Mike Fiers (1-0, 5.63 ERA) vs. Dylan Bundy (2-1, 2.08 ERA)
The Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels dance for the second time in two days after a thrilling 10-9 contest on Monday night in Anaheim. Pitching was optional in that contest, as the Angels needed to get into the double digits to locate a win. Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, and Shohei Ohtani went wild at the dish with 7 RBI between the three of them.
Trout led the way on 4-for-5 hitting with 3 RBI and 4 runs. All three are being paid a lot of money to combine for those kinds of nights on a regular basis. This theme is too familiar for the Angels, though. They get some pop at the plate, but the pitching lets them down yet again.
Julio Teheran, who had to recover from the coronavirus before getting the all clear, has been struggling with the Angels. The former Brave seems to need more time to get into form. He was whacked for 5 hits and 5 earned runs in 2 innings. Fortunately, the offense was able to lift him up, but there has to come a time where the Angels have to get consistent production from their pitching staff. It has to be frustrating for Angels’ fans.
They have 5-star players in their lineup, but have gotten 2-star results from their pitchers. Part of that has been bad luck over the last ten years. 22-year-old Nick Adenhart died in a car crash in 2009, which felt like the beginning of many frustrating years for Angels’ pitching. Garrett Richards showed moments where he could play a lead role for the Angels in the rotation. However, injuries stayed with him during his tenure with the Angels.
The Angels are keeping their fingers crossed with Dylan Bundy who has gotten off to a blistering hot start in Anaheim. The former Oriole looks much improved from his days in Baltimore. And it’s not just the numbers for Bundy. If you watch him with the O’s and now, there is a noticeable difference in his delivery and tools. They might have robbed the Orioles in this deal. Bundy gets the call for the Angels on Tuesday. Mike Fiers counters for the A’s in this one at Angel Stadium. Head below for our free Oakland Athletics vs. LA Angels pick for August 11, 2020.
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Mike Fiers was a nice acquisition for the Athletics from the Tigers in 2018. In typical A’s fashion, they didn’t sell the farm at the deadline to pick up a star pitcher. Instead, they went for a steady arm at a much cheaper cost. Fiers posted an ERA of 3.56 and 1.18 WHIP between the Tigers and A’s in 2018. He followed up the next year for an ERA of 3.90 and 1.19 WHIP.
The A’s are hoping that the trend up doesn’t continue for Fiers. It’s too early to say, but he hasn’t been in terrific form so far. Fiers owns an ERA of 5.63 and 1.31 WHIP in three games. Opposing competition is hitting .281 against Fiers, which isn’t good enough. That is going to have to improve.
If the Angels’ bats are still on fire, Fiers is going to have issues on Tuesday evening. The Angels have had a lot of success against Fiers in the past. They’re hitting .321 with a .357 OBP against Fiers. Mike Trout has been a thorn in his side, with a .387 batting average and 5 home runs in 31 at-bats. Overall, the Angels have hit 9 home runs and scored 26 runs against Fiers in 151 at-bats. This has to be one of the trickiest lineups in the majors for Fiers.
The A’s are hitting .260 with 9 runs scored against Dylan Bundy in 94 at-bats. And this is from the past when Bundy wasn’t pitching nearly as good as he is now. Bundy heads into this contest with an ERA of 2.08 and 0.60 WHIP. Opponents are hitting a measly .145 against Bundy through 21.2 innings. The Angels were excited to see the great shape he was in back in the spring and it has carried right over to July and August. I have confidence in the Angels doing their jobs in an effective manner tonight at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.