The Angels went up to Oakland and had themselves an old fashioned pitching duel. Unlike previous years, this year, the Angels had themselves a Cy Rookie on the Hill and dominated the pathetic A’s offense. Ah yes, the shoe is on the other foot this time.
Chase Silseth went 6 innings, allowing no runs and only one hit in his MLB debut! The 11th round pick by the Halos is the first one of any team from last year’s draft to make it to the Big Leagues! He make quick work of the A’s and I do mean quick, as his fast tempo kept the Athletics off guard. In fact, he could have gone more, as it took only 76 pitches for him to get through those 6 innings.
There was barely any offense at all for either team, but Velazquez hit his first home run as an Angel! Marsh also drove in a run, which was nice. Trout and Ohtani, however, went 0-8 combined, and of the 6 hits total for the Halos, 4 were singles.
Immediately out of the gate, Chase looked locked in. In the first, our Cy Rookie got his first strikeout! There ya go!
Things were quiet for a bit, as both sides looked lost on offense. That is, until the top of the 3rd inning. With two runners on and one out, Chase had himself in a bind. Luckily, Marsh helps out with an outfield assist to keep the game scoreless!
And so of course Marsh had himself be the hero again the next half inning. With Rendon on with a double, Brandon Marsh drove in the first run of the game in the 4th!
After a quick bottom of the 4th, the Angels scored again in the 5th. This time it was from a less expected place as Velazquez hit his first home run for the Angels!
After a duo of excellent bullpen work by Loup and Tepera for the 7th and 8th, D-Cell closed out the game!
The Angels win 2-0!
NO TROUT – RAGE RAGE RAGE – CAL RIPKEN JR – RAGE RAGE RAGE – FAT KID – RAGE RAGE RAGE – STUPID JOE – RAGE RAGE RAGE – ASTROS WINNING – RAGE RAGE RAGE
no Trout? no Ward? what?
I really don’t understand Trout not being in there. Ward just coming off the DL….yeah, I get that but Trout just coming off not playing Wednesday and Thursday, no excuse for him not to be in the lineup.
Double -Header. Both play in 2nd game.
Main Stream Media Love…Halo Power Baby!!!
that didn’t read as media love to me. The Yanks are awesome. The Dodgers are awesome. Houston is awesome. The Angels….hey, make the playoffs first and we’ll reconsider.
The fact that we’re even on an east coast bias outlet list constitutes love.
WTH is this?!?!?!
Angels are supposed to be Cy Rookie’d! Now we are doing the rookie’ing?
A Team lineup for the first game.
Same lineup as last night. Do you think they slept in their uniforms?
A winning lineup!!!!! Go Angels!!!!
I’m surprised that Joe is letting Wallach catch a day game after a night game.
We’ll either way he’s catching a game today so maybe Joe & Wallach preferred that he works with Diaz. I think Wallach has caught Diaz at AAA multiple times and considering last nights game was like 2-1/2 hours maybe his grit will carry him through.
Our pitchers appear to be working faster this year, more aggressive. Must be one of our new Strategerys
I think we’re also seeing the benefit of the pitch clock in the minor leagues as these guys start graduating to the Bigs.
Rendon should be 6 until he can prove he can hit. As is, it feels like Pujols 2.0.
This the night after he was the only Angel to have 2 hits, including a 1 out double, and scoring on weak Brandon Marsh single through the infield for the game winning run. Pujols doesn’t do that, and Pujols didn’t field his position like Rendon does, either.
Jeff Fletcher has a very different Game 1 lineup FYI
1. Marsh – LF
2. Rengifo – 2B
3. Ohtani – DH
4. Walsh – 1B
5. Mayfield – RF
6. Wade – 3B
7. Velazquez – SS
8. Romine – C
9. Whitefield – CF
Angels PR as well
According to MLB.com, the lineup for the first game is:
They’re sure giving Trout lots of games off.
It sucks to get old.
We put the ice to Trout’s hot streak all by ourselves. #Way2GoJoe
This is a white flag lineup
Man, I just saw this too via a MLB text…I simply cannot stand this manager. Imagine, dropping dollars to park your car, get past the gate, put your butt in the seat, look-up at the scoreboard to see the line-ups and see this??
So load management is a big load?
OOPS…apparently I need to hit the refresh button.
I don’t get people who still complain after wins, even against bad teams. I don’t care if we beat the Reds, 1-0, on a wild pitch. Wins are wins, you aren’t given anything extra for style points.
So like the perfect demonstration of dominance would be if you no hit and pummeled the team with the best record in baseball last year say by the score of 12-0? Gotcha.
Kicking the shit out of TB 12-0 while throwing a no hitter, is only 1 in the win column….
However not all wins are the same, you do receive 2 Brownies for Style Points for
The question it raises is how repeatable are wins at this rate over a 162 game season. With half a lineup and a lot of unproven SP it is at least debatable.
For me, it’s discouraging when we continue to struggle scoring on pitchers who have ERA’s north of 5. We’re making these guys look better than they actually are…..but not gonna complain if we keep winning.
