LA Angels Thursday News Crash: Top Bullpen?

MLB.com says that the Angels have the sixth best bullpen in baseball. Is this cause for celebration? It’s not the top bullpen but, if it’s true, number 6 is pretty upper crust considering all the complaining we do around here. As might be expected, the Angels did not fare so well in the Fangraphs positional ranking for the shortstop position.

The Blue Jays are going to sign Dexter Fowler. Dexter, we barely knew you. Best of luck. Jose Quintana is apparently considered the Pirates best starter. This article is about pitcher power rankings. Shohei Ohtani was number 12. Noah Syndergaard didn’t make the list. The list is just a ranking of each team’s ace.

Evan Longoria will miss six weeks after his hand surgery. Pitching prospect Hunter Greene made it onto the Reds pitching rotation to start the season. Meanwhile, the Brewers selected Jose Urena to their major league roster. The Padres traded James Norwood to the Phillies for minor league infielder Kervin Pichardo. For their own part, the Phillies traded Adam Haseley to the White Sox. The Mariners sent Connor Phillips to the Reds to complete the Jesse Winker trade. The Twins signed Chris Archer to a one year deal.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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2002heaven
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10 months ago

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CTPG will hear from me about the BULLPEN SINCE IT’S IMPORTANT (that’s whut yoo all sed didn’t yuh?)!!!!!
along with catchers, POBO”s and field managers as opposed to SP”s, farm system directors, pitching coaches and SS’s.
BYE!!!
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Last edited 10 months ago by 2002heaven
steelgolf
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10 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

Halowood? Is that you?

matthiasstephan
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10 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Well, it’s not TAME – that guy was at least funny.

red floyd
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10 months ago

TAME was wise beyond reckoning. We will win some games.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Last season Suero probably would have made the opening day roster.

I guess the Wander man suffered from extreme whiplash last year giving up a whopping 11 taters in only 42 2/3 innings pitched.

Last edited 10 months ago by Cowboy26
2002heaven
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10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

We need this guy, and we should go get him back.
Especially if he has a 4.2 40 yrd dash time and can throw a baseball from the bullpens to homeplate. BECAUSE ATHLETICISM MATTERS!! JUST ASK BILLY EPLER….
My tax guy has to be in the Crossfit games or I won’t hire him!!
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Last edited 10 months ago by 2002heaven
Cowboy26
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10 months ago

Poor Brian Cashman and the Yankees are still whining about the Astros sign cheating scandal how it has been the sum of all their failures the last 5 seasons.

https://theathletic.com/3220682/2022/03/31/the-2017-astros-title-doesnt-have-an-asterisk-for-brian-cashman-the-yankees-world-series-drought-does/

Geez Cashman. It hasn’t stopped the Chowds, The Nats, The Doyers and The Braves from winning a World Series so maybe its time to get it over it .

BTW weren’t the Skanks also up to some nefarious shit themselves?

2002heaven
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Like whut?
Being richer than everybody else isn’t cheetin. Yankees have won 4 championships under Cashman not quite as good as Nick Saban or Bill Belichick in pigskin but still quite good. next guy was brian sabean who won 3 with the Gigantes 2010-2014. QUICK!!!! GO RUN AND SEE IF I GOT SOMRTHING RONG!!! LOL!!!!! 😆 

Last edited 10 months ago by 2002heaven
Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

This is just one of many stories. https://www.audacy.com/weei/sports/red-sox/mlb-keeps-sweeping-yankees-cheating-scandals-under-the-rug and it looks like we are soon to get even more: https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/court-rules-2017-letter-from-rob-manfred-to-yankees-regarding-sign-stealing-should-be-unsealed-per-report/

Brian Cashman has been the GM of the most valuable and powerful team in all of Major League Baseball for 25 years now. And he has exactly 1 world championship ( Thanks to Brian Fuentes) in the last 22 years. Coincidently the same as the Angels have. So I would consider that a failure. Wouldn’t you?

