Week ahead for Angels: Back at The Big A for 10-game homestand

The week ahead

The Angels return from the East Coast to begin a 10-game home stand this week. The home stand begins with three games against the Padres, beginning on Memorial Day. It will be the team’s second interleague series this month. On Thursday, the Tigers will come to town for a four-game series.

The week behind

Last week, the Angels split four games north of the border against the Blue Jays. The road trip concluded with a weekend series in Boston where the Red Sox took two of three from the Angels. The lone win for the Angels came in the series opener last Friday. Garrett Richards picked up the win in his first appearance at Fenway since suffering a season ending injury there in 2014. All told, the Angels finished the road trip with an even 5-5 record.

Record and standings

The Angels enter Monday 22-22 on the year and in second place in the American League West, 6.5 games behind the first place Astros. The Halos and Astros remain the only clubs in the American League West with a .500 record or better.

Thumb’s up

Garrett Richards exorcised whatever potential demons there were that lingered after suffering a torn left patellar tendon last year which ended his season. The injury occurred at Boston’s Fenway Park. Richards was back on the mound in Fenway last Friday and picked up his fourth win of the season.

Thumb’s down

The Angels pitching continues to allow Mike Napoli to be a thorn in the club’s side. The former Angel tattooed the Halos once again. He hit .556 in the series with a slugging percentage of 2.000. All five of his hits were for extra bases, including four that left the yard, as he lifted his total to eight home runs on the season. Napoli also had eight RBI in the series. Prior to the Angels coming to town for the weekend, Napoli had four home runs and 13 RBI for the season.

Player to watch

Chris Iannetta enjoyed a successful road trip. He’s hitting .400 over his last six games with two home runs and seven RBI. Iannetta was batting .101 when the team left for its 10-game road trip. He returns batting .169.

Stat to watch

The Angels are 98-55 in interleague games since 2007, which is the best record in Major League Baseball.