LA Angels Monday News Crash:

The Angels selected Kenny Rosenberg and outrighted Brian Moran, who cleared waivers and went to Salt Lake City.

Other Teams Pitchers

Julio Teheran just signed with the Staten Island Ferry Hawks of the Atlantic League. Greg Holland cleared outright waivers and elected minor league free agency. Trevor Bauer’s administrative leave is extended through April 29, 2022. The Rangers placed Jon Gray on the 10 day injured list after he sprained the MCL in his left knee. Dodgers set up man Blake Treinen just went on the injured list with shoulder discomfort. Pierce Johnson of the Padres is on the IL with elbow tendinitis. Anthony DeSclafani is on the IL with right ankle inflammation. Roki Sasaki finally gave up a hit.

Other Teams Position Players

The Yankees intentionally walked Miguel Cabrera while he had 2,999 hits. He wasn’t mad because his on base percentage went up. Rays catcher Francisco Mejia is on the COVID IL. The Guardians reinstated Owen Miller from the COVID IL in advance of the four game series with the Angels. Meanwhile, the Giants placed Mike Yastrzemski onto their COVID IL. Michael Conforto underwent season ending shoulder surgery.

Brawls

A junior college pitcher tackled an opposing runner for taunting him after a home run. Lots of suspensions ensued. Then, of course, there was this brawl between the Mets and Red Sox AA affiliates.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago

Smack my head and turn out the lights as you leave, I like Joe’s line up for tonight. I would have liked it more had Marsh been able to play. Dropping Rendon down is good, playing Walsh is great and dropping Showtime down was needed. My only negative is “What took you so long Joe”?

Mia
Legend
Mia
2 years ago

No lies here

Jessica DeLine
Admin
Super Member
2 years ago

Amen

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
2 years ago

too bad Marsh is out. Oh, and I have little confidence in Lorenzen. Hope I’m wrong. Loving seeing Trout healthy.

JackFrost
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

Are Perry’s minions reading this site, then reporting to PTP who then reports to Joe ?

losangel
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

Geez, is it contagious?

Cowboy26
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  losangel

Inherited baserunners scoring? It was last year when Cheese Shit was here.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Where does he play now?

Cowboy26
Legend
2 years ago

On his Nintendo Switch .

Twebur
Legend
2 years ago

The Rocket City Trash Pandas are excited to announce that starting pitcher Chase Silseth has been named Southern League Pitcher of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, April 24.

https://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/chase-silseth-named-southern-league-pitcher-of-the-week/n-5818109

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

He’s been absolutely filthy this year. Perhaps the first of last year’s draft to make the MLB roster.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

PTP specifically mentioned Chase Silseth, Ky Bush & Mason Erla as encouraging prospects at AA during last Saturdays chalk talk meeting with the season ticket holders. Interesting that he didn’t mention Sam Bachman but I’m sure that because of his current injury.

Twebur
Legend
2 years ago

Cowboy mentioned him yesterday…maybe our best option for duty when the starting staff needs help…..37 years old.
https://twitter.com/SaltLakeBees/status/1518683111600508928?s=20&t=utog8xyW8rCeDNlNNRtkxA

Last edited 2 years ago by Twebur
Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

Good for Valdez

I’m glad that he both pitched a complete game and recorded all 27 outs.

steelgolf
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

9 innings and only 93 pitches? That is 5 innings or work for most of The Angels starters.

losangel
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

That’s bad for our per-caps. (is that the right saying?)

JackFrost
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

His change looks real good.

MarineLayer
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

That’s better than who previously was awarded the win.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

Excellent News. We don’t need pitchers getting credit for Vulture Victories. This ain’t the Luis Sanchez era.

admkir
Trusted Member
2 years ago

Now that Anaheim and the state are in agreement on a settlement over stadium sale, it would be nice if Arte (extra 2 1/2 yrs to decide) tells us if we are getting a new stadium.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  admkir

Do you want a new Stadium or is the current Big A Ok?

admkir
Trusted Member
2 years ago

I personally like the existing Big A but will it be good enough even with renovations to last to 2050 when the Angels could leave?

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  admkir

I see your point. I agree that today’s Big A is in great shape and improvements would be a plus but how will it be looked upon in 28 years.

Dodger fans would snap their minds if it was suggested they tear down and build a new and the same for Boston and Chicago. I’m not sure if Angels fans have the same love affair though.

With our new “Jumbo Tron” in RF and the waterfall and the Coors Light area I would miss this park. The concourses are large, parking is easy and relatively short walking distances. The seats all have good angles and at my age the bathrooms are all close. So the need for a new park as opposed to improvements made to the Big A is just not so pressing I would think. But the fans always increase with new Stadiums. But the newer stadiums across the country do not always seem all that good after 5 or so years.