You know, if you came out of your bathroom stall longer than to just bomb us with your stupid posts maybe you could actually do some real research and then post something that is more than just incoherent drivel.

Last edited 10 months ago by Cowboy26
2002heaven
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Damm that Brian Fuentes guy!
The field skipper matters UHGAYNE!!! Wee neid a tyme masheen so Scioscia can use somebody else to get out a guy hoo woulduv been career .150 hitter if not for PEDs. GOOD GAWD!!! IT’S NEVER OUR OWN FAULT!!! Why don’t you wait before you speculate over a team that you hate because they’ve had more success than us.
Aaron Boone makes less than Quirky Joe the old hippie.

Last edited 10 months ago by 2002heaven
Cowboy26
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10 months ago
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Man you suffer from diarrhea of the keyboard. Please go get some medical help.

admkir
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10 months ago

Ohtani rule is official

Cowboy26
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10 months ago

Our first game back after an off day and no Rendon . WTF?

https://twitter.com/JeffFletcherOCR/status/1509557458796105729

Last edited 10 months ago by Cowboy26
admkir
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

They have to see the options for when he goes on the IL

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  admkir

Maybe he already is but no one knows it?

admkir
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Might have left early for Saturday nights game in Anaheim

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  admkir

Actually the Big A game is Sunday but that brings up another bitch I have.The Angels have a game scheduled for Saturday against the Cubs at Mesa knowing that all regulars and semi regulars will already be back in the southland. Why waste an off day Yesterday if no-one was going to even be in Arizona after Friday evening?

Last edited 10 months ago by Cowboy26
admkir
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

My bad it is Sunday, so maybe he misread the schedule like I did and will partake off the additional rest

Twebur
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

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JackFrost
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

It is funny that you mention about Rendon. I am already thinking about weakness in the middle of the order for Opening Day. The Astros are very saavy. They have announced Framber Valdez as their starting pitcher against Ohtani. By throwing a left they sort of neutralize Walsh in the middle of the order. Assuming Ohtani and Trout get walked or at least pitched carefully to,that makes the # 3 and #4 hitter very important for that game.

Since Rendon hasn’t started hitting yet this Spring and is understandably pretty rusty after all that time off I could foresee him starting the season slowly, failing in multiple RISP scenarios. If both he and Walsh have bad games against Valdez it could stall our offense.

Since I am already thinking about Opening Day, I would strongly consider starting Upton at 1B that day and bat him 4th! Yes, you heard me right. He is swinging it well right now, and I like him in that key spot more than Walsh against a left-handed pitcher. Perhaps Houston did this to force our hand. Anyway, I don’t like a 3-4 of Rendon and Walsh going into that game.

Last edited 10 months ago by JackFrost
Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

But we don’t need to do that. We have Taylor Psycho Ward and all of his awesomeness.

JackFrost
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Duffy as well as Mayfield can play 3B. When I present my preferred lineup for Opening Day (just this game, not the entire season..) some will be surprised to find a batting order sans Anthony Rendon !

Twebur
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Some good points, your predictions I’m sure will be proven correct .

Mine isn’t a prediction, it’s a fact, 2002 💪💪💪 will trot out his stock photo of Framber Valdez and remind us how he was paid $750 and given a 1997 used Yugo to sign with Houston….stupid, cheap Arte.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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10 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

You typed Upton so I automatically have to comment urr derr durrrr deee derr they should just release him blatty bloooo tootytoo….

YOUknowulovetheIE
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10 months ago

Sheez, archer’s career really fell off.

red floyd
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10 months ago

There just *HAS* to be an ISIS joke somewhere in there…

FungoAle
Super Member
10 months ago

That was the straw that broke the Pirates back and sent them in a downward spiral. Horrible, horrible trade.

h27kim
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10 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Not just trading for him, but giving up all their best prospects for him, too, and almost literally all. A genuine head scratcher.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
10 months ago

Padres want an outfielder and are willing to trade a pitcher.

Feels like there should be a fit there somewhere

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

The Pads seem most interested in Bryan Reynolds. If true, we’re on the outside looking in.

