Week ahead for Angels: Home-and-home series with Arizona, three vs. A's in Oakland
The week ahead
It's the rare home-and-home series for the Angels this week. The Diamondbacks will be in Anaheim for two games beginning Monday. The Angels will then head to Arizona to face them twice beginning Wednesday. The latter part of the series with Arizona will be a part of a quick five-game road trip for the Halos that will conclude with a weekend series in Oakland. All games this week can be seen on FOX Sports West.
The week behind
Mike Scioscia's club bounced back well from a five-game losing streak. The week began with the Angels having lost five in a row but they were able to take two of three from the Rays in Tampa and also two of three from the A's in Anaheim. At one point in the week, the Angels were winners of three in a row. The week also featured the Major League debuts of third baseman Kyle Kubitza and reliever Trevor Gott.
Record and standings
The Angels enter Monday 32-31 on the year and in third place in the American League West. The Angels trail the second place Rangers by one game and the division leading Astros by 3.5 games.
Angels' player-information coach Rico Brogna had successful surgery after being diagnosed with testicular cancer last month and last week was able to rejoin the club. Brogna told Jill Painter Lopez of FOXSportsWest.com that he was thankful for the support from the Angels organization, including players such as Mike Trout, David Freese, Collin Cowgill, and Kole Calhoun who sent well wishes through text prior to his surgery.
Collin Cowgill was eligible to return from the DL last week but his right wrist continues to be troublesome. The Angels left fielder is expected to be re-evaluated on Monday when he visits a specialist in Arizona.
Player to watch
Kyle Kubitza made his Major League debut against the Rays last week by going 2-for-3 at the plate. He was in the lineup as David Freese dealt with a hamstring injury; Freese, however, returned to the lineup over the weekend. While that could be a signal for Kubitza being sent back down in the near future, it could also mean the Angels rookie could see some time in left field. When asked about it prior to the Angels series with the A's last week, Scioscia didn't rule it out.
Stat to watch
The week before last, it was Jimmie Foxx; Last week, it was Mickey Mantle. Albert Pujols continues his ascend up the career home run list. On Thursday, in the Angels 6-2 win at Tampa, Pujols blasted the 537th home run of his career to move past Mantle for sole possession of 16th place. Pujols enters the week with 538 career home runs and is 10 behind Mike Schmidt, who's in 15th place.