|LA ANGELS ( BRIDWELL )|
SEATTLE ( MIRANDA )
|977||LA ANGELS||+120||Ov 9.5,-110||+125||Ov 10,+105|
|978||SEATTLE||-130||Un 9.5,-110||-135||Un 10,-125|
|vs Left-handed Starters||20-16||+6.8||20-15||4.5||0.253||0.320||0.379||0.699||5.0||0.260||0.321||0.449||0.770|
|Past 7 Games||5-2||+4.1||3-3||5.4||0.255||0.330||0.409||0.738||4.4||0.285||0.320||0.467||0.788|
|vs Right-handed Starters||42-43||-2.9||39-41||4.8||0.263||0.321||0.416||0.737||4.9||0.261||0.320||0.435||0.755|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||-2.4||5-1||4.7||0.261||0.308||0.438||0.746||6.1||0.262||0.325||0.468||0.792|
|7/30/2017||CHAVEZ(R)||@ TORONTO||VALDEZ(R)||10-11||L||105||10 ev||O||14||6||0||12||5||3|
|8/10/2017||SKAGGS(L)||@ SEATTLE||PAXTON(L)||6-3||W||170||7.5 ov||O||8||6||0||8||5||0|
|8/11/2017||NOLASCO(R)||@ SEATTLE||GONZALES(L)||6-5||W||125||10 ov||O||11||9||0||10||4||1|
|8/12/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ SEATTLE||RAMIREZ(R)||6-3||W||140||9 ov||P||8||4||0||13||9||1|
|8/13/2017||BRIDWELL(R)||@ SEATTLE||MIRANDA(L)|| |
|8/15/2017||PETIT(R)||@ WASHINGTON||GONZALEZ(L)|| |
|8/16/2017||SKAGGS(L)||@ WASHINGTON||ROARK(R)|| |
|8/18/2017||NOLASCO(R)||@ BALTIMORE||BUNDY(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ BALTIMORE||HELLICKSON(R)|| |
|8/20/2017|| ||@ BALTIMORE|| || |
|7/30/2017||PAXTON(L)||NY METS||LUGO(R)||9-1||W||-225||8.5 ov||O||12||7||0||9||9||2|
|7/31/2017||HERNANDEZ(R)||@ TEXAS||HAMELS(L)||6-4||W||-105||10.5 un||U||8||8||1||6||8||4|
|8/1/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ TEXAS||MARTINEZ(R)||8-7||W||-105||11 un||O||12||8||1||12||8||3|
|8/2/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ TEXAS||CASHNER(R)||1-5||L||105||10.5 un||U||6||9||1||9||3||0|
|8/3/2017||GALLARDO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||CAHILL(R)||4-6||L||115||9.5 ov||O||10||9||1||8||5||1|
|8/4/2017||PAXTON(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||5-2||W||-155||8.5 un||U||9||3||0||4||3||0|
|8/6/2017||GONZALES(L)||@ KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||8-7||W||125||8.5 ev||O||11||7||0||10||6||0|
|8/6/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)||1-9||L||105||9.5 un||O||4||4||1||13||6||0|
|8/8/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ OAKLAND||GRAVEMAN(R)||7-6||W||-115||9 ov||O||11||9||0||8||6||3|
|8/9/2017||GALLARDO(R)||@ OAKLAND||COTTON(R)||6-3||W||100||9.5 ov||U||8||4||0||7||7||0|
|8/10/2017||PAXTON(L)||LA ANGELS||SKAGGS(L)||3-6||L||-180||7.5 ov||O||8||5||0||8||6||0|
|8/11/2017||GONZALES(L)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||5-6||L||-135||10 ov||O||10||4||1||11||9||0|
|8/12/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||LA ANGELS||RAMIREZ(R)||3-6||L||-150||9 ov||P||13||9||1||8||4||0|
|8/13/2017||MIRANDA(L)||LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)|| |
|8/18/2017||RAMIREZ(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||PRUITT(R)|| |
|8/19/2017||MIRANDA(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ODORIZZI(R)|| |
|8/20/2017|| ||@ TAMPA BAY|| || |
|LA ANGELS: 2016: 74-88, fourth place
Manager: Mike Scioscia (18th season)
Who's new? C Martin Maldonado, 2B Danny Espinosa, INF Luis Valbuena, OF Ben Revere, OF Cameron Maybin, RHP Jesse Chavez, RHP Austin Adams, RHP Yusmeiro Petit
Who's gone? C Jett Bandy, C Geovany Soto, C Juan Graterol, OF Gregorio Petit, OF Rafael Ortega, RHP Jered Weaver, LHP C.J. Wilson, RHP Jhoulys Chacin, RHP Tim Lincecum, RHP Cory Rasmus, LHP Brett Oberholtzer
Projected lineup: 3B Yunel Escobar (.304, 5 HR, 39 RBI), RF Kole Calhoun (.271, 18, 75), CF Mike Trout (.315, 29, 100, 30 SB), DH Albert Pujols (.268, 31, 119), 1B C.J. Cron (.278, 16, 69) or Luis Valbuena (.260, 13, 40 in 90 games with Astros), LF Cameron Maybin (.315, 4, 43, 15 SB with Tigers), 2B Danny Espinosa (.209, 24, 72 with Nationals), SS Andrelton Simmons (.281, 4, 44, 10 in 124 games), C Martin Maldonado (.202, 8, 21 with Brewers) or Carlos Perez (.209, 5, 31)
