Andrew Heaney was on the bump today. Against a tough Red Sox lineup, it would be a challenge. Especially with how inconsistent he was. What happened was Andrew Heaney’s career in one game. He was good, until he went bad. Looked like an ace with no hit innings, and looked like a 5th starter with no longevity. Andrew lasted 5 and a third, 3 earned, although one was an inherited runner, and improved greatly over his last start.
With a great offense though, that is all he needed to be, That is, if the bullpen doesn’t explode from overuse.
Heaney started the game by walking the leadoff batter. Fortunately, it didn’t turn into anything this time.
Fletcher led off the bottom half with a single, extending his hit streak to 21! Ohtani singled as well and a wild pitch puts them at 2nd and 3rd with no outs. Walsh got an RBI groundout and the Angels scored the first run of the game. Gosselin hit Ohtani in for the second run. All 3 hits were doinks into the outfield. 2-0 Angels after 1.
Heaney had himself a 1-2-3 second inning, building confidence. The bottom of the second gave the Angels another opportunity for runs with 2 on for Ohtani. He struck out. Still 2-0 Angels after 2.
Andrew Heaney had another 1-2-3 inning in the 3rd, sending the offense back out there. The Angels got 2 on with 2 outs but didn’t score. Still 2-0 Angels after 3.
Things did not go quite so smoothly for Heaney in the 4th, allowing 2 on, but he got out of it without any damage. The offense went down in order for the first time today. Still 2-0 Angels after 4.
More trouble in the 5th as Heaney started to lose it. Not that it was entirely his fault. 2 were on and a botched play deep in the outfield by Gosselin allowed a run to score on what should have been a sac fly anyway. Boston was on the board now. Another hit scored another run and it was a tied game.
The bullpen was warming up and Heaney had to muscle his way through the inning, but he made it out of there without giving up the lead at least. Not that he had much left in him as the pitch count was way up there now.
Ohtani led off the bottom of the 5th by fouling a ball off his foot. Then he fouled one off his knee. But that did not stop him as he crushed one over the wall and jogged around the bases. He now had the record for the most home runs in a season by a Japanese born player in MLB history.
Not to be outdone, Walsh went back to back, sending one over the CF wall onto the fake grass. 4-2 Angels after 5.
Heaney went back out there and gave up a lead off double. At over 100 pitches, it was amazed that Maddon sent him back out there. With how badly the Angels need starters to go deep, he may had to risk it.
Andrew Heaney went 5 and a third, allowing 2 runs. He was responsible for the runner on second base as Cishek came in to finish the inning.
It is Bullpen Time
Cishek gave up the run because of course he did, but got a double play that was held up in review to keep the lead intact. Heaney could have done that. In the bottom of the 6th, the Angels did squat, 4-3 Angels.
Maddon sent Cishek back out there and while he gave the fans a scare, he did not surrender the lead. Walsh hit his second home run of the game, the 22nd of the season and increased the lead to 5-3 Angels.
Mayers was in for the 8th and things went south fast. A ball over Rengifo who was now in RF, and another one hit to him gave Boston another run. Thankfully, he did not surrender the lead. 5-4 Angels.
The Angels got nothing in the bottom of the 8th, leaving it as a 1 run lead for D-Cell, who had pitched a lot this series. He struck out the first batter. Then he struck out the second batter. And then he struck out the 3rd batter! Angels win the game and the series!
After a day off, the Angels face the Mariners for the final series of the first half. Mike Trout will miss this, which is unfortunate. Please drink responsibly.
in the minors, Detmers went 4, 57 pitches, 1 hit, no runs, no walks, 7 Ks.
why only 57 pitches & 4 innings? should we be worried?
He’s on the roster for the Futures Game, may have something to do with it.
The Halos are the only team in baseball with eight wins in their last ten.
and they’ve passed Cleveland, stand a half game behind Seattle and New York. After that there’s Toronto, then Oakland. Somehow this team is only 4 out of the wild card. with Trout returning after the next 3 games and possibly Upton and Rendon.
