LA Angels Weekend News Crash: Rearm and Regroup

Shohei Ohtani has sat down for four straight games because he is getting time to “regroup.”  Maybe it should be “rearm and regroup.”  Maddon’s comments suggest he is not on team tank, but this is the official site so that statement needs to be taken with a grain of salt.  Meanwhile, Jared Walsh is the first rookie ever with a run scored and an RBI in nine straight games!  The bullpen scored yet another hat trick on Justin Upton’s home run.  At least those guys didn’t run into each other out there.  Jon Heyman is still a tool, but at least he is sticking up for “Mike a Trout’s” defense.  Trout can still hit too.  Anthony Rendon can hit as well.  Matt Thaiss was sent down to the minors and Patrick Sandoval was called up.  The Angels got a strong outing from Griffin Canning.

In Other Baseball News

Sam Coonrod hits Dylan Moore in the head with a 99 mile an hour pitch.  Moore was able to stay in the game.  This headhunting has simply got to stop!  I think she gets a three game timeout.  What a maroon!  Josh Donaldson circles the bases on a home run and then purposefully gets ejected by kicking dirt on home plate. 

Ben Clemens at Fangraphs explores the potential for developing a mediocracy in baseball if the expanded playoff format is made permanent. Mookie Betts weighs in on the ambush of those two Sheriff’s Deputies.  Specifically, he is angered and disappointed.  By the way, the Dodgers clinched a playoff spot on Wednesday.  The Mariners series with the Padres is relocated to San Diego because of all the smoke in Seattle.  I mean because of the forest fires. 

Injury News

Jacob deGrom remains day to day with a hamstring injury.  Meanwhile Jake Arrieta is out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury.  James Paxton is on the 45 day disabled list due to a strained left flexor tendon.  We’ll see how this affects his free agent market. He will also have to rearm and regroup I suppose. 

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Designerguy
Super Member
2 years ago

Wishing all of our CTPG Jewish friends and their families a happy and safe Rosh Hashanah.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
2 years ago

Ohtani still sitting.

PatrickNaN
Trusted Member
2 years ago

The biggest thing that bums me out (other than us eternally sucking ) is that no one is going to catch the Astros for the second spot and they are so very, very catchable.

DMAGZ13
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Especially in the AL, the teams that are succeeding are the same that you would’ve predicted for a full season. The Angels have 0 excuse for being shitty. Everyone is playing under the same rules and circumstances, and nothing has changed. I’m more frustrated at someone like Madden using the preparation time as a fake excuse. They’re lucky they don’t have 162 to be a 70 win team.

If anything, this showing that a 162 game season is probably too long. I personally like more games to watch , but it’s really just filler. Franchises (except us) are more sophisticated now that they are prepared for long seasons while simultaneously being built for the playoffs. They use analytics to help load management and fight injuries over the full season. But the stars come to play in shorter time frames. We’re seeing that in MLB and NBA actually

I know the rules are weird but they’ve altered very little.

Last edited 2 years ago by DMAGZ13
eyespy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  DMAGZ13

Arte only lets his team be built so that is entertaining. Any better, and he would start to lose money.

We are lucky he didn’t shut down the whole organization, and gave us “something” to cheer on.

steelgolf
Super Member
2 years ago

Nice win yesterday but 104 pitches in 5 innings from Griffin Canning tells me he still has a lot of work to become a true starting pitcher. He should be at 104 pitches after 7 innings, 5 innings at 104 pitches is an opener for a bullpen game.

admkir
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Is it to early for you guys to put together a series on who you would pick to replace Billy

admkir
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

They may actually use that cannon after the last game of the season

admkir
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

I prefer the text article format as it gives each individual an opportunity to provide their own reasoning without being swayed by someone else’s point of view allowing the reader a chance yo digest each one and be able to reread it to understand the choice being made

Last edited 2 years ago by admkir
AnAngelsFan
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  admkir

I second text article.

h27kim
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Would he be burned before being shot out of Cannon like the False Dmitri?