Rotation: RH Garrett Richards (1-3, 2.34 in six starts), RH Matt Shoemaker (9-13, 3.88), LH Tyler Skaggs (3-4, 4.17), RH Ricky Nolasco (8-14, 4.42 with Twins and Angels), RH Jesse Chavez (2-2, 4.43 with Blue Jays and Dodgers) or RH Bud Norris (6-10, 5.10 for Braves and Dodgers)
Key relievers: RH Huston Street (3-2, 6.45, 9/12 SV), RH Cam Bedrosian (2-0, 1.12), RH Andrew Bailey (3-1, 5.36 6/7 SV for Phillies and Angels), RH J.C. Ramirez (2-1, 2.91), LH Jose Alvarez (1-3, 3.45), RH Austin Adams (0-0, 9.82 with Indians), RH Yusmeiro Petit (3-5, 4.30 with Nationals), RH Mike Morin (2-2, 4.37)
Hot spots: First base and fifth starter. Pujols started 23 games at first base last year, and will likely play fewer this year after offseason plantar fascia surgery. For now, Pujols is the primary DH, Cron is the first baseman, and Valbuena will begin the season on the DL with a strained hamstring. One problem: neither Cron (.698 OPS) nor Valbuena (.666) could hit lefties last year. The top candidates for fifth starter are similarly flawed. Chavez and Norris finished last season as relievers. Alex Meyer has six major league starts to his name. The Angels might need all of them at points in 2017.
Outlook: It's hard to be too optimistic about a team that's made one playoff appearance in seven years. Yet it's hard to be too pessimistic considering the hard-luck injuries that decimated the Angels in 2016, particularly on the pitching side. Still, 2017 figures to be a transition year. The back of the rotation is a patch job until Tommy John patients Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano return from rehab. The Angels will gain some financial freedom after the season, when Josh Hamilton finally comes off the books. Any positive momentum in the meantime would make Anaheim a more attractive destination for free agents. Getting back above .500 would be a realistic step in that direction; anything beyond that is a bonus
|SEATTLE: 2016: 86-76, second place
Manager: Scott Servais (second season)
Who's new? LF Jarrod Dyson, SS Jean Segura, IF Danny Valencia, RF Mitch Haniger, C Carlos Ruiz, C Tuffy Gosewich, RHP Yovani Gallardo, LHP Drew Smyly, LHP Marc Rzepczynski, RHP Casey Fien, RHP Chris Heston
Who's gone? OF Seth Smith, SS Ketel Marte, C Chris Iannetta, OF Nori Aoki, RHP Taijuan Walker, RHP Nathan Karns, LHP Vidal Nuno, LHP David Rollins, RHP Tom Wilhelmsen
Projected lineup: LF Jarrod Dyson (.278, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 30 SB with Royals), SS Jean Segura (.319, 20, 64, 33 with Diamondbacks), 2B Robinson Cano (.298, 39, 103), DH Nelson Cruz (.287, 43, 105), 3B Kyle Seager (.278, 30, 99), C Mike Zunino (.207, 12, 31), 1B Danny Valencia (.287, 17, 51 with A's), RF Mitch Haniger (.229, 5, 17 in 34 games with Diamondbacks), CF Leonys Martin (.247, 15, 47, 24 SB)
Rotation: RH Felix Hernandez (11-8, 3.82), RH Hisashi Iwakuma (16-12, 4.12), LH James Paxton (6-7, 3.79), RH Yovani Gallardo (6-8, 5.42 with Orioles), LH Drew Smyly (7-12, 4.88 with Rays)
Key relievers: RH Steve Cishek (4-6, 2.81, 25/32 SV), RH Edwin Diaz (0-4, 2.79, 18/21), RH Nick Vincent (4-4, 3.73), RH Evan Scribner (0-0, 0.00 in 12 games), LH Marc Rzepczynski (1-0, 2.64 with A's and Nationals), RH Casey Fien (1-1, 5.49 with Twins and Dodgers)
Hot spots: First base and right field. Veteran Valencia has the first baseman's job for now, but Dan Vogelbach is the heir apparent who will begin the season at Triple-A. Vogelbach, 24, slimmed down this offseason ' a necessity when you're 6 feet tall, weigh 250 pounds and expect to play your first full major league season ' and might have more weight to lose. Valencia, 32, has never been a full-time first baseman in seven seasons. Haniger is known more for his glove than his bat, but he struggled (.713 OPS) in limited time at a hitter-friendly park in Arizona last year. Safeco Field won't be as kind. Cruz will play right field if Haniger doesn't.
