Los Angeles Angels: Joey Votto
June, 8, 2012
By Kenton Wong | ESPN Stats & Information
The Angels followed their encouraging series win against the Rangers by losing two of three against the last-place Mariners. That cost them an opportunity to gain more ground on the Rangers who dropped three of four in Oakland. The Halos enter Friday’s action four games back in the AL West.
KENDRYS RETURNING TO FORM?
One bright spot in the series against the Mariners was Kendrys Morales. He went 5-13 with three home runs, including his first multi-homer game since having his 2010 season cut short. Morales has been feasting on fastballs, hitting six of his seven homers this year against heaters.
T-N-T ARE DYNAMITE
Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo have more in common than just their initials. Since the start of May they have the exact same batting average at .348 to lead the team. Each has 46 hits in their last 132 at-bats.
Both players have benefited this season from very high batting averages on balls in play (BABIP - http://www.fangraphs.com/library/index.php/offense/babip/). Trumbo ranks seventh among qualifiers this season at .387, while Trout ranks eighth at .382.
PUJOLS TO VISIT SOME FAMILIAR PARKS
ESPN Stats & InformationC.J. Wilson vs. left-handed hitters since May 22.
Albert Pujols will definitely be comfortable as interleague play starts up again. The Angels next 15 games are against NL West teams starting with stops at Coors Field and Dodger Stadium. The Machine hasn’t homered at Coors Field since 2007. In his last four seasons there, he is hitting 12-52 (.231). As for Dodger Stadium, Pujols homered three times in four games there last season.
WILSON STAYS HOT
Today’s starter C.J. Wilson has really stepped up his game in his last few starts. Since May 22, Wilson’s 0.45 ERA is fourth-best among starters behind only Johan Santana (0.00), R.A. Dickey (0.29) and Jarrod Parker (0.43). In his last 20 innings, Wilson has held opponents to a .129 batting average and has been especially tough on lefties, holding them hitless in 14 at-bats. A look at his heat map shows his approach has been to stay low-and-away to lefties. That approach should bode well against a Rockies lineup that features Carlos Gonzalez and Todd Helton.