Tough loss for the Oakland Athletics last night against the Angels in Anaheim. They fought hard but ultimately came out of the night with a 10-9 loss. Daniel Mengden was hammered from the get-go, as he got through 2.1 innings with 6 runs on the board for the Angels. Felix Pena of the Angels was yanked early as well.
He got smacked for 8 hits and 7 runs in 1.2 innings, effectively ending his night and the Angels having to go to the bullpen earlier than anticipated. It came down to which pitching staff sucked the most. With 9 runs against, the Angels staff shouldn’t be celebrating anything, but it was barely enough to get into the win column on Wednesday at Angel Stadium on a walk-off. The win handed the A’s their sixth loss in seven games.
The Athletics seemed to have their season back on track with a ten-game winning streak. That came to a hard stop recently, beginning with a loss against the Angels on the 28th. The A’s went on to lose their next five games and are 1-6 in their previous seven games. How quickly things can change in Major League Baseball. If you need a reminder to not get too high or low on teams because of runs this is a perfect example with the A’s. Bad and good teams will go on both.
So, are the Athletics a good or bad team? I’d say their team is fairly indicative of their record. Oakland go into 30-31. Average record for an average team. The Angels are in a similar position at 30-32. They certainly have the more attractive lineup with Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani, though.
Ohtani went deep last night for 3 runs and provides the Angels with a tremendous 1-2 combo in Anaheim. Again, beating a dead horse for the past few years, the Angels need to get their pitching staff sorted out, though. Ohtani back in the rotation will help in that regard. We will have to wait to see Ohtain back on the bump. Tyler Skaggs will get the starting nod against Mike Fiers of the Athletics tonight. Head below for our free Athletics vs. Angels pick.
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The Angels could make some noise if they have a healthy club next season and make the right moves. They spent all of this money on Mike Trout, $430 million of it to be exact, and now it’s up to management to make smart decisions to help him out. Winning the Ohtani sweepstakes certainly helps, but I think they have to consider finally spending money on an elite pitcher.
Spending $430 million on Trout isn’t going to get them anywhere if they aren’t going to finally fix the starting rotation. Skaggs pitching well helps and he is a decent option for the Angels, but shouldn’t be counted on as a top option like he currently has to be.
Skaggs has been at this best at Angel Stadium in 2019. Things have gotten a bit stressful when he has to pitch on the road, but home has been friendly to Skaggs. He owns an ERA of 2.28 with a 1.10 WHIP and .281 OBA in the friendly confines of Angel Stadium.
It didn’t hurt him when he saw the A’s on the road in his first meeting of 2019 against Oakland, though. Skaggs was strong 2 runs allowed across 4.2 innings of play. The run support wasn’t there, though, and the Angels ultimately fell by a score of 2-1.
This is a different lineup with Ohtani inserted in it, however. Ohtani has homered in back-to-back games and is 4-for-7 as he has shown signs of heating up for the first time since returning. The Angels are hitting .295 with a .369 OBP against Fiers in 132 at-bats.
Trout has bulldozed Fiers for a .500 OBP and 2 home runs in 21 at-bats against the former Astro and Tiger. It’s also worth noting that Fiers has been trash on the road this season. His numbers have been elevated with an ERA of 6.37 and 1.45 WHIP in that capacity.
In his final start of 2018, Fiers was touched up for 7 hits and 6 runs in 3.1 innings at Angel Stadium. It was the same scenario in 2017 in his final outing of the season. Fiers was drilled for 10 hits and 8 runs in 3.2 innings when he was with the Astros against the Angels in Anaheim. The Angels look like the play, as they ride the momentum of a wild win on Wednesday.