That’s it! The Angels will remain in Southern California for the rest of the season (although they will travel to Petco Park and Dodger Stadium). If the Angels are to make a run at the postseason, it will be from the comfort of their own beds.
The big team news of the weekend was that Albert Pujols hit home run #660. He is now tied with Willie Mays, and Alex Rodriguez is next on the list at 696. When Pujols signed in 2012, I sort of imagined he would reach this milestone, but I never imagined it would be like this.
David Fletcher is back. With such fill-ins as Franklin Barreto, Luis Rengifo, and Matt Thaiss at second base, it is truly a relief to see Fletcher make plays like this. He returns just in time to make a run at the AL MVP…
that this dude somehow is back in contention. Mike Trout has had two distinct “slumps” this season, and he also missed three games for paternity leave, and yet I would personally have him second on my ballot if the season finished today (Shane Bieber). He’s that insanely good.
The Angels are getting sued by a former clubhouse attendant. Harkins claims that the Angels knew about his wrongdoing and approved of it.
Shohei Ohtani is struggling, while Jared Walsh is looking up. Matt Thaiss has also gotten looks.
The Rangers rebuild is apparently not going well, except they keep beating the Angels.
MLB has a postseason bubble plan. It would be really nice if the Angels could get there, because I think this team could be very successful at either Dodger Stadium or Petco Park. (I already dislike the new Rangers stadium for a variety of reasons, and I abhor Minute Maid’s dimensions.)
The Astros visited LA this weekend. Dodgers fans greeted them kindly.
Alex Mills of the Chicago Cubs threw a no-hitter, getting five whiffs all game while not throwing a pitch faster than 91. Definitely an anachronism there.
There was football. It was fun.