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Posted at 12:15 PM EST.
8:15 PM EST. The Angels are 7-1 on the road and have scored 6, 8, 11, 7, and 7 runs respectively over their last five games. They are one of a handful of teams that are seeing beach balls at the plate right now and while we missed them last night in the opener of this series, we see no reason not to get back on the horse here. Meanwhile, the Royals have dropped three in a row and has scored six times over that span.
Andrew Heaney (LHP) makes his season debut for the Angel’s after pitching a mere six frames in 2016 and 27 frames last year after his recovery from TJS kept him out until July. Subsequently, a shoulder impingement ended his season in early September last season but in between, Heaney made five MLB starts with 11.2 K’s/9. When he threw 106 innings back in 2015, he only allowed 99 hits and walked just 28. In his one rehab start last week, Heaney went six full and allowed just two hits and one earned run while not walking a single batter and striking out six. Heaney, a former first round pick in 2012, has a very smooth delivery with clean arm action and an above average arsenal at his disposal. Throwing strikes comes naturally to him and he can locate his 90-95 mph fastball precisely within the zone. This kid has battled back and now he gets to hit the reset button and get his career going again. Don’t think the players don’t know how important this start is to Heaney and we have to trust they’ll be extra jacked up in support of him. At the very least, he cannot be worse than Jason Hammel (RHP).
A shift in hit%/strand% luck hurt Jason Hammel’s WHIP last season. Allowing more fly-balls offset his decrease in hr/f. He lost swing and misses on his slider, as hitters made 88% contact % in the zone. His wins faded with his rising ERA.His skills, pedestrian as they may be, says some rebound is possible, but at 35 years old and pitching for the Royals, his continuing to rise xERA tells us a return on investment isn’t going to happen. Why wouldn’t we bet the Halos here?
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