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LA Angels Series Preview: Bringing Tyler Skaggs back home

By Ryan Falla
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 25: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning of the game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium on July 25, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
ANAHEIM, CA - JULY 25: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitches in the first inning of the game against the Chicago White Sox at Angel Stadium on July 25, 2018 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images) /
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The LA Angels are going to be at home for the first time since the tragic passing of 27-year old starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs.  There will be a pre-game ceremony in honor of the late young star.

The LA Angels will be hosting the Mariners during the series this weekend, and while this series carries utmost importance for the Angels there is still a palpable difficulty in moving forward without Skaggs. While this is an unfortunate note to start the 2nd half of the season time will only stop for so long before it’s time to move forward. It’s time to start the second half of the Angels baseball 2019 season.

The Angels are starting the 2nd half of the 2019 season 6.5 games back from the 2nd Wild Card spot in the AL and a healthy 12 games back from 1st place in the AL West. It’s  been a long season for the Angels that feels like it’s getting longer and longer as the weeks go by. After the passing of Tyler Skaggs we saw Tommy La Stella lose out on playing in his first All-Star game after a freak injury the day after Skaggs passing. To top it off the Angels had to watch catcher Jonathan Lucroy go down in an awful heat-of-the-moment play at the plate at the hands of the Astros, and for some reason the Astros fanbase have turned themselves into the victims of the whole affair.

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It’s been a frustrating, demoralizing week for the Angels. It’s been a frustrating and demoralizing season for the Angels. Despite all that, there is still the lingering glimmer of hope that this highly talented team who can’t put it all together may actually make a playoff run in the 2nd half. All of the pieces for them to compete are there waiting to be made use of.

At the same time there are plenty of pieces on this squad that’s preventing them from making a killer 2nd half run. Even better for us Angels loyal, some of those broken pieces will be featured in the upcoming series.

Here we go again.

Mariners @ Angels

(7/12) 7:07 PM PT @ FS-W: Mike Leake (7-7, 4.32 ERA) vs Taylor Cole (0-1, 4.58 ERA)

(7/13) 7:07 PM PT @ FS-W: TBD vs Matt Harvey (2-4, 7.50 ERA)

(7/14) &:07 PM PT @ FS-W: Yusei Kikuchi (4-6, 4.94 ERA) vs Jose Suarez (2-1, 5.40 ERA)

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