Angels Lose Their Final Home Game of the Year

Shohei Ohtani is a 2 way superstar and he is doing both again today in the Angels last home game. As the Angels say bye to their fans, they do so in style, with a player who has done something thought impossible in modern baseball. We have a genuine unicorn here, and he chose to be with the Angels. Sure the season did not go as hoped, there has been injuries a plenty, and regression abundant, but the one constant had been Shohei Ohtani. Treasure this, it may not ever happen again in your lifetime.

Recap

Ohtani the MVP

Ohtani allowed a leadoff single but got the next 3 in order to get out of the inning with no damage. Marsh led off with a single in the bottom half of the first, but again, 3 straight outs made it mean nothing. No score after 1.

The second went by faster than the first as Shohei set the Mariners down in order. However, the Angels did something this time, striking first with a solo home run my Kurt Suzuki.

1-0 Angels!

Shohei Ohtani struck out his 150th batter on the season to end a 1-2-3 third.

That’s my DH!

The Angels went down in order out of respect. Still 1-0 Angels after 3.

In the 4th, Ohtani had another easy 1-2-3 inning, which, again, was followed by an Angels 1-2-3 bottom half. Still 1-0 Angels after 4.

For the 5th, Ohtani had traffic and was in serous danger of giving up the lead with 2 on and 1 out. However, he got out of it, stranding both. The Angels looked to add on in the bottom of the 5th, but alas, stranded 2 runners who walked. Still 1-0 Angels after 5.

A 1 out HBP and a single put runners on vs Ohtani yet again. But a strikeout and a flyout ended the inning with no damage. He then led off the bottom half of the inning with a single because why not? Unfortunately, he was stranded at first. Still 1-0 Angels after 6.

Maddon left Ohtani out there in the 7th in a 1 run game. He struck out the first batter. The next one, however, homered, tying the game at 1. A groundout for out 2. Then a strikeout to end the inning. 10 K, 1 ER, left with a tied game. He got rewarded with no run support and it was 1-1 after 7.

One can’t win a game alone…

Oh no, Bullpen

Jose Quijada

Ohtani’s day was over, he did what he needed to do, it was up to the bullpen now. First was Quijada. He allowed a leadoff double. Then he struck out the next batter. But he allowed a bunt single to put runners on the corners. That was enough for Maddon and he was yanked.

Austin Warren

Warren inherited 2 runners. He allowed one to score immediately on a single. An error loaded the bases. Then a double scored 3 more. He was yanked after that. 5-1 Mariners.

Sam Selman

The third reliever of the 8th, Sam allowed a SB of 3rd right away. At least he got the batter out on strikes. Then he got a flyout to end the half inning.

Now the offense had to score 4 runs to get back in this game that was suddenly a losing effort… if there was any effort by half of the team. A sad, sad 1-2-3 bottom of the 8th meant it was still 5-1 Seattle after 8.

AJ Ramos

The 4th reliever of the day got a flyout to start with, but then he walked the next one. And the next one. But a flyout made it 2 outs. A groundout ended the top of the 9th.

Last gasp for the Angels. Mayfield grounded out. Walsh struck out. Suzuki struck out to end the game. Angels lose.

Upcoming

The Angels go to Texas and Seattle to end the season. Time to play spoiler, and pad stats. Maybe we will see one more Ohtani start, maybe not. That is all that is left to play for. Please drink responsibly.

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VladimirTrout27
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2 months ago

After the game, Ohtani had some frustrating words about losing, similar to Maddon’s. Patience is wearing thin. They have assets to make deals. Nice FA class for pitching and SS, unfortunately Upton’s contract limits resources. Maybe they do another Cozart deal to dump him…

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Super Member

Cozart’s body was done. Upton may still be useful. He’ll at least be at ST unless they find more than a dump trade for him. IF (big if) they find 2 good yet expensive pitchers willing to sign here it’s just as likely they just go over budget for a season than pull off a trade.

MikeSalmon
Trusted Member
2 months ago

ESPN quote from Ohtani-san after the game:

“I really like the team,” Ohtani said through his interpreter, adding that he hasn’t spoken with the organization about a potential extension. “I love the fans, I love the atmosphere of the team, but more than that, I want to win. That’s the biggest thing for me. I’ll leave it at that.”

Feel free to read into that what you think it means. I think I parse it. You guys?

