There’s a chance that in ten years, we look back on this weekend as incredibly fortuitous, that Rich Waltz’s Angels career overlapped with the multi-All-Star one of Brandon Marsh.
Of course, the big story of the weekend is that Marsh has been called up. He went hitless in his debut, courtesy of a Joe West strike zone and a nice defensive play by Ty France, but there’s a chance we could see him in the leadoff spot eventually.
The Athletic’s Sam Blum recounts the losses that Marsh has suffered thus far in 2021.
“His family brought the ashes of Marsh’s father and held the urn throughout the afternoon. His other best friend, Dillon Vann, fulfilled a promise that he and Cardiello had made to Marsh — that they’d be at his debut no matter where it was. Vann brought Cardiello’s football jersey as a way to fulfill the promise.”https://theathletic.com/2714670/2021/07/18/months-after-losing-his-father-and-then-his-best-friend-angels-top-prospect-brandon-marsh-has-meaningful-mlb-debut/
David Fletcher’s hit streak snapped.
Blum, as promised, is asking the hard-hitting questions. We’ve all been wondering why the Angels have a ton of injuries and always seem to misrepresent the timeline of when players will return. Blum wrote an article on that very question.
“Biology,” Maddon said Saturday when asked why the team’s injury projections have often been incorrect. “You have to wait until the guys are up. That’s why it’s hard to say. I try to give you guys as much of an idea of when I think they’re going to be ready. But I always indicate that to give you an exact finish line is difficult. And things happen, where it’s not as quick as you thought.”https://theathletic.com/2713275/2021/07/18/why-have-the-angels-been-so-off-on-projecting-injury-timelines-this-season/
Keith Law has somewhat favorable things to say about the recent draft in which the Angels selected 20 pitchers.
Mike Trout will at least travel to Oakland.
Shohei Ohtani donated his Home Run Derby appearance prize winnings to Angels support staff. He hit homer #34 Sunday afternoon.
Fangraphs examines how Shohei Ohtani has been used this year and the value that such usage provides. Alternate Title: “If the Angels Make the Playoffs, Joe Maddon is My AL Manager of the Year.”
A scary moment occurred Saturday in Washington D.C. when gunshots broke out from just outside the stadium during the game. Wil Myers, Fernando Tatis Jr., and Manny Machado played an instrumental role in ushering fans to safety. Dave Martinez also thought of his fellow humans in the critical time of need.
A Yankees fan threw a ball during a game and hit Alex Verdugo. That fan has been rightfully banned for life from MLB parks.
Tim Locastro, who quickly endeared himself to Yankees fans by using his speed to excite, has torn his ACL. The Yankees nightmare season continues.
There will be an all-female broadcast tomorrow.
The Mets are gonna Met. They also won this game.