A preview of what’s happening around the majors on Monday:
Mike Trout is mired in the worst slump of his glittering career and the Angels are one loss away after tying their longest slip in 34 years.
Noah Syndergaard (4-3, 4.02 ERA) starts as Los Angeles (27-28) comes home looking to stop an 11-game slide in Game 1 of a four-game series against Michael Wacha ( 3-1, 2.43) and the Boston Red Sox, which has won four straight.
Trout is hitless in his last 26 at bats, his longest major league drought.
“Things are going to start to fall,” the three-time MVP said Sunday after a harrowing loss to the hometown Philadelphia Phillies. “I had some good at-bats today, just try to take it tomorrow.”
Syndergaard was knocked out in the second inning at Yankee Stadium last week,
Without a win since May 24, the Angels are on their longest losing streak since an 11-game slide in August 2016. They haven’t lost 12 straight since the last 12 games of the 1988 season under managers Cookie Rojas and Moose Stubbing, who took over for the last eight.
“It’s baseball,” Trout said. “There are going to be good times and there are going to be bad times. Right now is just a bad time.
ANOTHER TEST IN THE WEST
After splitting a four-game series at Dodger Stadium, the Mets head to the California coast to open a three-game set in San Diego.
New York, with the National League’s best record at 37-19, faces another daunting challenge in a Padres team that just won the last three of a four-game series at NL Central leaders Milwaukee. . Carlos Carrasco (6-1, 3.63 ERA) pitches for the Mets against Blake Snell (0-2, 4.80) as San Diego (33-21) begins a seven-game homestand.
Injured Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. is due for a CT scan on Monday, which should help determine when he can start swinging a bat again.
New York has lost just two of its first 17 series this season.
AL Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray lost three straight starts for the first time since April 28-May 9, 2017, before his release to the Houston Astros. The 30-year-old southpaw has a 5.82 ERA in losses to Boston, Oakland and Baltimore, allowing four home runs that took his season total to 11. Right-hander Cristan Javier (3-2, 2.41 ERA) begins for the Astros.
Arizona southpaw Madison Bumgarner (2-4, 3.31) is 0-3 with a 5.25 ERA in his last four starts heading into Monday’s opener of a four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds. Bumgarner has allowed 14 earned runs in his last four starts after allowing six in his first seven. Rookie Hunter Greene (2-7, 6.19) is averaging 98.6 mph with his fastball before the outing.
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