Today was the day, the day that was the first day the Angels were in danger of having a losing season. At 81 losses, the next one would be devastating. It wasn’t escapable, unless the Angels win all their remaining games, the Angels will have a losing season. It was just a matter of time.
Patrick Sandoval tried his best to delay it one more game. He did his best, going 5 and a third innings, giving up 2 runs on 7 hits, striking out 3 and walking none. Not his best game, not by a longshot, but he left with the lead at least.
Mickey was doing his best as well, hitting a home run in his now common platoon with Adell. Trout also drove in a run, the outfielders carrying the offense with them and Ward having 6 of the 8 hits though the first 7 innings.
Sandy cracked first, giving up a solo shot in the 2nd.
However, M-I-C-K-E-Y gave the Angels the lead immediately after, a 2 run blast in the 3rd.
That is how it stayed until the 5th, when Trout’s single drove in the third run for the Halos.
Yet Sandy gave that run right back in the bottom of the inning.
Patrick did not have his best stuff and was pulled in the 6th with two on. However, Jimmy Herget was called upon and got out of the jam with the lead intact.
However, Jimmy failed in the 7th, giving up the tying run.
Tepera had the 8th, and by have I mean blew, since he blew the game.
Now down 5-3, the Angels were losing after they led for most of the game.
The Angels had once last chance to score more and delay that losing season just one more day. Rengifo doubled, but it amounted to nothing.
Angels lose, get swept, and secure a losing season yet again.
Re: our predictions from April, as linked to yesterday’s post here:
I went in for 91-71, and of course the wheels fell off with the 14 game losing streak (AKA “The 14”). Lots of injuries, etc. But also, something went wrong in the collective heads of our players. Maybe one day someone will say something.
OR: this team just looked really good on paper, and PLAYED really well until The 14 hit. In actuality, somehow, they weren’t very good at all and this bad team just happened to have their “hot streak” at the beginning of the season, before reality set in. I don’t really know. Nothing really makes sense about this season to me, to be honest.
I’m one dem Olde Dude fans, since 1970, but this has been the worst I can remember. Why? Well, I was fooled by the lineup on paper, but moreso: WE FUCKING HAVE TROUT AND OHTANI AND WE STILL SUCK BALLS!!! It’s embarrassing. You have those two guys and you still finish well under .500? That’s an ineradicable embarrassment in my book. It will never go away.
Someone: “You’re an Angels fan? Wow. I always wondered how they could have those two guys and still be one of the worst teams in baseball.”
Me: “Yea, I know. Can we just…talk about something else please?”
Rev had us going 100-62 in April.
Cowboy: 103-79. (I loved seeing that at the time.)
I was one of the few who had us in the 90s: 91-71.
Eric From Portland had us at 81-81 and I thought, “He must be on a bummer. Can’t he see we now have a solid bullpen and Thor and Rendon and…?” Now he will end up looking too optimistic.
The race for Grand Poo-Bah for predictions this year will be between SScott and Halo71, who had us at 78-84, and Twebur, who’s looks to me to be sittin’ in the catbird seat at 72-90.
Easily the best news of the season was Arte wanting to sell. I didn’t think that would be The Story for the season.
Optimistic as most. Better than the alternative I suppose
The optimistic projections included presumptions of a fully healthy season from Rendon, Trout etc. I think almost everyone acknowledged the lack of depth at almost every position and the major impact that injuries would have.
Mike Lorenzen, Thor, gambling on Fletch as our SS, gambled on Marsh and Adell, Taylor Ward sucks defensively no matter where he plays. Perry should be out the door tomorrow. That 2021 20 pitcher draft was laffable.
ONE OF THESE DAYS yoo noh hoo WILL HIRE SOMEONE WHO’S ACTUALLY COMPETENT.. Gawd it must be a whole lot easier to hire 100 graphic designers and then, fire them for blinking the wrong way!!!
here, Wards bref, just in case you ever ask yourself “do I know what I’m talking about?”
Now what a crying shame – neither holes nor judas got homers today.
But how did EVERY player who has left the Angels in the last five years do today? Also, did anyone the Angels didn’t draft have a good game? We need to know.
Why is he smiling? Oh yeah he doesn’t have a owner who hates good starting pitching (Robbie Ray & Luis Castillo)!!!
Man I love pancake rabbit. If I had to save him or Tootie from a burning pile of Jorge Soler rookie cards I’d definitely save pancake rabbit.
😆 😆 😆 😜 😜 👈 ……..heeeee!!!
You forgot the 💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪💪
I am petty, and yes I am rooting 699 and 59.
