Game Thread 8/1 in Anaheim

Thursday, August 01 2013 @ 01:44 PM EDT

Contributed by: John Northey

Josh Johnson (29, RHP, 1-7, 6.08) tries to show his last 3 games were flukes (13 2/3 IP 19 ER 4 BB 17 SO 6 HR) while the Angels hope Garrett Richards (25, RHP, 2-4, 4.33) is Dr. Jekyll (2 of last 4 games were 0 runs allowed) rather than Mr. Hyde (other 2 of past 4 were 5+ runs).

A tired pen today (at least for the core guys), but Segio Santos is back and ready for action, while Oliver and Perez are well rested.  I suspect Delabar is the only guy not available (pitched in each of the past 2 games, 5 of last 8 days). Cecil, Janssen and Loup pitched yesterday but should be available for up to an inning each if needed.

Jays are now 1 1/2 games ahead of the Angels - both having years much worse than expected. Angels at 48-58 with Hamilton hitting 226/283/418 (97 OPS+), Pujols 258/330/437 (117 OPS+) which is easily the 2nd worst season for Hamilton ever, and by far the worst for Pujols (140 OPS+ last year was his previous worst).  The Angels best reliever was probably Scott Downs who was just traded, leaving just 2 guys with ERA+'s over 100 in the pen in Sean Burnett* (9 2/3 IP who is on the DL) and Michael Kohn (4.1 BB/9 1.6 HR/9 so I doubt his low ERA will last).