Series Preview: Slam Diego Padres @ Anaheim Angels

Photo from Padres Twitter. So much greatness together in one picture.

Fun fact! While you were sleeping, the Padres went from perennial losers to World Series contenders. Meanwhile, the Angels are teetering on the edge of the being the worst team in baseball (sorry, I just report the facts – I don’t make them up). The Padres are certainly a case study of building a strong farm, signing a few key major league veterans and going for it at the trade deadline. The Angels get to face them twice in Anaheim this week and twice in Slam Diego next week. How many grand slams will the Padres hit off Angels pitching?

Despite the Padres not even having a starter listed for Wednesday’s game, they are still favored to win even with the Angels “home field advantage”. It’s quite possible that new Padre Mike Clevinger gets the nod for this game. Fun times!

Game 1 (6:40PM Wed) sure doesn’t look fun for the Angels. Julio Teherán has been a bit of a mess in his 5 starts with 23 hits, 7 walks, and 18 ER allowed over 17.2 innings. However, the good news is that he has faced some of this Padres lineup before. Manny Machado is 2 for 11 off Teherán. Greg Garcia is 1 for 11. Wil Myers is only 3 for 16. But the rest of the Padres lineup? Look out!

Dinelson Lamet has hardly faced any Angels players in his young career so let’s roll the dice on that one. For what it’s worth, Anthony Rendon is 0 for 2 with 2Ks against Lamet. Lamet is a high K pitcher with 58 punch outs over 38.1 innings this year. He’s bound to rack up a few in this game with Ohtani, Upton, and Adell.

In game 2 (4:10PM Thur), Andrew Heaney gets a chance to prove he can pitch well in back to back games as he possibly goes up against Clevinger on Thursday. If Clevinger is on the bump, note that he has a career 2.94 ERA against the Angels and is 4-0 over 6 starts.

The Padres have become a juggernaut so don’t get your hopes up too high in this mini series.

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M.C.Homer
Member
3 years ago

I said things to stir conversation.
I do hate to see the team lose as well.
I don’t ever want to see them as bad as the 70s or late 80s ever again.
I’d like to think big picture and get Kumar #1 but who knows, draft could be a lottery.
I just don’t see getting better talent than that potential #1 anywhere else. And it sounds like he’s ready to jump to mlb quickly.
Trade market is like a mine field.
Free agency, Bauer? Do we want him. Do we even have a chance?

UtahAlumnus
Trusted Member
3 years ago

You heard it here first: Angels will win 9 out of the next 11.

PatrickNaN
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  UtahAlumnus

Oddly, I wouldn’t be surprised

Rahul Setty
Admin
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  PatrickNaN

I wouldn’t even be mad, just disappointed

M.C.Homer
Member
3 years ago

All aboard team tank with black and yellow flags flying.
Go Pirates!
Get that #1 or 2.
Bring back G Rich as closer.
Get Bauer?…discussion please.

2002heaven
Super Member
3 years ago

get ready for a ugly beatdown in this series 😣  😣 !!

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 years ago
Reply to  2002heaven

our team is totally weird. We lose a lot more than we win but on occasion we play good ball. I wouldn’t be shocked to see us win both of these. Or get drilled badly. Or lost frustratingly in extra innings. I can imagine more scenarios where we lose but still, we could be pleasantly surprised. Or bummed if we want to tank.

PatrickNaN
Trusted Member
3 years ago

Definitely. Almost nothing would surprise me.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 years ago

JC Realmuto is going to be a free agent this coming off season and we sure do need a catcher. l never did care for the trading of Maldonado to the Asstros. We need a Cather, First Baseman, and either a SS or 2b. That is all on top of a real pitching staff. lt was not any one GM who did not believe in spending on a pitching staff as l once thought, it has been Arte and the one time he did Wilson burned him. FRod should of been resigned years ago and ever since we are dumpster divers.Holding on to Bundy and signing Realmuto is going in the right direction along with the #1 draft choice.

Jeff Joiner
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Legend
3 years ago

I’ve been on the SD bandwagon for a while. I have the MLB package and their games are exciting. Great ballpark, great farm.

I can’t ever actively root for the Angels to lose, but if SD picks up a couple of wins here that gets them closer to the Dodgers and us closer to the first overall pick.

PatrickNaN
Trusted Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

Aside from Preller being a **** and Hosmer being Hosmer, I like the Padres. I have no rooting interest in them, but they are a fun team. I never root for the Angels to lose, but I also don’t care if they do at this point.

2002heaven
Super Member
3 years ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

Padres vs A’s WS
Fox would hate that……obviously they want the Doyers and Skanks.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 years ago

Everyone is now on board the Fletch Train, and again as predicted he leads the team in hits and doubles and one behind in runs. He loves to have a strike on him before getting a hit as he can hit the other way better than anyone l’ve seen since the prime of T. Gwynn and W. Boggs. Go Fletch from your number one fan kid, kick butt.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 years ago

Terheran is coming off his best start of the season and same with Hean Dog. l truly believe Heaney just may surprise the Padres. Because we need to start somewhere in the rebuild process l do not feel bad with losing but at some point the hitting is going to get it together for a weeks worth of wins and screw everything up. Never did l think that l would miss Noodles but l do. Ohtani is good, but Noodles was very good batting second. While Trout’s numbers look very good, but if he could of not experienced a slump he would have 50 RBI right now.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
3 years ago

First chance to see these guys, a bit exciting. When Machado became a Dodger knowing that he would become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2018 season l really wanted to sign him badly. A few seasons before that l saw Machado as a 3b for the Orioles and came away very impressed. Well as it turned out he started out his first Season down south a bit below expectations and he looked like a 300 million dollar bust. Right now though he sure looks like a great long term investment.