Angels Vs. Indians Series Preview: Halos Need To Start Turning Things Around In Cleveland

April 26, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia (14) reacts in the dugout during the fifth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

The Los Angeles Angels have lost four straight games heading into Friday's series opener against the Cleveland Indians. The road back to .500 starts here.

The Los Angeles Angels have lost four in a row and are nine games in back of the Texas Rangers in the American League West. They have a record of just 6-13 on the young season and Albert Pujols has one hit in his last 20-plus at-bats. There is already a bit of squabbling, including Torii Hunter publicly second-guessing manager Mike Scioscia's decisions.

But perhaps the biggest woe the Angels have faced this season is their flimsy bullpen. It appeared on Thursday as though they might manage to avoid being swept by the Tampa Bay Rays, but the Halos bullpen once again coughed up a lead and gave up a walk-off home run. The team has issues that need sorting out. They'll try to turn the ship around on Friday, as they kick off a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field.

Probable Pitchers and Game Times:

On Friday, ace Jered Weaver gets the start and goes for his fourth win. The Angels hitters will hope to take advantage of Indians starter Justin Masterson, who is 0-2 with a 6.65 ERA. The game will begin at 4:05 p.m. and will be televised on FOX Sports West. You can listen to the game on 830 KLAA.

Saturday's game will have hard-luck pitcher Dan Haren looking for his first win of 2012 as he goes up against Jeanmar Gomez, who is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA. The game will begin at 10:05 a.m. and will be televised on FOX Sports West. You can listen to the game on 830 KLAA.

In the finale on Sunday, Ervin Santana will look to turn his own disaster of a season around, as he enters the game 0-4 with a 7.23 ERA. He'll go up against veteran Derek Lowe, who has looked very sharp this season with a 3-1 record and a 3.00 ERA. The game will begin at 10:05 a.m. and will be televised nationally on FOX. You can listen to the game on 830 KLAA.


Current Series

3 game series vs Indians @ Progressive Field

Los Angeles Angels
@ Cleveland Indians

Friday, Apr 27, 2012, 4:05 PM PDT
Progressive Field

Jered Weaver vs Justin Masterson

Partly cloudy. Winds blowing in from center field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 45.

Complete Coverage >

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