Alex Cobb Makes Former Team Look Bad

It would suck to watch the Orioles every day, wouldn’t it?

Alex Cobb of the 5.09 ERA is starting, you’re familiar with his repertoire, you just crushed the hopes and dreams of a youth in the previous night with your offense before getting shut down personally by Shohei Ohtani, and you have a gameplan to stop the Ohtaminator by walking him enough to make Trout jealous. This game, at least, is yours.

Enter the defense. Pedro Severino can’t make a pitch in the zone look like a strike to save his life and frustrates the crap out of Jorge Lopez. The middle infield fails to pull off multiple double play opportunities despite the starting pitching doing his job.

Not that any of the Orioles’ woes in the bottom halves of each inning mattered. Not when Alex Cobb did not come to freaking play. It is hard to believe that this is the same guy who had given up 5 or more runs in 3 of his last 4 appearances, suffering from a BABIP Against of basically .350.

The Angels got 2.65 FIP and 3.26 SIERA Alex Cobb instead tonight. They got 10.70 K/9, 2.89 BB/9, 0.51 HR/9 Alex Cobb on the mound against the Baltimore Orioles. They had a dude pitching, and it wasn’t even fair. Alex went 7.2 innings, threw 112 pitches, and only allowed 4 hits and 1 run before getting pulled, earning some thunderous applause from stadium-goers.

The offense backed up one of the most impressive outings by an Angel pitcher all season enough in the first inning alone, when Fletcher, Ohtani, and Rendon all reached to lead off the inning. Jared Walsh and Phil Gosselin would single and ground into a fielder’s choice to make it 2-0. Those same two would also combine to plate the fourth run in the 5th inning, but not before a Lagares RBI double in the 2nd.

Fast forward back up to the end and Raisel Iglesias continued his torrid stretch by just blowing it by the punchless O’s.

Ohtani was held to a mere THREE walks today, and no one hit a single homer somehow. I understand that this might be hard to accept. Instead, please appreciate this Jo Adell bomb from earlier today.

h/t to Brent Maguire for the postgame image

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Cowboy26
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2 years ago

This lineup makes the most sense knowing our current limitations:

https://twitter.com/JeffFletcherOCR/status/1411755521078558722

Last edited 2 years ago by Cowboy26
H.T. Ennis
Admin
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Good to see Gosselin getting more time.

max
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max
2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

What happened to Suarez, TJS?

H.T. Ennis
Admin
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  max

Rain delay pushed everyone back one. He goes tomorrow

OMAHALOFAN
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Ohtani sitting today.

Fansince1971
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  OMAHALOFAN

Why? Just rest?

Fansince1971
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  OMAHALOFAN

No he’s not

OMAHALOFAN
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Yeah, i didn’t catch the update, my bad.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  OMAHALOFAN

He can sit after his 3rd home run today.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Let’s officially add Baltimore to the list of teams (Detroit, KC, Texas, CWS) we want to play more frequently in 2021.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 years ago

Am I missing something or did the Angels play last night with only 25 players on the roster? I counted 10 peeps in their bullpen -D Cell, Chishek, Claudio, Mayers, Watson, Slegers, Bundy, Wantz, Guerra, JQ ( Thats a lot of excess baggage) but only 2 bench players ( Ward & Suzuki) What would they have done if we had another late inning meltdown game to fill the roster? That just seems like poor planning to me.

H.T. Ennis
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Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yes, 25.

Cowboy26
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2 years ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

So why couldn’t they have made this happen last night?

https://twitter.com/JeffFletcherOCR/status/1411749326573891586

Cowboy26
Legend
2 years ago

I Cant agree with you on this one, Senator. They are definitely NOT the least of teams I want us to play this year.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
2 years ago

They should consider moving Rendon ahead of Ohtani for a little. He can get on base ahead of Shohei and make the IBB a tougher call, maybe see a little more to hit to get back on track.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
2 years ago

3 Ohtani BBs wasn’t as exciting as the night before.

Fortunately Cobbler was enough to satisfy all those LOBsters this evening.

The fireworks show after the game was epic. Back to .500, go Angels!!!!

Last edited 2 years ago by Angels2020Champs
Eric_in_Portland
Legend
2 years ago

Maybe sb nation screwed over orioles fans, too. Maybe there’s another site where they gather. I don’t know. But they had 88 comments in their game thread at Camden Chat and zero in their recap.

Of course the game probably ended at 1 in the morning for them.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
2 years ago

It’s like they knew they weren’t going to pitch to Ohtani tonight 🙁

Twebur
Legend
2 years ago

That will be the MO going forward. Surprised it’s taken this long. Like all sports its a copycat league, after the first team does it, they will all do it. Expect it Sunday and going forward until Trout get his swing back. Rendon, Walsh and the other will need to pick it up until then.

JackFrost
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

Yeah. My timing was good in making this prediction in the Game Thread from Friday night. I said teams will start walking Ohtani. The Tipping Point was reached. And you are right about the “copycat” stuff. This is the way it goes.

You simply have to make teams pay for the IBB strategy by getting hits in the follow-up AB’s. Hopefully Rendon will pick it up. Trout still two weeks away.

MarineLayer
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Dream on waiting for Tony to pick it up.

H.T. Ennis
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Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

lol, are you sure you’re looking at this from an unbiased perspective?

Cowboy26
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

We’re Angel fans. Dreaming is our Solace.

