Losers of 12 of their last 19, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim—they chose that two-citied name—have slid into third place after leading the division as recently as May 14. While they’re mid-tailspin, the Angels are still one of the best teams in the American League, though they aren’t quite in the Astros/Yankees/Red Sox division.
Game times and pitching matchups are as follows:
- Monday, June 4 — 9:07 PM CDT — Danny Duffy (L) versus Nick Tropeano
- Tuesday, June 5 — 9:07 PM CDT — Brad Keller versus Andrew Heaney (L)
- Wednesday, June 6 — 9:07 PM CDT — Ian Kennedy versus Shohei Ohtani
All stats courtesy of FanGraphs and Baseball Reference
Royals at Angels pitching matchups
|Danny Duffy (L)||12||64.2||54||18.6||31||10.7||5.71||5.74||5.19||4.99||-0.3||-0.1|
|Andrew Heaney (L)||9||51.2||54||25.0||18||8.3||3.66||3.25||3.72||3.82||1.2||0.3|
Nick Tropeano has been a bit on the lucky side this season as the beneficiary of a .269 BABIP. He throws five pitches, having added a sinker to his mix this season. He’s gone to the four-seamer 32.2% of the time this year, opting for the slider next most frequently (26.4%), then the sinker, splitter, and change. Thus far, just his sinker and four-seamer have been pitches with positive values this season, but the sinker looks to have improved the viability of his four-seamer, the latter of which was a rough offering last year.
The oft-injured Andrew Heaney was profiled by old friend Jeff Zimmerman here. In short, Heaney looks exactly like the heralded prospect he once was. He is still a massive injury risk, he missed time with left elbow inflammation to start the season after getting shut down last year with a shoulder injury and undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2015. Health notwithstanding, Heaney looks like a stud, and his sinker/change/curve mix is serving him well.
After ten days separating his last two starts, Ohtani will go on his standard seven days’ rest. The Royals missed out on Ohtani the last time these two teams met thanks to a rain-out. Such luck is unlikely to be in their favor in Anaheim this week. Ohtani throws harder than any starting pitcher. His splitter his devastating and his slider can be filthy. He occasionally mixes in a curve, but it’s not the pitch you’ll tell your grandchildren about.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim position players
|Shohei Ohtani (L)||DH||128||6||16||20||1||0.283||0.367||0.531||0.382||146||0.9||0.8|
|Luis Valbuena (L)||1B/3B||160||6||16||20||0||0.242||0.288||0.383||0.292||85||0.1||0.1|
|Kaleb Cowart (S)||IF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||-100||0.0||0.0|
Led by the incomparable Mike Trout and an Andrelton Simmons in the midst of his best offensive season to date, the Angels position players have been worth 10.6 fWAR, the sixth-best mark in the game. They’re slashing .247/.320/.419 with a .320 wOBA and 105 wRC+. That wRC+ puts them sixth in the game too. On the defensive side of the game, they have amassed 18 DRS and 14.5 UZR, good for fifth and fourth in the game respectively. In short, there isn’t much that this unit doesn’t do well.
How will the Royals fare in Anaheim?
This poll is closed
Royals take two of three
Angels take two of three
This series will be a WAR.