the Seattle Mariners Y The angels of los angeles He will end his showdown of the American League West series at Angel Stadium on Sunday afternoon. The Angels remain at a surprising distance from the Wild Card final place in the American League, but they follow the Cleveland Indians with 5.5 games to play on Sunday. Los Angeles could become a buyer on the trade deadline, especially after receiving some reinforcements with the return of Justin Upton. The Angels were busy during the Star Break, adding a pair of minor leagues from the L.A. Dodgers. for cash considerations. Can the Angels do a playoff push starting with a shut-in victory over the Mariners on Sunday?
Kikuchi seeks to reverse the struggles against the angels.
When the Mariners exchanged batter Edwin Encarnación with the New York Yankees, they tied the final and loose end of Jean Segura's very conscientious treatment. Segura was traded to the Phillies by J.P Crawford and Carlos Santana, who were then turned over by Encarnación and the 76th pick in this year's draft. That selection ended up being Isaiah Campbell and Encarnación was sent to New York in exchange for right-handed Juan Then, 19, who began his career in the minor league system of the Mariners. Essentially, Seattle turned Segura into three solid MLB prospects: Crawford, Campbell and Then, which rival the type of route they got for flamethrower James Paxton. The future of Crawford seems especially bright. Crawford, who was previously a big prospect in the Phillies system, struggled in his first two major league games in Philadelphia, but is hitting a healthy .272 with four homers and 20 RBIs in 40 games with the Mariners this season. https://twitter.com/ROOTSPORTS_NW/status/1145722144296325121 Seattle is scheduled to send left-hander Yusei Kikuchi to the hill on Sunday as he continues his rookie ups and downs campaign. The Japanese lefty has struggled against inconsistency in the big leagues, but lately he has been better, allowing three earned runs or less in each of his last three starts. He comes with a 4-6 record and a 4.94 ERA in 19 starts and is handing out a ton of pop to right-handed hitters. The right-handers are batting .282 with 15 homers and an .831 OPS against Kukuchi entering the second half of the regular season. The Angels have been a thorn in the 27-year-old rookie side this season. In three previous meetings with Los Angeles, Kikuchi is 1-2 with an atrocious ERA of 12.34, while allowing 29 hits and five homers in 11 combined work innings.
Suarez to take a long look at the initial rotation.
Los Angeles seems to have reached the jackpot with a previous release in the deal that sent batter C.J. Cron to Tampa Bay for a player to be named later. Cron broke with the Rays, combined 30 homers and this time has 18 more this season with the Minnesota Twins, leaving Halos fans wondering what they got in exchange for their former first baseman. The player that will be called later turned out to be Luis Rengifo, who made his Major League debut earlier this season and is finally warming up on the plate after a slow start. The 22-year-old second baseman hit just .208 in May, but he improved that mark to .278 with three homers in June and is hitting a healthy .333 in July. For the past 30 days, it has a .310 / .388 / .465 bar line with an OPS of .853. https://twitter.com/MLBNetwork/status/1149912918500286465 The Angels are expected to respond with emerging southpaw Jose Suarez for his seventh career start on Sunday night. Suarez was ineffective in his previous start against the Astros, last Sunday, with a duration of only 3 ⅓ work innings, but only allowed two runs in what turned out to be an 11-10 Astros victory. Los Angeles is expected to give the 21-year-olds a long look in the second half of the season after shooting through the organization's minor league system. Suárez published numbers of monstrous strikeouts on the rookie ball in 2017 and continued that tendency until he was promoted to the big leagues earlier this year. Through six major league starts, the young man is striking out 9.53 batters for nine innings of work, but he will have to do a better job of keeping the ball in the park, since he has delivered eight long balls this year. The left-handed rookie made his Major League debut against Seattle on June 9, allowing only two runs and four hits in 4 ⅔ frames.