Los Angeles Angels (19-18) @ Philadelphia Phillies (17-19)
Tuesday, 7:05 - Matt Shoemaker vs. Cliff Lee
Wednesday, 1:05 - Garrett Richards vs. Sports Hernia Burnett
R - 189 (5th)
AVG - .256 (10th)
OPS - .760 (2nd)
Rookie CJ Cron/1B has made a helluva first impression (8 G, .393/1.128). Howie Kendrick/2B (.311/.835), Albert Pujols/1B (.268/.868), and Mike Trout/CF (.272/.883) carry the offensive load. Meanwhile, Raul Ibanez/OF has struggled (.139/.515 while still qualifying for the batting title) to the point where his release might be coming soon.
ERA - 3.88 (18th)
WHIP - 1.27 (10th)
Richards (2.80/1.11) has finally started to fulfill some of his potential, but Shoemaker is making his first start of the season. The Angels bullpen is a mess too, but not quite as bad as the Phils.
The Phils have the upper hand in the pitching match-ups and the Angels will also be batting without their DH. Therefore, I'm feeling a 2 game sweep, with the Phils returning to .500!
The Phillies bullpen and bench are some of the worst in MLB. Wouldn't it be nice to still have Kevin Frandsen (.267/.700 in 30 G)? The combination of Mayberry, Nix, Galvis, and Gwynn has hit an unbelievably craptastic .134/.403 with 15 R, 2 DBL, 2 HR, and 9 RBI in 187 plate apperances. Reid Brignac has replaced Galvis and Cesar Hernandez was just recalled to take the roster spot of Nix. Some of the minor league free agent signings below would have helped!
The following players were signed to Minor League Contracts:
*Scott Atchinson/CLE - 13 G, 15 IP, 1.88/0.67
*Erik Bedard/TBR - 5 GS, 26.2 IP, 3.38/1.43
*Emilio Bonifacio/CHC/UTL - .312/.739, 22 R, 11 SB
*Kyle Farnsworth/NYM - 19 G, 17 IP, 3.18/1.41
*Sam Fuld/MIN/OF - 20 G, .232/.674, 4 SB
*JC Gutierrez/SFG - 16 G, 18.1 IP, 3.93/0.98
*Aaron Harang/ATL - 8 GS, 48.1 IP, 2.98/1.18
*Reed Johnson/MIA/OF - 27 G, .341/.898
*Jason Kubel/MIN/OF - 32 G, .267/.703
*Daisuke Matsuzaka/NYM - 10 G, 13.2 IP, 2.63/1.39
*Pat Neshek/STL - 19 G, 16.2 IP, 1.08/0.60
*Mark Reynolds/MIL/1B/3B - 28 G, .235/.807, 8 HR