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Series beginning
07/12/2019

Los Angeles Angels

The Mariners enter the unofficial second half of the season in Orange County, where the Angels are treading water at a game over .500. Being the Angels, the team is dealing with a number of injuries, and the M's get a break by playing them when they don't have the services of All-Star Tommy LaStella and catcher Jonathan Lucroy; even without them, though, the Halos can be formidable. Mike Trout eats Seattle pitching for breakfast, David Fletcher has been impressive this year, Shohei Ohtani has been terrific as the DH since coming off the injured list, even Kole Calhoun has given the Mariners fits.

The Angels' pitching situation has been upended a bit with the untimely death of starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs on July 1st. The club continues to mourn their teammate (and that's why they're all wearing black "45" patches on their uniforms the rest of the year, it's not a Trump thing), but the show must go on and someone will have to fill the rotation spot. For this series, they'll go with Felix Peña (following an "opener," proving that Scott Servias isn't the only manager susceptible to dumb fads), Matt Harvey, and José Suarez. Peña has seen the Mariners twice this year so far and done reasonably well, 5.23 ERA vs. Seattle notwithstanding. Harvey will be making his first start following a six-week stint on the injured list, hoping his earlier problems have gone away; in ten previous starts this year, he's gone 2-4 with an unsightly 7.50 ERA. Suarez has made two starts against the M's, giving up five earned runs in ten and a third innings. For Seattle, Mike Leake will take the mound Friday, with Wade LeBlanc and Yusei Kikuchi on the weekend. Leake is 1-1 against the Angels so far this year, LeBlanc 1-0 in his only appearance (as a "headliner"), and Kikuchi is 1-2 in three starts.

 

Mariners vs. Felix Peña (CAREER)

Mariners vs. Matt Harvey (CAREER)

Mariners vs. José Suarez (CAREER)

Angels vs. Mike Leake (CAREER)

Angels vs. Wade LeBlanc (CAREER)

Angels vs. Yusei Kikuchi (CAREER)

Splits

Last ten 4-6
Home 22-21
vs. LHP 12-19
vs. RHP 33-27
One-run games 7-13
vs. AL West 18-27
vs. Mariners 5-8

Who’s Hot & Not

Last ten games

Mike Trout
.289/.391/.763, 6 HR, 11 RBI

David Fletcher
.314/.442/.400, 3 2B, 1 RBI

Kole Calhoun
.293/.341/.561, 5 XBH, 9 RBI

Shohei Ohtani
.350/.350/.825, 11 XBH, 10 RBI

Andrelton Simmons
.216/.256/.297, 1 HR, 2 RBI

Albert Pujols
.250/.286/.350, 2 XBH, 5 RBI

Last 3 series vs. Seattle

6/9/19 SEA 9, LAA 3
6/8/19 LAA 12, SEA 3
6/7/19 SEA 6, LAA 2
6/2/19 LAA 13, SEA 3
6/1/19 LAA 6, SEA 3
5/31/19 SEA 4, LAA 3
5/30/19 LAA 9, SEA 3
4/21/19 LAA 8, SEA 6
4/20/19 SEA 6, LAA 5
4/19/19 SEA 5, LAA 3
4/18/19 SEA 11, LAA 10

Manager

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Brad Ausmus: After spending a year as a special assistant to the Angels' GM, Billy Eppler, Ausmus takes over on the field for his second Major League managing gig. He led the Tigers to a division title in his first year managing, then struggled to win with Detroit for three subsequent seasons. Eppler cited Ausmus' "understanding of evolving strategies and probabilistic approach to decision-making" as a factor in his hiring, even though Ausmus had a reputation in Detroit for being old-school. This is the second time Ausmus has replaced an iconic manager—he succeeded Jim Leyland in Detroit in 2014 and now replaces Mike Scioscia, who had managed the Angels for 19 years.

Familiar Face

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Jeremy Reed: You may remember the Angels' batting coach from September 2004, when, as a Mariner prospect, he got his first callup to the bigs and hit a phenomenal .397/.470/.466 in 18 games and had M's fans wondering if he was the next Seattle superstar. Instead, he had a pedestrian year as a regular in 2005 and spent the next few years mostly toiling in Triple-A before being dealt to the Mets in a multi-player, multi-team trade. For the past two years he has been the Angels' minor-league hitting coordinator and previously held the same role with the Milwaukee Brewers' organization.

Franchise History

Los Angeles Angels(2016 - present)
 
World Champions:2002
Division Titles:1979, 1982, 1986, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014

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