Despite their offensive struggles, the Cleveland Guardians were able to stay afloat for the first six weeks of the season
Cleveland will look to pull themselves together as they begin a three-game series with the visit Los Angeles Angels Friday night
THE Guardians have failed to score more than four points in each of their last 10 games, and they’ve averaged just 1.9 points per game over that streak. Cleveland’s struggles in the batting box were on full display Wednesday, when the Guardians were held to four hits in a 5-0 loss to the Detroit Tigers
“It hasn’t been good,” Cleveland batting coach Chris Valaika said. “We can’t keep making excuses like we had the same record last year and things like that. I think there are different expectations, not only internally but also externally, that we have to be up to it.
“We’re going to keep competing. It’s a long season and (we have to) weather the storm right now.”
Southpaw Logan Allen (1-1, 2.70 ERA) certainly hopes the Guardians are able to weather this storm as he prepares to make his fourth start of the season on Friday
In his last outing, Allen allowed two runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking two in 5 2/3 innings against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday. Unfortunately for Allen, he settled for a no-decision.
The rookie has never faced the angels
Fellow southpaw Tyler Anderson (1-0, 5.40) will take on Allen as he tries to help Los Angeles get their groove back.
THE angels rebuilt a five-game winning streak that lasted through the first week of May before dropping four of its last five games, including Wednesday’s 5-4 loss to the Houston Astros
Sailing was smooth for the first three races for the angelsbut a four-point fourth from Houston was enough to knock Los Angeles off course
Allowing opponents to chain hits together has become a major problem for the angelswho have given up at least three runs in a single inning in each of their last five games
“It’s really been this bugaboo of a run for us,” Los Angeles manager Phil Nevin said. “We made a few mistakes in those innings, so we’re working to clean up and improve. I think our defense played well and I think we threw well enough to win more home games than we did.”
Anderson will now be responsible for ending the angels‘ troubling trends, and he could have some momentum ahead of Friday after two of his best starts of the season
After allowing just one run on five hits in a season-high 6 2/3 innings against the Milwaukee Brewers on April 28, Anderson allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits in five frames while making a no-decision decision against Texas. Rangers last Friday. He also racked up 13 strikeouts between those two outings.
Now in his eighth major league season, Anderson has yet to face the Guardians in his career