For as long as I can remember, barring weather every MLB team has played on weekends. Back in my uncle’s day double headers were common on Sunday. But this weekend the Angels have Sunday off. And we need it.
Apparently my memory is a bit foggy as 6 teams had a Sunday off in 2018. That was early in the year when weather is normally a concern, and Easter Sunday. Neither of which apply here.
Judging by attendance I’m in the minority here, but I absolutely love Sunday afternoon games. Lunch at the ballpark, take a lap around the concourse for a couple of innings, home in time to light the grill and enjoy dinner. Pretty much a perfect day, especially if I hit the beach in the morning.
The Angels host the struggling Padres this weekend. The Padres entered the year with World Series dreams, but will they even make the playoffs?
The Angels entered the year thinking a playoff run was optimistic but not overly so. FanGraphs now pegs our odds of reaching the postseason at 0.0%, which puts us in pretty good company.
That is just further proof that we are playing for the future right now. Part of that was Elvis Peguereo, part of the Andrew Heaney trade, getting his first call to the big leagues yesterday. It definitely did not go well for Elvis.
Brandon Marsh is making that future look pretty bright, though. He’s hitting over .400 on this road trip and cracked his first HR.
That’s a pretty stark contrast to the Athletic piece from just a week ago that chronicled Marsh’s work to overcome his struggles. Narratives change quickly, especially around young players.
Not to be outdone, Jo Adell is putting together a solid month on both sides of the ball. On Wednesday he also had a moment that far exceeds stats and rankings. He made a kid’s day.
The biggest national story this week was Miguel Cabrera hitting his 500th home run. Fangraphs took a look around baseball to see which other active players have a decent shot at reaching that milestone.
Another big story this week was the Orioles generating then snapping a 19 game losing streak. Meanwhile the Yankees are on an 11 game winning streak as I type this. Why all the long streaks in baseball nowadays?
I’m glad I’m old enough that I made most of my mistakes before there were cameras everywhere and social media to immediately spread them. Javy Baez is not so lucky.
There will be baseball on Sunday. Other MLB teams will play, but I’ll tune into the Little League World Series.
Calling the youngster from South Dakota “America’s answer to Shohei Ohtani” is hanging a lot on the kid. But he’s been a joy to watch, as have several others in the tournament.
Gavin Weir has been nothing short of amazing, though. His not hitter of a powerful Torrance team was his fourth of the tournament going back to regionals. He’s putting up video game type numbers on the biggest stage.
MLB needs to do more promos like this. I’ll leave you with this smile on your face: