What a difference a couple of wins in Fenway make. Tuesday night we were despondent, losers of 3 of 4 with not a run scored in any of those losses. A couple of huge late innings in bahstun and we wrap up a 4-3 road trip with some momentum.
Jared Walsh was the catalyst in reversing the tides. One thing I love about this team is that on any given night multiple guys are capable of carrying the offense.
The Angels didn’t need much offense yesterday thanks to the brilliance of Shohei Ohtani. His start in Fenway elicited more comparisons to The Babe and was simply dominant. 7 innings. 0 runs allowed, 11 K’s, 2 for 4 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored.
Read those again. Either would make for a good day. He did both.
Last week I highlighted a couple of pitchers down on the farm. This week the Angels did us all a favor and compiled a list of how all the 2021 draftees are doing. That is a must read link.
Pretty darned good, right? My prospect crush on Luke Murphy is still in full force, but look at that delivery by Eric Torres.
If those two are anything in MLB like they’ve been so far in MiLB our bullpen of 2023 will be frightening.
Jo Adell sat with Fangraphs and did a breakdown of his hitting mechanics. I found this very interesting. Jo is bright and personable and that shows in this interview.
Is it just me or has the umpiring been especially awful this season? It got worse when an umpire on a power trip looked for and found a reason to toss Madison Bumgarner. I understand many unions do a lot of good for a lot of people, but the umpire’s union is both hurting the game and championing its own demise.
I mentioned this last week and there is still talk about the baseballs being used. Home runs are down and here’s a look at why the new ball is the reason.
Much to the chagrin of the East Coast writers, the Yankees finally lost a game.
A couple of weeks ago Rahul and I were hosted in a suite by the Angels along with some other writers from various sites. One really cool guy there owns a site called theshorteststop and I recommend giving him a follow. I’ll be posting his stuff here.
Continuing plugging for friends, Vic’s clothing line came out with a really cool Ohtani shirt you might want to check out. We’ll probably do a contest and give one away.
Kelsie Whitmore became the first woman to pitch in an Atlantic League game. She scored a 4 pitch strikeout of former MLB’er Ryan Jackson.
Witness history here:
I love seeing the women coaches and players. I have three sisters. One really likes baseball, one watches it a bit, and one couldn’t care less. Had these ladies been playing and coaching when we were kids perhaps a die hard fan or two emerges. Maybe a ballplayer.