Pre-Series Notes: Vladdy vs. Ohtani (on Apple TV), Cavan Biggio joins the Taxi Squad, and more!

We’ve got ourselves a star-studded series coming up this weekend.

The Blue Jays are in Anaheim to face the Angels and the series will get kicked off on Friday with Shohei Ohtani, last year’s American League MVP, taking the mound against last year’s AL MVP runner-up, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. If you’re looking to watch the game on TV like normal, you won’t be able to, as it’s being streamed exclusively on Apple TV as part of their Friday Night Baseball package.
Ohtani is having a bit of a down year with the bat compared to what he did last year, but the team is being led by Mike Trout, who’s back to being Mike Trout after an injury-riddled 2021 season. The best hitter on the team, oddly enough, isn’t Ohtani or Trout, it’s *checks notes* … Taylor Ward?
Through 30 games this year, Ward has slashed an absurd .270/.481/.713 line, as his slugging percentage is higher than the OPS of .693 he had in 159 games coming into this season.
The Angels are among the best teams offensively, as they rank fifth in baseball in runs per game, but the thing that’s different about this team than in previous years is the fact they’ve been getting good pitching, as they rank just ahead of the Blue Jays with a 3.45 team …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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