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LA Angels Series Preview: AL West Showdown in Mexico

By Ryan Falla
SEATTLE, WA - JULY 05: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim yells after striking out against Marco Gonzales #32 of the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning at Safeco Field on July 5, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - JULY 05: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim yells after striking out against Marco Gonzales #32 of the Seattle Mariners in the fifth inning at Safeco Field on July 5, 2018 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Lindsey Wasson/Getty Images) /
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Dr.Jekyll and Mr.Hyde

We’ve seen Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill pull disappearing acts over the course of the first month time and time again. By that I mean they’ll show off some serious skill in one start and then lose all sense of quality in the next start.

Who are we going to get with this series? Are we going to get the Matt Harvey that has given up just 3 runs in the last 13 innings or will we see the Harvey that cannot pitch through 5 innings without giving up nearly half a dozen runs?

Are we going to see the Trevor Cahill who can put the team in winning positions by clearing 5-6 innings of quality baseball or will we be subject to watching him bullied off the mound by the 5th inning?

The consistency of the starting rotation has made it difficult for the Angels to know exactly what to expect game in and game out. Although that is starting to slowly stabilize itself we’re still seeing a middle-bottom end of the rotation that doesn’t know whether or not they’ll provide successful starts to turn over winning momentum to the top of the rotation.

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Trevor Cahill has struggled with the long ball after a 2018 season that saw him manage success with keeping the ball in the park. 2018 saw Cahill give up just 8 home runs across 110 IP, yet in 2019 we’ve seen him already allow nine in just 30.1 innings of work.

Cahill will have his work cut out for him as he faces the best in the AL West; an Astros lineup that features Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, and George Springer will pose serious danger to Trevor Cahill if he isn’t on his A game. We’ve only seen a month of action from Cahill and from that month we have seen sparks of pure quality here and there.

The same goes for Matt Harvey, can he keep up his current hot streak against the best lineup he’s faced all season long?  This is a critical start for both Harvey and Cahill, but at the same time if Harvey can tap into his higher ceiling to bring about some wins he just might be able to lock into that “Dark Knight” for more than just one or two starts.

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