That is four starters out (from the opening day lineup), and we are still finding ways to win. Love the heart of this team.
A Platoon of Pinky Ward and The Ex-Doyer ain’t going to cut it in right field to finish out this season.
There is a lot of talk ,here, of trading Jo Adell for pitching. I’m ok with that concept provided we get something viable in return. But what are going to do in right field Gate Crashers?
As a back up or late inning replacement? Sure thing. But the golden boy is now sporting a .243 OBP with a .590 OPS
You asked what they’ll do. Lugares… and Ward. Eventually maybe Adell or another MiLB guy. Or Schebler.
He is talking about long term. If they trade Adell.
If he can get healthy, Kole Calhoun, defense alone, knows how to play next to Trout.
Think he might dig deep and find some grit offensively, probably cheap, free agent next year. We could use some ginger, spice things up.
The thing is we need guys in the next week…not so much after that. So we’re probably just going to weather the storm for now and come out stronger after the break.
I Can Get You A RF by 3 tomorrow……https://youtu.be/20wUS_bbOHY
Sergeant Hulka? Can he Pitch?
He’s not a big toe..but gold glove in right, I think will suffice.
As average as Upton is, will be an upgrade in left, Mike in center and maybe bring up Lund from AAA, give him a shot. Just anything but Ward, Rengifo, Schebler, Goose, Jay. I guess Rojas is on that “no more” list? Joe had that old how to book on “outfield play” this spring? Maybe he should pull it out of the drawer pass it out again.
Perry will go to the Independent League most likely. Seriously though, Perry should go sift through every roster in the league and find a 5th outfielder. It would be better than the Ward/Wong/Rengifo/Rojas combo plate. Although, Ward is clearly better than the other 3. Schebler is only up long enough for a cup of coffee so he is not a charm on Perry’s bracelet. I would just keep Adell in the minors until September. We don’t want a repeat.
RenDone goes on DL and we don’t miss a beat. I wonder how much money it would take to get someone to buy out that contract.
Yes, because our third base situation at the moment is totally great.
Agree with your implication. Rendon is so much better than anyone on the team and anyone in the system that it’s not even worth discussing. We need him if only defensively.
With or without a prothesis?
If I had to guess I would say only about $200 million give or take a million
Well, first it needs to not be a really bad idea to get rid of him.
Look at it this way. He’s had a couple months of being really banged up but has been pretty much the best at his position otherwise for years. We know why he’s sucked. He’s hurt. That can probably be fixed.
These “Can we get rid of Rendon?” comments have been about as stupid and useless as a sack of wet hair since they were invented. I’m not sure if there is any way to make them useful for anything at all, much less make them into a solid MLB third baseman, which is what our team will need (again) if we somehow sold him to some team with magic.
Anthony Rendon did exactly what we wanted him to do last year. Be the 2nd best bat on the team, hit behind Trout and play defense. He played in 52 of the 60 games. Probably missed some game cuz of Joe’s flipping the roster to get guys in the line-up. Come this year, on May 3rd, fouled ball of of his knee and not sure he ever got to full strength and start turning on the ball. He will hit.
Yes the foul ball contusion also caused a strained shoulder, a strained groin and now, 2 months later, a strained hamstring.
I’m really straining to see the correlation.
I’ve explained this multiple times now. I will make multiple points. Please let me know which ones you disagree with and why, if you do.
Injuries are random. I do not know which player is injury-prone or why. If you do, please let me know how to identify such a player. Injury “luck” is called as such for a reason.
Rendon has mostly played with a clean bill of health is his career.
Rendon is also a rhythm hitter. When he doesn’t play, he needs about 10 games to get back to speed. In fact, when he has had that time even this season, with all his supposed injuries, he’s hit decently well.
