Series Preview: Bounce Back

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Updated: April 14, 2017

That wasn’t a fun series. After taking game one against the Rangers, the Angels dropped the last two due to poor pitching and sleeping bats. This series should be much more fun. The Angels will travel to Kansas City to take on the Royals, who are fresh off a 19 inning scoreless streak. Take a look at how the two match up this weekend:

Game 1: J.C. Ramirez v. Danny Duffy @ 5:15 PM

Now the Angels will start to feel the loss of Garrett Richards. They skipped his scheduled start on Tuesday due to an off day and Tyler Skaggs was horrendous once again. Now the team will let J.C. Ramirez start the game. He has zero career starts in the Majors. Expect J.C. to go a few innings and Yusmeiro Petit or Bud Norris to piggyback with a few innings of their own.

On the other side is Danny Duffy, who has given up just three runs in 13 innings this year. If the Halos drop a game in this series, expect it to be this one.

Game 2: Matt Shoemaker v. Nathan Karns @ 4:15 PM

It’s been two weeks and we already have a tale of two Shoemakers. One game he gives us five strong innings and looks like an ace. The next he gives up seven runs (five to Robinson Cano) and forces his team to make a seven run comeback. Luckily, they pulled it off and got him off the hook for his first loss. I don’t expect Shoemaker to repeat Sunday’s nightmare. I actually think he’ll revert back to games like his first start for the rest of the season. All pitchers have hiccups. Shoemaker had a really bad case on Sunday. He’s facing a weaker lineup this weekend in the Royals, so if he can keep Eric Hosmer, Salvador Perez, and Mike Moustakas in check, he should be cruising.

As for Nathan Karns, he has to deal with Mike Trout and Albert Pujols, who have two home runs in 16 at-bats against him. He earned a no decision last week, but he gave up five hits to his first seven batters. If the Halos can put pressure on him early, he might crack.

Game 3: Tyler Skaggs v. Ian Kennedy @ 11:15 AM

A pitcher who can’t seem to stop runs from coming in going up against a pitcher who hasn’t had a sub-3.60 ERA season since 2011. This game should have fireworks on both sides. All Angel fans would like to see Tyler Skaggs go out there and shut down the Royals, but unless he figured out something over the past few days, that’s not going to happen. Ian Kennedy has given up three home runs in ten at-bats to Albert Pujols over his career. Yikes. This might be the highest scoring game the Halos have all season. And they just combined for 19 runs with the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

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