LA Angels Series Preview: Angels host A’s in AL West Rematch
By Ryan Falla
The A’s are sitting just 0.5 games ahead of the LA Angels in the Wild Card race as of today. The good news doesn’t end there, because the A’s Are suffering through a 5 game losing skid.
The A’s losing streak started after losing two of three games to the LA Angels. Can the Angels take advantage of this golden opportunity to advance in the playoff standings with a series win, or even a sweep against the Oakland A’s?
The Angels have been finding some strong success against the AL West by taking 7 of the last 10 games they’ve played against division rivals in the last two weeks. The Angels schedule in the last two weeks has been stacked with AL West opponents and that streak will last until the end of this week. There is a fair amount of hope behind this match-up against the A’s as the Angels will be throwing three pitchers who had have success that ranges from great to moderate against this A’s squad.
Could a sweep cement the Angels position as a serious playoff contender? The Angels are good at beating up on bad teams and typically struggle against good teams, and while the Angels won the last series against the A’s they haven’t shown enough consistency to prove they can do it again and again. But that can all change in this series, especially with the fresh-faced youth running the team.
The Angels have won 7 out of the last 10 against AL West opponents, maybe they are finding that consistency after all?
Angels vs Athletics
(6/4) 7:07 PM PT @ FS-W: Griffin Canning (2-1, 3.06 ERA) vs Frankie Montas (6-2, 2.81 ERA)
(6/5) 7:07 PM PT @ FS-W: Felix Pena (3-1, 3.42 ERA) vs Daniel Mengden (1-1, 3.05 ERA)
(6/6) 7:07 PM PT @ FS-W: Tyler Skaggs (4-5, 4.50 ERA) vs Mike Fiers (4-3, 4.78 ERA)