The Rangers don’t seem to get it right, but the Asstros did. Miami and Tampa failed miserably while Baltimore and Pittsburgh seemed to score nicely. Seattle did well and the White Sox not so much. The fans seem to like Yankee Stadium and the press not so much.

So if done right with a theme seems to work, but to just have a new stadium does not work so well. Retro works better than modern. It seems to be a roll the dice type thing along with inter-active things for the fans. Tough call, but great question.

steelgolf
Super Member
2 years ago

The waterfall is going away if they keep the stadium, once renovations start. The whole area in center field is going to open up and there will be a park, hotel, and entrance to the stadium out there.

Twebur
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

If they don’t get rid of the “Bathtub” in CF….. I will.

Bring the “BIG A” inside the footprint of the stadium. Should be visible from every seat. Make it the focal point.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

Hey you two, I like the waterfall.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
2 years ago

Don’t go chasing Waterfalls.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

In a purposed new stadium, which they released when the property was purchased, there was a concept drawing with egress to the stadium and a park and mention of shopping, retail, business, condos apartments, along with low cost housing.

Jessica DeLine
Admin
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

It’s broken right now anyway and apparently taking a long time to fix

admkir
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Jessica DeLine

This also leads to comparative cost between renovate and new

RexFregosi
Super Member
2 years ago

renovate. don’t destroy and recreate.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Can you put lipstick on a 56 year old pig? Asking for a friend

Designerguy
Super Member
2 years ago

When someone like Michael McKean throws his vote your way, how can one disagree?

https://twitter.com/MJMcKean/status/1518275738369101824

LanaBanana
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

Ha!

Angels2020Champs
Legend
2 years ago

Feels new to me, or I’m forgetting a recent change, but we have a lot of 6:38pm start times this year. Across the league are they starting week day games earlier? I know we have 6:07 starts for home Saturday firework games and Sunday games are 1:07.

steelgolf
Super Member
2 years ago

They started this last year, I think. Let’s the games end a little earlier to get people to the stadium during the week.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  steelgolf

I suspect there is some angle to do with TV viewership as well. You always hear people complain about kids being to bed on the East before games with Mike Trout/Tatis/Dodgers start and that extends to Steph Curry/LeBron etc in basketball. I think the NBA moved some start times up especially on national games, makes sense MLB would as well to try and grow the audience.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
2 years ago

I’ve noticed much of the league has later Getaway Days as well. I think some teams (Angels included) are using 4pm for travel days to try and sell more tickets to a start time when kids are out of school. The shadows are a side effect though.

Last edited 2 years ago by ihearhowie3.0
Angels2020Champs
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

Thanks for the clarifications! I’m sure it’s been going on for awhile. I was thinking we’ve had a lot of days off (with no postponements) to start the year, then started looking at start times as well. Probably just selective perception for both.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
2 years ago

We have a ton of 6:38 game times. And I love it now that I have a little dude.

I’ve been doing the game threads and I’m almost done with the year. Seems like east coast teams have largely kept theirs at 7 pm.

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
2 years ago

Swap Rendon and Ohtani in the lineup. The way Rendon is starting to draw walks (.351 OBP) and the way Ohtani has lost the ability to (.288 OBP) calls for it. Pretty obviously at that.

Let Ohtani mash in Trout and let Tony get on base until his power comes back.

Angels2020Champs
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

Might make statistical sense at the moment but Maddon uses the lead off spot to jumpstart guys, if anything,

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
2 years ago

Both Rendon and Ohtani are underperforming and this swap would seem to meet them where they are right now – one that can drive the ball and likes the big moment that RISP offers and one that is getting his legs back but can draw walks at an elite level.

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

What if a part of the reason Rendon is walking so much is because the teams refuse to throw him good pitches to avoid him driving in Trout? Put him in first and his OBP might go down because he sees more strikes. Similarly, putting Ohtani after Trout might see Ohtani getting more bad pitches. If Ohtani has worse discipline than Rendon that would lead to more strikeouts for Ohtani, not more RBIs.

Last edited 2 years ago by AnAngelsFan
ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

He had a .418 OBP his first year in Anaheim. Him drawing walks is not new, its a feature of why we signed him.

The reason we have Ohtani in leadoff is to be in front of Trout and get more to hit. This seems like an obvious way to either get someone on base in front of Mike or give Rendon more to hit and allow him to hit the doubles he’s signed to do.

Then Ohtani can drive in runs, which is what his bat is meant to do. He’s not a table setter.

