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LA Angels Series Preview (5/9/19): Taking Flight with the Orioles

By Ryan Falla
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - MAY 09: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels watches his third inning solo home run to reach 2000 career RBI's while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 09, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MICHIGAN - MAY 09: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels watches his third inning solo home run to reach 2000 career RBI's while playing the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park on May 09, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 30: Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning of the game in his major league debut against the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 30, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 30: Griffin Canning #47 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning of the game in his major league debut against the Toronto Blue Jays at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 30, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /

The LA Angels biggest issue this season has been finding solid consistency from the starting rotation; so far the only consistent performer is newcomer Griffin Canning across his two starts on the season.

We all knew Canning was going to be a dominant force after being called up from Triple A, but the fact that he’s been so consistent already puts him at the top of class for the LA Angels. Despite Canning’s A+ stuff there is still the matter of every single other starter not getting it done on a consistent basis. That needs to change against the Orioles

Trevor Cahill and Matt Harvey are both slated to take the mound against the Orioles in this series.

Oh boy.

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Neither starter has shown any semblance of consistency through the course of the season. While they do show flashes of competence at times, sometimes even flashes of dominance, there has been little to no consistency from either starter.

The worst part about it is that they show zero consistency when the Angels need them the most. The Angels just dropped a two-game series against the Astros and saw Cahill and Harvey pummeled embarrassingly in those two games.

Cahill couldn’t get out of the fourth inning in his start against the Astros and Harvey failed to limit the Astros to less than 5 runs in his start, as expected.

So what does this mean? Are the Astros truly that far out of the Angels league or is it simply a case of the Angels being sunk by two mediocre starting performances? Can Cahill and Harvey show at least a fleck of skill in their upcoming starts against the Orioles?

Will the Angels play down to their competition and show their true colors as one of the more mediocre teams in baseball? Or will the Angels work the kinks out of Harvey and Cahill and prove that there is far more than has met the eye through this month and a week into the season?

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