Rendon’s ability to recognize the strike zone and just be a pure hitter should age well. He relies less of athleticism and more on pure baseball ability and smarts.
That settles it. We’ll call it Random Rendon Recidivism.
Some things about Rendon here are very probably true. That said, there is one point that is definitely not true. That is your contention that injuries are random. Injuries are NOT random. To be clear, I am not saying that there is not an element of chance, or misfortune or however you want to put it.
What I am saying is that there are ALOT of things players can do to minimize the risk of injury, or to be more specific certain kinds of injuries. Take a look at Kareem Abdul Jabbar. He had an epic career which includes being the NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer. Perhaps the main reason he was ability to accomplish this feat was that his feet were good.
Ha. No, in all seriousness though his footwork was impeccable and amazing he took care of his body to an extent that other players did not. Among other things like cross-training, he religiously did Hatha Yoga, which I can tell you surely played a big-part of his not sustaining any major injuries over the course of his long career.
While it is true that even being a fanatic about diet, stretching and working out wisely instead of just trying to build muscle-mass are important they do not assure that one will not sustain a bad injury. But these things DO reduce the risk of injury. So, in essence, the player himself or herself is not simply subject to bad luck or “randomness.” If however a player is lazy or chooses not to take advantage of certain prophylactic factors, in the absence of these factors one has in essence increased the risk that one will be injured.
This may be true for Anthony Rendon. I don’t know about his workout regimen so I can’t say for sure. But the question should be asked. And as I have stated elsewhere, we as fans should certainly be asking about what our S & C Coach is actually doing to help players avoid injuries.
Knee/groin/hammy can all be related… especially if he keeps playing through any of them. Hell, he can even strain his shoulder by throwing weird or something because of a leg that is stiff when he fields the ball.
These aren’t really revolutionary ideas that are hard to accept… unless you really need them to be far flung so you can feel right about a comment you typed.
This is why, in other sports and when a team can do so in baseball, it is often preferable to just let a player sit for a long period, heal up all the way, then do a lazy rehab. Just get that whole body in shape again.
This seems the Trout approach. Perhaps we need (or are now?) to do so with Rendon.
Drink responsibly? We just took two from Boston. I think I’ll drain the bottle, but I won’t drive.
Yeah, that should say “drink accordingly”
Drinking accordingly is MUCH better than drinking accordionly.
I’d be fine with 2 of 3 vs Seattle. Then 2 of 3 against everybody else for the rest of the season. Wait a second. I can do this math….hold on…76 games left so that’s either 50 or 51 more wins, 94 or 95 total. I think that’d get it done!
Wow that was fun!!!! An Ohtani homer and TWO Walsh home runs to add?!?
Can’t believe they’re stuffed Walsh on all star gear in the team store, only Ohtani and Trout.
Heaney was awesome, Raisel is dominant and Boston can suck it
Was at the game today. Good crowd for a day game. The Red Sox fans were trying to get some noise going but we drowned their cheers. Good fun day game. Ohtani hitting the bomb after fouling a ball off his knee was amazing to see. Let’s get through Seattle and get to the All-Star on a positive note. It’s been a while since that has happened.
Afternoon game away from the office, jealous. Very cool to see an Ohtani Rocket.
I don’t know about all y’all but I was not looking forward to this series. I did not think there was a chance we would win 2 out of 3. I wasn’t even hopeful that we would win one, even though we swept Baltimore. I truly think (hope 😬 ) that winning that rain delayed game against the Yankees may have been a turning point.
I 100% shared that opinion.
Crazy thing is that if not for a couple blunders, a sweep was possible. I’m more than content with the 2-1 series win though.
Yes, we could have easily won the one game we lost.
What? You were chicken of the Chowds?
(Yeah me too) BUT NOT ANYMORE!
I say Bring on those Boston bitches ANYTIME!
Matsui still leads in the video collection department.
A reference before my time?
Well, everyone needs a hobby.
His porn collection was well known, and was even a joke over at HH.
