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.
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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.
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.