The Los Angeles Angels are headed to the Bronx for a four game set against their American League Eastern Division rival the New York Yankees. The Angels are 37-40 and fourth in the AL West while New York is 40-37 fourth in the AL East.
The Angels come in having lost two of three in Tampa Bay against the Rays, including a 13-3 pounding on Saturday. With Sunday’s win they snapped a five game losing streak.
Los Angeles plays four against the Bronx Bombers before heading to Baltimore on the weekend.
Ohtani Continues To Amaze
He was a single short of hitting for the cycle on Sunday in Tampa Bay. With now 25 homers on the season, It took Shohei Ohtani 77 games to reach that mark. He stands alone as the only Angels player to do so. Not even Mike Trout hit this milestone in any of his seasons with the Angels.
Ohtani now boasts a slash line of .277/.363/.668 on the season. His 46 extra-base hits also lead the league.
If that isn’t enough, Ohtani has a 2.58 ERA in 11 starts with 82 strikeouts in 59 innings while pitching. Combine his pitching and hitting together he has a 5.0 WAR before the halfway mark of the season.
This is the Ohtani we had glimpses of prior to 2021 but he was hampered by injuries, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other challenges.
Trout’s Injury Status Updated
Mike Trout will move over to the 60 day injured list with his right calf strain but that won’t hamper his ability to return by a July 17th target date.
Trout was enjoying one of his best seasons with a slash line of .333/.466/.624 in 146 at bats before his injury on May 18th.
Yankees Taking Heat For Fourth Place Standing In The A.L. East
The Yankees return home having been outscored by The Boston Red Sox 18-7 in the three-game series at Fenway Park. It was Boston’s first time sweeping New York in consecutive series since 2011.
Boston hammered Gerrit Cole 9-2 Sunday.
New York is 5-5 in their last ten games with a team .252 batting average New York’s team on-base percentage of .318 is fourth in the American League. They have a 4.45 team ERA. They are 21-18 at home.
Cole is under scrutiny given his recent comments about the use of sticky substances and the fact that his spin rate has suffered with the league’s recent crackdown on pitchers.
DJ LeMahieu riding a 10-game hitting streak
DJ LeMahieu was a bright spot for the Yankees against the Red Sox as he went 7-14 with one homer, two runs and four RBI in the three-game series.
He has a 333/.383/.547 line with four dingers and 15 RBI in the last 17 games leading us to believe that he is on pace for another MVP type season.
Aaron Judge leads the Yankees with 27 extra base hits and is slugging .509. He also leads the team with an OBP of .375.
The opening game of the series sees the Angels Dylan Bundy; 1-7, 6.68 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 60 strikeouts against the Yankees Michael King; 0-3, 4.05 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 34 strikeouts.