LA Angels Tuesday News Crash: He’s Back

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.

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H.T. Ennis
Admin
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2 years ago

Quintana now a bullpen man

Eric_in_Portland
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2 years ago

got my votes in for today. The usual. Walsh, Fletch, Trout, Ohtani

GrandpaBaseball
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2 years ago

I’ve been giving JUp some love lately.

Twebur
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2 years ago

JUp is our guy tonight. Big game.

2002heaven
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2 years ago

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4th overall pick in 2012 MLB Draft ( BALT )
Signed with the Giants on guess what……….A one year deal on December 10, 2019.

Twebur
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2 years ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Emailed Angels……secret sauce is right here, even gives the recipe for the sauce.

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/31604634/how-did-san-francisco-giants-become-best-team-baseball

“And so the Giants, in their ongoing mission to identify and acquire pitchers whose potential lies dormant inside less-visionary organizations, presented Gausman with their findings, and a plan.
They wanted him to be a starting pitcher, but they wanted him to throw his two best pitches 90 percent of the time.”

2002heaven
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2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

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Kyle Schwarber RF Washington Nats
1 yr $10M
18 hr’s 42rbi’s

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Yes every team needs 12 left fielders.

YOUknowulovetheIE
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2 years ago
Reply to  2002heaven

We had a LF, he tore his acl

2002heaven
Super Member
2 years ago

Kyle Schwarber is a RF.
Right now we have a catcher and a SS playing the position while I guess J-Up is OK as long as every flyball hit to him is a pop fly. This problem in RF is all about money which is why Ward and Rengifo are sharing it, while Fowler who was on a bad long term deal with STL, and why we took him off the Cardinal’s hands before going down with a injury.

nishiogawakun
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2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

Regardless, they’ve obviously figured out how to get better probable returns than us. Poach those brains!

Twebur
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2 years ago
Reply to  nishiogawakun

Agree…..obviously Farhan Zaidi is a baseball savant. Might be the biggest reason why the Doyers are where they are, surprised they let him go to any team, let alone the Giants. They should have promoted him to keep him.
All I’ll say is there isn’t many front office people that constantly make great moves…..it’s him and what, 5 or 10 others? Doubt anyone in the Angels past, present or future is going to be one of those people. Hell, we don’t even see the value in scouting. That front office (Arte, wink,wink) philosophy will not likely attract a top notch baseball mind like him.

JackFrost
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2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

He had nowhere to go with the Dodgers. He obviously wanted to be a POBO and with Friedman in LA he was not getting that job.

The Giants was a great move for him.

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  2002heaven

After pitching to a guess what? a 6.19 ERA with Atlanta the previous year.

Whats he going to do now that his goop has been banned?

Jim Atkins
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2 years ago

Like the idea of relegating Bundy to an opener role. Clearly, he cannot perform as a regular starter, for whatever reason.

GrandpaBaseball
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2 years ago

Just when you think you know Baseball. I guessed wrong about Bundy and his year two.
I thought we were going to see an even better version than 2020 model. Well he was a good piece but who knew the wheels would fall off.

Cowboy26
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2 years ago

His 88 MPH heater says “no chance.”

Charles Sutton
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2 years ago

The Angels just signed left handed pitcher Brian Johnson to a minor league deal. He most recently pitched for the Milwaukee Milkmen. We’ll see how this works out.

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

The Milkmen? Can he pitch something besides milk?

red floyd
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2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Are you saying this guy is the second coming of George Sisler?

steelgolf
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2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

The Angels are going to try and milk a few innings out him.

Fansince1971
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2 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

That signing is utterly ridiculous.

Eric_in_Portland
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2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I found it very mooving

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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But Johnson only pitches from the stretch because he lactose.

Fansince1971
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2 years ago

Lacks toes? 🤣🤣

FungoAle
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2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Perry’s out getting us help, I see. Wonder if he is in Joe’s family tree.

Last edited 2 years ago by FungoAle
Twebur
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rez2405
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2 years ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Safe to say there’s a new challenger to that cow milking contest?

Fansince1971
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2 years ago

I doubt Q will be a starter again this season. He seems to me to be a candidate for long relief or someone who can eat a couple innings out of the bullpen. What will be really interesting is what Perry decides to do about Bundy.

h27kim
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2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Seems to me that Bundy has really pitched himself to the bullpen, not necessarily in a bad way. He’d been pretty good the first couple of innings even this year, before wheels fall off second time through the order. Whatever’s been going on, he should certainly be able to benefit by becoming a 2-3 innings max guy.

GrandpaBaseball
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2 years ago

Good morning Angels faithful, are you ready to face the “Big Time” for 2 games starting tonight and again tomorrow afternoon as the Giant roll in. I’m thinking split with these guys. Have yourself some fun today

Fansince1971
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2 years ago

“Big time” games for next 9. If the Angels could somehow emerge 5-4, it would be a significant accomplishment.

Realistically I would take 4-5.

Giants are 8-3 over their last 11 but that includes a 4 game sweep of the Dbacks a split with the Nats and a 2-1 series win over the Phillies. So they have played a relatively weak part of their schedule.

That said, the Angels face two of SF’s best pitching the next two nights.

If Heaney can somehow win tonight that would set up a really fun Ohtani start tomorrow. Let’s goooooo!!

Last edited 2 years ago by Fansince1971
Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

The National League sucks. Time to show them who the real bosses are.

steelgolf
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2 years ago

I made a last minute trip up to the bay area last Thursday and was at The Giants v. Phillies game Friday night. It was a great game and The Giants are a good team, they run the bases and play heads up defense. Interesting thing was i showed a vaccination card at the front , before the metal detector, they gave us a yellow wrist band, then we went to our seats, which were apparently in a “fully vaccinated” section of the stadium where you didn’t have to wear a mask. Some people came in this section to sit without the wrist band and the usher made them leave. Bummer that all the food purveyors were not open yet, I really wanted the crab roll.

Fansince1971
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2 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

That’s a great idea re a vaxxed section. That’s where I would want to sit in order to relax in a crowd.

Twebur
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2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Dodgers have a convicted felon section and a no-criminal-background section.

BruinsAngelsKings
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2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Went to the Big A on Fathers Day. First game attended since 2019. Both my dad and I are vaccinated. I didn’t feel uncomfortable but there were a few times I said to myself ‘Holy crap I’m around a ton of people.’ I also said a few times to myself ‘Thank god for vaccines.’ But I get your point. A fully vaccinated section would definitely draw in more people and make it an easier situation for those that cannot get vaccinated due to health concerns.

Fansince1971
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2 years ago

Yep. We are vaxxed but my wife has serious health issues and is on immunosuppressants so cannot be sure she’s fully vaxxed. We cannot hang out with unvaccinated folks. So it sure would be nice to know. Otherwise we are stuck at home.

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Can you really vaccinate someone against being a Giants fan? I though there was no cure.

steelgolf
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2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

There really is no cure, and I have 2 brothers in law that are Giants fans, one my wife’s brother who my son and I were at the game with. my son got some Phillies autographs, including Archie Bradley, who my son says was really nice and signed for a lot of kids.

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

So the enemy of your enemy is your friend Family member?

Last edited 2 years ago by Cowboy26
Twebur
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2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

All you can do is try to make them, as Sutton likes to say…….”comfortable”.

BruinsAngelsKings
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2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

But Giants fans don’t like the dodgers either so I’m cool with Giants fans.  😎