Patrick Sandoval (0-3, 5.40 ERA) vs. Framber Valdez (2-2, 1.72 ERA)
The Los Angeles Dodgers travel to Houston for a clash with the Astros at Minute Maid Park. The Angels have slipped to 9-20 on the season after a Mark Canha walk-off sac-fly in the 10th on Sunday afternoon. The frustrating losses continue to pile up for the Angels. At this point, it’s not only frustrating for the Angels, but it has to be a little embarrassing.
They have the services of Mike Trout, arguably the best player in baseball, and are 11 games under .500 29 games into the season. Pitching is certainly a large reason why the Angels are in this position, but some clutch hitting would help as well. The Angels went out and bought a clutch bat in Anthony Rendon this past offseason.
He was one of the most coveted free agent hitters in the market. This isn’t Rendon’s fault, though. Rendon is doing his part with 16 RBI on .319 hitting and a .451 OBP. There is something seriously wrong when your lineup consists of Trout, Rendon, and Ohtani with a record of 9-20.
Expect the Angels to be sellers at the trade deadline, with a guy like David Fletcher maybe used as a trade bait. I think the front office is a bit stunned with what is going on, but if you ask an Angel fan, they likely aren’t too surprised. They still have a lot of work to do with their rotation, which comes with plenty of holes.
Getting Dylan Bundy to Anaheim was a good first step for the Angels. He’s developed into their ace, a spot supposed to be reserved for Ohtani. I don’t know if we’re going to consistently see Ohtani on the hill in his career. He can’t get over the injuries and might have to settle as being a one-way player. At a minimum, Ohtani will not be pitching again in 2020.
He’ll likely give it another go next season if health permits. 23-year-old Patrick Sandoval is expected to be a contributor at some point, but we haven’t seen it from him yet in two years. There is still time for him to figure it out, though. Sandoval gets the call with Framber Faldez counter for the Astros. Head below for our free LA Angels vs. Houston Astros pick for August 24, 2020.
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The Angels are losers in five of their last six games. Struggling against the Athletics is one thing, but losing three of four games against the Giants is tough to swallow. The Angels have been on the road for their last five games, so this is a tough road trip for them. After four games in Houston, the Angels will finally end their nine-game road trip and head home to welcome the Mariners.
Sandoval will be counted on to get the Angels on the winning track Monday night. He’s in his second season in the majors and for the first time a full-time member of the rotation. Sandoval appeared in ten games last season and notched an ERA of 5.03 and 1.37 WHIP.
Hoping to see signs of progress from Sandoval in 2020, he’s been struggling with an ERA of 5.40 and 1.30 WHP. Sandoval has gotten smacked for 9 earned runs in his previous two games across ten innings of ball. His effort on the road has been poor, as he goes into Minute Maid with an ERA of 6.30 through ten innings. Sandoval has conceded 7 earned runs during that span.
Sandoval might show up and pitch a fine game this evening in Houston. That’s possible, but I have more faith in Framber Valdez to handle the Angels tonight. Valdez has been terrific in the absence of Justin Verlander. He’s been the ace of the club so far and will be counted on down the stretch in the second-half. Valdez has been on point with a 1.72 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in four starts and a spot appearance out of the bullpen.
After conceding 3 earned runs in his first start, Valdez has given up 1 or no runs in his last four. In his previous 27 innings on the hill, he’s surrendered just 3 earned runs. In an earlier start versus the Angels, they didn’t score an earned run on Valdez through 6.1 frames. The ‘Stros should be able to return home after a tough series against the Padres and find a win on Monday night against the road weary Angels.