No. 1 encouraging sign for the LA Angels from the San Diego Padres series: The bullpen was outstanding
The bullpen for the LA Angels was absolutely atrocious during the O’s series. They gave up 19 earned runs in 16.1 innings pitched.
That’s horrendous, and they did a complete 180 in the Padres series.
They went 13 innings without giving up a single earned run in the Pads series. They allowed just five walks in the two games.
They picked up the starters, and really improved against a lineup that can be quite dangerous when they’re on.
Even guys like Mike Mayers and Junior Guerra, who had been struggling, rose to the occasion in the two contests.
There was plenty to like in this series. I haven’t even mentioned how Shohei Ohtani became the first Angel to ever have 40 home runs and 20 stolen bases in a season. I also haven’t even mentioned how Justin Upton had his 1,000th RBI of his career on Saturday.
These three positive signs, however, show that this team is better than what they showed in Baltimore, and won’t lay down against the Yankees.