3 Things We Learned From the Angels’ 5-1 Win Over Seattle

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Updated: April 7, 2017

Feels good to win at home, doesn’t it? The Angels win their third game this season, as they defeated the Seattle Mariners 5-1. Jesse Chavez enjoyed a solid Halo debut, throwing 5 ⅔ innings and allowing just one run. Kole Calhoun and Cameron Maybin hit their first home runs of the season. Here are three things we learned from Friday’s victory:

1.This team has some pop

Just when you thought the Angels were slumping, they come right back with some big home runs. Cameron Maybin hit his first bomb in a Halo uniform and Kole Calhoun hit his 70th of his career. After seeing both Trout and Espinosa go deep in the opening series against Oakland, the Angels have showed us their power can come from anywhere. Once C.J. Cron and Albert Pujols get it going and Luis Valbuena makes his way back, this team should provide some fireworks all season long.

2.Bud Norris will give us heart attacks

There is always that one pitcher in the Halo bullpen, isn’t there? Bud Norris threw a scoreless inning tonight, but he let two baserunners reach before he recorded his first out. Norris had some control issues early, but quickly corrected them to retire three in a row. Mike Scioscia + Bud Norris = all sorts of anxiety this season.

3.The starting rotation will hold up

Even though the Angels have already had their first injury scare of the season, the starting rotation looks fairly good the first time through. Jesse Chavez got his first career win against the M’s after tossing a gem of sorts. He allowed just one run in 5 ⅔ innings and showed why he won that fifth rotation spot. He’s not expected to throw to the tune of a 1.59 ERA all season long, but if he hovers in the mid to high 3’s, he’ll be a solid back end starter all season.

Ricky Nolasco will toe the rubber tomorrow against Felix Hernandez in the second game of the series.

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