The Los Angeles Angels will attempt to avoid an embarrassing four-game sweep on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. Baltimore will be looking for more after an 8-7 win last night in Anaheim. The Angels jumped ahead out of the gates with a 2-run 1st inning, but that lead was quickly swallowed up by a 2-run inning by the Orioles in the bottom half.
Baltimore added another 2 runs in the bottom of the 2nd to set the stage for a rough outing for Angels’ pitching on Saturday. Dillon Peters went 4 innings and allowed 8 hits and 5 earned runs. Trevor Cahill and Ty Buttrey were tagged for a few runs as well. The offense nearly pulled it out, though, but a 1-run 9th inning wasn’t enough for the Angels to get a comeback. Aaron Brooks was roughed up for the O’s as well, with 7 hits and 5 earned runs allowed in 5 innings.
Last night was the third loss for the Angels in a row against the 35-69 Orioles. Despite the lackluster record, the offense has been having some fun recently. The O’s set a record last night with their tenth straight multi-homer game in a row. That’s a Major League Baseball record, not a Baltimore record, by the way. The pitching staff have been having their fair share of headaches, but the bats have been swinging big recently for the O’s.
Felix Pena will be tasked with slowing down the Orioles on Sunday. If he doesn’t, the Angels are in danger of getting swept by a bad Baltimore team. Thanks to their poor play, the Angels are in a 5-game hole behind the Athletics for the final wildcard. This should have been a nice opportunity, but in typical Angel fashion, they weren’t able to take advantage. They will try and salvage a game against Dylan Bundy of the Orioles in this one. Head below for our free Orioles vs. Angels pick.
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The Orioles will look for more fireworks on Sunday, having already scored 27 runs in this series against the Angels. Losing Tyler Skaggs hurts the Angels in several different ways. One of which is their on the field product. The Angels have to go deeper into their depth to fill out their rotation, Skaggs, being one of the better options they had. Felix Pena has been operating as a bulk reliever primary and the Angels may use him in that role here.
He’s made 15 appearances out of the bullpen and five true starts. In his previous three starts, Pena holds an ERA of 7.24 and 1.39 WHIP. Overall on the year in Anaheim, he’s been shaky with a 5.12 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. The Orioles have been on fire offensively and I think they should be able to get to Pena here. For the O’s, it’s always about whether their pitching can hold up. That goes for their starters and relievers.
The O’s are 30th in the majors with a total team ERA of 5.53. Their bullpen have a 5.72 ERA for 29th going into Sunday. Bundy and the rest of the starters don’t get much support from the bullpen. Bundy has to be better too, though.
He goes into this matchup with an ERA of 5.14 and 1.36 WHIP in 2019. In his last three outings, Bundy has gotten shelled for a 6.59 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. The Angels have been known to hit Bundy, with a .322 batting average and 13 runs in 59 at-bats. Pujols is hitting .556 with 3 home runs against Bundy. Trout has smashed Bundy as well, with a .444 average and 2 long balls. Expect to see another high-scoring contest on Sunday to put this one OVER the total in Anaheim.