If I told you last week the Angels would have a 5-2 homestand, you’d probably think sweep Baltimore and split with Cleveland. Looking at the pitching match ups, I thought every Cleveland game would be tough to win.
The Baltimore series definitely didn’t go as planned. Losing 2 of 3 was an ominous start to the home stand.
Then the Halos went out and laid a beat down on Cleveland. A four game sweep that puts the team at 13-7 and increased our playoff odds to 65%.
How dominant were the Angels? In four games, the Guardians held only one lead, 2-0 on Wednesday, and they held it for only half an inning.
The talk around baseball the last several years has been the lack of pitching for the Angels. This was prior to Ohtani’s start on Wednesday.
It is early, but taking a look around MLB at all the big acquisitions the Angels are doing quite well. And that’s just Thor. Lorenzen, Loup, and Tepera have also been great.
We expected Reid Detmers to be good but need some type to fully develop. It looks like we’re watching that development at the big league level. He had a really nice outing Thursday and had this to say about it:
As far as the offense, the Angels have my favorite type: one capable of producing a different hero each night.
Anthony Rendon is off to a slow start but says he still hasn’t fully regained his lower body strength.
One guy who has been the hero quite a bit is Taylor Ward. This is cool:
And let’s not forget the GOAT. Every year it seems Mike Trout gets better at something. Is he doing it again?
What we’re not covering enough are the arms on the farm. Really. We have pitching talent on the farm. 2021 draftee Chase Silseth is absolutely dealing in AA right now.
Giving credit where it is due, Baseball America pegged Silseth as the Angels draft sleeper before the season began. And he’s gone on to exceed their expectations. With high 90s heat and command of four pitches, he could be the first 2021 Angels draftee to make it to The Show.
Silseth is not alone, either. Bees pitcher Cesar Valdez was named the PCL Pitcher of the Week. Friend of the site Davis Daniel is looking good through his first three AAA starts.
What should be the biggest story around baseball is the baseball itself. MLB changed them again, kind of. Remember, they used two different balls last year.
The fact each of those phrases leads to a different link shows just how bad this is. I try to not blow hyperbole, but Manfred is truly a massive douche and the worst Commissioner of my lifetime. Thus far. Remember when all thought it couldn’t get worse than Selig?
The only issues with balls under Selig was the steroid guys didn’t actually have any.
Next up are all the Sox. First Chicago then bahstun. Everybody predicted the White Sox to run away with the Central. After an injury filled, disappointing start to the year are they still the favorites?
I say yes. And I’d rather play them now that they are scuffling and facing injuries than later in the year when they are full strength and full bore.
As far as the Roid Sux. Well, we all know how I feel about them. I’d love nothing more than to write next week’s links following another sweep.
Have a great weekend, all.