The Angels went to Coors Field with an outside chance of claiming a playoff spot (only 4 games behind the Astros), as well a chance at the worst record in baseball (only 2 games away). It’s the story of a weird 2020 baseball season and team that can’t decide if they are good or not.
Your 30 seconds recap of this games looks like this: Jared Walsh is still hot, Justin Upton continues his resurgence, Mike Trout is still Trout, Shohei Ohtani still looks lost as the plate, the bullpen is still trash, and Griffin Canning did alright despite only throwing 59 strikes in 99 pitches.
Joe Maddon (or Billy Eppler) also still don’t believe position experience really matters and you can just pretty much play someone anywhere around the field. Can’t wait to see Simba play first base!! This is what happens when you aren’t familiar with your position:
Not a right fielder by trade, Taylor Ward also had this happen to him:
Not really Taylor Ward’s fault that time around – blame State Farm and stupid overhang at Coors Field.
As I had said, Canning was fine. He held the Rockies to just 3 runs and was one out shy of a quality start.
Jared Walsh, who has been swinging a hot bat, tied up the game with his 4th bomb of the year. Walsh has a .929 OPS on the season and over his last 8 games is batting .385.
This game entered the 9th all knotted up at 3 but enter Anthony BemBOOM with the go ahead blast.
Remember when Ty Buttrey was good? It’s not this year. He came in to save this game and blew his 4th save opportunity in 9 attempts. Can we stop pretending he can finish off close games?? It’s not just Buttrey – the Angels lead the league with 13 blown saves.
José Quijada followed Buttrey and he didn’t fare any better. After striking out Raimel Tapia, he walked Trevor Story to load the bases and then gave up grand slam to Charlie Blackmon
With this loss, the Angels are now 4.5 games out of a playoff spots and 2 GB from a 2021 first round draft pick.
(Cover Photo: Fabian Ardaya Twitter)