It was Shohei Ohtani day again. This time he pitched 4 and 2/3 innings, 5 K, 5 hits, 2 ER, 2 Walks. He also went 1/3 with a bunt hit and played RF for 2 innings. The bullpen did well as well, 5 1/3 innings, just 1 ER. But the offense managed only 2 runs which was not enough today.
Ohtani the Pitcher
The first inning started well, 2 straight strikeouts. But then 2 out syndrome kicked in. Back to back hits meant 1-0 Cleveland. In the home half, 1-2-3 went 1-2-3.
In the second, a walk was the only damage, and he struck out 2. For the bottom of the 2nd, it was again down in order. Still 1-0 Cleveland.
For the third frame, Ohtani worked fast, getting 3 quick outs to send the offense back out there. After 2 quick outs, Fletcher hit one into the sun… for a triple! Then Chruches doubled him in, tied game! Ohtani was up for the second time, and he lined out.
Shohei went back out there and allowed a ground rule double. But a lucky bounce meant he was thrown out stealing third. No other runners and he made it through 4 with only 59 pitches thrown. He was rewarded with a second run thanks to Walsh squeaking one over the line in RF. 2-1 Angels.
That did not last as a leadoff homerun off Shohei tied the game up yet again. Another hit got Maddon concerned, especially with the velocity on all pitches down. So much that after a walk, a GIDP, and a walk, his day was done… as a pitcher that is.
Ohtani the Position Player
So after 4 and 2/3 innings, Ohtani was pulled over concern with fatigue most likely. But his day was not done, as he was sent to RF. Upton moved to center, and Rojas moved to left. The OF defense was now even more suspect as Watson came in relief. He did get the out and it was offense time. Said offense went down in order though.
Watson came out for more, which was a relief as innings were needed badly. What was not a relief was the hits that were given up, allowing a run to score. 3-2 Cleveland. Cishek came in to pitch next and he got the final 2 outs. Shohei led off the inning with a bunt base hit… and got thrown out trying to steal second. No runs this time.
That was the end of Ohtani’s day. 4 2/3 innings, 1/3 at the plate, played RF for a bit. He did a bit of everything. It would be up to the rest of the team to win the game as he left with the team behind 3-2.
Game sans Ohtani
Strickland came in to pitch the 7th and gave up a leadoff walk. A sac bunt was the only out he recorded as another batter hit a single to put runners on the corners. Quijada came in to relieve the reliever. He got a flyout and Hot Pocket threw out the runner at home! Too bad the offense did nothing in the bottom half.
Quijada was back out there again and in the 1 run game he sent them down in order. It was up to the offense to do something. Suzuki hit a single. So did Fletch, but Suzuki was thrown out at 2nd due to his slow speed. Churches grounded out into a fielder’s choice. Gosselin came in to bat for the pitcher and ground out.
Slegers came in for the 9th, and had some scares but got out of it still 3-2 Cleveland. Last chance for the offense to win the game. Leading off was a pop up by Rendon. Then, a strikeout by Walsh. But, hope, as Justin Upton walked. A runner on for Rojas. Jose Rojas struck out to end the game.
The Angels are now 18-24 on the season. They face the Twins twice tomorrow starting at 1. Next game right after that one. Please drink responsibly.
Tomorrow’s double header….
It’s funny how no one really gets on Rendon around here. Dude is a bust so far. I dont care about any other stat other than BAVG RBIs and HRs for our highly paid stars. This dude is failing and literally seems like whatever about it. Yea he plays a solid 3rd but so do most Major leaguers! He continues to come up short and its frustrating to watch. This is why “stars” come to Anaheim. Cuz they know our fan base will give em the benefit of the doubt for past performances (on other teams) and continue to say “chill out man he’ll snap out of it” until their time here is done. Boo birds need to be out so they feel what we feel dammit!!…ok taking a deep breath now……………
LOL. Pujols hits HR and RBIs. You must think he was worth his whole contract.
LOL…Um he only had 3 years over 30 HRs with us and 4 years of 100+ rbis and a garbage BAVG…so no he didnt. Good try tho.
For me to even hint that the Rendon deal might be a bust, he would have to complete the year at this level, which I don’t think he would even come close to. From the eye test, he’s getting a lot of bad strike calls, which can explain the inflated K rate and depressed BB rate.
On top of that, this is like his worst case scenario and it’s 16% above league average as a hitter. Personally, you can be overpaid, but if you’re producing 16% above league average, I won’t care that much, even though I know you’re overpaid. I’ll still like you a ton and root for you a lot. When you get into Upton territory is when I start to waver a bit.
So no, unless you’re telling me you have a crystal ball and the past 90 PAs are more representative of Rendon as a hitter than the previous 2000…no, I will not “get on” Rendon.
