Major League Baseball will be implementing a policy concerning grip substances that will include random equipment checks during the game. The fallout might be interesting, but the idea of the umpire going out a few times per game to fool around with a pitcher’s hat or glove sounds a bit boring. That takes care of the sticky part. Now for the wickets. Do you think the inspections will result in a sticky wicket for Angels Pitchers?
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The Angels won Friday and Saturday. They lost on Sunday to secure no more than a split in the Mariners series. They had come back to score three runs in the ninth inning but, since they had been down by seven runs, it was an exercise in futility.
The Angels signed right handed pitcher Jake Petricka to a minor league contract. He most recently pitched in the Atlantic League of independent baseball.
As you may know, the Angels reinstated Josέ Iglesias from the injured list and, in a corresponding move, they optioned Josέ Rojas.
This article is mostly about Justin Upton hitting leadoff, but there is a Trout update. He is out of the walking boot but, other than that, there is not much clarification on when he will return other than “in July.”
In this ranking by position, Jared Walsh, Mike Trout, and Shohei Ohtani all made the top ten, Ohtani as a designated hitter.
The Angels biggest regret from the offseason is probably “not going bigger with rotation upgrades.” (Duh!) In defense of Cobb, though, he has been pretty good lately.
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The Mariners made some roster moves, mainly having to do with their bullpen and stemming from the acquisition of Yacksel Rios.
If you haven’t been vaccinated yet, sometime in June you will have the opportunity to earn free tickets to MLB games for getting jabbed. All 30 teams are doing this, not just the Angels.
That sports bettor who threatened to kill Tampa Bay Rays players and their families (“Parlay Patz”) got six months house arrest. He’s not allowed to gamble anymore and he must go through mental health counseling, a different sort of sticky wicket. He also will have 36 months of probation.
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