The Los Angeles Angels went to Boston and did what they had to do to give the Red Sox and their fans some more headaches to deal with. Instead of sweeping or winning three of four, the Red Sox had to settle for a split after dropping games on Saturday and Sunday. It feels like a broken record with the Red Sox this season.
As soon as they appear to have something going for themselves, they hit a wall and don’t end up going anywhere. It has to be frustrating, but there is still time left to mount what would be an incredible comeback. If they fail to accomplish that, it isn’t like they didn’t win a World Series last year or anything.
It doesn’t mean anything to the Angels because they are too far behind for an amazing comeback at this point. Even though they looked good the last two days at Fenway, the Angels are still 11 games back of a wildcard. They go into Monday with a record of 58-61, which is consistent for them.
A little above .500 or below it is where most people would put this team at the beginning of the season. Perhaps Ohtani getting back into the starting rotation and contributing will help them out, but they’re going to need more than that. The front office must get some help for Mike Trout or paying him is going to be a waste.
Rookie Jose Suarez will be making his 11th season as a major leaguer this evening in Anaheim. He’s getting some experience at the major league level, but he’s clearly not ready yet to be a major contributor. That could come next season, though.
The Pittsburgh Pirates, who watched their bullpen destroy any chance of ending their seven-game losing streak yesterday, watched it grow to eight on Sunday. They’ll send out a rookie of their own, Mitch Keller, who is expected to make his fourth major league start in this contest. Head below for our free Pirates vs. Angels pick.
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As a rookie, you primarily want to just keep your head above water. Show management that you belong at this level and there is something there that can be improved upon. Mitch Keller would like to be able to show something to his employer, but he’s not delivering. He’s failing the test at the moment. Fortunately for him, no one has stood out in the Pirates’ rotation so it’s just been the status quo in Pittsburgh.
Keller enters with an ERA 10.50 and 2.25 WHIP in three starts. He can lean on the fact right now that three starts isn’t a large sample size, so hopefully things will reach a decent level for him. Two of his three outings have been on the road and he got wacked for a 15.43 ERA and 3.00 WHIP in Atlanta and Cincinnati.
In his most recent outing, the Tigers scored 4 runs against Keller in 5 innings. Luckily for Keller, only two of them were earned runs. Prior to joining the Pirates, Keller posted a reasonable 3.56 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. It can be a big jump from the minors to the majors for some guys, though. He likely runs into issues on the west coast against the Angels here. Keller might be able to get away with keeping this game close with Jose Suarez on the other side.
Suarez hasn’t gotten off to a particularly hot start as well to his major league career either. He’s had more innings to work with as well. Suarez has made ten starts and is still stuck with a below average ERA of 6.22. He also carries a WHIP of 1.60 and .367 OBA to the party this evening.
In his last three outings, Suarez has been taken for a 7.90 ERA in 13.2 innings. He’s yielded 10 earned runs in his last 9.1 innings. We likely at least see a 6-5 or 7-4 game in Anaheim tonight in this one. With a total of 9.5 that would be all we need for a winning selection on the OVER.