3 Things to Watch for in Angels vs Reds Series

Updated: August 29, 2016

The Angels (56-74) open up a three game series Monday against one of the few teams in the majors with a worse record than the Halos, the Cincinnati Reds.  Sure the Angels are only a half a game better than the Reds (55-74) but in a season with not much to celebrate, every little victory counts.

Here are three things to look for in a series between these two cellar dwelling teams:

  1. Which Matt Shoemaker will we see Monday night?

As he’s been all year, Shoemaker can either be unhittable or unwatchable.  But in his past 8 outings he has been a bit more consistent, pitching into at least the sixth inning and giving up more that 3 runs only twice during that span.  If Shoemaker (8-13) is able to finish the season strong while keeping his ERA under 4, he will strengthen his case to be in the starting rotation next season.

  1.    How many home runs will Jered Weaver give up?

Weaver (9-11) has clawed and scratched his way through the season and with a positive finish could even end up with a winning record.  Not bad for a guy with an 83 mph fastball.  But Weaver’s biggest weakness this year has been giving up the long ball.  In 144 innings pitched, Weaver has given up 31 home runs, second only in the majors to Josh Tomlin’s 34.  Even though as a team the Reds are not a power hitting team (10th in the NL in home runs) they do have 5 guys with at least 16 home runs including Adam Duvall with 29.  If Weaver is not careful, the Reds will add to his already career high in home runs given up.

  1. Will Kaleb Cowart continue his hit streak?

Since his call up on August 20th, the former number 1 draft pick has had at least one hit in all 7 games he’s played in.  With Cliff Pennington struggling as of late (hitting .186 in his last 15 games) the versatile Cowart could play his way into seeing more time at second base not only this season but next season as well.

With about 30 games left in the Angels season, players will have a chance to end this disappointing season on a high note. For some players their finish to the season may make the difference between being resigned, invited to spring training, or simply released.

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