Cleveland Indians Series Preview: Los Angeles Angels, August 19-August 21

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Indians finish their last west coast swing with a trip to the Big A (now called the Angel Stadium of Anaheim) and its tenants, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The final west coast games of this season are with the Angels (save a potential playoff series with the A's). The Monday and Tuesday games are at 10:05 PM and the Wednesday game is at 7:05 PM. After the game, the Indians fly home, take a day off and have the shortest scheduled homestand of the year, a three game set with the Minnesota Twins. After another day off, they will go back on the road to visit the Braves and Tigers.

Scoreboard watch: Blue Jays at Yankees, Rays at Orioles, Twins at Tigers, Astros at Rangers, White Sox at Royals, Mariners at A's, Red Sox at Giants.

Team in a Box

LA Angels of Anaheim

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2013 Record

55-68

Runs/Game

4.6

6th

Runs/Game

4.8

13th

AL West

4th

OBP

331

3rd

H/9

9.4

13th

Last 10

4-6

SLG

417

4th

BB/9

3.2

11th

Last 30

11-19

Steals

64

9th

SO/9

7.4

10th

*all stats through Wednesday's games except for records

Welcome to the short turnaround. In a quasi home and home, the Tribe visit the Angels after just playing them in Cleveland a mere ten days ago. After the Angels took two of three from us, they lost three of four to the Yankees in New York and lost two of three from the Astros at home. They have only had one decent start in that stretch, by Garrett Richards in a complete game 2-1 loss to Hiroki Kuroda. Jason Vargas and Jered Weaver both got lit up. The offense has been ok in those seven games, averaging 4.6 runs/game.

Projected Lineup

Pos

Player

Bats

PA

BA

OBP

SLG

OPS+

CF

Peter Bourjos

R

155

314

371

431

128

RF

Collin Cowgill

R

46

302

333

442

119

LF

Mike Trout

R

557

330

429

571

183

DH

Josh Hamilton

L

488

227

281

412

95

1B

Mark Trumbo

R

519

237

301

462

114

SS

Erick Aybar

S

413

285

319

384

100

3B

Chris Nelson

R

80

274

338

397

109

C

Chris Ianetta

R

318

212

355

333

99

2B

Grant Green

R

40

382

475

441

164

Bourjos was recently activated, shuffling the lineup a bit. Also Kendrick was finally put on the DL, also changing the lineup. Trout, obviously, is the key to this lineup. But, most of the fill-in players have done pretty well, although SSS obviously applies. The bench consists of J.B. Shuck (101 OPS+), Kory Calhoun (98), Andrew Romine (8) and Hank Conger (102). Shuck could easily play two of the games in Cowgill's spot and Conger probably get at least one start.

Projected Starters

Date

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

ERA+

H/9

BB/9

K/9

Aug 19

Jered Weaver (Salazar)

R

3.49

108.1

108

8.2

2.2

7.1

Aug 20

CJ Wilson (McAllister)

L

3.40

159.0

111

8.9

3.4

8.3

Aug 21

Jerome Williams (Masterson)

R

4.90

125.0

77

9.5

3.2

5.7

We get to see the exact same three starters that we did in Cleveland. Only our pitchers have been shuffled slightly. Weaver beat Kazmir in Cleveland, pitching seven strong innings, six hits, no walks, four strikeouts and two runs on solo shots by Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Brantley. He followed that up with a stinker in the Bronx, nine runs in five innings. On nine hits three walks, four strikeouts and two more bombs. Wilson beat Ubaldo Jimenez 7-2, seven hits, four walks, six strikeouts, a hit batter, and two runs in 5.1 innings. He dodged a lot of trouble in the Bronx, scattering 11 hits and a walk in 6.2 innings, three strikeouts and only one run, but got the win. Williams was dealing against the Tribe, only allowing one single through five innings. He even struck out the first two in the sixth before Swisher and Aviles both hit two run homers off him. He didn't get out of the fifth against the Astros, five hits, four walks, five strikeouts and three runs in 4.1 innings.

Key Relievers

Player

Throws

ERA

IP

ERA+

H/9

BB/9

K/9

Dane De La Rosa

R

3.56

55.2

106

7.9

3.1

8.1

Ernesto Frieri

R

4.41

51.0

86

7.6

4.6

13.4

Kevin Jepsen

R

4.36

33.0

87

10.1

3.5

9.3

It seems like De La Rosa has become the de facto closer since we last met, but hasn't had any save opportunities. He does have one save on the season in our August 9 game, pitching a perfect ninth with one punchout. After notching his first career save, he has pitched 2.2 scoreless innings, with two hits a walk and three strikeouts. Frieri also pitched a perfect inning in the last series. He also has three scoreless innings since, two hits and six strikeouts in two appearances. Jepsen pitched in the last two games of the last series, no hits, one walk and three strikeouts in 1.2 innings. He has struggled since then though, two runs on four hits, one walk and one strikeout in 1.1 innings spanning three appearances. Other options include Michael Kohn (95 ERA+), JC Gutierrez (66), Joe Blanton (62 ERA+) and Buddy Boshers (3.1 IP).

On the Shelf

  • SP Sean Burnett (elbow surgery) - 60-day DL, out for season
  • RP Robert Coello (right shoulder inflammation) - 15-day DL, out for season
  • 2B Howard Kendrick (hyperextended left knee) - 15-day DL, possibly August 21
  • 1B Albert Pujols (partial tear of left plantar fascia) - 15-day DL, possible Sept return
  • RP Andrew Taylor (small tear in left labrum) - 60-day DL, on Rookie League rehab

Since last we met, Bourjos and Jason Vargas have been activated with Tommy Hanson and Tommy Field both sent back to AAA. And Kendrick went from day to day, to a spot on the DL.

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2013

1

2

333

10

17

275

2012

5

4

556

45

34

625

Last 5*

19

23

452

173

167

516

Last 10*

39

48

448

373

373

500

All-Time

293

317

480

2615

2751

477

*Does not include 2013 stats

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