LA Angels Making a Move in the AL Wildcard Race as They Sweep the Twins on Saturday
The LA Angels have underperformed for much of the 2015 season and has been one of Major League Baseball’s biggest disappointments. They have a huge payroll with stars but the supporting cast has been labeled as scrubs by some in the media. The joke around baseball is that the Angels are a Stars and Scrubs team. After a rainout in this series with the Twins the Angels had to play a doubleheader on Saturday and came away with the 4-3 and 5-2 victory in the twin bill. The Angels are 4 games back of the Texas Rangers in the AL West division race with just 14 games remaining. In the AL Wildcard race the Angels are now just 1 ½ games back of the slumping Houston Astros. The Minnesota Twins are 75-73 and the losses were costly as the club is now down 2 ½ games for the final AL Wildcard. This series are like playoff games for both teams.
The Angels catcher has been hot batting .378 for the month of September. On Saturday he had two hits in the 4-3 win at Minnesota. He has multiple hits in three straight games.
The talented center fielder leads the Angels everyday hitters with a .291 batting average with 39 homers and 85 RBIs. He had a home run in Game 2 of the doubleheader as he looks to improve from a .259 batting average for the month of September.
The veteran had a two hit game with two RBIs in the Game 2 victory for the Angels. Pujols has batted just .239 for the season with 35 homers and 85 RBIs. It has been a horrible month of September for the 35 year old as he bats just .161.
The Angels shortstop had a successful doubleheader going 4 for 9 with two stolen bases and a run scored. He has moved is average up to .270 with two homers and 38 RBIs. His bat began cool in September but has picked up steam the past four games.
In his first season with the Angels Andrew Heaney is 6-3 with an ERA of 3.30 and WHIP of 1.15. In his start in Game 1 Heaney threw six innings and allowed two earned runs and two hits.
Richards has started 29 games in the 2015 campaign and is 14-11 with an ERA of 3.73 and WHIP of 1.24. He bounced back after a poor outing on September 14th at Seattle where he allowed four earned runs in five innings with four walks in defeat. In Game 2 of the doubleheader Richards came in with a huge effort tossing 8 2/3rd innings against the Twins by allowing two earned runs and five hits. He still had issues with walks as he allowed four on Saturday. Richards has allowed two earned runs or less in three of his past four starts.
The veteran outfielder has been hot with a .417 batting average over his past seven days. In the doubleheader Hunter went 3 for 8 with a run scored. Hunter has multiple hits in six of his past ten games.
The Twins DH extended his hitting streak to seven games with a hit in Game 1 and Game 2 of the doubleheader. He had a home run in Game 1. His batting average is now up to .279 with 17 homers and 49 RBIs.