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LA Angels Series Preview: Team Has Chance to Prove Their Strength Against the Cubs

By Ryan Falla
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 10: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pats Jonathan Lucroy #20 on the head as Andrelton Simmons #2 walks past following a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 10, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 10: Zack Cozart #7 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pats Jonathan Lucroy #20 on the head as Andrelton Simmons #2 walks past following a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 10, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images) /
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Stratton needs to bring a quality start to the table

While Tyler Skaggs offers plenty of opportunity for success, it isn’t as easy to the same for Chris Stratton. Stratton hasn’t pitched through 5 innings in his two starts this season, though his last start against the Rangers still offered the Angels a competitive ball game.

The dominant bullpen has been able to keep wonky games, like the ones Stratton brings, under control at the very least. Given the state of the Cubs lineup, we’ll need to see Stratton bring real heat to the game. Not just 4 innings of mediocre pitching, but he’ll need to put up an actual quality start for the sake of the team. We’ve seen that he definitely has the stuff to be a solid starter – his breaking balls snap hard and his fastball is solid – the problem is he just doesn’t apply it well enough in game time situations.

More. The Halos Can't Give Up On Stratton Just Yet

We don’t want to see the bullpen run dry in the Cubs series after all the work they did against the Brewers and that all starts with Stratton. Well, Skaggs really, if Skaggs can put up 7+ innings of baseball to start the series he’ll be a savior to this bullpen. Especially with Stratton on the hill to follow him; even with the off day prior to the series it would not be beneficial to have Stratton last less than 5 innings and force another big day for the bullpen. Of course this may not be as self-destructive with Jaime Barria on the big league roster, he should be available to eat up innings in the Stratton start.

As complicated as the Stratton situation may be, everything looks a lot better the day after his scheduled start.

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