Angels Kick Off Four Game Set Versus Detroit Tonight

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Updated: May 11, 2017

The Angels did not put their best foot forward in the last three games up north, losing two out of the trio. Even without centerfielder Mike Trout, losing the series to the A’s seems unreal. Like some sort of cringe-worthy nightmare. Going into the series, the Halos were a healthy 5-2 against them collectively. In the prior series the Angels managed to sweep their division rival. So to do a 180 suddenly makes little sense until it is broken down.

Naming one reason is practically impossible. But here is one of the main reasons that led to the lack of success. The offense itself sputtered in each loss to an extent that defies explanation. For example, in yesterday’s game the Halos drew three straight walks to start the game. They had the bases jacked with no outs. A golden opportunity to put multiple runs on the board. By the time the inning was over, they were extremely lucky to have put one run across due to a bit of careless defense. Otherwise, the Angels would not have scored the entire ballgame. It may seem strange to pinpoint just one inning, but it describes how the road has been for them this year.

Yesterday’s game was another instance when a starting pitcher did okay enough on paper. Jesse Chavez allowed just a pair of runs in 5.2 innings on the mound. However, the two runs came via the long ball. An unsightly sight that basically seems like an instant replay at this point. In other words, it is nothing new. It comes to show that even one mistake can have a way of magnifying itself.

The Angels look to put that all behind them starting tonight. The team will be hosting a four-game stretch versus the 16-16 Detroit Tigers. J.C. Ramírez will be given the nod in the first matchup. Ramírez has been a breath of fresh air for the Halos, whose pitching staff has suffered some serious blows in just a little more than a month’s worth of action. The Nicaraguan pitcher has gone 3-2 so far this season and has racked up 33 strikeouts.

The Tigers intend to counter with a tough righty of their own in Michael Fulmer. After winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award last season, Fulmer has not regressed by any means in 2017. He has picked up right where he left off. In six chances, he has gone 3-1 and carries a very respectable 2.77 ERA.

If all goes according to plan, it is likely that Trout will be starting tonight. For this Angels’ team, his presence is one that will be welcomed with open arms. The superstar currently owns a 17-game hitting streak. The streak happens to a career high for the reigning AL MVP. The extra offense could very well come in handy this series. His electrifying bat instantly gives his team’s lineup a greater probability of winning. There is no doubt about that.

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