Angels Pen Blows Heaney Gem, Angels Swept

This one doesn’t even deserve a writeup but Andrew Heaney pitched great and Shohei Ohtani hit the first HR of the post-Pujols era.

The Rays swept the Angels. Are they that good or are we this bad.

Answer: We are this bad. Maybe even a little worse. Hope that the walking wounded heal and put together something resembling a team but wow, at this juncture the chances of that happening seem pretty remote.

Mike Mayers pitched scared and Felix Peña’s long-awaited season debut was more jittery than my pacemaker after a quadruple espresso. Anything else to add? Nope.

PHOTO BY REX FREGOSI

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Brent
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4 months ago

WAIT THEY LOST?!? Lololool of course they blew that game after I turned it off. JFC.

DowningDude
Super Member
4 months ago

Overall we come out ahead on this day. And I must respectfully cover my ears/eyes for any knee-jerk comment that says “SEE? We drop Pujols and we still suck” … yes we do, but at least we are headed in the right direction.

OMAHALOFAN
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4 months ago

No lead is safe with this blowpen….

2002heaven
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4 months ago

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Chap24
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4 months ago

Honestly watching Fletcher suck has been the hardest thing so far. Had high hopes for him. Seems like the scouting report is out on him and he’s got no answer. Looks lost. And Trout….smdh.

eyespy
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4 months ago

What I think is …

Before he left, Albert let the cat out of the bag.

If you think we are bad now, just wait and see how things stink up in Anaheim.

Albert told everyone that Mr. Moreno does not care for any of the players. It’s just business to him.

Last edited 4 months ago by eyespy
Fansince1971
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4 months ago
Reply to  eyespy

Source?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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4 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Anonymous highly placed source within the US Goverment

eyespy
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4 months ago

Not in the Gov no-mo no-mo

GrandpaBaseball
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4 months ago

Maybe like a Senator? Hmmm lol

DowningDude
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4 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

eyespy was visited by the Pujols faerie.

eyespy
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4 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Me, right at the top there

Jeff Joiner
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4 months ago
Reply to  eyespy

So prior to that speech the players didn’t realize this is a business?

Incredible.

Eric_in_Portland
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4 months ago

I have found the silver lining. Ok, I might not really believe it but here goes….

We started out 7-3 as we all remember. Since then…..we have achieved the mystical 6-14!!

Yes, we are 13-17 but there you are. Embedded in 13-17 is “6-14”. We will now play .655 ball the rest of the way, as we did in 2002. That will give us another 85 wins and we’ll finish 98-64.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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4 months ago

Sorry, that does not pass the sniff test…. 😂

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DowningDude
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4 months ago

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tanana40
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4 months ago

It all makes sense to me now. Thank you!

Fansince1971
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4 months ago

Doesn’t matter how good an offense is if the bullpen gives up 8 runs late.

Fansince1971
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4 months ago

Really good pitching by Heaney. Crap afterwards. This is a game good teams win.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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4 months ago

I’m stunned and bewildered at the outcome. Why would the team waste all the good vibes from the day’s events and fall to immediately embark on a long winning streak?

/s

Christianhanson
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4 months ago

I’m not saying I’m cool with trading the whole team and blowing it up, but at this rate I’d rather trade Trout and everyone good to rebuild the farm. We could get a massive haul for him and Ohtani. I just couldn’t care less about their individual stats if the team sucks. Here’s to Artes personal humiliation.

matthiasstephan
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4 months ago

You would never get enough to rebuild the farm by trading two players – even generational (or all-time) greats like Trout.

Rebuilding the farm would take years of development. I am not even sure a Astros style tear down is even possible anymore, as it implies most teams are all in year after year, and that is just no longer the case.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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4 months ago

IDK, JeDi did it pretty quickly in Seattle…

matthiasstephan
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4 months ago

Sure, but not by trading to fill up the farm.

Seattle was rated as the No. 5 system going into 2020 and moved up to No. 3 overall in a special midseason ranking by Baseball America. But the Mariners’ top 30 prospects, per Baseball America, feature 24 homegrown players who started in their system – 18 were drafted and five were signed as international free agents.

