Angels at Rangers 08/09/2020 Gamethread

The Angels try to avoid the sweep in Arlington on a Sunday morning. They have a tall task ahead of them, as Lance Lynn has been pitching very good ball. Joe Maddon has shuffled the lineup to hopefully ignite a spark. I fear that if it works, Mike Trout will stick in the 3-spot. Old friend Jeff Mathis says hello.

Angels Lineup: Fletcher 6, La Stella 3, Trout 8, Ohtani 10, Rendon 5, Goodwin 7, Adell 9, Castro 2, Rengifo 4, Heaney SP

Rangers Lineup: Choo 7, Kiner-Falefa 5, Frazier 3, Gallo 9, Solak 8, Odor 4, Andrus 6, Refsnyder 10, Mathis 2, Lynn SP

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AllenB
Super Member
3 years ago

Adell definitely isn’t ready. I’m guessing his confidence is taking a beating. For such a supposed high power offense, they’re not scaring anyone. Its brutal to watch.

admkir
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Even without the wild pitch in the 8th and the HR that wasn’t they still lost

MikeSalmon
Super Member
3 years ago

So: how ’bout that Anthony Rendon, huh? Golly!

MH252525
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

you know he still has a 364 OBP. Amazing.

AllenB
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

He got paid. Gotta perform in a walk year. Now it’s time to go all J-Up! Don’t know who’s worse, him or Adell.

Brent
Super Member
3 years ago

pain.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Brent

And suffering.

John Henry Weitzel
Editor
Super Member
3 years ago

First overall pick here we come!

MH252525
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Then Arte will trade it to get rid of Upton’s deal! #hesalreadydonethisbefore

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  MH252525

True story, but we wouldn’t pick the right guy anyway.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 years ago

We may win this fight to the top pick, right now only KC Royals stand in our way, go Halos.

MikeSalmon
Super Member
3 years ago

This team makes me want to go into a crowded nightclub, maskless.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

Calm down Mike as we still have have a future draft pick race. lol

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 years ago

guh.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 years ago

l am late and l come in w/ 2 down and a better chance at that coveted 2021 first draft pick, way to go Halos.

MH252525
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Angels never win in 2002 if they didn’t endure the horrors that were 1994 and 1996. Erstad and Glaus pretty important players!

JackFrost
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  MH252525

Well, this I agree with. You have to be bad before you can be good.

But usually has to do with the growing pains of young players; we have vets like Trout, Rendon, Ohtani etc and STILL get swept by one of the worst teams in baseball.

My main concern is that Arte is very problematic. I think that he is holding us back. I feel it is time to start calling for Arte to sell the team. Let somebody own the team who actually gives a shit.

MH252525
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  JackFrost

I think Arte wants to win but unfortunately is still making the mistakes of Gene Autry. It’s very hard to win if player development isn’t your focus. Arte has shown that it is anything but.

JackFrost
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  MH252525

Well, yeah. Not wanting to pay for scouting is kind of a problem, lol.

JackFrost
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  JackFrost

I would add that there is a big difference between Autry and Arte; Gene Autry was NEVER cheap. You can criticize him for over-spending on FA’s but he was not cheap. Arte is. If he wasn’t in the beginning he has become so.

MikeSalmon
Super Member
3 years ago

Kole Calhoun ruins Lamet’s bid for no-hitter w/a a leadoff HR in the 7th.

John Henry Weitzel
Editor
Super Member
3 years ago

Angels score 3 so that they lose 7-6

Rahul Setty
Admin
Trusted Member
3 years ago

That’s…not what you want.

eastbayhalo
Member
3 years ago

Way to go Buttrey

eastbayhalo
Member
3 years ago
Reply to  eastbayhalo

No harm, no foul I guess

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago

I kind of wish MLB rosters would have been cut as originally planned. Ward would have been cut.

MikeSalmon
Super Member
3 years ago

When we’re 10-40, Rendon is really gonna go on a TEAR!

JackFrost
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

Yep. That’s the way it will go down.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 years ago

I have to get my kicks elsewhere. Joy at the Skanks losing, the Cheatin’ Stros losing…that sort of thing.

MikeSalmon
Super Member
3 years ago

And now I’ve heard of Dinelson Lamet.

Brent
Super Member
3 years ago

At least Altuve just struck out and slammed his bat down.

Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Brent

That’s what happens when you don’t know what pitch is coming.

LAAFan
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Can we please let Ward, Thaiss, Hermosillo, and all the rest of the AAAA players get ABs, and cut them when they all hit .150. I’m tired of seeing these guys on the roster.

MH252525
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  LAAFan

This is the biggest Angels problem. Giving abs to guys that don’t deserve it, because Arte builds a top heavy lineup instead of letting Eppler build a team with depth. The best Angels team didn’t have anyone even resembling a superstar but they had depth in spades. Ward/Thaiss/Hermosillo/Walsh have probably gotten more abs then Rendon and even if Rendon was hitting, it’d be better to have a more balanced lineup instead of the Angels hole ridden lineup.

LAAFan
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  MH252525

Right, what I wouldn’t give for a Maicer Izturis or a Casey Kotchman right now. Hell, even a Robb Quinlan.

2002heaven
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  MH252525

No HOF’ers but some very good players…….GA, Salmon, Glaus, Erstad, Eckstein.
and a lights out bullpen.

admkir
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Now Trout has been infected

UtahAlumnus
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Pro analysis: we suck

Brent
Super Member
3 years ago

Comical.