The difference is that in years past our pitchers would’ve given up six runs
I get we are a fanbase that’s experienced plenty of disappointment lately, but you’re complaining about not performing against bad pitchers during a season where we lead MLB in runs scored.
Well, all aboard the ToD 🥳
Trout and Ohtani go a combined 0 for 8, the team pushes across scraps for offense — yet walks away with another W. Compared to Angel teams of the past 5-7 years, that’s the drastic difference in being a mediocre team and one at the top of the league standings hanging in with a rival who is on an 11-game win streak.
Could someone remind the Astros this is OUR year?
I think the Angels will have to remind them in July.
Agree. The only way to snatch the division is to whip up on the Head-2-Head competition
Next year will be interesting with the crazy new scheduling . We may only play Houston 6 times? If the standings were what they are now, we may have already have played them and wouldn’t have a chance to go head to head again.
I think I was one of the only posters here to voice displeasure with the MLB (Manfraud) change to limiting the inner-divisional games. Lana, you raise the exact point I was making. Coming down to the wire, you want to play the team(s) you are competing for the division title and earn wild card bye.
Seriously, as an Angel fan, I don’t care if we had not played the Marlins or Phillies, etc. in 1-3 years. If I really wanted to, plenty of opportunities to see them play by streaming. Maybe the local transplants and supporters of those teams would feel left out but we are satisfying the minority.
Does “our year” mean getting to the Wild Card game and losing?
I don’t know about you, but to me the Wild Card does not count as “making the playoffs.”
You have to play a series, not a single game.
Um, this year the wild card round is a best of 3, so technically, a series…
Thanks. I did not know Wild Card was a now a series. In recent years it has been a single elimination game.
Well. You’re wrong.
Watching what is happening across the organization, there are going to be other teams that will copy our pitcher-only draft. You can always trade a pitcher performing for position talent. We have several guys already up in AA and dealing. The future is bright. I doubt we do it again, but I wouldn’t doubt another pitcher-heavy draft this year. The problem is having enough spots in the minors to give them reps.
Both those starters from last night have filthy change-ups. Pure nasty. I just love a great change.
We’re going to be talking about what we did in the 2021 Draft for a long time.
Nobody had ever heard of it being done before when we took twenty pitchers.
I’m in another time zone. Was great to wake up to the win!
The seventies are calling…5th place in team ERA!!!
Man, that is one helluva subdued (not merely small, though it is that too) fanbase in Oakland. Their TV announcers – Glenn Kuiper and Dallas Braden – are already gearing up their fans with the inevitable march to greatness that will be Elvis Andrus’s 2000th hit in MLB. With the only 2 A’s hits tonight, Elvis is at 1883. How exciting, folks!
Also, Braden told their fans that, at 14-19 (now 14-20), the road to .500 “is important.” How odd to hear that from another team, when that’s who we’ve been for, gawdknowshowmanyyearsnow.
Finally, say what we will about the A’s, but they are devoid of Matts, and so have lost any hope for this year. It’s just – and this is sad to say “out loud” – a lot of their fans don’t know it yet.
Obligatory Angels comment: Chad Wallach started in the Syndergaard 11-3 win over the Rays, then the no-hitter. Romine started in the Rays’s 4-2 win. Wallach starts again, with a rookie, and the battery of Cilseth/Loup/Tepera/Iggy 2-hits OAK. The baseball genes are there, definitely, BUT: he blew that popup near the netting, so: NEXT!
The miss on the pop up is very understandable because the Oakland Coliseum is really a football stadium with a game of baseball fit into it. Huge foul ball territory with a warning track and when he felt the change he looked to see where he was and completely lost the ball. No harm, no foul.
He didnt blow the foul pop up in the top of the ninth of last Tuesday’s game so at least there’s that.
He has only played in about 80 MLB games and is unfamiliar with the real estate in each location, so there’s that too.
I think he’s a keeper at this point. His throwing is excellent up to this point. We’ve seen him throw down to first to try and pick off the runner. The same down to second. He has picked off runners trying to steal second. He seems to not have issues with passed balls or saving wild pitches. At this point he has been a huge plus, imho.
Saying someone threw down to first always gives me pause. Such a Premium move.
Angels put a whopping 2 runs on the board against a last place team. Will the Angels win 11 straight like Houston?? That would be miraculous..
I think what is more important is the zero runs scored for the A’s….
There’s no question this Angels team is better i.e. the pitching but the offense and the bats are not dominating and are inconsistent… hot and cold. I think come Aug and Sept they once again will be chasing Houston in the AL West..
Lol seriously dude? The Angels have the most runs scored in ALL OF MLB. All offenses are going to have their ebbs and flows, but relatively speaking, I think our offense is just fine. Most teams would kill for the offensive production we have had.
Our team looks pretty good. Houston also looks good. Amazing facts.
