The Angels spent the week in the Bay Area, and the weekend finished with the Halos losing two of three to the A’s. Sunday afternoon’s game ended with an A’s walk-off, despite the home plate umpire missing two very obvious strike calls. We are now done with Oakland for the year, having gone 4-6 against them, which seems like an impressive mark considering where the respective records are.
The Week Ahead
Next up is Houston, which might be the site of a hurricane soon. Stay tuned to the weather reports. The Astros are 15-13 and mired in a slump (courtesy of the San Diego Padres), but even though they are 4.5 games out of first place in the AL West, they are comfortably in second and the automatic playoff berth it entails. Monday through Wednesday feature 6:10 PM Pacific games, while Thursday’s is a getaway at 12:10 PM Pacific. The probables are as follows:
On Monday, Patrick Sandoval pitches against Framber Valdez. On Tuesday, José Suárez pitches against Cristian Javier. On Wednesday, Andrew Heaney pitches against Lance McCullers Jr. On Thursday, Griffin Canning goes against TBD, although that appears to be Brandon Bielak’s slot.
About the Halos
Anthony Rendon is good. After his slow start, he’s turned it on so even his season-long numbers make him an MVP candidate. David Adler explains why.
The Angels have designated Michael Hermosillo for assignment. He was at Long Beach.
Ramón Laureano made another incredible defensive play against the Angels that probably hadn’t been seen in a long time (if not ever). This time, it was an 8-1 putout at second base.
A Mike Trout rookie baseball card just sold for $3.9 million. Check those packs, kids!
The Angels and Cleveland Indians (if they are still named that in 2021) will be playing in the Little League Classic next season. It could be an opportunity to show the nation that the team is good. Or, as it is slated to occur at the end of August, it more likely will feature the Angels doing their usual late summer swoon.
Around the Bigs
Fernando Tatis Jr. is good. Hunter Pence has been designated for assignment. The Mariners traded Daniel Vogelbach to the Blue Jays. The Phillies acquired reliever Brandon Workman to fix their bullpen woes, and he promptly blew one game Saturday and nearly blew another Sunday. Jose Abreu homered in four straight ABs. A teddy bear got lasered.
Oh well. The team is last in the Majors. Looks like we cannot escape the Buttercup.