Freeway Series 2020: Five things to watch for when Angels meet Dodgers

Justin Turner, Mike Trout , Los Angeles Angels (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Angels, Julio Teheran
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Freeway Series 2020 – Who will start Sunday’s game for the Angels?

The Angels pitchers will have their work cut out for them against the Dodgers heavy-hitters. The Halos will get things started off with a pair of lefties, with Patrick Sandoval drawing the first straw and followed by Andrew Heaney.

But who will start the third game of the series?

At the present time, Julio Teheran is penciled in as the starter on Sunday, however if this series takes a turn for the worse, perhaps the Angels shuffle things up a bit. Teheran has allowed seven earned runs and has just a 3:4 K/BB ratio in 4.2 innings of work in 2020. That may not be the Angels best foot forward if they want to avoid a sweep on Sunday.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not looking to write off Teheran so quickly in his Angels tenure, but a match-up against the Dodgers is hardly the opportunity to reset a pitcher’s confidence after a rough start. For what it’s worth, Teheran owns a career record of 0-6 against Los Angeles with a 5.33 ERA and a .276/.330/.481 batting line surrendered.

On the other hand, Dylan Bundy last pitched on Tuesday, and with the off-day on Thursday, he could take a normal turn in the rotation after four days of rest. Given his performance in 2020 (3-1, 1.57 ERA, 0.628 WHIP, and 11.0 K/9), Bundy is the ace the Angels could turn to in a tough match-up against Dustin May.

It’s certainly something Joe Maddon should weigh with the team’s postseason hopes potentially on the line.