Two Hit Shutout Postgame

Noah Syndergaard came out throwing strikes and was rewarded with a scoreless 8 pitch first inning. Justin Verlander for his part was not so pitch efficient, although he did manage to strike out Shohei Ohtani and Anthony Rendon. Mike Trout was robbed of a home run by the Astros center fielder Chas McCormick. It was nice to see Trout make some good solid contact. He would get it right in the eighth inning. Unfortunately, the Angels offense was rather tepid this game although it was enough.

Thor got two quick outs to lead off the second inning before Kyle Tucker reached on a single to center field and then proceeded to steal second base. Jeremy Pena walked to bring up Jason Castro who grounded out to Walsh. Seventeen pitches for the second inning is not as cool as 8 pitches, but at least the Astros didn’t score. The Angels did, though, on a quick home Run by Walsh. Unfortunately Duffy, Rojas, and Stassi couldn’t get the ball out of the infield so the Second inning ended not with a bang but a whimper.

Chas McCormick singled but Jose Altuve gave the Angels their first double play of the day. Michael Brantley grounded out to bring the good guys back up. Brandon Marsh drew a walk but then was thrown out at second on a blown hit and run play. It looked like he tweaked something during his slide but he stayed in the game. Wade grounded out to leave the bases empty for Shohei Ohtani, who then struck out.

It was three up, three down for the Astros in the fourth inning. Noah Syndergaard was cruising at this point. Mike Trout came up and grounded into the shift. Anthony Rendon walked, but Walsh struck out. Matt Duffy singled to put two men on. Rojas then struck out to serve up the LOBsters.

Ouch! After two quick Astro ground outs, Syndergaard hit Jason Castro with a pitch to put a man on. McCormick grounded out to preserve the shutout through the fifth inning. Max Stassi started thing off in the Angels half of the fifth with a stand up double. Brandon Marsh walked again. Walk Forrest, walk! Tyler Wade moved the runners over with a sac bunt. Shohei Ohtani struck out and Mike Trout lined out to center to end the inning.

Jose Altuve grounded Thor’s 70th pitch to Duffy for the first out of the 6th inning. Unfortunately, he walked Michael Brantley whereupon he was lifted from the game. Aaron Loup came in and struck out Goodrum. Yordan Alvarez hit into a fielder’s choice to end the Astros half of the inning. Anthony Rendon struck out again. Jared Walsh went the other way for a single. Matt Duffy struck out. Walsh was caught stealing to end the inning.

Aaron Loup came out again to pitch the seventh inning. Aledmys Diaz reached on a throwing error by Anthony Rendon. Kyle Tucker made out on a fly ball to left and Ryan Tepera was brought in to replace Loup. Jeremy Pena hit an atom ball to Mike Trout. Jason Castro struck out. The Angels continued to nurse their one run lead going into the seventh inning stretch. The second coming of Jose Rojas resulted in a ground out to the shortstop. Max Stassi then struck out. Brandon Marsh beat the shift for a single. David Fletcher got into the game but was out on a fly ball to right field to end the inning.

Ryan Tepera came out for the eighth inning and retired the Astros in order. (Whew!) Shohei grounded into the shift for the first out. Mike Trout hit a blast into the rock pile to make it 2-0. That felt good. Anthony Rendon walked. Jared Walsh was out on a fly ball to center but Matt Duffy walked to send Rendon to second base. Jose Rojas then struck out to bring his LOBsters up to 4.

Raisel Iglesias came in and personally took care of the put out of Alex Bregman on a pop out. Yordan Alvarez hit into the shift for the second out. He struck out Aledmys Diaz to close out the game. Winning is better than losing, I must say.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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fishfarm
Trusted Member
3 months ago

Rollover lineup today.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
3 months ago

Duffy should be moved down now in the line up and move someone up such as Stassi. If Duffy is really a 4th or 5th hole hitter, then the team is in trouble. Look at his career numbers, they do not lie. PTP, hoping that in ’23 you go get a former Angel pitcher and have (Witt) him manage our team, Joe is better in the clubhouse than on the field. Please Mr. GM help us out here.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
3 months ago

Adell has lost confidence again because of his fielding, put him in SLC and work one or two hours in the morning with him on fielding in LF. He does not have the arm for RF and he has to get in line to be considered for CF. He needs so much work that it will take two coaches to work with him, one hitting and one out in the OF with him. Following the ball, how to set the catch up to make the throw and using his eyes to anticipate the play. Do not try to teach him at this level.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago

I guess Quesadilla has an oblique strain . But Man I’m feeling sorry for Kyle Tyler. this is getting ridiculous.

https://twitter.com/JeffFletcherOCR/status/1513222985578033154

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

That might be the record he doesn’t tell his grandkids.

Twebur
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Injuries already piling up…including Adells brain gas.

Twebur
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Odds of Brian Moran pitching today

– 9500
Risk $9,500 to win $1

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
3 months ago

I do not often criticize but I am going to sound like a broken record about this topic. Joe Maddon is clueless more than 50% of the time making out line ups. Ohtani batting leadoff is pointless as he is clearly more comfortable batting 3rd being proven last season. Trout walks so much that it is normal for him to be walked and have over a 40% chance of being on base. Also, Joe likes Rendon batting 4th, so now you have R-L-R followed by a lefty in Walsh. Could be switched to Ohtani then Trouty followed by Walsh then Rendon.

