Halo HQ: Angels vs. Athletics Preview

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Updated: June 23, 2016

After a disappointing series in Houston, the Angels (31-41) are flying home to take on the Oakland Athletics (29-42) in a four-game series. Last weekend, the Angels took two out of three games in Oakland, so the Athletics are definitely familiar foes. A series win would be nice to get back on track, so hopefully the Halos can string together some W’s.

Tim Lincecum (1-0, 1.50 ERA) will be making his debut at Angel Stadium on Thursday night. In his first start as an Angel, Lincecum pitched six solid innings at Oakland, giving up only four hits and one earned run. It will be exciting to see how “The Freak” looks in an Angels home uniform. For the Athletics, Kendall Graveman (2-6, 4.87 ERA) is on the mound. He pitched a seven-inning gem in his last start against the Angels, giving up three hits and striking out four batters.

On Friday night, Jered Weaver (6-6, 5.10 ERA) is the starting pitcher for the Angels. Weaver pitched his best game in a while on Father’s Day, going the distance for a complete game shutout against the Athletics. The funny thing is that he recorded one strikeout, but still managed to give up just three hits. Currently, the Athletics have not named a pitcher for Friday, but there is speculation that it will be Zach Neal (0-1, 8.36 ERA).

Coming off a nightmare start in Houston, Jhoulys Chacin (3-5, 5.50 ERA) will look to bounce back on Saturday night. Chacin’s problem in June is that he walks too many batters and it transfers into earned runs. If he focuses on cutting down his walked batters, maybe he can pitch longer than five innings. Eric Surkamp (0-5, 7.20 ERA) is winless so far this season. In his last start against the Angels, he pitched six innings and gave up two earned runs.

Sunday’s afternoon game will feature Hector Santiago (4-4, 4.99 ERA). Santiago has pitched better as of late, allowing two earned runs in his last two starts. He gave up three hits and two walks through 6.1 innings of work against the Astros. Sonny Gray (3-6, 5.20 ERA) is starting for the Athletics. After taking third in the 2015 AL Cy Young voting, Gray is struggling this season. His ERA is about three points higher than last year, and his HR/FB is 16.7% compared to 9.3% in 2015.

Angels Batters vs. Houston: Who’s Hot, Who’s Cold

HOT:

  • Kole Calhoun: .400 AVG, .500 OBP, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB
  • Jett Bandy: .750 AVG, 1 R
  • Shane Robinson: .750 AVG, 2 R, 1 SB

COLD:

  • Daniel Nava: .125 AVG, 1 H, 1 R
  • Andrelton Simmons: 0-for-10, .000 OBP
  • Carlos Perez: .143 AVG, 1 H
  • Jefry Marte: .125 AVG, 1 H

The Oakland Athletics are mediocre when it comes to batting. They are 17th in the MLB with a batting average of .249, and they are 27th with an on-base percentage of .300. The main man for the Athletics is Danny Valencia. Valencia is on fire this season, batting .328 with ten home runs and 27 RBIs.

The Rangers (47-26) are running away with the AL West. It is getting scarier by the days for the Angels, as the hole keeps getting deeper and deeper (now 15.5 games behind). The Athletics are a struggling team as well, so the Angels need to do some damage and make a playoff push starting this weekend.


Jake Wilson is a Staff Writer at Halo Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter

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