Angels Get Shut Out in Southside

The Angels had a third straight early game and second straight in the AM. Perhaps they weren’t awake, as their bats certainly hit the snooze today. Sure, you can say that Ohtani wasn’t in there, but so many players going 0-fer means it doesn’t matter. Besides, Ohtani did pinch hit, and grounded out.

Patrick Sandoval looked to win the series and continue his excellent start of the season. However, the opposite happened. Sandy allowed runs! He went 6 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 2 and walking 3.

Offensively, the offense was offensive, only managing one hit in the first 7 innings. (Thanks Taylor Ward). However, defensively, Jo Adell was somehow just as bad, as he made 2 horrible plays in the outfield.

Recap

The Sandy man finally gave up a run this year in the first, getting hit hard on back to back batters. While he was getting blasted, Jo Adell did not help matters, failing to catch an easy ball and then committing an error. Sandy loaded the bases and somehow only allowed 2 runs to make it 2-0 White Sox after 1.

Meanwhile, the Angels mustered only 1 hit as they kept striking out. The only other baserunner in the first 6 innings was a HBP. They just looked lost out there.

Sandoval gave up another run in the 6th, in part due to Jo Adell, again. The 3-0 deficit into the 7th was looking bleak.

In the 8th, Kurt Suzuki managed to get the 2nd hit of the day, but was stranded.

The Angels went down quietly in the 9th, losing 3-0 and splitting the series in Chicago’s Southside.

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Guest
Newbie
9 months ago

Adell optioned back down to AAA again to learn how to play the outfield. So if or when he’s called back up with undoubtedly still some issues in that position we can hear that he’s still a “work in progress” for the 10th time……..

ChillRIL
Member
9 months ago

I find myself comparing Adell and Marsh in the outfield, aesthetically. Marsh looked bored fielding fly balls, almost like he’s insulted at the easiness of the play. Adell looks flat out scared, even on routine plays, like your classic little league right fielder just praying he doesn’t screw it up. It’s sad to see. I wish the kid all the luck.

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
9 months ago

I was just thinking that it’s a good thing to not be happy with the split. I think that I would have been happy with a split in the last six years or so. It means the expectation level has risen for the Angels.

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
9 months ago

Adell is just not looking good. I didn’t see the errors or miscues but it makes me cringe just to hear about them.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
9 months ago

From here on out every pitcher is going to be pumped to beat us. How often in your career do you face a team like ours with two MVP’s in their prime and a team that can cover their ass with very good players filling in at every position.

Adell could be shipped out, then who comes in to replace him and from where. I think he needs work to read the batted balls to LF. Maybe a couple of months are needed at AAA, then we are required to insert an infielder in LF. Maybe Capt. Jack or the plumber. But it just is not good to keep doing the definition of stupid.

Guest
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9 months ago

A couple months??? Adell had a couple of SEASONS down in AAA. Trade him and let some other team deal with the “work in progress” which has been heard ad naseum. He’s a liability in the outfield..

Last edited 9 months ago by cuda440
matthiasstephan
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9 months ago
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He is 23. He only got to AAA in 2019 (well ahead of the average age at the position). He has played a total of 100 games in AAA.

Guest
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9 months ago

Well he should be better in the outfield after 100 games. Because he still sucks in the outfield. Or make him strictly a DH. Or better yet let some other team deal with the “work in progress”………

losangel
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9 months ago
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I’m not so sure that selling low is the way to go. He’s still a young dude.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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We’d likely call up Sierra from SLC if we sent down Adell…. crap, I just looked at the SLC stats. Friggin Rengifo’s killing it again. If we call him up everyone’ll tie their own balls in a knot.

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago

Not a fan of knotty balls

Mikeal1st
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9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

 😂 

losangel
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9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Getting my ball tubes tied in a knot was probably the most awkward superficial conversation of my life.

Cowboy26
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9 months ago
Reply to  losangel

Not for me . My wife signed the paperwork in like 5 milliseconds.

losangel
Trusted Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Lol. I meant making small talk with some random doctor while he was tugging, snipping and tying my tubes.

red floyd
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9 months ago
Reply to  losangel

All I remember about mine was that the doctor was a red haired dude who looked WAAAAY too young to be doing that to me.

Guest
Newbie
9 months ago

How many more seasons are we going to hear that Jo Adell is “still a work in progress”??? It’s getting really old hearing that from Angels’ lapdog apologists i.e. radio announcers Terry Smith, Mark Langston and Trent Rush who have to do this never-ending tap dance and have to tread lightly. Heard it last season and the season before. There comes a time when it’s past time to just move on. Adell is clearly a liability in the outfield. Let some other team deal with it..

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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It’s a win win for you. If we keep him, you can bitch. If we trade him and he manages to improve a little in LF and then mashes for what ever team he’s on, you can bitch. Either way, bitch.

