Series preview: Indians at Angels (April 28-30)

Pujols and Trout - Bob Levey

The Indians finish this west coast trip with a visit to the former Big A, to take on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

The Tribe conclude this west coast jaunt with a three-game set in the heart of Orange County to face the Angels.

  • Monday's game is at 10:05 PM (Masterson vs. Skaggs)
  • Tuesday's game is at 10:05 PM (Kluber vs. Weaver)
  • Wednesday's game is at 7:05 PM (Carrasco vs. Wilson)

After a travel day on Thursday, the Indians will take on the White Sox back at Progressive Field over the weekend

Division Watch: Tigers at White Sox, at Rangers, Blue Jays at Royals, Dodgers at Twins.

Team in a Box

Los Angeles Angels

Offense

AL Rank

Pitching

AL Rank

2014 Record

11-13

Runs/Game

5.6

2nd

Runs/Game

4.3

5th

AL West

3rd

OBP

317

12th

H/9

7.7

2nd

Last 10

5-5

SLG

449

1st

BB/9

4.0

12th

Last 30

-

Steals

14

10th

SO/9

8.5

6th

*all stats through Saturday's games except overall record

The Angels are second in runs scored this season, but find themselves with a record similar to the Tribe. They have been very inconsistent as they have scored 9 or more six times already, but three or less in ten games. They just finished a rough road trip of their own, losing two of three in Detroit, winning two of three in D.C. and losing two of three to the Yankees. They played the night game in New York last night and did not get a day off before this series started.

The offense has been very homer dependent, as they lead the league in them as well as slugging, but are just twelfth in getting on base. The pitching staff gives up very few hits, but negates that by being walk heavy. Defensively, they are pretty good overall as well.

25-Man Roster

Pos

Starters

Bats

PA

BA

OPS

C

Chris Iannetta

R

67

222

784

1B

Albert Pujols

R

106

299

998

2B

Howie Kendrick

R

107

299

777

3B

David Freese

R

75

149

422

SS

Erick Aybar

S

90

262

681

LF

J.B. Shuck

L

64

164

469

CF

Mike Trout

R

107

313

977

RF

Collin Cowgill

L

36

290

920

DH

Raul Ibanez

L

77

155

531

Bench

IF

John McDonald

L

15

357

829

IF

Ian Stewart

L

45

256

535

C

Hank Conger

S

30

310

851

With Josh Hamilton and Kole Calhoun both down, Cowgill has taken over in right field. Trout has been superb as usual. Pujols has made a comeback so far this year, hitting 9 home runs already, including the 500th of his career. Kendrick has made the offense go. Iannetta, Freese, and Ibanez have really struggled in April.

They do not have a backup outfielder on the roster a they optioned out Brennan Boesch over the weekend for an eighth bullpen arm. Dear old friend LGFT John McDonald is still hanging around at age 39.

Projected Staff

Rotation

Throws

ERA

IP

WHIP

K/9

Jered Weaver

R

4.11

30.2

1.141

6.5

C.J. Wilson

L

3.69

31.2

1.295

9.4

Hector Santiago

L

4.44

26.1

1.443

7.9

Garrett Richards

R

2.52

25.0

1.080

8.6

Tyler Skaggs

L

3.21

28.0

1.107

5.1

Bullpen

Joe Smith

R

3.60

10.0

1.100

9.9

Michael Kohn

R

1.38

13.0

1.000

9.7

Fernando Salas

R

2.79

9.2

1.345

12.1

Kevin Jepsen

R

5.63

8.0

1.375

14.6

Nick Maronde

L

1.93

4.2

1.714

13.5

Ernesto Frieri

R

7.59

10.2

1.594

10.1

Yoslan Herrera

R

1.50

6.0

1.833

9.0

Mike Morin

R

-

-

-

-

With Wilson and Skaggs both on tap during this series, Lonnie Chisenhall will likely only start against Weaver. Weaver has not been his usual dominant self yet (K/9 rate is just 6.5), although his WHIP is pretty low. Skaggs has pitched like the top prospect he was touted to be (wish we could say that about our guys more often) and Wilson historically has been very tough on Tribe hitters.

Frieri was the closer until a few days ago, when manager Mike Scioscia made LGFT Joe Smith the temporary closer. The rest of the bullpen except Jensen have been pretty much lights out, with not a single one of them averaging under a strikeout per inning.

On the Shelf

  • RF Josh Hamilton [15 day DL], possible late May return
  • RF Kole Calhoun [15 day DL], possible mid to late May return
  • SP Sean Burnett [15 day DL] , no timetable for return
  • RP Dane De La Rosa [15 day DL] , no timetable for return
  • P Ryan Brasier [60 day DL], no timetable for return
  • P Brian Moran [60 day DL], out for season

Almanac

W

L

Pct

RS

RA

Pythag

2014

-

-

-

-

-

-

2013

4

2

667

22

21

521

Last 5 years*

19

20

487

154

142

537

Last 10 years*

40

44

476

374

349

532

All-Time

296

317

483

2627

2755

478

*Does not include 2014 stats

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