DowningDude
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  admkir

2002Heaven needs to write it. I won’t accept any submissions from anyone else.

steelgolf
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  DowningDude

😄

H.T. Ennis
Admin
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Literally no other options than Dombrowski! If they hire anyone else it will be a disgrace! Dombrowski or I quit this team forevah!!!!

admkir
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

I have heard Dombrowski or someone out of the Rays, A’s or even the Dodgers organization

Greatjake
Member
2 years ago
Reply to  admkir

JJ Piccolo

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

is Granderson available?

admkir
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Maybe Mathis

admkir
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Pitching

admkir
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  admkir

Well I should have reread your comment, Hitting would definitely be an issue

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Could we get him and Buehrle?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  DowningDude

But it would just be an image of Pete Alanso, and image of Shane Beiber and an emoji that doesn’t quite apply to what he’s saying. Plus maybe an ugly ass image of Dustin May

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
2 years ago

We should write off the 2020 season as a joke. I don’t have any objection to saying the top teams are the best teams. That’s not the problem. It’s the 7 inning games, the man on 2b in the 10th, the absurdly juiced baseball. The Yanks with 3 consecutive games of at least 6 HRs? Come on! Congrats to the teams going to the playoffs, that have done well in this game that resembles baseball. But it’s not really baseball, is it?

H.T. Ennis
Admin
Super Member
2 years ago

Well, all those homers looked legit. Even the LeMahieu one is more of an issue with the short porch rather than the juiced ball, imo

PatrickNaN
Trusted Member
2 years ago

I’m with ya here, don’t get me wrong, but the 7 inning double headers bother me less than I thought they would. Actually, they aren’t really bothering me at all. Maybe because I think double headers themselves are unfair in modern baseball and so making them shorter seems somewhat more fair.

The guy on second annoys me, but what surprises me the most is how much it DOESN’T end the game earlier. At least, in the games I’ve watched. Maybe that’s small sample bias.

I didn’t even know the ball was juiced this season. I guess that goes to show how little attention I’ve been paying this year.

Last edited 2 years ago by PatrickNaN
GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
2 years ago

Repetitive acknowledgment but Walsh is really something else and next years 1b. Late bloomer deluxe…….Hard to lose when Fletch, Walsh, Trouty, Rendon, Simmons are all doing well…………..If Relief Pitchers are good every other year then we are set for next season………..Yankees hot with power, White Sox hot with 2 MVP candidates and Tampa Bay has a ton of pitching. Tough to call who comes out on top and Oakland is still in it…….Padres could get past Dodgers with there 2 MVP players and one CYA pitcher…….. Right now we are barely hanging on to the #6 pick which is second tier. We still have a chance to improve our lot though and l have confidence in our pitching staff that they will help us out.

Commander_Nate
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Trusted Member
2 years ago

Props to the Giants production crew for keeping the fake crowd noise on after Moore went down. Really added to the experience.

MarineLayer
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Commander_Nate

A trash organization that still venerates baseball’s most egregious cheater. It brings a smile to my face how we won the WS over him/them.

DowningDude
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Commander_Nate

should implement a “record scratch” sound effect for times when they have to quickly mute the crowd noise.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Commander_Nate

That was a doozy of a HBP. It’s interesting though, reading tweets on it. People just seem to jump strait to the “it’s head hunting” and “Coonrod obviously doesn’t even care” takes. It looked like he just plain lost the pitch, not like he was going for the guys head. They weren’t in any situation where Coonrod would go after Moore, as far as I’ve read. It looked like he was trying to throw inside and just strait up let it go too soon. That happens. We probably shouldn’t ban pitching inside because of it. Coonrod also looked exactly the way I would expect after hitting a guy in the head. Awkward. Worried. Embarrassed. On a six inch hill in full view of everyone.Trying not to make eye contact with anyone, shoulder pulled up tight like you can maybe hide your head in them.

Yep. I’ve had that look before. That’s the “not only do I suck, but maybe I killed a guy while everyone’s watching….” look. I just don’t get the instant leap to something that needs a healthy slathering of outrage and concern. Coonrod’s probably just stoked for batting helmets right now. So is Moore.

The Giants org is a bunch of asshats though. That’s just science.