After their first 15 games, it’s still up for debate whether these LA Angels are good enough to be competitive this season.
However, this week gives them a great stage to show us they are. They’ll travel to Texas for a three game series before hosting the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim for four games. Two division rivals, one rebuilding in Texas and one of the best offenses in baseball this season with the Mariners. The Angels will be tested, and if they want to pass and show they are a legitimate postseason contender, these five players are going to have to step up for the team over the next seven days.
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So far this season, the results have been inconsistent for Justin Bour. He has shown in small stretches that he can be dominant, especially against right-handed pitchers, but the overall production hasn’t been there.
Against the Rangers, only one of their probable pitchers is a lefty, Mike Minor, so that should bode well for Bour considering he almost has to be in the lineup at this point. Against the Mariners, while their probables aren’t released for the Angels’ series yet, Japanese sensation Yusei Kikuchi will likely take the mound in Anaheim. The southpaw has started his major league career well, and could pose problems for the Angels, especially Bour.
One thing Justin Bour has done well this year despite slumping for most of it is draw walks. He has been able to keep the inning going for the hitters behind him, which is valuable. However, the Angels will need him to do more than draw walks this weekend, especially if Mike Trout is inactive for part of it.