Said like a true man
Hat tip to “Tank” Tepera. Great job out there today!
Picking up where Jesse Chavez left off
Who pulls Quijada after a third of an inning? He has been quite good for us this year, and with a tied game?
Say his name: Nevin. Phil Nevin.
PerrArte!!! PerryArte!!!! PerryArte!!!!!!!!!
BYE!!!!!! This little civil war shur iz fun!!!
Just hit my inbox a few minutes ago LOLOLOLOLOLL
My god. You’d think their media guy would just be like “I’ll wait until the day they clinch a losing record, then schedule all my drops for a couple days after that….” I mean, this is an actual job that people have, thinking of this stuff….”
My reply comes courtesy from the small-handed Red Sux fan …
I find it depressing that they try to sell it with the Dodgers, Skanks and Sux instead of Trout and Ohtani.
“Come see our studly dynamic duo Trout and Ohtani take on the wussies from LA Boston and Zoo York. Oh yeah we also get to see some other crappy clubs.”
Very old school Clippers. Couldn’t market their own team so they’d send out “see the Lakers/Bulls/good teams” promos.
Same! First thing I noticed. Like, what?
Report as junk
Talk about being tone deaf
They knew exactly what they were doing….
Got the same. I actually like looking up how much the seats were for a season in whatever section but laughed at the timing!!
I wanna see us play the Pirates and Nats because we’re better than them……RIGHT? I hope!
How about we play UCLA too while we’re at it? I don’t if we’d beat them!
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So they clinched!
That was the type of sweep we need if we’re looking at next year’s draft. We could pick up an extra cool million or so in bonus mo eat with a few more.
Happy Birthday to our awesome PxP guy Patrick O’Neal!!
Go, go, Patty O!!!
Literally go, go. patty O.
YES! Losers again! The season so many wished for actually happened! A lesser group of fans would have maybe taken their foot off the gas after a five or six game losing streak. A group of fans that lacked championshit levels of dedication to their take would almost certainly let up after a 14 game losing streak. But, having learned their lesson from Atlanta Falcons teams of old, these superfans did not let up, knowing that allowing any sense of joy or fun to exist without a connected bitch or wank about something would be tantrum-mount to not seething 24/7 about Arte and would almost assuredly result in Arte mistakenly believing everyone is happy with the team.
Thank Gah brave defenders of a delusionless reality saved us all from dangerous activities like smiling or liking things and thus feeding any positive reinforcement Arte would almost definitely have seen here on this blog and then used to decide to stay the course and not sell the team. PLUS! They gave us all the excitement that comes with an endless string of comments about when they told us so, how long they have been saying something, and who the talentless and emotionally frenzied blob of lard they call a brain tells them should be fired…. every f***ing day. For days, weeks, months…. even years now.
These total pieces of shit have once again called down the fantastic luck that the team has needed year after year to continue being short on most of their good players all season with their shitbag ju ju dance. Never flagging, never failing, never letting us down by letting themselves down. And now that Arte will likely sell the team these pseudo Yankees fans will surely love the new owners with all the tender rub and tear they’ve shown Arte since he failed to consult them and made the first roster decision they couldn’t stand many years ago. Latching onto to their envy fueled hatred like Jared with a sandwich…. or a small boy.
The only sad thing is, like Arte, the new owners will likely be vastly better and more successful people than these sad sacks. So they will also come to hate the new owner as well because they just won’t listen to them and do make say think their thoughts.
Way to go fucknuts. Same owner. New owner. Some sugar daddy may buy us some wins for a short amount of time, but we’re gonna keep getting the team we collectively ask for till you have a moment a clarity and realize you should just root for the Dodgers.
Damn dude. Depressing. I still love this team but am pretty much resigned to the fact that we’ll be a playoff-less laughingstock for eternity. Nobody left to blame except myself.
Nah. The Angels have money, so there’s hope. It’s not like the A’s or Pirates or Reds where we will always have to sell off at some point, especially if New Owner builds a farm (or the current farm produces).
But most of these assclowns were bitter and unhappy even in the era where we were just constantly losing the the Red Sox in the play offs, much less now. Some of these wishers of the worst have been at it since around 2008.
You ok mate?
This is gritch we are talking about here, he is always making anger posts
You don’t add much except to bash the guy. Try adding something to the community besides “anti-gitcho” stuff. Interested to hear your takes.
Well, to be fair, in the case of this comment he is responding to a pretty ridiculous scree.
I think you are just more able to see my actual point in all that mess.
