December 2, 2023

What a shame — Series Preview: Angels at Phillies, August 28 – 30


PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - AUGUST 26: Trea Turner #7 of the Philadelphia Phillies celebrates with Bryce Harper #3 against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citizens Bank Park on August 26, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Angels have the two best baseball players in the world on their team. They have had them for three seasons. And somehow, they still are one of the worst teams in the MLB.

It is mind-boggling to think about how this team is in last place in the AL West, and now both of their stars on injured.

So what do the Phillies have to do this week? Beat them up, just like they did to the St. Louis Cardinals this past weekend.

Last time they met

These two clubs matched up at the beginning of June last season.

What had happened leading up to the series? The Phillies fired Joe Girardi and replaced him with Rob Thomson. That night, the Phillies’ players showed how much they supported Giardi’s firing by smashing the Angels 10-0. The Phillies earned a 7-2 win the next day and finished out the series with clutch home runs by Bryce Harper and Bryson Stott in one of the best games of the magical season.

That started it all. The pixie dust of the 2022 Philadelphia Phillies.

The day the music died

The Angels’ season was basically crumbled up and tossed in the trash last Thursday, as Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani both sustained injuries that pretty much shot the Halos out of playoff contention.

The Vineland, New Jersey native had such an incredible start to his career that had him in the conversation for a top 10 player of all time. However, over the past few seasons, he’s shriveled from that status and is now maybe a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Injuries have gotten the best of Trout, and after a momentary recovery, he is back on the Injured List with a left hamate fracture and will possibly remain there for the rest of the season.

But hey, they still have Ohtani, right?

Well, yes, but, no.

Ohtani will still be their designated hitter, and he has been one of the best offensive players in baseball. However, he is also their best pitcher, and due to a UCL tear, he will not pitch for the rest of this season. And if he needs Tommy John surgery, for a good chunk of next season, too.

Game Times and Broadcasts

  • Monday, August 28, at 6:40 pm ET on NBC Sports Philadelphia, WTTM 1680 (Spanish), 94.1 WIP, and 1490AM WBCB
  • Tuesday, August 29, at 6:40 pm ET on FOX, WTTM 1680 (Spanish), 94.1 WIP, and 490AM WBCB
  • Wednesday, August 30, at 1:05 pm ET on NBC Sports Philadelphia, WTTM 1680 (Spanish), 94.1 WIP, and 1490AM WBCB

Pitching Matchups

Game 1: Taijuan Walker (RHP, 13-5, 4.02 ERA) vs. Lucas Giolito (RHP, 7-10, 4.32 ERA)
Game 2: Michael Lorenzon (RHP, 7-8, 3.69 ERA) vs. Tyler Anders (LHP, 5-5, 5.35 ERA)
Game 3: TBD vs. Reid Detmers (LHP, 3-10, 5.03 ERA)

By the Numbers

  • Record
  • Phillies: 72-58
  • Angels: 63-68
  • Run Differential
  • Phillies: 68
  • Angels: -41
  • Runs Scored Per Game
  • Phillies: 4.80
  • Angels: 4.71
  • Runs Allowed Per Game
  • Phillies: 4.28
  • Angels: 5.02

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