Limiting the Brewers offense, which is admittedly one of the best in the MLB, to as few runs as possible and not making mistakes on the mound is going to be crucial over these next three games.

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