Pittsburgh Pirates

Series Preview: Pirates Travel To Los Angeles (Of Anaheim) For Series With Angels

A recent eight game losing streak took the Angels out of the playoff race, and even with a pair of wins against the Red Sox , they now sit below .500 at 58-61.

- To paraphrase the great Norm Macdonald , I don’t know if you guys are baseball buffs or not, but this Mike Trout guy is pretty good.

- Shohei Ohtani started the season a little sluggish after coming back (as a hitter only at the moment) from Tommy John surgery in May.

He has taken off since the calendar turned to June, slashing .306/.362/.563 with 12 home runs over 229 plate appearances.

- Angels starters have combined for a 5.48 ERA- the third worst mark in baseball.

Their bullpen has fared much better (4.61 ERA), though they have still hurt more than they have helped (-0.57 WPA).

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