Angels Pathetically get swept

Morning games suck.

There have been quite a few of them this year, as MLB has been pushing weekday day games in general for some reason. So games on the east coast now have a good chance at starting before noon.

Since the Angels suck anyway, no one was expecting much. In fact, I am not sure how many actually watched this thing. Maybe you got a notification as you still have those set up from back when the team was good in May and realized there was a game and then didn’t watch. I know I am only watching because I am writing this postgame.

Anyway, the game, which was just as hard to get through as this postgame. It went badly, as usual. This was due to the SP this time. Patrick Sandoval did not wake up on the right side of the hotel bed today. He went 5 innings, giving up 5 runs (only 1 earned, somehow) on 5 hits, striking out 5 and walking 1.

Can’t blow a lead if you don’t have one.

Not that it would have mattered as the offense once again couldn’t hit a beach ball underhand. It was actually a small miracle they didn’t get shut out.

Highlighted Recap

It was all one bad inning by Sandy. The 3rd was horrendous, with Patrick giving up 5 runs.

Ballgame

At least Taylor Blake Ward looks to be finding his April self again, hiting a bomb in the 4th.

Yay, being down 5-1 is soooo much better…

5-1 is too close, so let’s have the bullpen make this game laughable. First, a wild pitch.

6-1 Rays

Then a hit.

8-1 Rays

Now the Rays can rest their best pitchers. The Angels are such Angels. Oh shoot, Fletcher and Ohtani had back to back doubles.

8-2

Ward had a single as well. As did Adell.

8-3 Rays

Don’t call it a comeback though. It was merely too little, too late.

Angels pathetically get swept by the Rays.

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Fansince1971
Legend
3 months ago

Perry and Baseball Ops have no power. I cannot wait for Arte to be gone.

“Buster Olney of ESPN relayed a similar sentiment this week, writing that the club’s baseball operations department viewed this summer as the ideal time to extract a maximum return for Ohtani, who is arbitration-eligible for a final time before reaching free agency after 2023. Moreno, however, stepped in and indicated he wouldn’t approve a trade.”

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Another way to look at this is that with Arte publicly stating his intention to sell, Perry now has more freedom to be himself than anytime since selling his soul to Arte. Perry is now auditioning for the next owner. Yes, Arte can still veto the actions of the baseball operations leadership, however the baseball operations leadership staff can also go public with what is really happening.

Fansince1971
Legend
3 months ago

Good point! The confirmation that Arte has been vetoing baseball ops (meaning Perry) makes me very frustrated as a season ticket holder.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Fansince1971

Cause Arte would have been the only owner to veto that trade idea?

I mean, I want to trade Ohtani, but I can see why the owner wouldn’t nor am I shocked an owner had final say on trading derr Bahb Root. I kind of expect it.

Especially since we have no POBO to use his extremely unique powers to shield the GM from input from ownership.

Brent
Trusted Member
3 months ago

Blame of the Game is Fletch.

Time to see who the teams anti-vaxxers are.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

That zastrinzsky pickup is awesome. Great work, Perry.

I say this with all due respect, Perry, you’re insane

FungoAle
Super Member
3 months ago

Yeah, I love this guy as my GM, he aggressively plugs holes with poop.

Last edited 3 months ago by FungoAle
gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  FungoAle

I know, what an idiot. He should have gone out and gotten… XXXXX

FungoAle
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Let’s hope the next time we see Walsh, he’ll be wearing a different uniform.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

What? A Hospital gown?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Cowboy26

Cold. Gold.

James
Trusted Member
3 months ago

Go Angels 2023! Post Arte

UtahAlumnus
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  James

Until then, football is a upon us 🤗

MarineLayer
Super Member
3 months ago

I am too GA to look it up, but I bet we are the only team that is tanking that isn’t intentionally trying to tank. If so, that literally means we are the most hapless franchise in baseball, which is an accomplishment. Congratulations to Arturo and his front office Intern, Perry.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

How do you know we aren’t intentionally trying to tank? Ken Rosenthal is reporting that Arte has been talking about a sale for at least 2 months now. Which means he probably K’boshed an Ohtani firesale due to its potential impact on a team sale and new owner. But maybe a team with a potentially higher draft pick next year is more valuable?

PTP has to have been playing 4D chess this whole time with his constant array of quality Bottom of the Order hitters like, Squid, Jose Rojas, Duggar, Mike Ford, Max Stassi, Magnificent Sierra, Gosselin, Matt Duffy and many more earlier rejects while knowing these guys will never do anything remotely close to even replacement level.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Truth. That is what makes the Tank all the more impressive: the team is actually trying to win.

PedroCerrano
Trusted Member
3 months ago

I’d guess that more guys have filtered through the Angels roster this season than people have posted on this board.

DowningDude
Legend
3 months ago

How soon until Mickey Moniak comes back? We could sure use his level of awesome right about now.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  DowningDude

erp

WallyChuckChili
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

How long does TJ tip of the finger take?

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago

depends on which finger. If it’s his middle finger he can never be the same again.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
3 months ago

On every other franchise: the recovery time is 4 days. On the Angels the recovery time is 18 months.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

Roll baby roll!

