The Los Angeles Angels play the final of their homestand with the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night, apparently having solved the problem by hitting them and tormenting them to start the season.
After scoring only 13 runs while losing five of the six games to start the year in Oakland and Seattle, the Angels won five out of six at home while scoring 35 runs and hitting 13 home runs. They beat the Brewers, 11-8, Tuesday.
Mike Trout, who left Tuesday's game with a right-sided groove and is day to day, led the way. Angels director Brad Ausmus said Trout is "unlikely" to play Wednesday for precautionary reasons.
While the trout is the offense as a whole they have overheated, there is an angel that has yet to go on. The third base Zack Cozart went 0 for the 4th Tuesday and is now hitting .033 (1 out of 30).
He also has to do with a sore left wrist and forearm, the result of being hit by a Shelby Miller Texas shoot on Sunday. X-rays were negative, but the discomfort didn't exactly help Cozart shake his first collapse.
Cozart, who was dropped at number 9 in the batting order on Tuesday, says he has no choice but to continue grinding.
"The only way a baseball player can stay healthy is to keep playing," he said. "I feel like my whole career, I've been a butcher type, you have those highs and lows, but you just play, get over them."
Cozart's first season with Los Angeles last year didn't go the way he hoped. He had a labrum torn off his left shoulder on June 13 and lost the rest of the season. He finished the year hitting only 0.29 with five homers and 18 RBI.
Felix Pena (0-1, 5.40 ERA) will start in Los Angeles, still trying to finish at least five innings in a game. It lasted 3 2/3 innings in his first start and 4 2/3 innings in his second.
He has a career record of 0-0 with an ERA of 1.93 in five games against Milwaukee, but all five appearances were out of the bullpen. Among the current Brewers, only Ben Gamel has a success against Pena (single), and overall the current roster is 1 in 9 against him.
Brandon Woodruff (1-0, 6.00 ERA) will leave for Milwaukee and will also come out of a shortened race, which will only last four innings and leave four runs on six hits and two walks in the Cubs' victory on Friday 13-10. He had eight strikeouts.
Woodruff has never faced the Angels.
Brewers' unfaithful Mike Moustakas hit his fourth home game of the season on Tuesday against the Angels, as he continues to settle in his new position – second base. Moustakas had played his entire career at the third base, but the Brewers have Travis Shaw there now.
"As long as the kids are happy with me over there, I'm fine," said Moustakas. "You keep doing routine games, and all other things will become second nature and I don't have to worry about it anymore."
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