Andrew Heaney is the second best pitcher on the Angels. Today he gave a quality start. 3 runs and 8 hits in 7 innings of work and 7 strikeouts. Matt Andriese pitched the 8th and the 9th and did a good job. No runs from the bullpen.
For offense, things were slow to start. The first run was given to them on a walks and a wild pitch. As a team their first hit was with 2 outs in the 5th. But in the 7th a second run was scored. And in the 8th inning, after over a month, Albert Pujols hit a home run, number 660.
The Angels are now 20-28 and have an off day tomorrow. Barring a miracle, they will not leave the state of California this year. Homestead vs Texas and Arizona, and a trip to San Diego and Los Angeles. 12 games left in the season.
3.5 games back of a playoff spot with 12 to play. Go 9-3 and there is a chance! I say go for it.
Had a better chance had they not dropped to lame Texas. The starters need to show up the last set of games. If Adell, Upton, n Ohtani get hot, the total offense could carry the team down the stretch in close games.
Realistically, we’d probably have to go 10-2 at the minimum down the stretch and finish 30-30.
The Astros play a ton of games against Texas. Unless the Rangers suddenly show up and start playing well.. I have my doubts.
The tricky part is the Mariners face the Astros too, and since we have to leap frog the Mariners as well .. the Mariners need to start losing, too.
Prediction: Albert Pujols finishes his career with 667 HRs.
So, one more this season and six next year.
yeah, the idea that he can get 37 more to pass A-Rod is not believable. And those 6 would come in a 162 game season. Actually I think he might hit more and get into the 670s but that’s it.
676 is my guess.
Mays’ last 4 seasons: 28, 18, 8, 6.
Aaron: 40, 20, 12, 10
Ruth: 41, 34, 22, 6
Pujols’ 3 including this year: 19, 23, 4 and then ? (4 this season in 48 games is like 13 or 14 in a full year)
Bonds had a ridiculous total, proving juice really works, not counting his injury season of 14 games: 45, 45, 26, 28
Hat tip to Andriese, who has been pitching rather well as of late.
We’ve said a number of times how volatile relievers are. Hopefully, Callaway is working with our crew, and we’re starting to see improvement from a number of guys moving forward.
Right now, Mayers, Andriese, and Pena seem to be the guys Maddon trusts the most. Let’s hope they can finish strong and build on this next year.
Butters blew a game, then Joe sent him out the next game and he got the save.
so, Maddon trusts Butters too. But what does it matter? We’re dust anyway.
We are only MOSTLY dust. There is a big difference between MOSTLY dust and all dust…
Now for the cornball comment of the day… Jared Joe Walsh had his Rocky Mountain Way in CO.
Man I hope he keeps it up…. seal Albert’s fate.
Halos trade Ohtani so AP can be the full time DH until he passes Bonds in 2040.
Bases weren’t loaded
And Walsh wasn’t at bat
Playin’ it play-by-play
Time to change the pitcher.
Walsh has definitely been looking good recently. Hope it lasts.
Other teams will come calling about him in the offseason. Can he fetch a front line starter?
He hasn’t been that good, nor for that long. We need a 1B, why would we trade him?
Sure, we can definitely get a front line starter for Walsh. Who should we go get?
Verlander or Cole
Me- “Well, that’s 660 HRs. That’s a pretty damn good career. A Roid’s 36 away though….”
Albert- “Hole mahi beer mang. I goat a hole year to do eeet.”
If he doesn’t hit 37 moar dingerz by the end of next year do we bring him back? Maybe he’ll do a farewell tour like all those “real greats” from the Yankees? Won’t that be special for us all?
Most likely St. Louis if anything.
It’s almost as if – stick with me here, this is brilliant – a team has a decent chance of winning if the SP can get his team into the 7th, or better: 8th. I mean…think about it!
Revolutionary thinking my man. Even more progressive would be a bullpen that can hold a lead 70-80% of the time.
This is brilliant! You totally need to get that info to the Angels FO somehow
Yeah…. but then Soth will just neglect to pass this info onto the pitchers. Oh wait, we fixed that.
Things sucked so much more when he was managing. Now days things are awesome, no more of this being just a couple games over/under .500 with Yunel Escobar being the “valuable trade chip” everyone thinks we can trade for a solid pitcher, then barely missing the play offs yet again. All the stresses of yesteryear have poofed into a lasagna scented cloud.
In all seriousness, I wasn’t particular for firing Soth. I thought he was learning and doing fine enough with what he had. I wasn’t particularly for keeping him either. I definitely favored him over Ausmus.
If I remember right you and I were in the same boat. Managers matter very little, it’s the roster that makes em look good or bad, and whether players execute or not.
Of course then any naysayer can then argue about a managers “voice” and how he needs to make the player’s execute and other magical thinking…. but still, I think we both agree if we had the Dodger’s roster we could win with Tad Hamilton for a manager.
As of this moment we have a 1.9% chance of making the playoffs, but SEA is ahead of us and winning 4-1 in the 6th.
So what I’m sayin’ is: there’s still a chance!
Now will there be the usual buttercup move of getting swept by a couple of bad teams?
I mean, probably. But, MAYBE NOT!!!
Yes there will be the pAtented buttercup move.
I’d say yes…. but I can’t be sure. Neither the Tigers nor the Royals are on the schedule so it’s not a sure thing.
Or your Sand Diego Padres and Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers.
Celebrate the win!
I’m having lower back pain. My wife says it’s from sitting through 3 football games today. I think it’s from a manliness overdose from this picture.
A short glance can cause similar ailments for those with weak constitutions. It’s like staring at the sun…you should always have the proper equipment.
so weird. 4 games out of making the playoffs, 4 games out of having the #1 pick. Let’s go….Dodgers??
I mean, why not?
So Albert hits one more HR and retires. Optimal, in my opinion.
Pujols hit a dinger and the blowpen didn’t blow.
4 games behind the Astros.
I’m just saying…
Sorry the postgame is short because I had to delete a bunch of it since they won somehow.
LOL. I just figured you were giving the season the summary it deserved, but good to know you had bigger plans. 🙂