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Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
3 months ago

Wow! John Doe the Mandroid. Long time no see.

halofansince1978
Trusted Member
3 months ago

Back to whether Detmers and Sandoval belong in the Major Leagues.

To stick in the Show you need consistency and neither one have that.

Hot, great, Cy Young one day then bad, worse, horrible next time out.

They will never say it…but our offensive production is even worser!!!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

So…. all you gotta do is come up from the minors and be really good pretty much every start. Got it. Sounds realistic. Should work out great.

halofansince1978
Trusted Member
3 months ago

Maybe next year.

DowningDude
Legend
3 months ago

Happens for every other team, no???

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago

Yep those pitchers are a dime a dozen . Stupid Arte

DowningDude
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Arte not so smarte

JakeTaylor
Trusted Member
3 months ago

I thought Sandy actually pitched pretty well. Defense didn’t do him any favors in the 3rd and he probably would have gotten out of that inning with only 1 run scoring if not for the error by Fletch.

FungoAle
Super Member
3 months ago

Detmers and Sandoval are good. They would be doing much better if the line-up was talented and the mojo was better. Team confidence and excitement level to play has to be in the shitter.

I’m all in on Team Detmers and Team Sandoval.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  FungoAle

Which is the sexy shirtless werewolf and which is the shiny glitter vampire in a crushed velvet suit?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
3 months ago

Andrew is both

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Too bad they cant like that other pitcher we have.

MarineLayer
Super Member
3 months ago

I think they belong in the majors by virtue of the fact they are among our six best starting pitchers. Whether they are currently below average major league pitchers is the question, and I don’t know the answer. Neither are elite at this point, and it is uncertain what their ceilings are.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  MarineLayer

Anyone on this site can just go on Fangraphs or Bref and see if they’re below average. It’s not magic at all. It’s click, type, click, repeat.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
3 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

I am curious your definition of ‘elite’ and how many pitchers (in the league) can qualify a year.

Sandoval is a top-12 pitcher in the AL, and Detmers is in the top-40 (at age 22). I think they are doing fine on the MLB-caliber metric. If you think you are going to find an entire rotation of better pitchers (for league minimum no less) I have a bridge to sell you.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 months ago

There goes our chance to win 90.

Remember how bad we were in 2019? 72-90. Ausmus got fired. After 125 games that season we were 61-64, 9 wins better than this year.

Let’s see…fun with numbers. We were 27-17 (as you recall) and since then we’ve won 25 and lost 56. Funny thing about adding 25 and 56. You get exactly 1/2 a season, 81 games. If we played at that rate, 25-56, for a full year we’d end up 50-112. If we keep up that rate we’d win another 11 games and lose 26, so sorry, everybody. It means we’d fail in the attempt to lose 100. We’d be 63-99.

There’s always a chance we could get worse, though. Maybe Perry will find more Atlanta rejects.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 months ago

also, I only went back 10 years but 63 wins would put us in the bottom 5 every single season. One last bit of math trivia, is we do end up 63-99 our “winning” percentage would be .389. We are currently 7th in the lottery standings. A .389 would put us 5th.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

The dream is alive.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
3 months ago

this is a particularly poor year for the bottom teams. Very often, over the last 10 seasons, 63 wins would be last or next to last.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

I’ll find a way to blame Arte….

DowningDude
Legend
3 months ago

We’ve replaced everything except the owner. It’s gotta work. New owner? GARE-ON-TEED 162-and-0 the first season.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  DowningDude

If the team doesn’t take off as soon as we have a new owner then we know that the problem is us. Nothing else left.

It can’t possibly be us. We are brilliant and real baseball people with a combined millennium of experience everywhere but in a baseball front office. Our ju ju is pure golden wisdom.

FungoAle
Super Member
3 months ago

The Ausmus firing was due to the fact the second half was so fucking brutal. Just pure pain.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Not sure BBB gets fired if Soggy Joe wasn’t available

tanana40
Trusted Member
3 months ago

90 wins was my prediction in March. Oh how, silly, I feel now.

halofansince1978
Trusted Member
3 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

5 over to 5 under for me…crud!!!

DowningDude
Legend
3 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

I took the “under” and predicted 161 losses.

Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago

If it wasn’t for Sandy’s 1-0 gem last Friday we be in the midst of another 10 game losing streak right now.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Super Member
3 months ago

Tanking on down the highway……

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FungoAle
Super Member
3 months ago

Nice….FURY Fire one up Perry’s ass!

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
3 months ago

Lotto Five, alive!

Angels2020Champs
Super Member
3 months ago

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Cowboy26
Legend
3 months ago

We need to be lotto 3 to have the best odds even though it still only guarantees a top 9 pick.

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
3 months ago

We scored 3 runs!

steelgolf
Super Member
3 months ago

That is a weeks worth of runs !!!!

DowningDude
Legend
3 months ago

Most impressive is that we didn’t need the ghost runner to score them!

Angels2020Champs
Super Member
3 months ago

Another L whomp whomp

GrandpaBaseball
Super Member
3 months ago

Pac-Man.

DowningDude
Legend
3 months ago

What does Sean Penn have to do with anything?