Thursday, June 28, 2012

By Brian Waller, Columnist

Angels/Orioles Preview:
The Angels continue to roll! The Halos swept the two game mini series with the Baltimore Orioles  earlier this week and now travel to Toronto where they will begin a four game series tonight. The Halos closed out the Baltimore series in grand fashion with a 13-1 shellacking of the O's, highlighted by "The Catch" made by Mike Trout.

The Angels are a season high 9 games over .500 and lead the league in pitching and are 3rd in hitting,;the team truly is clicking on all cylinders (see below for complete team statistics).

The Blue Jays come in to the series with the Halos ranked 12th in pitching (4.29 ERA), 9th in hitting (.251 avg.) and 4th in fielding (56 errors). Offensively the Jays are lead by sluggers Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion who have combined for 47 home runs and 112 RBI's so far in 2012. Toronto is 38-37 this season, 5-5 in their last 10 games and sit 8.5 games back from the AL East leading Yankees.

Player(s) to Watch:
Mike Trout of course! The kid continues to impress at the plate and dazzle in the outfield. Trout went 5-for-11 in the Baltimore series and looks to continue his hot hitting in Toronto this weekend.

C.J. Wilson looks for his 10th victory of the season in the series finale on Sunday. He will face a Toronto Offense who is middle of the pack statistically. If Wilson can get past Bautista and Encarnacion then one has to like his chances.

Pitching Match-ups:
6/28 – Dan Haren (5-7, 4.24 ERA) vs. Brett Cecil (1-0, 2.45 ERA)
6/29 – Ervin Santana (4-8, 4.92 ERA) vs. Carlos Villanueva (2-4, 3.24 ERA)
6/30 – Garrett Richards (2-0, 1.63 ERA) vs. Henderson Alvarez (4-6, 4.36 ERA)
7/1 – C.J. Wilson (9-4, 2.36 ERA) vs. Aaron Laffey (0-0, 1.80 ERA)

6/28 – Partly cloudy with a high of 89 degrees
6/29 – Partly cloudy with a high of 88 degrees
6/30 - Partly cloudy with a high of 91 degrees
7/1 - Possible showers with a high of 85 degrees

Game Times/Channels/Promotions:
6/28 – 4:05 p.m. / FSW
6/29 – 4:07 p.m. / FSW
6/30 - 4:07 p.m. / FSW
7/1 - 10:07 a.m. / FSW

Angels’ Team Statistics / League Rank (as of 6/28/12)
Avg.: .266 / 3rd
OBP: .323 / 5th
SLG: .413 / 5th
OPS: .736 / 6th
Hits: 676 / 3rd
HR: 78 / 7th
RBI’s: 306 / 7th
R: 321 / 7th
BB: 206 / 13th
SO: 491 / 11th
SB: 56 / 4th

W: 42 / 3rd
ERA: 3.39 / 1st
SV: 17 / 10th
SVO: 26 / 9th
IP: 667.1 / 9th
HR: 61/ 13th
BB: 236 / 5th
SO: 538 / 9th
Avg.: .237 /1st
WHIP: 1.24 / 3rd

FPCT: .984 / 7th
E: 45 / 7th
Love to hear what you think!

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