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Series Preview: Cleveland Indians vs. Los Angeles Angels

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Another AL West team, but not as good as the Astros

Detroit Tigers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images

The Indians only took one from the stacked Astros, which is not all that surprising. For this weekend, they’ll stick with the AL West opponent as the Los Angeles Angels come to town. The Angels have had their ups and downs this year, but one constant is Mike Trout, who continues to be the best player in baseball.

Team in a box

2019 Los Angeles Angels

Record 56-54
Record 56-54
Runs Scored 550
Runs Allowed 559
Run Differential -9
Last 10 5-5
AVG .257
OBP .333
SLG .442
OPS .775
wRC+ 107
K/9 8.93
BB/9 3.63

The Angels can swing it. It helps having Mike Trout in your lineup, but there are a number of other players on the team who are also hitting pretty well.

Projected starters

Friday, August 2 7:10 p.m. ET: LHP Dillon Peters (v. Mike Clevinger)

Dillon Peters had been with Miami for the past couple of seasons; 2019 is his first year in the AL with the Angels. And things have gone better for him this year (albeit in a very small sample size). Across 17.2 innings in 6 appearances (2 starts), Peters has allowed 6 earned runs while walking 7 and striking out 14 (SSS assisted ERA+ 152). He’s got a fastball (92 mph), curve (77 mph), and change (85 mph) that all generate a decent amount of flyballs, whereas he’ll go to his slider (83 mph) to get ground balls and his sinker (92 mph) to get swings and misses. His most recent start came on July 27 against the Baltimore Orioles; in that game, Peters went 4.0 innings and allowed 5 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits while walking 2 and striking out 2.

Saturday, August 3 7:10 p.m. ET: TBD (v. Adam Plutko)

Not sure who TBD is, but they’ve got a good shot against Plutko. For what it’s worth, FanGraphs thinks that it’ll be Felix Pena taking the mound. A Saturday start would give Pena an extra day of rest after his last outing on July 28 against the Orioles (5.0 innings, 4 runs [1 earned] on 3 hits, 3 BB, 5 K).

Sunday, August 4 1:10 p.m. ET: RHP Jaime Barria (v. Shane Bieber)

It’s not been a good year for Jaime Barria, especially when compared to his promising rookie campaign a year ago. Across 43.0 innings in 10 appearances (5 starts) so far in 2019, Barria has allowed 30 earned runs while walking 13 and striking out 42 (ERA+ 73). His main pitch is his slider (84 mph), and it results in a good amount of flyballs. He pairs it with a fastball (92 mph) that can also generate flyballs. He also has a change (84 mph) that he’ll use from time to time. His most recent start came on July 29 against the Detroit Tigers; in that game, Barria went 5.0 innings and allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits while walking none and striking out 5.

Lineup highlights

CF Mike Trout: What’s left to say about Mike Trout that hasn’t been said already? He’s one of the best to ever play the game and continues to be every year. This year, for example, he’s doing worse than he did last year; across 463 plate appearances, Trout is slashing .295/.438/.656 (wRC+ 183). What. A. Scrub.

DH Shohei Ohtani: Shohei Ohtani is one of the most exciting players in baseball and he’s not even able to pitch this year due to Tommy John surgery. But he’s still hitting as a DH for the Angels and he’s hitting with authority. Across 289 plate appearances, Ohtani is slashing .292/.356/.521 (wRC+ 132). I can’t wait for him to take the mound again next year since, by all accounts, he’s a better pitcher than he is a hitter and he’s a fantastic hitter.

2B Tommy La Stella: La Stella is only a couple of years removed from his best years, but Angels fans weren’t expecting much from him in 2019. But he’s turned into one of their best hitters, and his play earned him a spot on the All-Star team for the first time in his career. Across 312 plate appearances, La Stella is slashing .300/.353/.495 (wRC+ 128), which would be the best mark of his career.

Los Angeles Angels roster

FanGraphs

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