Series Preview: Home on the Range(rs)

Updated: April 11, 2017

We are one week into the season and your Angels are first in the AL West. Don’t get too excited yet. We still have 155 games of ball left to play. For the third series in a row, the Halos will play a division rival. Here’s how they line up against the Texas Rangers in a three game series this week.

Game 1: Cole Hamels v. Tyler Skaggs @ 7:07 PM

The last time we saw Tyler Skaggs on the bump, he gave up five runs in five innings to the Athletics. While it was a pretty horrendous start, there’s nowhere to go but up for Tyler. If the Halos want to win this game, Skaggs will have give the Angels at least six innings of quality ball. Runs against a guy like Hamels are sometimes hard to come by.

Game 2: AJ Griffin v. Jesse Chavez @ 7:07 PM

Jesse Chavez made quite the impression in his first start as an Angel. He went 5 ⅔ strong innings, giving up only a run. I don’t expect Chavez to be the ace of the staff, but if he can give the Halos six strong innings every start, that will be better than anyone expected. AJ Griffin has been decent against the Halos in his career, going 3-2 with a 4.23 ERA in eight starts, but he had a 5.21 ERA last season in starts on the road. It will be interesting to see which AJ shows up on Wednesday night.

Game 3: Yu Darvish v. Ricky Nolasco @ 12:37 PM

A matinee matchup on Wednesday will be a tough one for the Halos. Ricky Nolasco has looked good in his two starts this year, as he has given up five runs in 11 ⅔ innings this year. The only problem is Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez are both hitting over .400 against Nolasco over their careers. We may see Ricky’s ERA climb a little in this one. Yu Darvish, on the other hand, is a Cy Young candidate this season. While he has a 3.78 career ERA against the Angels, he has a 2.70 ERA in eight starts at Angel Stadium. This game will be a tough one, but if the Halos can come out with a win, it will be huge for them.

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