Here’s a fun fact. Going into tonight, the Angels had the most pitching fWAR and second best FIP in June. Starters in particular had combined for the 3rd best FIP in the game across their 22.2 innings since the clock struck midnight a week or so ago, and Patrick Sandoval elected to have the most impressive start of his career to follow this up.
The southpaw worked in tandem with Kurt Suzuki to go a respectable length and allow a respectable amount of runs, but the peripherals were incredible:
These 32 whiffs gave Sandoval the first double digit strikeout game of his career as he allowed only one walk.
On the subject of walks, Angels starters in June before today had the 3rd lowest walks allowed per 9 innings and the 6th lowest BB%. Patrick Sandoval lowered both of these numbers on the day. Please do keep in mind that Angels starters had the highest BB/9 and BB% through May 31st and it wasn’t even close.
Sometimes you lose, even when you’re better. Sometimes Justin Upton takes the first pitch your team sees deep, and Anthony Rendon and Jared Walsh stage a late comeback before the team still falls short. That’s baseball. What each and every fan needs to take away from the last week and especially from this dominating start that ended up as an L is that this team has real potential. This June might just be the turning point we’ve been waiting for.