Vlad Jr. watch continues, as everyone awaits the youngster to do something big at the plate. After demolishing minor league pitching and hitting everything in sight, Guerrero has found out pretty quickly that this isn’t the minor leagues anymore. He has had a few hits, along with a double so far, but no long ball or RBI to speak of.
That’s eventually going to change of course, though people are getting anxious to see his power game at work. Vlad Jr. made it look so easy in the minors that people almost expected him to start swinging for the fences immediately. It’s not that easy and you have to keep in mind that he’s never seen pitching of this caliber. He will catch up to it, though, it’s just a matter of time before he finds his swing.
Guerrero was held off the bases last night, as he went 0-for-4 against the Angels. Felix Pena had a nice outing for the Angels, guiding his team to a 6-3 win on Wednesday evening in Anaheim. The Angels went up by a score of 6-1 in the bottom of the 5th and didn’t score again, though it was enough to secure a 3-run win.
The victory was highlighted by a Mike Trout bases clearing double to lead the way for the Angels. He’s depended on to be clutch with that contract, and with Ohtani out it’s even more critical that he performs at a high level. Trout got the contract by being the best in the game, so no surprises to be had there.
Ohtani is expected to be out of the lineup for at least another week, but recent signs are promising. They want to get him at least 40 simulated at-bats before returning and he’s getting closer to that milestone. Tyler Skaggs will look to improve on an impressive April tonight for the Angels, while the Jays turn to Aaron Sanchez in a starting role. Head below for our free Blue Jays vs. Angels pick.
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Aaron Sanchez may be on the trade block like Marcus Stroman soon and he’s doing a pretty good job turning attention to himself. It’s not a sure thing that either of them go, but if Sanchez can keep pitching well, it’s hard not to want to part ways with him. His trade value will be at an all-time high and the Jays could fetch some decent prospects.
Toronto must start looking at when Vlad Jr. is going to be in his prime. If they play their cards right, the Jays might have something brewing in a few years. Sanchez heads into Thursday with an ERA of 2.32, 1.32 WHIP, and .336 OBA. He certainly has the potential of topping his career-high ERA of 3.00 from 2016. Though it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows for Sanchez.
Note that while his ERA is really shining bright, he is putting a lot of runners on base and has to escape jams to prevent runs. That’s not the best way of going about business if you’re a pitcher, because eventually that kind of stuff catches up. Opposing hitters own a .336 OBP against Sanchez, as he has been a walk machine. In his previous four outings, Sanchez has yielded 15 walks for an average of 3.75 walks per game. Trout can make a pitcher pay for putting runners on base, just look at what he did to Stroman last night.
The Angels have had success hitting Sanchez in his career. They’re hitting .333 with a nice .467 OBP against Sanchez, so runners are getting on-base for the Angels against him as well. Sanchez has had his better outings at home, where he has been perfect with no runs allowed in 10 innings of work. However, on the road Sanchez has given up 11 runs in 21 innings for a 3.43 ERA. He may have to go into home mode against Skaggs, who has been on fire for the Angels.
The brunt of his success has been at home, though it’s only been one start. Skaggs enters Thursday with an ERA of 1.42 at home and a sizzling 0.95 WHIP, which came against the Rangers across 6.1 innings. Skaggs doesn’t have a high-powered offense to deal with this evening and should be able to put together another quality outing. Batting injuries for a good portion of his career, Skaggs looks healthy and ready to put it all together in 2019. Expect another win for the Angels on Thursday night in Anaheim.