The Angels have clinched yet another losing season by dropping their 82nd game this week. A sweep by the Cleveland Guardians puts the Angels in position for another top 10 pick in the draft.
16 of the remaining 19 games are against division opponents so we’ll need help from Cubs, Marlins, and Rockies to push up in the order. We can simply lose to Texas to make sure we stay in front of them.
And how sad is it that we’re neck and neck with a Texas team we knew wasn’t going to do anything this year?
Probably the most entertaining part of the Cleveland series was both managers getting tossed on the same play.
All it took is one good hot streak to get the trade Mike Trout articles back.
Fellow star Anthony Rendon is pushing to come back this year. That would get his suspension out of the way.
You’d think sports writers would’ve moved past the “WAR what is is good for?” stage but no. Here’s a piece saying Ohtani’s MVP case is based on WAR.
To be fair the piece is really solid on explaining why WAR might not fully value Ohtani. The headline, however, is dying for derisive comments about baseball nerds.
So how about we say we have two great players. Both are DH’s on offense and both are great DH’s. However one DH is also a Cy Young Award candidate and the other doesn’t pitch. Which DH is more valuable?
This reminds me of the Miggy vs. Trout debate. It never should have been about WAR and analytics. Both were great hitters. One great hitter also played Gold Glove caliber center field and led the league in stolen bases while the other hitter was the least athletic guy on the field.
Meanwhile, in actual Los Angeles the Dodgers clinched the NL West, which is still meaningful for many of their players.
For actual fun, take a look at the Angels affiliates.
Playoff baseball in the IE. 66ers lost Game 1 of their series and try to even the score later tonight (keep in mind I’m typing this on Thursday).
And while the Trash Pandas clinched a while ago and have to wait a week for their post season, check out this lineup.
Neto and Dichiara are 2022 draftees who are already being tested at AA and for the most part holding their own. Silseth was a 2021 draftee who was rushed to the bigs and is probably where he should be. O’Hoppe is simply killing the ball while working with the next wave of Angels pitchers.
From around baseball:
Baseball celebrated Roberto Clemente Day. I always admire off field heroics more than on field heroics and Clemente was a giant in charity work.
Fittingly on this day the Tampa Bay Rays rolled out the first all Latino starting lineup in MLB history.
I keep telling Victor we need to write a book about his dad and Cookie’s peers. They were the first wave of imported Latino talent in MLB and they are dying off. Really, they were pioneers whose impact is shown in things like the Rays lineup.
Getting lost in the Albert Pujols hoopla are Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright. We probably won’t see another tandem like them.
That’s it. Going to enjoy my sister in law’s wedding today and the Canelo vs. GGG 3 fight tomorrow. Can’t explain how happy I am the wedding is on a Friday so there’s no conflict ha ha.
Enjoy, be safe and maybe get out to the ballpark. I’ll try to make it Sunday. I care about the team on the field less than I do about time with my son. But I do buy StubHub so I’m not giving Arte any parting money.