Know Your Foe #25: Fortunate Angels welcome Rockies to Anaheim

LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM (41-33, 3.5 GB, 2nd in AL West)

The Angels, who are, by the terms of their Pythagorean W-L record at least, the luckiest team in baseball, welcome the Colorado Rockies into Anaheim this weekend. Despite being eight games over .500, the Halos have been outscored by six runs, which puts their record-that-doesn't-count at two games under - 36-38, to be exact. This isn't particularly out of the ordinary for Mike Scioscia-managed teams, though, as his workmanlike approach to the game is reflected by his players and it results in a lot of gritty, gutty performances that guys like David Eckstein and Josh Fogg could appreciate.

Last Series vs. Rockies: June 22-24, 2009 @ Angel Stadium of Anaheim (W 2-1)

After getting punched in the mouth by Colorado to the tune of an 11-1 blowout loss, the Angels bounced back nicely to win the final two games of the series, by the scores of 4-3 and 11-3, respectively. Much like what has transpired throughout this season, the Halos were outscored in the series but were still able to get away with their record unscathed. In Game 1, the Angels were only able to scratch out three hits against Aaron Cook - one of which was a solo home run by now-injured Kendry Morales. Of the remaining Angels, Bobby Abreu hurt the Rockies the most over the next couple of games, as he went 3-7 with two walks, a homer, and five RBIs. Chone Figgins and Vladimir Guerrero tore up the Rockies, particularly in the series finale, but neither are with the club this season.

Matt Palmer and three relievers were smacked around in the opening game, but Sean O'Sullivan (despite being taken out of the ballpark twice by Troy Tulowitzki) and Joe Saunders were able to hold serve during the next two. The bullpen fared well in Game 2, tossing four scoreless innings that were capped off by Brian Fuentes' two strikeout performance.

Recent Series Results: won 2-1 at Chicago (NL), won 2-1 vs. Los Angeles (NL)

Howie Kendrick led the way for Los Angeles in the series in Chicago, as he went 5-for-14 with a couple of homers and five runs batted in. Torii Hunter also blasted two home runs and drove in four. Jered Weaver was the Angels' highlight of the series from a pitching standpoint, as he went seven shutout innings in Game 2 and struck out 11 batters, all while walking none and allowing just two hits.

Against the Dodgers, Kendrick (who apparently does not draw walks) stayed hot with the bat, going 6-for-13 with a couple of runs batted in and four runs scored. Bobby Abreu was 3-for 9 with four walks, a homer, and five RBI and Kevin Frandsen had four hits and three RBI. Joel Pineiro had the best pitching performance of the series, as he outdueled John Ely in Game 2. Pineiro allowed just a run on six hits in 7.1 innings, and struck out five. Ervin Santana looked good in the series' opening game as well, as he earned a victory over Clayton Kershaw by tossing a quality start (7 IP, 3 R, 6 K).

Friday-Sunday: 3-game series @ Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Expected Pitching Matchups

Friday, 25 June 2010 @ 8:05pm MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jeff Francis 2-2 7 7 0 0 0 0 44.2 45 19 17 2 8 24 3.43 1.19


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jered Weaver 7-3 15 15 0 0 0 0 94.2 82 37 32 10 23 107 3.04 1.11

Saturday, 26 June 2010 @ 8:05pm MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Aaron Cook 2-4 15 14 1 0 0 0 80.1 87 47 43 4 37 36 4.82 1.54


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Joe Saunders 5-8 15 15 2 1 0 0 87.0 98 56 49 11 39 40 5.07 1.57

Sunday, 27 June 2010 @ 1:35pm MT


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Jhoulys Chacin 4-6 11 10 0 0 0 0 60.2 50 26 24 3 29 59 3.56 1.30


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Ervin Santana 7-5 15 15 2 0 0 0 99.0 105 46 43 14 30 85 3.91 1.36

More after the jump...

Expected Lineup

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA
Howie Kendrick
2B 0.280 0.310 0.423 0.733 0.143 0.302 0.323
Kevin Frandsen
3B 0.351 0.398 0.455 0.852 0.104 0.370 0.382
Bobby Abreu
RF 0.267 0.360 0.421 0.781 0.154 0.313 0.348
Torii Hunter
CF 0.283 0.357 0.512 0.869 0.228 0.305 0.368
Hideki Matsui
DH 0.259 0.332 0.421 0.753 0.162 0.302 0.331
Juan Rivera
LF 0.242 0.306 0.434 0.740 0.192 0.250 0.317
 Mike Napoli
1B 0.249 0.325 0.474 0.798 0.225 0.325 0.350
Jeff Mathis
C 0.292 0.314 0.417 0.730 0.125 0.361 0.328
Brandon Wood
SS 0.174 0.189 0.222 0.411 0.049 0.225 0.186

 

Bench

Player Pos AVG OBP SLG OPS ISO BABIP wOBA
Bobby Wilson C 0.189 0.268 0.351 0.620 0.162 0.214 0.277
Erick Aybar
IF 0.272 0.336 0.352 0.688 0.080 0.324 0.311
Robb Quinlan
UT 0.121 0.171 0.182 0.353 0.061 0.148 0.178
Reggie Willits
OF 0.250 0.357 0.292 0.649 0.042 0.300 0.297

 

Closer


W-L G GS CG SHO SV BS IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
2010 - Brian Fuentes 3-1 20 0 0 0 12 3 19.1 20 13 12 5 9 23 5.59 1.50

 

Injuries


Los Angeles Angels Injuries

15-Day

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Maicer Izturis forearm 06/16/2010
Kendry Morales leg 05/30/2010
Jason Bulger shoulder 06/11/2010
Anthony Ortega triceps 03/30/2010

60 Day DL / Out for the season

Player Injury Type Injury Date
Chris Pettit shoulder 03/26/2010

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