New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels: 5 things to watch

The New York Yankees are fresh off a rest day following a series win against the San Diego Padres as they head to Anaheim for a series against the Los Angeles Angels.

At 20-33, the Angels currently have the second-worst record in the American League and the fourth-worst record in MLB. They are already 8.0 games back in the division and have been without Mike Trout, who underwent knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus on May 3.

As the Yankees continue their West Coast trip, here’s a look at five things to watch:

Yankees vs. Angels: 5 things to watch

No Mike Trout

The star center fielder was enjoying a fantastic start to the season before his knee injury. Though he was hitting .220, he had an .866 OPS with 10 home runs and 14 RBI in the teams first 29 games. Not having the superstar in the lineup is certainly a massive blow, but the Angels lineup has been decent in his absence.

Since May 3, the Angels rank seventh in MLB in OPS (.731) and 10th in runs scored (99). The Yankees pitching staff has been incredible, but the Angels don’t seem to rolling over offensively without Trout.

Anthony Volpe’s hitting streak

Currently holding the longest active hitting streak in MLB, the Yankees shortstop has gotten a hit in 19 consecutive games. It’s the longest hitting streak for a Yankees player since Derek Jeter had a 19-game hitting streak in Sept. 2012.

Volpe joined Joe Dimaggio as the only Yankees hitters with at least a 19-game hitting streak at 23 years or younger. DiMaggio had a 22-game and 20-game streak at age 22 in 1937.

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DJ LeMahieu’s return

Speaking of Volpe, the young shortstop will continue to man the leadoff spot even though the Yankees are expected to activate LeMahieu from the injured list for the first time this season. LeMahieu has been working his way back from a non-displaced fracture in his right foot since fouling a ball off it during spring training.

It has been a much longer road than LeMahieu or the Yankees anticipated, but the veteran will slot right in as the regular third baseman once he officially makes his return.

Yankees bats should stay hot

The Yankees lineup has been fantastic for the month of May. Being led by Aaron Judge’s historic stretch and Juan Soto’s consistency, the Yankees have scored the fifth-most runs (116), the best OPS (.815) and the best weighted runs created plus (132) in MLB.

The lineup is firing on all cylinders, and now they get a matchup against an Angels pitching staff that has the fourth-worst ERA (4.64) and HR/9 (1.2) and the sixth-worst BB/9 (3.80) in MLB.

Luis Gil vs Tyler Anderson

The potential Rookie of the Year is expected to go up against the Angels’ ace of the staff, who is having a solid season thus far. The Wednesday matchup will feature Gil, who has been an incredible surprise as the rotation’s X-factor in Gerrit Cole’s absence. His 2.11 ERA is the best in the rotation, and he has 70 strikeouts in 55.1 innings pitched.

Meanwhile, Anderson is 5-4 in 10 starts this season, sporting a 2.52 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 64.1 innings pitched.

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