The Angels limped into Houston over the weekend, preparing to finish out the last few weeks of the season before calling it another year after September. They got slightly more banged up at Minute Maid, with Jo Adell crashing into the fence and missing a game. Maddon says he won’t need the IL, but, well…
Speaking of Adell, Fangraphs did a piece about his strikeout rate. He’ll probably still need to take another step forward next year to remain viable, but the returns from 2021 are definitely better than they were in 2020.
This might already have been posted, but come fix the Angels yourself!
Jeff Fletcher notes that Shohei Ohtani’s workload may be catching up to him, although he won’t be shut down. However, Chris Rodriguez will not pitch again this season.
Meanwhile, Vlad has tied Ohtani in HRs and is making a serious run at the Triple Crown. 2012 part 2?
In The Athletic, Sam Blum talks to our old friend Victor Rojas.
Victor Rojas was tired of watching the product the Angels were putting on the field every day. The performance was lackluster, he said. So, too, was the front office’s vision.
He was a die-hard fan and a loyal, decade-long broadcaster. But, he admitted, the team’s direction made him “pissed off.”
Corbin Burnes carried a no-hitter into the ninth for the Brewers, but as he was at 115 pitches, Josh Hader finished off the job.
Cleveland was once again held hitless through the majority of the game on Sunday by Eric Lauer. Max Scherzer also had his own perfect game bid. Scherzer also tallied his 3000th strikeout.
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