Game 1: Angels 3, Mariners 2 (F/16) | Game 2: Mariners 3, Angels 2 (F/12) | Game 3: Angels 6, M’s 5
Runs Scored = 11
Runs Allowed = 10
YTD Record: 59-38 | 2nd in AL West
Up Next: Monday vs. Baltimore
Entering the All-Star break, the Angels were the hottest team in baseball, rolling into the weekend winners of five straight and 12 of their past 14. Following an eventful few days off, things continued to roll this weekend against the Mariners, as the Halos took two of three from their division rivals. However, it wasn’t the smoothest series victory.
In all, the Angels and Mariners played 37 innings this week, twice going into extras, with the clubs splitting the two games. Friday’s game was particularly intriguing as the Angels’ bullpen miraculously held together for 10 innings.
Speaking of the Angels’ bullpen, the big news of the weekend for the Angels was the acquisition of Huston Street, who would make his Angels debut during Saturday’s game. Personally, I’m not a fan of the deal. As fickle as prospects can be, it’s tough to justify trading four of your 10 best to add 1.5 seasons of a reliever, and while Street’s pretty damn good, it’s not as if they’re adding Aroldis Chapman here (or even vintage K-Rod).
The issue isn’t as much with the future value being given up – if you want to sell the farm to win now, be my guest – but with the present value. For the quartet the Angels gave up (Jose Rondon, Taylor Lindsey, R.J. Alvarez, and Elliot Morris), they should be receiving more than just Street. Heck, I’m not even sure San Diego could get close to that much for Ian Kennedy, who is without a doubt a more valuable entity than Street. Even when talking about future value, it’s worth considering that Alvarez has a good shot at turning into what Street currently is, and both Rondon and Lindsey could end up being serviceable regulars at the big-league level, and will be incredibly cheap for at least the rest of the decade. Even Morris, the final piece of the deal, has real trade value, as I’ve received numerous positive reports on him in recent weeks.
Chances are, none of those four names reaches their ceiling, and maybe Street does maintain his current performance through the end of next season. However, I can’t help but wonder if the Angels overpaid out of pure desperation. Then again, that’s probably why I’m sitting here typing this and not cashing checks from the team itself.
Anyways, here’s how this weekend’s series went…