JackFrost
Super Member
10 months ago

Who wouldn’t want Reynolds. He is really, really good.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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10 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Stupid cheap Arte. Why don’t we have Reynolds so we can trade Reynolds?

Jeff Joiner
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10 months ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

Would’ve been great earlier in the off season when the Angels could have landed a decent OF’er in free agency.

Now there’s nobody left if we trade one away.

Designerguy
Super Member
10 months ago

If you never attended a game before the football expansion in the 1980s, you missed out.

https://twitter.com/MLBcathedrals/status/1509336023980990473

JackFrost
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Designerguy

I remember when the A was in Left Field. Great times. Seeing Baylor, Carew, Grich and Carney Lansford etc..

steelgolf
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Designerguy

The stadium of my youth

AnAngelsFan
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10 months ago
Reply to  Designerguy

Wow, so much undeveloped land.

Designerguy
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10 months ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

The green patch beyond the left field is Malibu Grand Prix, which was a high-priced go-kart track.

BruinsAngelsKings
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10 months ago
Reply to  Designerguy

I went to the one in City of Industry as a kid.

red floyd
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10 months ago

Went to the one in Northridge.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago

Was that the one near the Puente Hills mall?

Designerguy
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I was halfway between the City of Industry and Pasadena locations, and went to both.

FungoAle
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Designerguy

I recall the lights on the side of the Big A would stream in opposite directions after an Angel homer. Anyone remember that or I could have been hallucinating. “all the leaves are brown…and the sky is gray

Designerguy
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

You are correct — the lights did stream up and down in opposite directions.

Twebur
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Designerguy

If you overlay Google maps over this photo, it shows we now have 4,093 Starbucks all in the same footprint.

BruinsAngelsKings
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10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

 😂 

admkir
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10 months ago
Reply to  Designerguy

Isn’t this around the time that you could see strawberry fields forever?

red floyd
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10 months ago
Reply to  admkir

Only if you could afford a ticket to the Beatles.

Designerguy
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10 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

Let it be, Red.

red floyd
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10 months ago
Reply to  Designerguy

I mean, it was in the middle of nowhere, man.

Designerguy
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10 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

It was so far away it might as well been across the universe.

red floyd
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10 months ago
Reply to  Designerguy

Is one of those streets Penny Lane?

Twebur
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Designerguy

Will we ever get a new, refurbished stadium?
If it takes another 10 the answer is the same as no.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
10 months ago

Good morning, Ya’ll, thankfully we have game today, so today will be a good day and even better if we win.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
10 months ago

Bullpen rating of 6th best, kudos to PTP for sure.

JackFrost
Super Member
10 months ago

But if Loup turns out to be poop we could be less than 6th.

I just hope that after he blows his first lead in the 8th Joe demotes him quickly so it doesn’t cost us more than one game.

ScoopleDoople
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10 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

I think he’ll get a number of tries. Scioscia would have used him 1/2 the season regardless of the results.

red floyd
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10 months ago
Reply to  ScoopleDoople

Cishek says hello.

JackFrost
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  ScoopleDoople

Agree with the Scioscia part.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  ScoopleDoople

plus hes signed for 2 years so even if he fails this year, the Angels cant give up on him.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

The good thing is Joe’s got options even if Loup is Poop ( Buttrey, Wantz, Ortega, Marte, Hergert plus possibly guys from the 2021 draft) The only concern is he’s our best left handed option so if he fails unless some of these other guys have reverse splits (kind of like Scot Shields) this could be an achilles heal against a team with a lot of tough lefty batters.

JackFrost
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yeah, not having a reliable lefty would be a bummer. But if Tepera turns out to be solid that would still help. I am also curious to see what happens with Buttrey. Perhaps the team doesn’t want to just throw him a bone and put him on the Opening Day roster because of the way he unceremoniously retired after being demoted.

I like Buttrey so I hope he gets a shot with the big club sooner rather than later. I do believe he can achieve a semblance of his former dominant self.