Trevor Cahill (0-0, 0.00 ERA) vs. Dylan Bundy (3-1, 1.57 ERA)
The San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Angels meet for the second of two games at Angel Stadium in this series. This is a split series, with the next two games taking place at Oracle Park in San Francisco.
The Angels have a chance to protect home with another win on Tuesday afternoon in Anaheim. They won in thrilling fashion on Monday thanks to a Tommy La Stella walk-off 2-run bomb in the 9th. The Giants were unable to hold on, as closer Trevor Gott was charged 2 runs in the final frame.
It has been a frustrating season for the Giants. They signed Hunter Pence and Pablo Sandoval in the offseason to appease fans, but trying to bring back good memories from the past isn’t going to win games now. In any event, no one is surprised by the Giants at the moment.
They weren’t expected to win many games, and I’d put their record of 8-16 as a reflection of the talent on their roster. There have been some surprises in the major leagues, look no further than the Baltimore Orioles and Miami Marlins. However, with the Giants you aren’t going to find a surprise.
The Giants are losers in five straight games heading into Tuesday. They were shot down by Astros in the final game of a three-game series last week, and then got swept by the Oakland Athletics prior to their series with the Angels. The Angels have the talent in their lineup, but a record of 8-15 isn’t indicative of that.
Mike Trout gives the Angels the most attention out of any losing club. Trout isn’t the problem, obviously. It feels like beating a dead horse, but the pitching woes have been well-documented for the Angels over the last decade. It’s continuing in 2020, though Dylan Bundy has been a major bright spot. Bundy gets the nod for the Angels, while veteran Trevor Cahill gets the call for the Giants. Head below for our free San Francisco Giants vs. LA Angels pick for August 18, 2020.
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For all of the bad moves and bad luck the Angels have made to their pitching staff over the years, their deal with the Orioles for Dylan Bundy is looking like a steal. Early in his career, Bundy was expected to be a future ace for the Orioles. Things didn’t play out like he hoped, but Bundy is finally reaching his full potential as a 27-year-old in Anaheim.
In 30 starts last season, Bundy posted an ERA of 4.79 and 1.35 WHIP with the O’s. He hovered around the mark in the previous three seasons as well. That said, the Angels were excited with what they saw from Bundy in spring training. His stuff looked much better.
Bundy posted an ERA of 1.59 and 0.44 WHIP through 11.1 innings in spring and summer training. That terrific form has translated in the regular season. He heads into Tuesday with a standout ERA of 1.57 and 0.63 WHIP. Teams are connecting for a measly .150 batting average against Bundy so far this season.
It seems that the Angels finally have somebody they can call an ace, which was supposed to go to Shohei Ohtani. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but Bundy is an early season Cy Young candidate. In a season that is only 60 games, it won’t take that many starts to finish the season as the best pitcher.
Former Angel, Travor Cahill, did not last long in his first start of the season. The good news is that Cahill didn’t give up a run. However, he left the bases full when he exited the game against the Astros. Cahill walked four batters to record a 2.40 WHIP before getting pulled after 1.2 innings of service.
He’s had success against the Angels before, but his form right now doesn’t check out. Cahill is coming off the worst season of his career, with a 5.98 ERA and 1.47 WHIP in 37 games as a starter and reliever. Cahill was demoted to the bullpen after struggling as a starter with the Angels. There were some bad memories at Angel Stadium for Cahill last year. Don’t expect it to get any better for him today. The Angels should win in more comfortable fashion on Tuesday following a La Stella walk-off yesterday.