Have a team on a losing streak? Maybe one with a manager on the hot seat? Just wait until the Angels roll into town and you’ll get hot again.
First, the Angels helped the Phillies get out of their Joe Girardi funk, heated up the Phils bats, and put them right back into the playoff race. Sure the media is saying Girardi’s firing changed everything, but let’s not forget the Angels role here.
Which brings us to Chavez Ravine. Fresh off a sweep by longtime rival San Francisco, the Dodgers were looking to break out of a weeks long funk. And the Angels delivered. A quick two game sweep that included leaving the bases loaded in the first game and a near no hitter in the second. 18 innings of baseball, 1 run scored.
And as I type this we’re off to Seattle who has lost 5 of 7.
The Angels have turned into MLB’s version of the Mark Grace slump buster.
So let’s focus elsewhere. The 2022 MLB Draft is quickly approaching. The draft has been moved to All Star Game time, July 17-19.
Mock drafts are also starting to appear. MLB’s Jonathan Mayo thinks Perry will select his 21st consecutive pitcher in round one.
The Angels pick at lucky number 13 this year.
Those draftees will head to the minors. The players and marketing departments with the Inland Empire 66ers are having fun.
Meanwhile the Trash Pandas held a night dedicated to the Negro Leagues. While I love the young talent out in Rocket City, the fact I linked players working with kids last week and a Negro League tribute this week is making me a huge fan of the franchise. Well done ownerships, management, and players.
The College World Series kicked off last night. Whole lot of SEC and Stanford in one side of the draw. Once Texas and Oklahoma jump to the SEC, it might take over the entire field.
It should be a great tournament. I have to root for the one West Coast team in Stanford but as I’ve become friends with Tim Fletcher I’ve also rooted for Arkansas. Sucks they are in the same side of the bracket.
And while I don’t do this often, I do advise watching the Joe Smith Jr. fight on ESPN tomorrow night. The commission requires judges, but these ones won’t be needed. Big, power punching, blue collar American vs. big, power punching, Russian expat in NY.
Enjoy your weekend. Link all the stuff I missed.