H.T. Ennis
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Super Member
4 months ago

also imagine getting a top prospect for Pujols, haha

lol mets

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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4 months ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

There’s a “Tony Reagins” born everyday, right?

tanana40
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4 months ago

We do only have five guaranteed contracts for 2022. Now, what we do in terms of rebuilding the farm versus just buying free agents is another story. But at least, we will finally have some salary open. But I have no idea what the rebuilding plan actually is.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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4 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

Those five guaranteed contracts will cost $112,000,000. There’s no doubt that budget will be a limiting factor just as much then as it is now.

tanana40
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4 months ago

Funny, I just read that in a SI article and then came back to see your comment. Yeah, good point.

AnAngelsFan
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4 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

20 players is too much to get from dumpster diving, so my guess is Arte will approve purchasing one big name and send Minasian straight to the junkyard so they can fill the rest of the roster cheaply in bulk.

Jeff Joiner
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4 months ago

Had a great time at the ballpark for 7 innings.

Mayers looked wrong from the get go. No velo, no snap. Is he still sick?

I wondered why Pena was kept down so long. Now I know, he’s as weak as Mayers.

Heaney pitched a gem, Walsh made a couple nice plays at first, but the bullpen blows.

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matthiasstephan
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4 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Well, we picked up nearly the entire bullpen in the final few weeks. Let’s buy/trade for bullpen arms.

Contrary to expectations, I am thinking that the starters may be all right.

AnAngelsFan
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4 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

This team rarely ever puts it all together.

Good starter performance with some run support = bullpen blows.
Early runs = starting pitching blows, bullpen looks great, but too little too late.
Solid pitching for the whole game = all-you-can-eat LOBster buffet.

steelgolf
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4 months ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

Lobster season has tarted early this year with both size and quantity being of special note.

Jim Atkins
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4 months ago

What a depressing mess. Honestly, I don’t know how many more of these arson fests I can watch.

nishiogawakun
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4 months ago

I’d love to see a “this is how we really tank and rebuild” article because I seriously don’t know where we go from here…

AnAngelsFan
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4 months ago
Reply to  nishiogawakun

Step 1: Persuade Arte Moreno to spend on a solid scouting and development organization.
<mission failed, you can stop reading now>

Step 2: Make sure Trout, Rendon and Ohtani get lots of rest days to stay healthy and if they do get injured, leave them on the IL a few extra days “just in case.”

Step 3: Recall Pujols from DFA instead of releasing him.

Step 4: When pitchers are doing well, play close attention to pitch counts and times through the lineup, when pitchers are doing poorly, give them extra pitches so they can work through it.

Step 5: Walsh is too young to handle the pressure of a key lineup spot, so make sure he always hits after Upton/Pujols (since he’ll be back) and never after Trout/Rendon.

Step 6: Leave Fletcher at leadoff no matter how much he struggles. This ensures fewer at-bats for Ohtani and Trout as they will hit #2/#3 instead of #1/#2.

Angels2020Champs
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4 months ago

We have given up as many runs as COL and only two less than DET… and only DET has a worse runs scored to runs allowed. Good stuff

MH252525
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4 months ago

This team doesn’t deserve any analysis. It’s mostly Arte’s fault. He was at the presser when they signed Pujols but not at the presser when he released him and just sends his crony out there.

This isn’t even close to the worst team the Angels have fielded. But at least then we had literally no expectations that they should be any good. This team, has a good foundation, but as long as Arte is the owner, I can’t see them going anywhere. Who wants to work for the guy that fires scouts and spends most of your payroll before you even have half your roster filled out?

eyespy
Super Member
4 months ago

Walkout for the whole bullpen

https://youtu.be/wmin5WkOuPw

Twebur
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4 months ago
Reply to  eyespy

Like it……and then we turn the fountains into a volcano……I’ll call The Mirage in LV tomorrow and find the company that did their volcano fountain. Or, possibly arrange several garbage dumpsters on the fountains in centerfield and just burn tires in them when a pitching change is made. Black smoke would be a nice effect, and screw the environment, we’re in end times anyway following this team.

Angels2020Champs
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4 months ago

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bradllee424
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4 months ago

The good old days. I remember them fondly.

red floyd
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4 months ago

Hey, it’s Enrico Palazzo!!!!

ihearhowie3.0
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4 months ago

My vote is consistent Sell The Team chants at home games.

Bad owner employing bad executives who hire bad managers to sign bad players who are coached badly.

Angels2020Champs
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4 months ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

Let’s get a flyover over big a and meet up

UtahAlumnus
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4 months ago

Well Rome wasn’t built in a day I suppose.

WallyChuckChili
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4 months ago
Reply to  UtahAlumnus

And we were winning 3 to nothing