Thing is, why get rid of him? He’s got MiLB options. He’s got a 105 OPS+ while still being a basket case. If he can just get his defense together enough to not totally tank his value he’ll likely be a pretty good player. That’s why they won’t ditch him. But he’s probably headed to SLC. They can get some other 4th OF type guy and let Adell get reps in SLC. That’s what I’d do, there’s no way he’s getting lots of time in the field now that Ward and Marsh have staked their claims.

h27kim
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9 months ago
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This is really puzzling to me: as far as I know, he was thought to be a plus defender in the minors, although mostly in RF or CF. I figure that he has been LF long enough that he should have developed some routine, but perhaps not. While I’m hardly knowledgeable, it does seem like much of his problem is mental, fwiw.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  h27kim

I think those who say it looks like he’s got a mental issue are right. He was good in the MiLB, but he just looks lost sometimes on the big club. We need some sort of wizard to take him on a spiritual journey and help him face his fears.

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
9 months ago

Send him to the Field of Dreams to align his baseball chakras.

Fansince1971
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9 months ago

Win 2 of 3 in Boston please

WallyChuckChili
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9 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Win 3 of 3 in Beantown Please

red floyd
Legend
9 months ago

I want to see us crush the Chowds, drive them before us, and hear the lamentations of their (so-called) women!

Last edited 9 months ago by red floyd
gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Last edited 9 months ago by gitchogritchoffmypettis
aces666high
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9 months ago

Shoutout to the batters for striking out in more than half their AB’s. 15K’s/29AB’s.

Yeesh

Cowboy26
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9 months ago
Reply to  aces666high

Actually you missed a HBP by Cease. so it was exactly 50% ( 15K’s in 30 Plate Appearances)

aces666high
Trusted Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I can live w/a 50% K rate. Carry on offense.

Sigh…

MikeSalmon
Super Member
9 months ago

Angels are saying Ohtani “might” pitch in Boston; I’m hoping he’s not gonna need Tommy Groin surgery.

The Adell as fielder thing: I’ve slowly realized it’s a tough one to face. Can you teach how to be a “decent” MLB outfielder? In a short period of time? I don’t think so. Depressing. He’s about as bad an outfielder as I’ve ever seen right now. Damn. I really like the kid, but he’s a serious liability out there. How can he improve?

nishiogawakun
Trusted Member
9 months ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

That’s the pickle, I honestly don’t know but if he’s been playing outfield at a professional level for several years now and he’s still this bad I don’t see anything changing fast. Is it mental? I seriously have no clue. I just feel like he takes the routes I would take.

FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

Joe did start baseball late but the Angels have failed to develop his raw skills. Big failure. How hard is it to assign someone to work with Jo and work on basics and hit 100+ fly’s a day? Getting reads off of fly balls is a skill one can obtain. Like taking grounders. I’m sure he is out there hoping the ball does not come his way.

Demote him.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  FungoAle

His hitting has improved, and he actually makes some great plays in the OF cause “athlete” but you’re totally right, I wish they would just pay a Gold Glove caliber ex-MiLB CF who couldn’t hit off speed pitches 100K to just hang out in SLC with Adell for a couple months. Practice a ton, go over film, talk about situations in the OF…. like sending him for a quarter of outfielder college.

red floyd
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9 months ago

Is Lagares available? I heard he won a gold glove.

h27kim
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9 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

If not to play, perhaps as an OF coach?

FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago

I like Adell. I think he will become an impact bat. Sucks to see him platooning but I get it.

Eric_in_Portland
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9 months ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

since we’re paying Upton, can we bring him back?

h27kim
Trusted Member
9 months ago

Honestly, I wondered about that. Is that actually allowed?

max
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max
9 months ago
Reply to  h27kim

Sure, for a prorated minimum…oh, wait
/s

FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago

Your kidding, right? Have you seen all the contenders racing to sign him? Crickets.

Rev Halofan
Editor
Trusted Member
9 months ago

Cease pitched the game of his career today, we just happened to be there that’s all.

Jim Atkins
Super Member
9 months ago

Adell needs to go to Salt Lake, or be trade bait. I’ve just about given up hope he can be a MLB outfielder.

Fansince1971
Legend
9 months ago

Adell needs work at AAA.

ScoopleDoople
Trusted Member
9 months ago

Wow, completely forgot there was a day game today. But, maybe better that I ended up focusing on my day job, well focusing as much as a Monday will allow me to.

FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago

Positive vibes for a solid Angel pitching performance. Holding the opposition to 3-runs is usually a recipe for success.

Cracking open a cold Ale now.

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
9 months ago

A split is not that bad. Now it’s time to beat up on the hapless Red Sox.

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
9 months ago

Y’all Got Runs
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WallyChuckChili
Super Member
9 months ago

DFA Sandoval!!!

angelsown3417
Trusted Member
9 months ago

Turn the page as quickly as humanly possible.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
9 months ago

still on a pace to win 100.

Fansince1971
Legend
9 months ago

You did this last year. Don’t tempt the baseball gods. They will disappoint you.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I don’t remember doing that but maybe I did. Well, there’s this.. If we have two other stretches where we go 15-9 and play .500 ball over the rest of the season we’ll get to 90. What I’m saying is I still like where we are after 24 games.

Fansince1971
Legend
9 months ago

I agree with that premise.