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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, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 22: Matt Harvey #33 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim walks to the dugout after allowing a solo homerun to Luke Voit #45 of the New York Yankees during the first inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 22, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 22: Matt Harvey #33 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim walks to the dugout after allowing a solo homerun to Luke Voit #45 of the New York Yankees during the first inning of a game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 22, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /

Lucky Number 13

Trevor Cahill and Matt Harvey’s ERAs combine to make a total 13+ ERA. What a nice little number going into the Orioles series. As I said earlier in the article there has been a stunning lack of consistency from either starter that has kept them from finding true success.

Matt Harvey has shown a little more prowess than Cahill across the season as he did pitch 13 innings of 3 run ball before being obliterated by the Houston Astros. The Orioles are far below the level of team that the Astros were so I don’t think the opposing lineup will impose as much stress on either starter, but at the same time they’ve given little confidence in hoping otherwise.

Here’s the good news though, the first two Orioles starters, Dan Straily and Dylan Bundy, both have collective ERAs of 13+. That may tilt the favor of the series in the way of the Angels given the Halos higher potential offense.

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On the other hand it does need to be noted that Dylan Bundy is coming off an amazing start as he went 7.1 IP against the Rays while allowing no runs. He still has had a rough season prior to that start so if the Angels can hit him early they may be able knock him out.

At the same time the Angels have shown how bad they are stopping pitchers who have collected momentum coming into their start against the Halos.

Dan Straily hasn’t had the same kind of recent success that Dylan Bundy has which bodes well for the Angels in the opener of the game. The Angels haven’t found a solid groove in the month of May so far, what they need the most is to connect two winning series together with a little more consistency than they have so far. Solid starting pitching and hitting needs to come together to provide confidence to the teams long-term outlook.

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