Dear Cudamudgeon, with all due respect , you sir are wrong. During the the Vaunted Trashstros 11 game winning streak they have scored 55 runs while only giving up 12. The Angels on the other hand, while going 7-4 in that same time frame, have actually scored 56 runs, one more than your Houston team. The biggest difference is that we have given up 30 runs during that span , 2-1/2 times more than our cheating divisional rivals. The problem isn’t our offense the problem is pitching , has been pitching and will probably always be pitching. So if your going to do some bitching make sure its about Pitching. That is all.
We’ll see where the Angels are in August trying to make the last Wild card Spot, cowboy……..
Ha! So that’s all you got when presented with facts? 🤣😂🤣😂
You and your facts!
It’s a win! No need to say more!!
That user was one of the last holdouts at HH. Finally migrated here. Makes our existing resident team doom and gloom look like a gushing fountain of Polyanna positivity. In his defense, his comments have been much more subdued over here.
Still wondering when MLB will take that 2017 trophy away from the cheaters.
Does it have a we cheated label on it in the display case at Minute Maid Park.
Crickets from the cheater fan…truth sucks doesn’t it!!!
The Angels also lead the division in runs scored. Its baseball, things like this happen. The only important thing is the win
A win is a win. The how is immaterial. It looks the same in the standings just like Detmers no-no.
Sith Lord, Hell Yeah!!!
I wasn’t able to watch live, but h3ll yeah, F-Yeah!!!!
What is our rotation these days anyway? I mean, like who are our six peeps?
We have 3 off days the remainder of May..Really only need a 5 man rotation after this weekend.
with Diaz going tomorrow that means half the rotation is kids! And Sandy’s not that old, either. In fact, Sandy is a month younger than Diaz.
Silseth! What a debut, great job!
The one thing I’ll say about all the “Minasian is the GOAT” comments I see around the Halosphere is… (cough) … Matt Swanson.
Dude oversaw the drafting of Detmers and Silseth (and a decent pipeline of relievers we’ll be seeing soon enough) and was promptly let go, or um, “reassigned” by Minasian. Echoes of Tony Reagins dismissal of Bane after recent success, but we’ll see.
In many ways, Minasian is the beneficiary of his predecessors in Ric Wilson (Marsh, Walsh, Ward, Fletcher), Swanson (Detmers, Silseth) and the Eppler FO that brought in Ohtani and Sandoval.
I do like what Perry didwith the bullpen this year, and Thor looks good in the early going, but it’s worth noting that Swanson’s fingerprints are all over the organizational pivot to college pitching, and Minasian thought he needed a shove.
Oh man. A Matt Swanson rec. Our journey to the dark side is complete. I heard a pop in the neighborhood outside my window a few minutes back. I figured it was a car. Now I realize it was probably TootyToo’s head exploding.
This does play into a sneaking suspicion I have been beshivered by on a few late nights. What if it turns out all of these actual professional baseball guys, DiPoto, Eppler, Swanson, Wilson, Manasian, even (gasp) Moreno….. what if it turns out every single last one of them is actually smarter than just about all of us when it comes to baseball stuff?
Can you imagine it? Guys who have spent several hours every day for years and years expending crazy amounts of resources, communicating with dozens of other similarly engaged people, many of them having even played a lot of baseball themselves, may actually be more “baseball people” than guys on the internet. The scary truth is that the worst Assistant Director of Scouting in the MLB can probably smoke anyone on CtPG when it comes to “baseballness”. It’s pretty much what they all live, sleep, eat, drink.
Unless you have the patience of Job, don’t you need to be able to build success on the backs of your successors? There is no way the 2002 Angels could have won without the draft successes of Bavasi and Fontaine. But, conversely, do you think that Bill Bavasi could have acquired the final puzzle pieces like Eckstein, Spiezio, Fulmer, Appier, Sele, Donnelly, Ochoa, Fabregas, Weber, Jose Molina, Figgins, Gil & Kennedy and built a World Series Champion?
Swanson may have been reassigned but he’s still with the organization. His track record is mixed but the final analysis is far from being written. And I believe, unlike Reagins, that with Perry’s previous scouting experience and diverse front office experience he has the ability to build a successful amateur and professional scouting program for the Angels for years to come.
Yes, heaven forbid we look in a different direction from the guy who used our best picks on Jo Adell, Jordyn Adams, Jeremiah Jackson, Kochanovicz, Aaron Hernandez and David Calabrese before seeming to have a massive philosophical change of heart in 2021 with college pitchers that happened to coincide with the new GM who apparently deserves no credit for drafts.
Agree Swanson deserves his just due but disagree this is like Reagins firing Bane since Swanson is still scouting and working for the organization.
Unless you know something we don’t about him effectively being in the dog house, are you just making speculation his voice no longer matters? Otherwise why isn’t he fired and gone? Or why wouldn’t he quit?
Also let’s be honest….you were not exactly praising recent Angels drafts run by Wilson OR Swanson so this tisk-tisk to people are giving the GM credit feels inconsistent. I also seem to remember you doing the opposite by crediting the GM (Dipoto) and not Wilson when people here felt Dipoto sucked.