LA Angels News Crash: God bless ZiPS!

Spring Training got off to a bit of a wet start, but games are happening at last. Tuesday’s game against the Reds begins at 12:10 P.M. Pacific time. Trout, Ohtani, Rendon, Upton and Pujols are expected to be in the lineup.

Angels related Links.

“Mortally wounded Penguin” Ha ha ha! What would you rename the Angels for one day? Hey! At least ZIPS projects us to have a winning record. Rhett Bollinger’s opening day roster predictions are here. No big surprises. Ryan Buchter didn’t suck and we already knew that Fletcher can play. Andrelton Simmons is trying to bounce back in his walk year (of course). So here’s a little bit of Trout porn.

From around baseball.

Madison Bumgarner is a very interesting guy. At least he’s not into professional bull riding. By the way, do you need a college degree for that? As if Rob Manfred and Tony Clark didn’t already have enough to argue about. A prediction of the MVP for each team (by WAR). So everybody’s doing it and therefore it’s OK. And so it begins for Jose Altuve.

Miscellaneous.

This is not baseball related, but I know a number of you care about this anyway. Vanessa Bryant has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. I’d say her chances of getting a big settlement are pretty good here.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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steelgolf
Super Member
1 year ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Stassi is the back up DH? I guess DH now means “Doesn’t Hit”.

MikeHuggins
1 year ago

I can’t read the OC Register, so I was wondering what anyone knew about Brandon Marsh’s injury yesterday.

AnAngelsFan
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  MikeHuggins

From CBS sports

Marsh sprained his left elbow on a diving catch attempt Sunday and will be out for at least the rest of spring training and potentially longer, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.

AnAngelsFan
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

OC Register also reports he is out indefinitely as a result of elbow strain revealed by an MRI in his non-throwing arm.

By the way, go to chrome://settings/content/javascript and add all the annoying websites (OC Register, LA times, Forbes, etc…) to the blocked list. It might mess with some of the functionality, but you should be able to read the articles.

MikeHuggins
1 year ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

Thanks for all the replies (and info). I saw that play he was involved in yesterday, and thought, “ooh, that can’t be good.” That’s pretty much anytime you see somebody do that in a spring-training game.

Blackgoat
Trusted Member
1 year ago
Reply to  MikeHuggins

My immediate reaction when watching it live was “he broke his wrist”. This sucks.

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago

Fans want our team to have personality, Joe Maddon seems to be a one man solution to that problem. Bo Way anecdotes when talking about Sho, and now this…

Bundy and Heaney are his favorite players confirmed.

Joe Maddon on today’s starter Dylan Bundy’s mustache: “I haven’t looked at it closely yet but I’ve always been into porn mustaches.”

— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) February 25, 2020

Mia
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Mia
1 year ago
Reply to  Mia

Dammit, Bo Jackson anecdotes.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
1 year ago

19% chance of making the playoffs is better than most teams, but better yet is acquiring one more pitcher of note and making the playoffs, like a Boyd or a Ray. We would then see a dramatic rise in the odds. Go Halos!

Fansince1971
Super Member
1 year ago

If (and it’s a big if) the team stays healthy, I think they win somewhere around 87 games and compete for a wildcard.

There are a lot of things that are way better than last year – and Maddon’s addition is going to make a difference in my opinion.

It’s not unusual for me to be optimistic going into a season so take this with a grain of salt.

jco
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jco
1 year ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I agree with this. I just don’t think they’ll stay healthy, so therefore they won’t win that many. The team doesn’t have quite enough depth for my taste.

DowningDude
Super Member
1 year ago

OT: RIP Curry House restaurants. 😭😭😭😭😭

rspencer
Trusted Member
1 year ago

Well. I’m gratified that somebody thinks our team will finish above sea level. As for me, at this point I am about five games more optimistic than ZIPS, with absolutely no solid basis for this opinion.

The thing is, anything could happen this coming season. But it usually doesn’t.

BoyWithApple
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1 year ago
Reply to  rspencer

Same, and that is because I have a feeling Griffin Canning and Julio Teheran are going to have All-Star caliber seasons this year.

Why do I think this?

Both pitchers had an OPS Against that was lower than league average last year (Canning’s OPSa was .739 while the the AL average was .762 and Teheran’s OPSa was .717 while the average in the NL was .753) and now they will have Mickey Callaway as their pitching coach.