Another day in Boston ends in a loss. Again. Dylan Bundy couldn’t keep the hard hits limited and Boston jumped all over the Angels. Meanwhile the offense couldn’t figure it out at all despite plenty of baserunners.
The game started with frustration as bad baserunning reared its ugly head yet again. After Ward walked, Ohtani hit one down the line and got thrown out as Ward didn’t advance to 3rd when Ohtani came up right behind him. 2 walks and a hit, no runs. The Red Sox scored though with a solo shot off Bundy.
When the second inning came, this time down one, runners got on base, ready to tie it up. Once again, though, the offense didn’t score. But at least Bundy didn’t allow any more this inning and kept it at a one run deficit.
Then the third inning came. Same thing yet again. Trout walked, but no runs. Bundy threw another 1-2-3 inning anyway as he got no run support. 1-0 Red Sox still.
Fourth inning time, and the fourth time a runner got on base. Yet, again, no runs were scored. Bundy allowed runners for the first time since the first and they scored thanks to Fenway dimension shenanigans. 4-0 Red Sox.
The offense needed to get going in the 5th. But it did not, as they got a runner on base and stranded him again. Bundy though, was toast, and allowed a 3 run home run before being yanked. 4+ innings, 7 runs. That is not ideal. Noé came in and stopped the bleeding. 7-0 Boston.
No runs in the 6th for the offense. Same old same old. Noé allowed them to score in the 6th. 8-0.
Runner on base in the 7th. He stays there. No runs again. Another home run by Boston, 9-0.
For the 7th time in 8 innings, the Angels got a runner on. Two in fact. Still no runs. Claudio came in for the 8th. Didn’t allow a run. It is something.
Angels got a runner on base again. But got shutout instead.
The Angels fall to 16-22. 10 AM game tomorrow. Q is on the mound. Day drinking is allowed, but please drink responsibly.
Guess who’s 2nd in the AL in losses?
Every year somebody on this team’s pitching staff becomes a Fallen Angel. We’re 6 games under .500 in the middle of May already. 😖 💩 👎
I’m more irritated about crappy defense, LOBsters, and recent strikeout-palooza than the pitching. I knew the latter was going to be bad, but I thought there were going to be more late inning comebacks like at the start of the season and more 10-9 wins.
So now I’m sort of happy they didn’t make any extensions to pitchers during the off season.
We will be starting with a clean slate next year
5-11 over the next 16 games (including today) is quite possible. If so, the team will be 21-33 at the end of May which is basically game over unless the go on an Oakland A’s type winning streak in June. The probability of that is minuscule.
I have to admit I’ll miss the “Albert Pujols is in the best shape of his career” articles in the spring while he hobbles onto the field.
Color me shocked the team is still pathetic after the “overhaul” in the offseason where Arte didn’t change a single executive level employee since they’re all his buddies.
It will never matter who the GM or manager is. The organization trickles from the top down and as long as those decision makers are in place, the same garbage will continue. They’ve proven they have the worst instincts in the sport when it comes to hiring and management.
I’m just readjusting my expectations, which are really not to have any. Why should I after disappointment after disappointment (leadership, organizational moves, players moves, etc)?
So Pujols was cool with a limited role on the Dodgers but not the angels?
The Dodgers have a good chance of winning the WS. The Angels have no chance
There is one thing the Angels are good at………trolling all of their die-hard fans, locally known as buttercupping.
Let’s say the Angels do sell. Who could they reasonably trade? Trout, Ohtani, and Rendon aren’t going anywhere and it makes no sense to trade Walsh.
I’d add Chris Rodriguez, Fletch and Bundy to the list of players that could return some value.
But trading Rodriguez or Fletch for prospects would make no sense.
Fletch and Bundy better turn it around then.
Agreed. But there is inherent value in those players. Bundy on a team that supports him with runs would be a nice addition.
I found a Fangraphs article written in early 2011 stating Pujols would be a bargain at 10/250. Hahaha!
