The Angels schedule in May was just brutal. Both World Series contestants from last year, a road trip through Houston and Boston, and a squeezed in double header on what was supposed to be the lone off day of a home stand.
What the butt kicking the Angels took in May did was drop our odds of making the playoffs to 10%. So while the season isn’t done yet, a quick turnaround needs to happen.
The good news is that the schedule in June is much more manageable. Will the Angels take advantage of the next few weeks or are they simply going to butter the cup?
Want a little inside info? Well you might have noticed David Fletcher heating up quite a bit this last week. In talking with a close source of mine, the infielder’s hip had really been bothering him for some time but he is the ultimate gamer and tried to play through it. David got some solid treatment the first few games of the previous home stand and the hip started feeling much better between treatment and rest. We can expect to see the Fletch we all know and love from this point forward.
We are just over two weeks into the 6-8 week recovery time for Mike Trout who shed his walking boot yesterday.
It’s been awhile since we had some Trout porn. Here’s Hunter Pence explaining why he considers Trout to be the GOAT.
Coming hard for Trout’s annual MVP love is Shohei Ohtani. As much as he’s the story in MLB he may not be getting as much love as he deserves.
And Shohei’s greatness poses a bit of a problem for the coaching staff in monitoring the rest of both Ohtani and the rest of the guys in the rotation.
Forbes steals from us, so let’s link them. In the search for comparable players to Ohtani there’s only one name: Babe Ruth.
My little rant here: Babe Ruth played in the weakest era in baseball history. I appreciate him for growing the game, but the average player in his day wouldn’t crack a AA roster today. If Ohtani is a unicorn in today’s game, with integration, worldwide talent, and proper minor leagues to develop that talent, he’d be an absolute monster playing in Ruth’s day.
But, speaking of Ruth, he is a titanic figure in baseball and one of his baseball cards sold for $6 million.
What if the Angels don’t go on a hot streak during this softer schedule? Well we look to the farm. Amazingly most of TT’s studs are pitchers. Pitching is definitely well ahead of hitting in the minors but we’re three weeks in. Hitters should be finding their timing. The longer this holds up, the more real it becomes.
Kyle Tyler even won Pitcher of the Week in AA. Tyler comes from a Big 12 school and features three solid pitches. The Trash Pandas definitely have an intriguing rotation to follow.
Of course the big name on the farm is Jo Adell. When will he be ready for the big stage?
In that same link there’s news that Dylan Bundy has been dealing with a foot injury that might be affecting his location.
Fangraphs takes a look at home run rates by ballpark. There’s some interesting data on the average exit velocity change at Angels Stadium this year vs. 2019 considering the new ball is supposedly deadened.
Alex Yarbough pitched a complete game for Tampa Bay, the first time in 731 games the Rays had a complete game.
If an on field collision isn’t a big enough injury risk, how about a scuffle in the dugout? Things are getting a little nutty in SD.