Matsui-san sukebei desune
Godzilla! When lived in Tokyo, enjoyed watching him hammer away in the Tokyo Dome. Serious good hitter with thump. Loved his lone year with the Halo’s, albeit towards his sunset.
Japan media asked me to predict Matsui’s 2010 output at Tempe spring training …
he ended up LF/DH so I got position wrong … stats: 274 21 84 – i thought my guess was ok. The guy interviewing me was surprised I went “so low.” 😀
You guessed that? I just checked and that is what he did. LOL.
The signboard is my writing predicting what he would do … I was interviewed mid-Feb 2010.
Ah sorry, company computer whacking out JPEGs. Just viewed on the i-phone…phenomenal prediction!
Ah I see … guess was 280 20 90 vs actual 274 21 84
Oh, I’m sure Ohtani leads by far in the landscape photo dept. (Bilingual joke).
Me too. I am psyched I own an Angels tee I bought at the stadium store that has his name on it in Japanese. My wife-equivalent is a Yanks fan and was a huge Matsui fan and has a Yankees era shirt of his as so we were a matched #55 pair when we’d go see Angels @ Yankees uptown.
Found Opie’s old-school dancing Rockies fan video on YouTube – fitting considering the ASG is in DENVER this year:
(anyone hear from Opie??? Hope she’s ok and still kicking ass and taking names)
She is fine. I talk to her occasionally. She still watches all of the games.
Cool, with all that unusual heat they got up in the NorthWest. I’m glad they are doing fine.
Tell her, and Dave, I said Ohai.
I will! I talked to her a week ago. It got up to 117 degrees. Their house is two story and they don’t have AC but one of their daughters brought them a portable AC for the bedroom so they could sleep.
I remember meeting her at the ticket window.
At the ticket window? Are you sure that wasn’t Pattinelt?
or was Opie buying a ticket?
Yeah, Pattimelt worked the Angels ticket window for a spell and was a member of the angels fan club. Pattimelt was a super fan. Still remember her being shown in the original Adenhart tribute videos tears streaming down her face.
Oh yeah! It was Pattimelt. After I typed that, I thought, wait was it Opie?
Pattimelt lives in Tennessee now and works for a minor league club. Still an Angels fan all the way!
She seems fun.
Your post of Harry Potter chick reminded me of banned gifs of yesteryear. I had this bookmarked on this computer and finally found a time that fit to post it. Denver-bound Angels! Hope Jared and Shohei kick some NL butt.
This must have all been pre-Feb 2017
Yeah. Apparently some folks on HH found Angela’s hotness and sweet dance moves to be a little triggering so she went away. She used to celebrate all our wins, right there with shufflebot and Emma Watson.
Actually, the Angel’s weren’t a truely deeply crap team until we stopped seeing those GIFs after wins. Coincidence? Curses? Aliens?
Is Angela, Rally Skank?
She’s not a skank! She’s a good girl, just … friendly!
I see no reason to have gotten rid of Emma,that was very PG 13
Opie originated Angela, the rally skamk.
Must be before my time on HH, Angela?
God that gif takes me back…
She’s a nice girl. She’s just… friendly!
That’s one way of putting it.
While its true that two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani didn’t have it vs the Skankees, if Slegers had come in and retired the first batter he faced Ohtani’s ERA would be 3.09 instead of 3.49.
IR-s is very taxing
That’s why I can’t stand Cishek. He always let’s the IR score.
43 inherited, 21 scored.
Wow that’s messed up.
The shrink from Office Space agrees:
Even Matty V and Gubi were WTFing about it.
If you want to be disturbed, Cishek is still our 2nd or 3rd best reliever in terms of WPA and RE24, btw. (Depends on how you count Suarez.)
