Welcome to the last weekend news links of the MLB regular season, which means the last links of the Angels season.
By this time next week we’ll be talking about the post season. Here’s a look at when all the playoff action will take place.
While a World Series ring isn’t possible for the Angels, there could still be some hardware for individual players forthcoming. Ohtani is the obvious choice for MVP and there’s been some campaigning for a Gold Glove for David Fletcher. Winner for those awards will come out in November.
Many of us are old enough to remember when everything wasn’t recorded and analyzed. When a good story could be just a good story. Ohtani hitting a ball so hard it destroyed the second baseman’s glove is just that type of story. This sounds like something that would be attributed to Josh Gibson or Hank Greenberg.
While we’ve been focusing on the AL MVP race, there’s a fascinating and still undecided MVP race going on in the NL.
One of those contenders is Bryce Harper. Has he gone from over rated to under rated in recent years?
If the Angels are going to make strides towards contention in 2022 they will need to supplement the pitching staff and hit on a gamble or two. One name getting completely overlooked is a certain whiny Cy Young Award winner who will be a full 17 months post TJ surgery when camp opens next February. Just throwing it out there but he’ll be cheaper than Max and doesn’t have Kershaw’s bad back. Plus we could “steal” him away from Houston.
Pitching isn’t the only area of need. The Angels need a catcher to pair with Max Stassi and former first round pick Matt Thaiss is indeed going to be a catcher from this year forward. Keep in mind this is a kid who hit nearly .400 in college thanks to this sweet swing the Angels immediately went about changing.
After a solid come from ahead loss yesterday, the Angels have dropped 7 of their last 10 and sit at #12 in next year’s draft order. If we can lose out we’d both help Seattle possibly knock one of the YankSux out of the Wild Card and could move up to 9th.
As much as we love stats and logic around here, sometimes baseball just takes its own path. Stats and reason definitely don’t factor into Seattle’s playoff push this year.
Of course nothing this year has been more unexpected than the Giants playing at a historic level. These Giants are more than unlikely contenders, they are playing their best baseball in a century.
By now we’ve all heard about Devin Williams. Stupid, pointless, but he’s one in a long line of odd baseball injuries. Everything from tanning beds to frostbite and more have kept players out of games. In fact, a simple search shows list after list after list of whacky injuries to baseball players.
No longform reading this week. Instead, enjoy the AL West clinching game of the 1986 season. Do the math, this game is 35 years old. Still love the blue warm up jackets. Check out a youngish Joe Torre as the color guy if nothing else. I also love the old commercials and the Flashdance soundtrack during lineup introductions.
Have a great weekend, all. Please link anything I missed.