Don’t look now but the LA Angels are playing some good baseball right now. What’s more impressive is they have been doing so against some of the league’s best.
A week ago the LA Angels were looking for any momentum they could get. Enter Shohei Ohtani and his big night against the Mariners where he 3 for 5 with a homer and two RBIs.
What was lost in all the Japanese hoopla was Cesar Puello going 3 for 4 with a homer and four RBIs. Kevan Smith also went 2 for 5 with two RBIs and Dillon Peters pitching 5.2 solid innings after 1.1 innings by opener Noe Ramirez.
That trend has continued throughout this week against teams with two of the best records in baseball in the Dodgers and the Rays. On Monday rookie Griffin Canning and three members of the Angels no-name bullpen Cam Bedrosian, Ty Buttrey, and Hansel Robles kept the Angels in the game and eventually helped nail down the victory.
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On Tuesday night it was more of the same as Justin Bour came back from the Triple-A abyss and hit a huge three-run homer in the first inning to set the tone for a 5-3 Angel victory. The Angels bullpen was again nearly flawless pitching 5.1 innings of one run relief (6.1 innings if you count opener Cam Bedrosian’s scoreless first).
On Thursday Noe Ramirez, Justin Anderson and Cam Bedrosian pitched four strong innings out of the bullpen to preserve Tyler Skaggs fifth victory of the season. Finally on Saturday it was Bour again supplying some power as did Kevan Smith to back Jose Suarez, who picked up his second win in three major league starts.
Other than Griffin Canning the rest of the players mentioned were guys that were relatively or totally unknown coming into the 2019 season. The Angels told everyone that they had a much-improved bullpen and they had some prospects who were ready to step into the starting rotation if needed, but we’ve heard that before in the past.
However, to see it come to life before our very eyes has been fun to watch. The question will be can this group of no-names keep it up all season. If they can do that they will be no-names no longer and the hopefully the Angels will not be a mediocre team any longer either.
The next few weeks before the all-star break will go along in determining the path the team will take the rest of the season. So fasten your seat belts and hold on tight as it promises to be a heck of ride going forward.