Also if you look at inherited runners for Angels relievers…
Junior Guerra — 9/16
Aaron Slegers — 10/18
Mike Mayers — 10/20
Steve Cishek — 20/42
Alex Claudio — 8/17
Raisel Iglesias — 2/14
Tony Watson — 2/20
Your numbers don’t support my feelings and are thus stupid and fake. Please take them away.
It looks CisShelled far and away leads the Major Leagues in total inherited runners scored. And despite the fact the his has pitched much much better as of late ( Zero ER’s in his last 11 appearances with a 0.70 WHIP) He still suffers from the rude habit of not cleaning up his teammates base trash.
So then this why does Maddon continually bring him to games with inherited runners? Why not just bring him in to start an inning?
Despite a couple of self induced meltdowns, Tony Watson has been incredible in producing LOBsters. I think he ranks second in the Major leagues (minimum of 16 inherited runners) in success in stranding the opposing teams base clogs. So why not use him primarily in those circumstances if, as you can see, from the above list, there are no better alternatives?
Maddon likes his starters, mostly, and any pitcher to leave the game from the mound. Joe rarely remove a pitcher while sitting on the bench between innings.
Joe likes to walk?
Joe wants the player to feel the crowd?
Joe thinks pitchers can only get better continually pitching in high leverage situations?
Joe likes his pitchers like his coffee? Good to the last drop.
Yeah. I don’t really get that. You’d think a hippy dipsheet like Joe would love the idea of pitchers being reborn with a clean slate, etc… but nope.
At least the one about “getting better,” I think there is a lot of truth to that.
Trial by Fire.
Although I consider Cishek about average in our pen and rather like him, I really prayed for Watson instead of Cishek or Mayers for this game. Just seems that Watson needs more rest than other arms…
Good stuff, I like statistical backup. Yep, pen construction is still our weakness. If Rasiel was to go down, which one of the gas cans would you flick a match at? Free passes are another cancer with this team, 3rd highest walk rate in baseball. If this does not get addressed, it will be a lot for our offense to overcome.
Marsh. Why not?
I don’t think that includes today. Mlb.com has Cishek at 21/43.
Yea, doesn’t include today, since I just pulled it off BBref and they don’t update until later. It’s just kinda crazy that outside of Iglesias and Watson, all of the other relievers allow inherited runners to score at about 50%, but Cishek hasn’t hurt the team as much.
We’re all concerned about Cishek coming in, but other than him, there’s just Iglesias and Watson….
The Angels are…good?
Now if Tony can turn it on for the second half and Mike continues to be Mike we could make a run. Would need to buy at the deadline though.
And if Upton can do what he was doing before he went down…We could be in for a damn fun 2nd half of the season! I’d be afraid to get too excited, but it’s already too late for that, I’m there.
We should be able to be at full strength coming out of the break, really exciting.
Knock on Brandon Wood!
Yep, Trout should return after the All-Star break, but remember, 2023 is after the All-Star break.
I’m all for trading Adell for pitching.
Me too. I have serious concerns about his desires to be great.
Ditto. We don’t want to wait until he declines like Brandon Wood did in the majors and lose everything.
True. The last time I stuck my desire stick inside him he was down about 1 qt of Desire Goop. Also when I scoped his gut I found it was very low on grit. He’s a total bust. Obviously he only wants to be 48% good instead of 115%.
That was a nasty task but I guess someone had to do it.
A desire mechanic does these type of things.
You are also a redass expert … remind me again, what is Erstad’s redass scoville rating?
I actually just have a bunch of paint samples on a carabiner that range from Pumpkin Latte to Greta to Trump to Louisville Cardinal and I hold them up to the red ass and rate it.
Ersty’s ok, he falls between “Months Old Crime Scene” and “Goth Chick In The Sun” but GUY WHO REALLY WANTS ERSTY TO LIGHT A FIRE UNDER THEM has a red ass that falls between Joy Behar and “You Died of a Stroke and No One Cared”.
I feel like we’d be selling low, but maybe!