Everyone knew that the backend of the contract was awful. What no one really knew is how quickly Pujols would become basically a league average or worse player. Some believed the Halis would get at least 5-6 great seasons out of Pujols which would justify the eventual fall off. In reality, the only arguably decent season he had was his first.
In his 11 seasons with St Louis, Pujols was The Machine. In his 10!with Anaheim he was The Decline.
Well at the time I said Albert being signed to that long and expensive contract was foolish. Who signed him thinking he got away with a pot of gold. Who signed Hamilton? The very same guy. Who signed Rendon? Who has paired down the Development Dept. along with Scouting Depart. and a little to every Dept. except white collar upper management Departments such as VP’s. Carpino is either not involved at which I say why do we need him? Or he is the co-conspirator in the tearing down of a franchise. Hog tie 5 GM’s and say we will do better next time. He has parlayed the Angeles fans into 2-3 billion dollar outfit that was so easy to grow that they didn’t ever really know what they were doing and now the same group has no clue of how to continue growing.
Artie very much needs to bring in some combo of upper management to run this team much like the Dodgers vdid, and make this team playoff contenders. Just step away and on TV or into the Owner’s Box and just stay away.
Well, we’ve had fun talking about how awful this team has been playing. There really isn’t relief (no pun) in sight. So how does it get fixed? I think we need to sign scouts pronto. It’s going to take until 2024 I believe.
Walsh and Ohtani save us money, Albert comes off the books. We’ll have cash for 2022 but we need so much. The only real way to win is develop the farm. Draft and coach em up.
Hopefully some of you have ideas that will get us there quicker.
I’ve said it before. The only way to rebuild is to truly rebuild. So here is what I’d do:
1) Mercifully and sadly trade Trout and force the team who is taking him to also take Upton – taking over his entire contract. The price would be pitching prospects – good ones. The caveat is the receiving team is going to give less bc of the salary they take on – but if they really want Trout (and who wouldn’t) they will give value.
2) Trade Rendon and the receiving team takes on the contract. Get what you can for him. The real value here is getting rid of another albatross contract.
3) Invest some of that money that is saved in building a real Baseball Organization. Hire a President of Baseball Organization- someone with real baseball chops and have Minasian work for him. Then have the President and Minasian’s build a complete flow chart of baseball people from scouting to player development to international scouting to strength and conditioning.
4) Separate completely Baseball Ops from marketing. That means Arte and his cronies (Carpino, Kuhl etc) stay out of baseball decisions. Arte sets the budget and then disappears from baseball decisions. Those are left to the baseball people.
That’s how teams rebuild and draft/develop players. It would be painful to watch (particularly the loss of Trout) but it’s necessary. It is clear the status quo is not working.
The problem in all of this is Arte. I don’t see him being willing to do #4 abd that may be the most important one.
lol. This is rough to watch.
The good news is there is still fun stuff 3watch on this team like:
Mile Trout’s hot May. Awkwad..
David Fletcher killing it. Hmmm..
Justin Upton mashing. Nope..
Our amazing defense. Argh.
All I got is that Shohei Ohtani is worth watching at least!
I don’t think I could cover this team. Let alone run a website dedicated to them.
Do you all think they hold team meetings every week or so where they’re like, “Hey, the boss hit his ticket goal again and most of us have big contracts, whose turn is it to phone it in next? J-Up, you and Pujols did it a lot so I feel like it should be somebody else. Bundy, the red here is kinda on the same part of the spectrum as Baltimore orange, right? Fletch, no reason to stop swinging at the same shit three years into the league, right? Who else is with me?”
*Speaker raises quirky glasses to emphasize how unique they are*
Come on, you know this happens.
Give me that the rest of the year and I can give two craps about the suckage. I’ll take the good the bad and the ugly with these dudes but I’ll bet we’ll see some more passion from the young bucks!
Athletic writer Fabian Ardaya moved from angels to dodgers. Two generational players and nobody gives a FUCK about this second rate podunk franchise. Carpino’s mea culpa at the end of 2020 was lip service.
The Redford film All Is Lost keeps coming to mind.