Angels Lose Extra Innings Battle of the Bullpens 6-5

Bullpens are the kickers of Baseball. Everyone is convinced theirs is the worst and it is the aspect that is the most scrutinized part of the game. Games can be won or lost on bullpens like any other aspect of the game but since they (usually) come in late their impact is magnified significantly.

The Angels have a bad bullpen so far this season, even though last year it was one of the few strengths of the team. Which is why bullpens are so disliked, year to year inconsistency brings forth frustration and uncertainty. Today the Angels bullpen gave up 2 runs, while the Dodgers gave up none. That was the difference in the game.

Andrew Heaney had a mixed day, just like his career. Giving up 4 runs, mostly due to waking too many, yet he outdueled Walker Buehler. With 4 walks, 5 hits, and 4 runs given up but 6 strikeouts, it was certainly mixed. But, Heaney pitched 5.2 innings and left with a 5-4 lead.

The offense did decent scoring 5 runs. Mike Trout hit a first inning home run, his 9th of the season. Anthony Rendon hit a two out ground rule double to drive in Tommy La Stella, who himself scored twice.

In the other aspects of the game, David Fletcher made a great defensive play. Meanwhile Mike Trout stole a base. There were no big gaffs for the defensive this time while the Dodgers made one that led to a run. The Dodgers also stole multiple bases and the Angels have given up the most in baseball.

Angels are 7-14 on the season. Final game vs the Dodgers in Anaheim tomorrow at 1 PM. Julio Teheran vs Dustin May. It is a must win game.

Image from @Angels Twitter

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Fansince1971
Legend
3 years ago

Tough thing to figure out is that the team has flashes of being legit. And then something happens and they lose a game they should have won. By my tally there are 6 losses that could have easily been wins but were lost in the late innings or in extras. 13-8 (winning those 6) is way different than 7-14. Even if they won 3 of those 6 games it’s 10-11.

By contrast I can think of arguably only one win of a game they (by probability standards) should have lost.

The team is not as bad as the record shows. But this has been a recurring theme the last few seasons. They just don’t seem to be able to put it all together and gain consistency. That’s what the good teams do.

And there is also that smattering of bad luck that seems to plague the team season after season.

Last edited 3 years ago by Fansince1971
2002heaven
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

No real game plan back in 2016 and 2017
David Fletcher is the only good player in the INF who’s homegrown and under 30. Eppler’s drafting plus signing a Latin youngster OF……nothing but OF’s and no INF’s and that’s not counting the pitching disaster either. The Astros and the A’s best players are at the most important positions ( 3B, CF, SS, ) Bregman, Springer, Correa and the A’s Chapman, Laureano, Semien. Have no damm clue WTF Eppler was thinking. BTW look at our 2002 WSC team most of the best players were home grown ( the OF, Glaus, Lackey, Percival, K-Rod ).

steelgolf
Super Member
3 years ago

And THAT is Angels Buttercup baseball. Go into extra innings, Dodgers start man on second, he steals third, he in to score. Angels have the same situation, Rengifo stays at second, out, out, Mike Trout strikes out looking high fastball. This team needs more Fletchers and less Wards, LaStellas.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
3 years ago

TBH I think they’re all must-lose at this point. This roster isn’t built to win every night to dig itself out of the hole theyre in, it’s only chance this year was to be about .500 with an occasional win streak to put us into the postseason. They failed miserably so time to pivot to draft slot.

rspencer
Trusted Member
3 years ago

We lost because of bad luck (the ground rule double) and Calvinball.

Mia
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Mia
3 years ago

Live look-in to my living room.

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WallyChuckChili
Legend
3 years ago
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rspencer
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Mia

Riesling? Chardonnay? Hard cider?

Mia
Legend
Mia
3 years ago
Reply to  rspencer

Yes

JackFrost
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Mia

Ha ha. That’s great; love the giant glass.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 years ago

7-14. If we need to be 30-30 it means we have to finish 23-16.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
3 years ago

So it’s ok to lose a few more

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend

Well, that dog won’t hunt.

Its time to start making the list of semi-nice things that other teams would be interested in.

DMAGZ13
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Hey has anybody noticed… Maddon was trying to get them to 6-14 but unfortunately they won an extra game.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  DMAGZ13

That’s Maddons fresh take on it

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 years ago

the good thing about this stupid extra inning rule is that it invalidates the season (as will the 7 inning doubleheader games). This means we can ignore the 2020 season except for Trout, Fletch, Bundy (Bundy??!??).

eastbayhalo
Member
3 years ago

im really discouraged. That last Trout at bat was pitiful.

Last edited 3 years ago by eastbayhalo
Mia
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Mia
3 years ago
Reply to  eastbayhalo

No one knew the Dodgers could be so difficult.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  Mia

Who r dezz doyers u speak of?

DMAGZ13
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Must most game to get a better draft pick so Eppler can screw its up again and we can hope that the prospect will be good in 5 years. What’s worse is that Eppler is in hiding. He’s just as weak sauce as the team he built. Just start the tank and find a real GM

2002heaven
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  DMAGZ13

We really gotta make those second and third round picks count since our #1’s are trade bait to appease teams to take Eppler’s failed FA disasters ( Will Wilson to the Giants to take Zack Cozart off our hands ). Next move Reid Detmers to the Yankees along with Juston Upton.

aces666high
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Anyone surprised angels catchers can’t throw anyone out? Nope me neither.

Horrible team. Poorly built, not going anywhere.

AdelitasBarTJ
Member
3 years ago
Reply to  aces666high

You’d still need Tommy La Stella to actually catch the ball.

UtahAlumnus
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Has anyone considered replacing the GM?

2002heaven
Super Member
3 years ago

Frank McCourt or Donald Sterling?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
Reply to  2002heaven

Both.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  UtahAlumnus

We could move the Stadium off Burial Ground…

JackFrost
Super Member
3 years ago

That was dealt with back before 2002.

Perhaps somebody recently made a voodoo doll of the Angels? In that case we’ll have to carry out a reverse curse!