The first series back at Angel Stadium since the death of Tyler Skaggs has been an emotional one. With No. 45 printed on their backs, the Angels no-hit the Seattle Mariners for a whopping 13-0 win. The scoring started with a blast by Mike Trout for 445-feet. It was a monster home run, which set in motion the beginning of a monster night for the Angels.
This team just seems to be cursed when it comes to pitching. Since Nick Adenhart died in 2009, the Angels have battled with injuries to their pitching staff continually. Skaggs was one of those guys who struggled to stay on the mound and he had to go through with Tommy John surgery in 2015. Ten years after Adenhart died, Skaggs passes away while on the road in Texas.
From a personnel standpoint, his absence is going to be felt for a while. He wasn’t elite, but certainly a reliable option for the Angels. Skaggs had the ability to look elite at times, though. The Angels followed Friday night up with another impressive showing yesterday.
They smacked the Mariners for a 9-2 final behind a solid performance by Matt Harvey. Albert Pujols had a vintage moment, as he led the way with 4 RBI’s. Pujols hasn’t been able to enjoy too many of those nights in the past few years. His team are alive in the American League with a record of 47-46.
Catching the Astros, down by 11 games looks impossible, but it doesn’t mean they’re out of the wildcard picture. The Mariners will turn to Yusei Kikuchi to try and avoid a sweep. He’s going to have to deal with an Angel offense who have been on fire at home. They’ve been getting an extra boost with Skaggs in their thoughts. Rookie Jose Suarez will get the call for the Angels. Get our free Mariners vs. Angels pick.
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Jose Suarez will be relied on more so the rest of the season with the sudden death of Tyler Skaggs. He has been struggling as a rookie and he will see more of a spotlight put on him now. There isn’t one pitcher in the starting rotation at the moment with an ERA below 4.00, so the main issues in Anaheim are easy to identify. Matt Harvey made his return to the rotation last night and was sharp, though hasn’t been consistent like everyone else.
Suarez holds an ERA of 5.40 and 1.52 WHIP in 28.1 innings at the major league level. He has made just six starts in his career thus far. In his previous three outings, Suarez has gotten exploited for a 6.57 ERA, 1.86 WHIP, and .403 OBA. He’s already made two appearances against the Mariners in his young career. The Mariners hit .258 with a .343 OBP with 5 runs in 31 at-bats.
Kikuchi is in his rookie season of the major leagues after pitching in Japan up to this point. He’s faced the Angels twice and had a rough go of it, yielding a .521 batting average and 13 runs in just 48 at-bats. Almost everyone on the Angels’ offense has had a positive experience against Kikuchi.
In his first trip to Anaheim, he was nailed for 9 hits and 6 earned runs in 3.1 innings of work. That included 3 long balls in that short appearance. The OVER has gone 4-0 and 5-1 between the Mariners and Angels in their most recent meetings. They averaged 13.4 runs per game in those five games. With Kikuchi and Suarez getting the call for their clubs on Sunday, we are likely going to see another winning selection on the OVER.