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

Yes, Rendon has good discipline and is good at drawing walks, but he can’t do that unless the pitcher throws him balls. If he is moved to before Trout in the lineup, pitchers are more likely to attack the zone, reducing Rendon’s opportunities to walk.

Conversely, Ohtani is more likely to swing at bad pitches outside of the zone. I If he comes to bat with Trout on 1st base, Ohtani is more likely to strike out and less likely to walk than Rendon. Now, I’m not saying your idea is definitely bad, because Ohtani might increase his RBIs enough to offset the drop in Rendon’s walk opportunities, but I disagree with your assessment it is an obvious improvement.

You also have to consider the impact on Trout. With Ohtani hitting after Trout, teams are more likely to pitch around Trout and bring in a lefty to face Ohtani. Now, since Trout is worse against lefties too they should probably be just as happy to bring in the left to face Ohtani hitting before Trout, but few managers will do that since it goes against traditional thinking.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

He’s always had a high walk rate . But his batting average is definitely suffering this year . I’m convinced he’s still missing his legs

Fansince1971
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

In Maddon’s mind the #1 spot is actually #2 except for the first AB. Maddon views the #9 spot as a #1 abd that is why he likes to put contact guys in the #9 position in the lineup

Last edited 2 years ago by Fansince1971
ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

So Maddon thinks Andrew Velazquez with a .139 batting average is really our leadoff hitter?

He had Fletcher, the most contact-y guy we have hitting leadoff last year. I think we can just admit Maddon can make a change here to something that is not really working. No need to make excuses for him.

toad2065
Trusted Member
2 years ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Good point! And Velasquez is definitely not a contact guy. Hurry back Fletch!

MarineLayer
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

So before we make big Rendon plans, please remember it has been reported that Rendon’s recovery from surgery has not happened, and he still doesn’t have his lower half back. This explains his 4 errors, his odd sidearm tosses,, and his .200 batting average. While he is walking, his recovery, if there ever is one, should take place toward the bottom of the lineup after Ward, Walsh and maybe even Marsh. Maybe he can act as an OBP guy given our lack of lead off options,, but once word gets around the league, the days of four walks per game will disappear.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago

Monday morning gave me no warning of what was to be, but even in losing 2 outta 3 to the O’s, we are only a 1/2 game out of 1st. place to the M’s.

Tuesday afternoon could find us in 1st place again by ourselves. Every other day of the week will be fine as we will stay in 1st. place.

Lot’s of fun. 🎶  😃 

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago

Trouty now leads the league in OPS and is having a good star here in 2022.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago

We are no longer in 1st place in a category and it’s a good thing. Texas is the top A.L. team in runs given up with 79. The Halos are now in 2nd place 72 and the Yankees are in last place with a stingy 44. We are showing improvement in unexpected places.

Last edited 2 years ago by GrandpaBaseball
WallyChuckChili
Legend
2 years ago

Kyle Schwarber, Hero!

FungoAle
Legend
2 years ago

That pitch was too good to take. Hader was eating his lunch and ol’ Schwarbs was frozen.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago

Good Monday morning to you all, and the temp is raising around here as the optimist are looking too positive to the pessimist. The pessimist is too negative for the optimist. Can’t we just get along? I do not have an answer for that. We are not even a month in and already thing have gone haywire with Arte, John Carpino, Shohei, Trout, Fletch, Rendon, Walsh, Wade, Duffy, Adell, Ward, every pitcher on the staff. This is the game of baseball, and anything can and does happen. The sky is falling on every pitch doesn’t help, Debbie Downers every batter, negatory before every game. Why are you folks even here?

Lighten up and see the glass half full and point out the good things that could happen. We lost ugly on Saturday and won ugly on Sunday, that is the game. We are so good that teams get up to face us and we fight hard right back and will sometimes come up short. Currently we are on pace to win 91 games, dang me take a rope and hang me if that ain’t playoff bound baseball.

You Buzz whatta ya think about the team? ” To the Playoff’s and beyond! “

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago

What is the difference between a “brawl” and a “rhubarb” in baseball? Just asking for a friend.

halofansince1978
Super Member
2 years ago

Then there is always a Kerfuffle or Brouhaha.

Twebur
Legend
2 years ago

Donnybrook

red floyd
Legend
2 years ago

Hoo-hah

Twebur
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Taking a Plane Ride with Mike Tyson…….

Last edited 2 years ago by Twebur
GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Twebur

Laughing a lot. True story.

Designerguy
Super Member
2 years ago
Reply to  red floyd

Fisticuffs or skirmish

Twebur
Legend
2 years ago
Reply to  Designerguy

With or without Bitch Mittens?

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
2 years ago

Don’t forget a tussle or scuffle.