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

“”if nothing changes on the team, I think it’s going to be pretty hard to be in playoff contention.”

Ohtani also noted the interesting detail that he and his representatives have yet to begin talks with the Angels about a contract extension.”

Fansince1971
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

Pretty clear to me and to Perry and Arte I would think. Do everything it takes to win or let me go.

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

Not surprising knowing where he came from. This was a wasted year for him, Perry. He’ll go cross-town if the Angels don’t get to the playoffs next year. . Dodgers are w/o a Japanese born player now vs before when he was selecting his team. He’s not as loyal as Trout.

As I said below, can get a haul for him coming off the greatest season ever. I’m sure the fan base would not be happy but another mega-contract on a team that won’t touch the luxury limit won’t work. But I’m sure we’ll just try and hold onto him until his contract runs out and let him make the call. Leverage will be gone.

matthiasstephan
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2 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

I am still not sure what this ‘haul’ would be, and who would pay it. You basically need to replace Vlad Jr + Robbie Ray. How much would you pay for one year of those two? Would you empty your farm?

What do the Angels look like if you sell Ohtani after his MVP year? Do you retain any fans? Does Trout demand a trade? Do you sign any FA pitchers? What is the goal – full-scale rebuild? Restocking for a run in 2024 or later (after the ‘Trout/Rendon’ window?)?

As I have said elsewhere, we have carried three big contracts before (maybe always) and even with Ohtani, Rendon and Trout each making 30+M, we have a remainder of the salary of the Mariners. If they can (almost) make it to the playoffs on 65M, can’t we do that with that salary and the three big guns?

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago

Seriously, Angels won’t trade him this offseason and could not get equal value but certainly could get a mixture of MLB ready and top prospects, for one guy. He has a large fanbase but the Angels just cannot continue to flounder and wait for this to get to his walk year. Something to ponder though.

You need to wonder how long he will be at his peak playing both ways? I think that window is short than it is long. No 10-year deal, those always fail.

Trading Trout is no longer a “can’t do” thing in my book. His body is not aging well. Mr. Cool Anthony Redone is fine with whatever. But with 3 big guns locked up, we just don’t have the flexibility to add pitching big guns.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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I can’t help but ponder the big difference having Ross Stripling and Joc Pederson would have made this last month…. oh, none.
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gitchogritchoffmypettis
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LMFAO I’m right again. You just can’t get a rabbit to wear a sport coat.  💪 

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Did you actually look up Pederson Vs Ward’s stats?

matthiasstephan
Trusted Member
1 month ago

Don’t let facts confuse the man!

(But one always chooses the older player (29) with the 93 OPS+ over the younger (27) with the 103 OPS+, right? Especially if you have to pay for/trade for the older player? Right?)

2002heaven
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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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VladimirTrout27
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2 months ago

Madden supposedly knows pitching which is why he had Que-crapa face the top of the order after Ohtani. How is he still on the team?

DowningDude
Super Member
2 months ago

Lemme fix that for you…..

“Madden supposedly knows pitching which is why he had (insert any reliever in our pen not named Raisel) face the top of the order after Ohtani. How is he still on the team?”

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

yes, that’s the case. Prior to day is was “Raisel or Warren”. Now it’s just “Raisel”.

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago

I figured this would be a tough game. Gonzales is an Angel killer. Shohei had to be perfect and he made one mistake, more like Kelenic got lucky.

Trent Rush tweeted this: “Ohtani has had 12 no decisions this year. Of those 12, he allowed 2 ER or less in 10 of them. In no decisions: 63 IP, 21 ER … 3.00 ERA (including the 7 ER in 0.2 IP in NY).”

tommyshalo
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2 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Shohei deGromed as the Los Angeles Mets of Anaheim fall against the Mariners…

DowningDude
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  tommyshalo

Perfect headline

Eric_in_Portland
Super Member
2 months ago

maybe another start vs the Mariners next weekend?

The season has come down to wanting Ohtani, Marsh and Walsh to finish strong. And for Fletch to get a few hits

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
2 months ago

We are wasting Shohei Ohtani!

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago

Yeah we are. Just pause and think for a second, would there be a bigger trade chip, ever, after the season Ohtani just had? Two-way player who excels, international sensation and a great person. He will command a $400M extension. None of these have worked out yet.

nishiogawakun
Trusted Member
2 months ago

Poor Ohtani. Sorry man.