Game 118, Mariners at Angels
Ariel Miranda vs. Jhoulys Chacin, 7:05
The Angels have now dropped 11 in a row, a perfect encapsulation of a season – and window – that’s gotten away from them. Their pitching’s collapsed to the point where Ricky Nolasco and Jhoulys Chacin make sense as stopgaps, their erstwhile SP depth in the minors has been shipped to Atlanta and Minnesota, and their payroll crunch gets more difficult each year.
The team has money and the best player in the game signed to a team-friendly deal, so I’m not writing an obituary for their 2018 season, but I can’t think of the last time it was more fun to be an M’s fan than an Angels fan.
Ariel Miranda’s making his second start for the M’s, and while it’s still way too early to say much about his results, but it’s early enough to say that I like the look of his splitter. He’s thrown all of 16 with the M’s, but the movement looks decent compared to his four seam fastball, and it’s essentially the only pitch that seems to mess with hitters’ timing.
Jhoulys Chacin had lost his spot in the Angels rotation, but with trades and injuries, he’s been pressed back into duty. He had a couple of nice starts when he first joined the Angels, including a quality start in Seattle that was his first in an Angels uniform. A disastrous June/early July cost him his spot, and his return to the rotation wasn’t auspicious: he yielded 7 runs in just 1 1/3 IP.
1: Aoki, LF
2: Smith, DH
3: Cano, 2B
4: Cruz, RF
5: Seager, 3B
6: Lind, 1B
7: Zunino, C
8: Martin, CF
9: Marte, SS