The Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Angels have one more game at Angel Stadium in Anaheim for this four-game series. The Angels have a sweep opportunity on the table after a 7-5, 11-3, and 8-3 win. In his first start with the Tigers, Wily Peralta was out of his element with 7 hits and 5 earned runs allowed in 5 innings.
Patrick Sandoval was effective enough through 5.2 innings for the Angels. He allowed 3 earned runs and received plenty of run support to earn a win on Saturday night. Sandoval also struckout 9 batters to come one hitter short of double digits. Every Angels’ pitcher has been receiving good run support of late as the offense has been heating up.
This has all been happening without Mike Trout in the lineup. Trout continues to nurse a calf injury, and is expected back on the field hopefully at some point in July. Maybe late June if the Angels are lucky. It’s a take it day-by-day type of thing, as Trout plans on returning to baseball related activities within the next few days. The Angels will see how he feels and take it from there.
In his absence, the Angels have been flying high offensively. And no, this doesn’t mean they’re better off without Trout in the lineup. I know some foolish people will start drumming up the idea that the Angels don’t need Trout, but they most certainly do. Now only if Trout can get this kind of help from the supporting cast when he returns.
The Angels advanced to 36-35 on Saturday. Don’t look now, but the Angels have clawed out of their hole and are above the .500 mark now. They’re 7.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics, a comeback of that sort looks unattainable, but with ten teams from the American League going to the postseason, the Angels are back to life. If only Dylan Bundy could find some life on the bump. Bundy gets the nod with Casey Mize going for the Tigers. Head below for our free Tigers vs. Angels pick on June 20, 2021.
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Dylan Bundy has been well out of form with a record of 1-7. It’s been a pretty tough season for Bundy who was expected to be a guy the Angels could lean on in the rotation. This is after Bundy had a career-high ERA of 3.29 in 2020. I know it was only a 60-game season, but Bundy was consistent through 11 starts, and showed no indications of slowing down.
It’s the first season that Bundy has finished with an ERA below the 4.00 mark. From a career-high to what could be a career-low for Bundy. He’s been slammed for a 6.98 ERA and 1.37 WHIP this season. Angel Stadium hasn’t done him any favors either. Bundy has a 6.99 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in 28.3 innings of work.
Nor has there been any indications that he’s ready to get better and start pitching better. Bundy has conceded at least 4 earned runs in five of his last six performances. He’s coming off a brutal outing versus the Athletics in a 8-5 loss. Bundy allowed 7 hits and 7 earned runs through 2.1 innings.
This is a good spot for the Tigers to get on the board with a win in this series and prevent a sweep. With Bundy pitching, they don’t have a better chance than this game. That said, the Angels’ offense has been on fire, and Casey Mize has been regressing a bit after a hot run.
Mize allowed 1 earned run in four of five starts from May 5 to May 28. However, Mize has an ERA of 4.12 and 9 earned runs in his previous 20.1 innings. The Angels are fifth in the majors with 5.13 per 9 innings. In their last ten games, they’ve scored 7.14 runs per 9 innings and 7.29 in their last five. A double-digit final score looks within reach in Anaheim on Sunday afternoon.