To Joe and Perry, try Marsh at leadoff for a week or two. Bring up the plumber, he may field like JUp or Adell but he hits the cover off the ball and currently we could use the inspiration in the line up, right?

Twebur
Super Member
3 months ago

Roki Sasaki, who is just 20 years old, threw a perfect game against the Orix Buffaloes on Sunday, the 16th perfect game in NPB history and the first one in 28 years. 

https://sports.yahoo.com/mlb-20-year-old-japanese-pitcher-roki-saski-sets-record-in-19-strikeout-perfect-game-145425865.html

Twebur
Super Member
3 months ago

Trash Panda, Dustin Kerry taken in the 5th round last year went 5 innings on Friday. 5 hits, 0 runs, 8 K, 0 walks.

So far MiLB career stats. 0.93 ERA, 6 starts in 6 games, 19.1 innings, WHIP .93, 27 K’s

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

6 games all starts and averages 3 innings per start. He really looks to be a BP piece, doesn’t he? What he really has is great control it would seem.

Twebur
Super Member
3 months ago

Not sure how they plan to use him, but last year they just had them go 2 or 3 innings after the draft. First full year.

Last edited 3 months ago by Twebur
Cowboy26
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3 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

It would be interesting to have a site to track all 19 draftees of last year’s pitchers-only draft. Last night the TriCity Dust Devils beat the Hillsborough Hops 6-3. The Dust Devils used 4 pitchers giving up 2 earned runs and only 3 hits. All 4 pitchers used were drafted last year (Jake Smith-6th Round, Ryan Costeiu-7th Round, Nick Jones-8th Round & Brandon Dufault-16th round)

Pretty amazing.

Twebur
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

PTP/19/Draft2021.com.

Last edited 3 months ago by Twebur
GrandpaBaseball
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3 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Do it again, we like it, we like it.

Pitching trumps everything else. If you have to much pitching, do you think anyone will make trades with you? Lots of laughs.

2002heaven
Trusted Member
3 months ago

Trey Turner reupped for 1yr for basically $21M to stay with the Dodgers (I guess his wife likes Los Angeles…LOL!!! However pitching wives hate Orange County I take it…….horrible area to live in.)
Trevor Story went to Boston for a 6yr deal at $23.3M

Twebur
Super Member
3 months ago

Plumber hitting .500.
He’s hitting .425, while sleeping, on his left side.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Even if the Plumber is a butcher in LF he has the hottest bat in the organization right now. Bring the kid up and bat him lead off.

Twebur
Super Member
3 months ago

Monte Harrison was not signed by the LA Angels for his offense.

Monte Harrison was reeled in by the LA Angels for his defense as well as his speed. He had six steals in 2020 despite only playing 32 games. In 35 Major League games in the outfield, he hasn’t made any errors.

https://twitter.com/AngelsMiLB/status/1511888616712069122?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1511888616712069122%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_c10&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fhalohangout.com%2Fposts%2Fla-angels-flier-former-promising-outfield-prospect-minor-league-deal-monte-harrison

Cowboy26
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3 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Yeah but how many Gold Gloves does he have?

Didn’t you know we had an honest-to-goodness real-live gold glove outfielder last year?

admkir
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3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

So where is that GG right now? I think I missed his signing

GrandpaBaseball
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3 months ago
Reply to  admkir

Very good question, PTP should know the answer to that and why we did not re-sign him.

Twebur
Super Member
3 months ago

Don’t think he thought Joe Adell was going to assume the fetal position when he left AZ after ST.
He’s made some good decisions, but the OF decision look completely short sighted, by not signing someone like GG, letting Upton go to early, thinking Ward is the answer

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

I sort of agree except I would have done the same concerning JUp because we really had no place to put him on the field. GG came through last season as a replacement for the injured Trouty. No one saw a young player such as Ward being injured but having an extra glove for back up would have been wise in retrospect. GG must of signed with another team over the Winter.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
3 months ago

Lagares is a free agent.

Ward is done with a short term injury – so they are letting Rojas play.

If it becomes a long term problem, we have stashed some OF prospects in AAA and there are still some free agents available (Desmond, Dyson). Perhaps we could also pry someone free (if need be) that is on a minor league contract.

Twebur
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

No GG, but at he might not play the OF like a thumbless butcher with plantar fasciitis and vision problems.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Looks like Rendon at the plate.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago

You have to love Thor even more. Even though he’s new to this team, he really seems to get it. I guess his original love of the 34 jersey number was to honor another Angel legend Nolan Ryan as this was his original number with the Mets. Maybe all this is meant to be?

https://twitter.com/JeffFletcherOCR/status/1513018627385036803

2002heaven
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Yes uv corse……..what the hell was that comment about?
I gave you a rec anyway
I think he needed a community of people who really believe in him to fight past his injuries and rise up and resume his career while also inspiring others to do the same!!! 😍  😍  2002heaven

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fishfarm
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

So then, did the oligarchy get this one right?

