The Angels were off Sunday, curiously, which allowed baseball’s stage to be taken by arguably the Angels of the NL, the New York Mets. Before we get there, a few quick team-related points.
Shohei Ohtani reached the 40-20 club with his 20th stolen base over the weekend. He continues to polish off his MVP campaign. Although Ohtani was hit in the pitching hand, Joe Maddon says he should still be able to make his Tuesday start, a comment which naturally you should take with a boatload of salt.
Andrew Heaney has already been booted from the Yankees rotation. The former Angel, who was actually scheduled to take the mound tonight at Angel Stadium, now gives way to Corey Kluber, although he should still feature prominently in the game. The Angels have not announced a starter yet, although Fangraphs believes it might be José Quintana.
The Houston Astros and Washington Nationals have mandated that all non-playing employees must receive the vaccine to continue to be employed. This does not extend to the players, probably because they are covered under the CBA and not directly under the purview of the team.
Sunday, Mets starter Noah Syndergaard celebrated his birthday. That morning, the team announced he had a “non-baseball related injury,” although it was later reported that he tested positive for COVID-19, drawing questions from the media and fans alike as to why the team reported it that way initially.
Later, Javier Báez, Francisco Lindor, and Kevin Pillar were among the Mets to “thumbs-down” at Mets fans, taking issue with the way that the fans frequently booed the team. The Mets later issued a statement saying that the players’ gestures were unacceptable.
The Orioles have now lost 18 of 19 games to the Rays this season. The futility demonstrated by Baltimore, juxtaposed with the fact that the Angels played terrible ball there last week, is incredibly demoralizing for a team that is struggling to put up offense right now. As we enter September, it remains an uphill battle for the Angels to post a winning season.
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