That’s right folks, you get a second helping of me in four days. What, did you think I was talking about Jose Quintana?
Quintana returns to a functional rotation which may not have an apparent opening for him. While this is not the 90s Braves, let’s take a look at the performances of Angels starters lately.
Tonight’s pitcher Andrew Heaney has pitched 18 innings of 2.50 ERA ball across his last three starts. Griffin Canning sits at 15 innings and 4.20 ERA over the same span.
The most likely candidate to be bumped from the rotation is Patrick Sandoval, but he’s thrown 17.2 innings of 3.57 ERA ball over his last three starts.
Alex Cobb (15.2, 5.74) and Dylan Bundy (12, 7.50) are the ones who should be on the hot seat.
Taking the mound tomorrow will be Shohei Ohtani and there’s just so much to love about his dominance.
And while the MVP race is shaping up to be Ohtani vs. Vladdy Jr., the Home Run Derby will not. Jr. has decided not to participate.
One guy who should be climbing up the prospect rankings and hopefully onto the Anaheim mound next year is Reid Detmers who had a 14 strikeout performance over the weekend.
Looking a bit further down the road, Ty Madden, the Texas righty being mocked to the Angels in this year’s draft, struck out 10 Mississippi State Bulldogs in the opening round of the College World Series.
Perhaps a little wishful thinking but Kumar Rocker had another tough start in the CWS and there are predictions he might slip into the 7-14 range. The Angels pick at 9.
I’d be stoked with either guy but look for far more qualified draft coverage from Turk’s Teeth and Rahul as we get closer to the big day, July 11.
After starting the year 15-13 the D’backs are already looking to sell before the trade deadline. The wheels didn’t just fall off, they exploded.
I’m typing this at lunch on Monday. I wonder if anybody gets ejected for the sticky stuff tonight.