2002heaven
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  fishfarm

We’ll have to wait, however he could’ve been signed for well less than we got him for. he’s also making more on his one year deal than Anthony DeSclafani, got from the Giants for $12M a yr for 3 yrs.

fishfarm
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  2002heaven

The only way you get him for less than the 21m AAV is offering more years. No one would have liked that.

DeSclafini isn’t a comp to Thor, age or career wise.

Cowboy26
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3 months ago
Reply to  fishfarm

if Thor ends up having great year, do you really think he would want to leave? Even Cheap Arte would want to keep him for marketing reasons alone.

fishfarm
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I hope he does have a great year and stays. I liked the signing.

Last edited 3 months ago by fishfarm
admkir
Trusted Member
3 months ago

I know we are suppose to be doom and gloom here and this is a small sample size but here goes.
Starting pitchers are a weakness
3 games, 14 ip, 3 runs allowed, 2 HR’s
Barn arms are a strength
3 games, 13 ip, 13 runs allowed, 6 HR’s

In weakness there is strength

Fansince1971
Legend
3 months ago

Just doodling with ways to get Ohtani into #2 slot where I think he belongs. I’d like to see Marsh get a shot at leadoff. Kids got a great eye and is fast.

Marsh
Ohtani
Trout
Rendon
Walsh
Stassi or Suzuki
Duffy or Wade
Rojas or Adell
Fletch

Fletch
Ohtani
Trout
Rendon
Walsh
Marsh
Stassi or Suzuki
Rojas or Adell
Duffy or Wade

JackFrost
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I would not mind experimenting with Marsh at lead-off and Ohtani in the # 2 slot against RH pitchers, but I still do not like Rendon batting clean-up. Put Walsh there and move Rendone to 5 or better 6.

Fansince1971
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

With Rendon- I’m fine batting him 5th against righties (with Walsh 4th) with Rendon at cleanup against lefties.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I’m not putting Fletch back into the leadoff spot until he stops hitting like Fletch 2021. He has no strike zone discipline, and with opponents utilizing smarter defensive positioning his BABIP has plummeted. Without him making significant adjustments Fletch is .600 OPS guy that should be nowhere near the leadoff spot.

Similar to Adell, the encouragement derived from a new spring approach ( or in Adell’s case a new, shorter swing) quickly melts away to the same old failures once the bright hot lights of the new season begin to shine.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I’m Fletcher’s biggest fan, but I have to agree with you here as he really needs to figure this out. Marsh in a small sample size seems to have done so.

Fleckstein
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I don’t think Madden likes left left to start a game. You could go Marsh then Trout Ohtani, but I kinda like putting Ohtani 1st, especially as he hasn’t been hitting much yet (the Upton experiment).

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
3 months ago

Good morning on a much cooler Sunday, Angels will really heat it up today with 3 more HRs and we will win 8-3 today. 2 SB today with nobody being thrown out. I have a feeling that Rendon will sit. Fletch will get 2 hits, Adell will get a hit, Capt. Jack will get 2 hits.

I am thinking that the lineup will look screwy again today. Suarez will do well today, and the Pen looks awesome again.

See you around game time.

JackFrost
Super Member
3 months ago

The offense had better be good because we will certainly not hold the Astros to 3 runs today. I’d be willing to wager on that if you think you’re right and I’m wrong.

In fact, you probably have the scored reversed here. It is much more likely to be

Astros 8 Angels 3.

Last edited 3 months ago by JackFrost
Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Agreed. But Suarez has shown some bad ass approaches in attacking opposing hitter . I loved the way Thor threw inside last night. Maybe Sicario can do the same thing.

Knowing Joe’s mentality, I’m curious which regular will get rested today. It may ne Marsh after tweaking his ankle last night on the caught stealing.

But this game, as the previous 3, will probably come down our bullpen. If we hold Joe to his word and none of the A team is available today due to last night’s usage, Warren, Quesadilla & Archie Bradley will have to save the day. If the remaining bullpen Flotsam, Jetsam , Lagin & derelict have to used today, it maybe time to finish up your yard work early today.

JackFrost
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I hope he didn’t say that. Our season chances are riding on the outcome of this game. Starting the season losing 3 of 4 at home to our chief division rival will not bode well for where we want to go.

I hope Joe realizes the importance of this game. I see that Altuve is sitting for the Stros so that makes me feel a little bit better. However, if the bullpen stiffs are used it does not look good for us.

Last edited 3 months ago by JackFrost
Cowboy26
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Jim Atkins
Super Member
3 months ago

Nice to see Ryan Tepera have an excellent outing after that dumpster fire the other night. Really nice to see Thor be an absolute monster against a strong lineup.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Still a velociraptor!

anewfoundthrice
Trusted Member
3 months ago

I’m being pleasantly surprised by Walsh, Rojas, and marsh’s efforts out there. Rendon’s doesn’t give a shit attitude is getting on my nerves and I’d bench him for captain jack.

ScoopleDoople
Trusted Member
3 months ago

Remember we thought that about GA? I thought of this before but did not post it because I was too GA.

Fansince1971
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3 months ago

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