This season will be remembered as another season that could have been for the Los Angeles Angels. Another season that went to waste in the Mike Trout era. Trout has only seen the postseason once in his eight-year major league career. He is going to have a decision to make in 2020. Trout can either stay in Los Angeles and stay where he started his career or make the switch to a team with better odds of winning a World Series.
I could see the headlines now if he swaps the Angels for the Dodgers, but who knows what the Dodgers are going to be in a couple years. They seem to be going all-in right now by paying big money to anyone they can get their hands on and they may not even reach the postseason. Years ago Steinbrenner was not shy about spending money, but his Yankees teams backed it up with championships and success. The Dodgers may not even see the postseason which is laughable, especially after trading for Manny Machado.
At least Angel fans know what they’re going to get with their team. A team that provides false hope at the beginning of the season while they slowly fade away later. Even with the Ohtani hype at the start of the season, there was plenty of caution after they got off to a nice start. The Ohtani injury essentially put an end to any good vibes around the organization. He continues to play, but may be facing Tommy John surgery in his pitching elbow. Despite that, he continues to smash the ball at the plate. Yovani Gallardo is scheduled to get the start for the Rangers tonight, while Felix Pena gets the nod for the Angels. Head below for our free Rangers vs. Angels pick and the rest of our writeup.
Texas Rangers vs. L.A. Angels Pick
Yovani Gallardo (8-4, 6.22 ERA) vs. Felix Pena (2-4, 4.04 ERA)
Yovani Gallardo didn’t make out too well against another team from California in his most recent start. The Oakland Athletics hit him early and often, as they scored 5 runs on him in 4.1 innings. Gallardo also gave up 6 hits and 5 walks on the 7th. It continues a downswing for him, as he heads into Anaheim with an ERA of 6.91, 1.74 WHIP, and .400 OBA in his last three starts. He opened this season with the Reds, but even them, a team with rotation issues, sent him packing to the Texas rangers, a team with even worse issues.
The Rangers’ starting rotation ranks dead last in the majors. The starting pitcher for the Rangers in this one has contributed to that. Gallardo has struggled on the road as well, with a 6.23 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. With that said, there hasn’t been much that has gone right for him in 2018. It’s almost about time he hangs the cleats up and calls it a career after eleven seasons. In 110 at-bats, the Angels are hitting .300 with a .336 OBP against Gallardo. At least he has gotten some run support, though. Look at deGrom who is struggling to finish the year with a winning record. Meanwhile, Gallardo is sitting here with a nice record of 8-4 despite lousy numbers. Sometimes life isn’t fair.
Felix Pena doesn’t have any history against the Rangers. The 28-year-old spent his first two seasons with the Cubs where he was used sporadically in the bullpen. Pena has been decent in the rotation for the Angels, as he enters with an ERA of 4.04.
He is still seeking a win at home where he has been shaky, though. Pena has a 6.17 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, and .327 OBA at Angel Stadium, compared to an ERA of 2.21 and 1.11 WHIP on the road. In his last thirteen innings in Anaheim, he’s given up 13 runs and 16 hits. Like I said, the Rangers hit when Gallardo steps on the bump. They’ve scored at least 4 runs in thirteen of his fourteen outings this season, for an average of 7.7 runs scored per game. And that’s why you see him with a record of 8-4 while maintaining a 6.22 ERA. The OVER looks like the only way to bet this game on Wednesday in Anaheim.