The Angels did not win yesterday but they also didn’t lose. Andrew Heaney will pitch the opening game of the Dodgers series this evening.
It’s time for the eternal discussion about Mike Trout not making it to the postseason despite being a star. This article also discusses Bryce Harper and the Phillies in the same tone. There have been some rumors that Matt Klentak might be on the hot seat, but I think if we exchanged Billy Eppler for Matt Klentak it would be a difference that makes no difference. Klentak is apparently even worse at building bullpens than Eppler is. We have a couple of guys that are in the top five of the American League at getting on base. Offense is not the problem, but I guess we already knew that. Jared Walsh simplified his swing to be more direct to the ball. It works! Go figure. Jared Walsh made the 2020 All Rookie Team.
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The injury to Mike Clevinger appeared to be some sort of a biceps strain. He may not be able to play in the postseason. As it turns out he has a sprained elbow. All right! This tweet is supposed to be about Trevor Bauer but I just can’t get over the fact that the batter swung at this pitch. Here is Metallica performing The Star Spangled Banner virtually at a Giants Rockies game.
The American Association and the Pioneer League have joined the Atlantic League as “Partner Leagues” of MLB. $3.7 billion here, $5.1 Billion there, pretty soon it starts to add up to some real money. But remember folks! Baseball is not a particularly profitable industry. The Fangraphs 2021 Free Agent Tracker is here.