Our offense has the potential to be sick in the second half. Rendon has to have a big second half, Trout’s return, Upton comes back, Fletch, Ohtani and Walsh have been terrific and while I expect some regression somewhere among those three, they’re still all above average hitters, Stassi has been a revelation and it’s not too small a sample size anymore, Iglesias has been solid and I believe Marsh comes up sometime in August (maybe sooner) and he will be a fun spark plug. C-Rod comes in as a reliable SP to go along with Ohtani, Sandoval and I’m really hoping Saurez ends up being solid for us. Cobb has shown some life. Obviously, it would be fantastic to add a #2 or #3 type to keep Bundy and Quintana in a bullpen role (if they can handle not imploding there). Be nice to add a high leverage BP guy too. None of these things are big reaches IMHO so Let’s Go!!!
Incredible, 4th hardest schedule without our Opening Day Guns and we are 2 over .500, I truly am Blowin’ away. This team is the most fun Angels Team since 2014. Bring on Seattle and we will pass them in the Standings. Yes I Believe.
They are fun. Even when they lose, they have a lot of fight in them. I like that.
I have really enjoyed a lot of games this year. I’m not huffing and puffing when they lose. It’s been a different one, I will say. I cannot even get pissed off at Daron Sutton who is like the Designated CtPG punching bag.
Yeah. I have just never been all that bothered by Sutton. Sure, I miss Victor, but D Sutt doesn’t bug me.
I don’t want to hear anybody say we only beat bad teams !!!!
Where is 2002 and his beeatch photos today?? I’m fired up!! 😎
Look…over there…in the weeds…..got a picture of Jerry D ready to post.
And a photo of a 14th round pick from 2015
Ya’ll are brutal lol
I think 2002 brought the cranberry sauce and gravy to that infamous “DiPoto pouts” Thanksgiving dinner.
He should post a photo of Mike Clevinger just to own the whole bridge.
Funny that he is nowhere to be found right now….
Comforting Jerry after that 12-1 drubbing yesterday.
I was guilty of saying that. I repent.
Because you repent you are forgiven !!
JesusFrost has spoken! 😀
I’ve been saying that, and although I am also fired up about taking this series, I need to see them beat 1 or 2 other good teams before I get carried away. Seattle has been barely better than us. That’s a good place to start!
I am not “getting carried away.” Don’t know about others. I am not making any proclamations other than we have the potential to be quite good.
And I am not afraid of Oakland!
😬 I sort of am. 😬
If you want to feel happy, just look at the records of the teams in first place this year Vs losing/winning teams… also look at play off teams from the past few seasons. You will feel better about feasting on crappy teams.
I’ll refrain until we see the Angels revenge getting spanked by Oakland and see how well they fare against Houston. Seattle too. But I understand the giddyness.
Yeah. While I’m not exactly afraid of Oakland, unless I see the Angels whipping Oak and TB, I’m not getting my hopes up too much. I expected 82-87 wins (I think I said 85 at the beginning of the season), and we are on pace for that at the moment.
But yes, I am also in favor of dealing Adell for a #1 or #2 pitcher if a deal can be struck.
See you Boston D-Bags in October!
Eat it Sox’s!
Hope Boston goes on a 40-game losing streak. Still one of the best playoffs was that game 163 tie breaker madness a few years back … when they got eliminated … Was so awesome to see.
10 years ago now downing
But that sox pain is still so fresh in my mind. 😍
I watch that every few months.
I love baseball!
Send a link, Brother! I’m going on memory.
No wonder i forgot that day — it was the day Napoli Napoli’d us. FML. Thanks for that painful reminder.
4th hardest schedule by the way
We have that coming or we so far have faced that?
This far – Halos have faced that
Not that the second half gets any better.
The September schedule in particular is brutal.
Really need to play well within the division. If we can eclipse a 65% mark against our rivals, should carry well.
One more win against Seattle clinches a winning record in the first half. Kind of mindblowing
Agreed with all of those injuries