Jim Atkins
Super Member
2 years ago

That’s the Cobb we want to see. Nice O from the crowd, very well deserved. This was a pretty well played game for the Halos.

tommyshalo
Trusted Member
2 years ago

CY COBB!
As he and his split doesn’t rely on sticky stuff, maybe better than some others now.

Nick_LA96
Member
2 years ago

Please Cobb, keep this up! Arizona and TB should just be blips, at least the 5 run Seattle start he went 7 innings. I don’t know if he can be called a bulldog in the clubhouse but I’ve seen people say he’s reminding them of Weaver. Starts like this I agree.

H.T. Ennis
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Super Member
2 years ago

Thanks Rick, I missed the game, so this was good

TheCheetah
Member
2 years ago
Reply to  H.T. Ennis

Yea this recap is good.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
2 years ago

Back to 500!!!
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Angels2020Champs
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2 years ago

Delete

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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I don’t recognize that player. Who is it?

MarineLayer
Super Member
2 years ago

I think it’s some guy who has a soul crushing $240,000,000 contact, Anthony RenDone?

Cowboy26
Legend
2 years ago

Need to redo those milestone dates to when he GIDP’s.

FungoAle
Super Member
2 years ago

Beating the weak teams is something we have been good at lately. Hoping we carry the mojo forward. Red Sox coming up, As and Mariners. Then trading deadline.

DowningDude
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Tsk tsk. Gotta beat the Orioles on Sunday before we start looking ahead to the hated Chowds

eyespy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Look at Double D with the “One Game At A Time” attitude.

I tip my cap bruh-bruh

JackFrost
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Agree. Hopefully we learned our lesson from that Tigers series. These are games we have to win. But I don’t take it for granted, that’s for sure. The Orioles just got done sweeping the Astros in Houston so every game is a challenge. Nothing is easy.

2002heaven
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Who do you wanna trade away or trade for ( 2014 all over again? ).
We still don’t have much tradable assets ( Dylan Bundy has crashed and burned this year and we still have no prospects either except for Reid Detmers. ) BTW we only can trade for somebody who’s a salary dump case…..like Huston Street was back in 2014 and the team’s willing to sell at a loss. That means nobody really good like Justin Verlander, Zack Greinke, or Manny Machado. We’re also only a .500 team not 10 games over .500 so we should trade for somebody iwhen we’re 9 games behind Houston and 7 games behind Oakland?
Stand Pat!!!!!

max
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max
2 years ago

Great ballgame! 23-19 w/o Trout. Did anyone seriously think we’d be close to .500 while he was gone? Sure, we hoped for it, but not realistically. Also, is this the first time a starter has pitched into the 8th inning?

WallyChuckChili
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2 years ago
Reply to  max

We don’t need no Stinking Trout!

red floyd
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2 years ago

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Senator_John_Blutarsky
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Fansince1971
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2 years ago

Oh yes we do!

WallyChuckChili
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2 years ago

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DowningDude
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2 years ago

Why? Esssplain dis tew meeee

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Ill explain it again. Duracell sounds sort of like Raisel. Du-Raisel. That’s it.

Twebur
Legend
2 years ago

Duracell, Du-Raisel or that “Dude Raisel” is great news for us. He is either going to be a very nice trade piece and bring us a strong prospect or 2. Or, a stud closer to help us get to f**king playoffs!

steelgolf
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

Playoffs? What are these “playoffs” you speak of?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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red floyd
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2 years ago

Do we celebrate .500 or not?

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

celebrate every win!

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

We haven’t finished .500 or better since 2016, so yup we should be happy about this.

eyespy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Yes, small goals

WallyChuckChili
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2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Of course we Celebrate 500

Last edited 2 years ago by WallyChuckChili
eyespy
Super Member
2 years ago

What happened to your link, that was redonkulous

FungoAle
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

We are 4th in the division, not time to celebrate.

JackFrost
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Agree. This team has waaaay too much talent to be satisfied with .500.

Of course, when you are under .500 you have to reach it first before you can go well above it… But I think we have to focus more on passing the Mariners and then setting our sights on 2nd place in the Division. The Seattle series coming up next weekend will be huge.

It might as well be a playoff series. We absolutely have to win that series. That is why I am so glad that Canning was sent down. He was scheduled to start that first game on Friday and that surely would have sunk us.

Last edited 2 years ago by JackFrost
DowningDude
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Yes. Yes we do. I’m entertained … aren’t you?

Twebur
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gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  red floyd

I’ll celebrate a little. Adell is slowly inching towards goodness in SLC. Criswell had 9/0 K/BB and the Trash Pandas have actual pitching prospects. Cobb, Suarez, Ohtani and Sandoval are generally looking serviceable. Iglesias is starting to look like the Reds version of himself (I say don’t trade him, extend him. Look at the upcoming closer market.) The team is Troutless and basically Rendonless and they haven’t wilted completely. El Otro Iglesias is fielding like he’s his old self and the team’s .500. These are all things that are better than our situation in past seasons.

If we have a good draft and Marsh, Paris, Adams and Knowles get it going while Canning adjusts I’ll be pretty happy…. then there’s Trout. I hear he’s good at baseball… and Rendon, and Upton…

All I have to do is remember the seasons with Ausmus, or Lincecum. Yep, this year is more fun.

red floyd
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2 years ago

Cobb to the O’s:

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Mia
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Mia
2 years ago

Cobb made the fat lady sing tonight!

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