Halos look to right ship against Machado, O’s

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Updated: August 6, 2015

The fighting Showalters invade the Big A tomorrow night in what could prove to be a big series for the Halos. After being swept in 2 straight series by the division leading Astros and the NL West division leading Dodgers, it seemed like the wheels were doomed to fall straight off the wagon. With Mike Trout mired in a tough offensive slump, it seemed the incoming Tribe could put the nail in the coffin. However, with two 1-run wins, including a wild pitch walk off in the series finale, the Halos were finally able to win a series, taking 2 of 3 from the stumbling Indians.

Now, with a small amount of momentum, the Halos could reassert themselves back into division contention with a series win against the O’s. The Orioles, winners of 7 out of their last 1o find themselves only a game back of a wild card spot, one of which the Halos currently own. With a convincing series win, the Angels could even more importantly widen the gap of that Wild Card lead. To be honest, an AL West division title would be nice, but just being able to hold a playoff spot is the all the Angels need. Just ask the Royals how they fared grabbing a WC spot last season.

In tomorrows opener it will be stud Andrew Heaney facing Kevin Gausman. Heaney who is currently sitting at 5-1 with a sub 2 ERA, is showing that he’s everything the Halo’s thought he would be. The sky is absolutely the limit for this young lefty, who seems all but comfortable to take on the role of Ace of the staff. Gausman comes into tonights tilt with a 2-2 record and a 3.97 ERA, however in his last three starts that ERA falls significantly to 2.61. Gausman is no pushover, but the Halo bats should be able to supply plenty of run support for Mr. Heaney.

The saturday matchup will pit Ubaldo Jimenez and Garrett Richards. Richards, who had been shaky in previous starts, put together a phenomenal start, tying a career high in strikeouts with 11 and ending and absolutely horrid 6 game losing skid. Jimenez has been hit or miss for most of the season, but with a 9.64 ERA in his last 3 starts, he may again fall victim to a potent Angels lineup.

Rumor has it that the Angels may see Jered Weaver return to the starting rotation on Sunday. Weaver, who had been sidelined since June 20th, has made it known that he’s ready to return to the big club. This could be a big addition to the Halos who have absolutely no idea in regards to C.J. Wilson’s elbow. Im not one to underestimate the power of a veteran locker room presence, and having an experienced guy in the rotation never hurt anyone. There is no doubt that this series could be the penultimate turning point in this roller coaster Halo season. A strong showing and the team could use the momentum heading into an AL Central road trip. If the Angels continue to falter, the division crown may find itself out of their reach.

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