Outlook: General Manager Jerry Dipoto has paired a staff of fly-ball pitchers with three rangy outfielders, an exercise in team-building he once tried with the Angels. Dipoto caused a stir by executing 40 roster transactions during the offseason, but is it possible he didn't do enough? Haniger has never been atop a major league depth chart. Pitchers Gallardo and Smyly are coming off shaky seasons in Baltimore and Tampa Bay, respectively. On paper, the Mariners look like a top-heavy team without much help in the minors if the bottom falls out. That was the case for Dipoto with the Angels too, and sometimes it worked out OK. More often it didn't.
|Angels face Mariners with five-game winning streak|
SEATTLE -- Andrelton Simmons chuckled when asked if the Los Angeles Angels had begun scoreboard watching now that they're in the thick of the American League's playoff race.
"We can't root for everybody, it's too early," said the shortstop, whose Angels have won the first three games of their series in Seattle to take over sole possession of the second and final AL wild-card spot. "It's not just this team we've got to beat to make the postseason. We've got to continue to play good baseball regardless of whom we're playing against, really. But it's even bigger when it's somebody that's fighting for the same thing."
The Angels (60-58) have won five games in a row, including a 6-3 victory Saturday, to move a half-game ahead of the Minnesota Twins (58-57). The Mariners (59-59), Tampa Bay (59-59) and Kansas City (58-58) are all one game behind.
The key, at least in this series, has been the bullpens.
"We just know at some point we're going to get the ball every night," said Angels reliever Keynan Middleton (4-0), who has earned the victory in each of the past two games. "We're going to do our jobs because we're in this and going to make this wild-card thing exciting."
The Angels' bullpen is 3-0 and has allowed three runs in 10 1/3 innings in the series. Mariners relievers are 0-3 and have allowed 13 runs (12 earned) in 10 2/3 innings.
"Our bullpen ... these guys keep taking the ball and making pitches," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "We're not going to get there (the postseason) unless the bullpen is pitching as it has. They've been very effective."
Friday night, the Angels came back from a four-run deficit, tying the score in the seventh inning and scoring the winning run on an unearned run in the ninth of a 6-5 decision.
They rallied for their 35th come-from-behind victory of the season Saturday, tying the score in the seventh and getting a two-run double from designated hitter Albert Pujols in the eighth to break the deadlock.
"It's not the first time (for a comeback)," Pujols said. "We have great chemistry. You've always got 27 outs. As long as we have one left, we're going for it."
Added Simmons: "That's what we do, especially late in the game. We never give in. We make the pitchers earn their outs and we put up good at-bats. ... The game is really never over for us. We've done it enough times that we know it."
Angels manager Mike Scioscia commended the veteran leadership on his club.
"Each game has its own life. You can't do anything about yesterday. All you can do is pour your heart into today," Scioscia said. "We've got through a lot of adversity and are in a real pennant race.
"We're still in long-season mode right now. You could put utmost importance on every game but we need to play free and play loose. We'll see in the next month which teams we need to jump over. Every game is important, but you can't put abnormal pressure on yourself."
The Angels, who started a nine-game trip in Seattle, and Mariners were tied going into the ninth inning both Thursday and Friday and tied entering the eighth Saturday.
"It's a great start to the road trip," Pujols said. "This is what you want because you know you're making up a game (when you win)."
The Angels will try to keep it going Sunday when they send right-hander Parker Bridwell (6-1, 3.00 ERA) to the mound against Mariners left-hander Ariel Miranda (7-5, 4.65).
The Angels are 10-1 when Bridwell pitches, with the lone loss June 30 in his only previous appearance against Seattle, in which he also faced Miranda. Bridwell allowed a career-high five earned runs on 11 hits in six innings of a 10-0 loss in Anaheim.
Miranda is 4-0 with a 2.61 ERA in five career starts against the Angels, including 2-0 this season. He also beat them 11-3 on May 4.
"We've got to get back on the right track," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "We've had these ups and downs. The guys are battling their butts off and we've got Miranda on the mound (Sunday)."
|Last Updated: 12/11/2017 10:55:35 PM EST|