And while you’re at it, go to Vegas too
I like snarky H.T. Ennis.
Which puts u in the category I spoke of that feels based on his career with the Nationals he’ll turn it around. My opinion is players come here for easy money and they lose that drive they once had. Proof is in the pudding. Like Pujols he probably will snap out of it at some point but doing it when we’re 12+ games out which will mean nothing! Again love the fight of this team but our star 3B has got to show up!
Yes, based on the track record which I pointed out…whereas you are just like “he sucks and I’m going to boo him,” which by all means, go ahead. No one’s stopping you.
Also, the role of effort is way overblown in sports. There’s the extremely talented and the slightly less extremely talented. Effort factors in sometimes, but talent is 99% of it.
No sir. I’m not just like boo him just cuz. His bad numbers and him trending down since he got here vs his PAST career numbers is doing that. Dont act like there arent numbers to back my comments or concern. I 100% want him to succeed but so far not good.
At this point he is injured and playing at his best. If his whole season is bad then we will have over paid. Let’s wait a couple of weeks before we blast him for the Bum he might be.
HT already covered the offensive side, and I gotta agree he’s had the bat taken out of his hands by the umps to an infuriating extent lately.
On the defense side I have to disagree too. Have you seen the way a lot of the 3Bs we’ve trotted out in recent years have played? You want to go back to that instead of Rendon? Crazy talk.
Before he was kneecapped, he was batting .276 and had an OPS of .814, only slightly off his career averages. His home run and rbi pace was 33 and 119.
I’m a little more concerned about Fletch.
Please drink. Responsibly
Ohtani: “I’m not worried about any injuries. … I think my body was just feeling heavy and sluggish.”
Maybe they wanna rest him just lil bit.
Only 7 back. This is fine.
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Well technically…. oh never mind.
Win two tomorrow.
And let’s see why Shohei’s velo was down.
Oh, i’m terribly sorry but you get to lose both and he has “elbow soreness”
Hey man, I don’t make the news, I just make it up.
Okay, I am out for the night. Wishing this was the last game of the season.
blisters and just upper body fatigue I’m betting
Uh check that. He has the flu.
I missed the first 3 innings from ‘coaching’ kids soccer so I’m only trying to black out this season so I can attend a double header with some sort of positivity
Shots it is, then!
I knew I liked you!
Angels have no planning at all. If they knew that they were going to give Pujols a short leash before limiting his role, why didn’t they pick up anyone for the offense? Plenty of guys available during the off season, now I know Trout’s injured but they are playing a bunch of guys that just aren’t hitting enough.
Also f anyone who talks about the robo strikezone in a negative light as if it’s not infinitely better than humans. That pitch to Rojas was way too high and no way a robo zone calls it. Took the bat right out of his hands knowing he has to look for pitches out of the zone high being called. You want offense to return, make hitters responsible for covering the actual strikezone and not wondering how big it’s going to be on any certain pitch. That will for sure increase offense especially if you round the corners of the zones to be called balls on breaking balls for example.
Manfred is even more incompetent than Arte and that is saying something.
Amen on robo umps.
Caught Colin Cowherd today talking up the importance of a good league Commish when talking about how the WNBA’s ratings are up. He’s right Manfred sucks ( easily the worst of the 3 major team sports in this country ). The NBA did the best job of handling the Covid crisis last year. Also the NBA probably has more good owners, especially now that Donald Sterling’s out of the league…..we have Arthur however and Pittsburgh has Bob Nutting, 😣 💩
NHL did the best job with covid. NBA players were sneaking women into hotels.
TANK TANK TANK Let’s go!!!
Doesn’t matter if we tank. If we had the number 3 pick we’d draft a catcher or a toolsy SS/OF and our war room would all high five in celebration. Then we would learn the guy we drafted was projected as a 5th rounder.
We do need a catcher.
We could put Johnny Bench back there and it won’t make a difference. 1st round this year has to absolutely be an arm.
So that settles it. We should draft another catcher.
You mean a toolsy catcher that throws rockets to 2nd base, but has dreams of being a utility infielder or 4th outfielder and loves long train rides between SoCal and SLC
Especially one who can’t really catch, but is just a glorified utility player ( take a bow Matt Thaiss & Taylor Ward ) 😫
That’s how you can lowball a player into paying him less bonus money.
We area wasting Shohei Ohtani!
Organization is wasting every Angel fan that has ever supported this team. The only way things every change is getting rid of all the losers in upper management that don’t have a clue about this game.
Time to check the Bees
If I owned the Bees I would change the name to Murder Hornets. Black and orange’ish gold uniforms, the old school Pittsburgh Pirate hats. Stadium named the hive.
Except that Utah is the Beehive State, so ain’t happening.