The Angels lost two of three to the Mariners over the weekend, sandwiching poor offensive performances around an explosion. Shohei Ohtani walked a lot.
In the rubber match of the series, Ohtani pitched a gem, but the team couldn’t pick him up. If it was Ohtani’s last start of the season, he’s definitely shown that he can pitch and hit in the same game. After the game, Ohtani said that although he loves the team, he wants to win. He and Trout have been part of the losing for more than a while now, and something has to change.
Ohtani will be a free agent after the 2023 season, and no extension talks have been opened yet. Personally, I don’t think this is a big deal; after all, we’re talking about someone who turned down millions to come to MLB as early as possible to prove himself. I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t sign before free agency so he could best weigh his options and put himself in the best chance to succeed.
Next year will truly be the most important year in a long time. If it’s another year of the same, Ohtani could be demanding a trade, and after that one starts to wonder if a core of Trout and Rendon, with unproven pitchers, is enough foundation to reach the postseason. I’ll lay it out in my offseason plan, but my philosophy is that I am willing to take on bad contracts this offseason because it’s so critical. We have to push our chips into the center. It’s now-or-(quite possibly)-never.
Of course, it came to no one’s surprise that Mike Trout will not be returning in the 2021 season.
You can follow along with the Angels draft position, if you’re into that sort of thing.
The AL Wild Card race certainly is amazing. It’s a minefield of teams that the average Angels fan probably wouldn’t like to see succeed in the playoffs.
The Cardinals have won sixteen games in a row and look to carry their momentum into their (probable) Wild Card showdown with the Dodgers.
There was a tragic incident Saturday at Petco Park, where two individuals fell to their deaths. The cause is unknown.