All I see is this fact:
“PLUS! They gave us all the excitement that comes with an endless string of comments about when they told us so, how long they have been saying something, and who the talentless and emotionally frenzied blob of lard they call a brain tells them should be fired…. every f***ing day. For days, weeks, months…. even years now.“
I mean I told you the fourth Tuesday prior to the last green moon that I was an idiot. Nobody believed me.
See everybody. Someone agrees with me!
I like a lot of what you post, but the manifestation stuff in the form of “we’re gonna keep getting the team we collectively ask for” doesn’t make sense to me. Do we dial up the complaining or dial it down?
It’s more a matter of how many of us NEED to complain. It’s not even about the team, it’s about them, stuff from their lives that they have to constantly take out on an oblivious object… the team. Their emotional needs, lame assed sports PTSD and stuff.
So yes, I guess we need less complaining. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t complain about ANYTHING. For example, we got three hit today. Complain away baby. Just about anyone with eyes and double digit IQ points can see the weaknesses a team has, most fans will complain about them at some point, but a bitch, they can’t sleep at night if they think there may be someone out there who might not have noticed a teams flaw that day…. same flaws as last week usually.
If every f***ing day you’re bringing up the same shit over and over for years and years, pointing out the same shit as though ANY problem in a team sport goes away overnight, or better yet, complaining about shit that isn’t actually a problem because you’re too lazy to even look it up….. basically failing to follow one of the rules of the site, don’t complain the same complaint all the time it starts to feel like you’re less a fan of the team than you are of bitching about said team. You become one of those assholes who lives in Tucson and complains about the heat all the time.
Accept for the few golden years when the team has no problems.
You can tell a sadsack by the tone of their complaining most of the time. I’m sure you’ve noticed that a sadsack and a guy like Jeff Joiner can basically make the same complaint, but it’s like the “spirit” of the complaint is different.
The Ju Ju stuff’s mostly a joke… but not all the way. I root for/follow a fair number of sports teams and one thing I have actually noticed is that teams whose fanbases look for how their current situation can actually work out, even if at the same time they know there are a dozen ways it could NOT work out, tend to enjoy the sport more, tend to grow, and tend to win more often and bounce back fast when they don’t. Disgusting as it is, A’s fans are this way, as are Spurs, Bills, Celtics, Twins and Colts fans. And Steelers fans.
Teams like the Browns, Lions, Bears, Clippers, Wizards, Cubs, Washington Football Teamians, Packers, 76ers, Knicks and Angels seem to have a very high bitch percentage and it actually kind of shows in their teams. These people all seem to ask the sports gods to kick them in the dick whenever possible.
All the owners and farm systems and payroll hikes in the world aren’t gonna solve a team having problems and mistakes and shit luck. But the fanbase is constant. And it matters at least a little what a fanbase constantly is, it forms the character of an org more even than the owner. And if that’s bunch a bitches… well….
Sounds like you are complaining about complaining. No disrespect, but everything you write drips in irony. The team officially just locked in their 7 losing season with Trout. Frankly, I’d be concerned if people weren’t pissed off.
Yeah. That’s why I said that folks are gonna complain about stuff that’s there to complain about, and that’s fine. It’s the how and why of the complaining that f***s up our chi and makes us a bunch of twats who deserve catastrophic injuries and massive performance drop offs every year.
The luck dragons hear how much we as a group love to talk about our suffering, so they give us more of what we love.
PhD dissertation time! I think this could go somewhere! 🅰
I laughed…. although someday maybe someone smart will study this stuff… Does Esprit De Corpse Change Long Term Outcomes?: With Graphs
Why do that when we can all just move to Texas (at least the allure of low taxes and deregulation until something bad happens….. worse crime rate than CA, recent Dallas flooding, hurricanes and 2021 freeze) and root for the Asstros.
We are wasting Mickey Moniak!
K this made me laugh. Thank you.
Don’t settle for just bad…bottom out for that top 5 pick.
They already screwed the pooch on that dream too.
Only 3.5 out of the top 6 – which is the cutoff for lottery participation
Thanks – now they will go on a meaningless winning streak. 😝
YES WE CAN!
No, he’s in New York, IIRC.
We’re bad at being bad.
Detroit and Cincy really working it! Pittsburgh better start losing if they don’t want to blow their spot. Oakland just carries on with the losing.
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sigh…..I think Downing Dude will win the prediction game if all the overs are eliminated like on the Price is Right.
Not surprised by the outcome, but the fielding was Blaah, Sandoval is a great pitcher when he is engaged, when he is not focused, he makes mistakes.
This is a truly good pitcher with a 12-8 record who (7.0 WAR) also plays for a bad Miami Marlins team and doesn’t have a 5-9 record..