The Los Angeles Angels are 47-49 and have lost four out of the last 5 after falling to the Minnesota Twins 5-4 on Friday in the second game of a four-series. The Angels are fourth in the American League West trailing the first-place Houston Astros by 11 games. Los Angeles continues to be hampered by injuries as the Angels are playing without position players Dexter Fowler, Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon and Franklin Barreto. The Angels also have two pitchers on the injured list.
With its victory over Los Angeles on Friday, Minnesota has won two of its last three and the Twins are 42-56. However, Minnesota is fourth in the American League Central and trails the first-place Chicago White Sox by 6 ½ games. The Twins have raised the white flag and surrendered their season after trading away their best overall hitter Nelson Cruz to Tampa Bay. Expect to see several more trades made by the Twins’ front office before the trade deadline. Minnesota has 6 position players on its injured list including Byron Buxton, Luis Arraez, Kyle Garlick and Alex Kirilloff. The Twins also have six pitchers out injured.
Angels continue to pound the ballTwo of the Los Angeles Angels’ best hitters Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon are out injured, but the Angels are receiving excellent production from others. Los Angeles is third in team batting average at .258 and third in slugging percentage at .439. Leading the way at the plate is designated hitter Shohei Ohtani with 34 home runs and 74 RBIs, which leads the Angels in both categories and is first in the majors in home runs and fourth in RBIs. Jared Walsh has 23 doubles, 22 home runs and 66 RBIs for the Angels.
Los Angeles has been hampered by its pitching staff this season as the Angels have a team ERA of 4.88 which is 25th in baseball. The Los Angeles team WHIP is 1.40 which is 27th in baseball and opposing hitters are average .248 at the plate against Angels pitching which is 22nd. Andrew Heaney is leading Los Angeles in strikeouts with 105 and Alex Cobb is the leader in wins with 7. Manager Joe Maddon has not yet announced his starting pitcher for Sunday's final game of this series with Minnesota.
Twins Front Office Giving UpMinnesota has 64 games of its 162-game schedule remaining, yet the front office has given up on its players and is looking to next season. Minnesota traded away slugger Nelson Cruz who was leading the Twins in batting average, home runs, RBIs and hits. The Twins are expected to make other trades before the MLB trade deadline on July 30. In Cruz’s absence the leading overall header has become Jorge Polanco with 91 hits, 14 home runs and 49 RBIs. Josh Donaldson and Miguel Sano have 15 home runs each. Minnesota is 9th in team batting average at .245 and 6th in slugging percentage at .428 but those numbers include Cruz.
Minnesota continues to struggle on the mound as the Twins have a team ERA of 4.94 which is 27th in baseball. Minnesota’s WHIP is 1.34, which is 19th and opposing hitters are averaging .259 at the plate against Twins pitching which is 26th. Jose Berrios is leading Minnesota in wins with 7 and has a team-best 122 strikeouts. Getting the nod on the mound Saturday for Minnesota will be Bailey Ober, who is 1-1 with a 5.45 ERA and 41 strikeouts.
- Minnesota is 1-4 in the last five against a team with a losing record
- Los Angeles is 7-2 in the last nine against an AL Central team
- The Angels are 11-2 in the last 13 against a team with a losing record