The Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels will meet for the second game of this series on Saturday night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. The bats were quiet until things opened up after the Angels scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 4th. The Twins responded in the top of the 6th to take a 3-2 lead, but that evaporated quickly.
The Angels netted 8 unanswered runs to take a 10-3 lead to bury the Twins. Lewis Thorpe was solid through 4 innings for the Twins, but the bullpen was torched for 8 earned runs. Andrew Heaney had another promising performance for the Angels last night.
The problem for the Angels over the years has been a lack of consistency and injuries to their starting rotation. They’d be going to the playoffs and competing if that wasn’t so much of a problem. It hasn’t been the organization’s fault entirely. A lot of bad luck has come along with the Angels’ misfortunes.
Nick Adenhart’s death in 2009 seemingly set off a decade of frustration for their pitching staff. Tyler Skaggs was the second member of the Angels’ rotation to pass away ten years later in 2019. We could dedicate an entire article about injuries and other incidents that have happened over the last ten years on top of the deaths. The Angels desperately have to put a pitching staff together during the Mike Trout era.
What a waste if the Angels can’t make a deep push and make a run in the World Series with a talent like Trout on their roster. If the Angels are contenders at the trade deadline, then I could see them making a move, especially true if Shohei Ohtani can’t stay on the mound and Jose Quintana doesn’t shape up into form.
Quintana is expected to get the nod on the hill for the Angels tonight. He has been well off the mark thus far for the Angels. Quintana was getting roughed up in the spring, and it has carried over into the regular season. If he can’t get going, this is going to be a big dark hole in the Angels’ rotation. The Twins will counter with former Toronto Blue Jay, Matt Shoemaker. Head below for our free Twins vs. Angels pick on April 17, 2021.
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Jose Quintana has not been known as one of the best pitcher’s throughout his career in the majors, but has been a solid mid-tier option and can be consistent. He has been a serviceable hurler that is typically good for at least a 4.50 ERA or so. Quintana recorded an ERA of 4.68 and and a 4.50 ERA the past two years with the Cubs. There were no indications that Quintana was due to hit a big bump.
We don’t know yet if this is only a blip and a slump for Quintana to open the season, but it’s been a rocky season. If it continues, Quintana will have to go down to the minors to see if he can fix his delivery. Quintana goes into Saturday night with an ERA of 16.20 and 3.40 WHIP through 5 innings against the Toronto Blue Jays and Houston Astros. He was bombed for 5 hits and 7 earned runs in 1.2 innings versus the Jays last weekend.
The Twins have had success against Quintana through 109 at-bats. They are hitting .280 with a .320 OBP along with 4 home runs and 11 RBI. Quintana was in much better form then than he is now. The Twins should be able to get to Quintana tonight. I don’t know if he struggles as much as he did against the Blue Jays and Astros, but the Twins likely find their stroke after a frustrating Friday night. The Twins are 8th in the major leagues with an average of 4.92 runs scored per 9 innings.
Offense has not been a problem for the Angels this season. They’re in the top-5 with 5.51 runs scored per 9 innings, and a team batting average of .265. Matt Shoemaker has been decent for the Twins, with an ERA of 4.09 and 1.00 WHIP. The deep ball has been a problem for Shoemaker so far, as he’s conceded a few home runs going into Saturday.
He could have been better last season with the Blue Jays, as he notched a 4.71 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. Again, Shoemaker had trouble keeping the ball in the park. He spent the first six years of his career in Anaheim, and was part of a rotation that, as I noted above, couldn’t stay healthy. His former teammates are certainly going to be familiar with his stuff. Nothing is going to be a surprise for the Angels. The OVER should be able to get there at Angel Stadium on Saturday night.