A regular season preview at the Big A, with Anderson vs Thor as the Angels hosted the Dodgers. It is a bit odd how these teams swapped starters, but I am sure we will get used to it eventually. Almost everyone will be at least an opening series starter, but there are still a few more decisions to be made by Thursday.
The Angels got to Thor more than the Dodgers got to Anderson, so it seems like the Angels got the better pitcher after all. Yes, it was one start, and neither team had all their starters, but hey, I will take it.
Angels hitters had a great time, getting hits, scoring runs, being useful… except for Matt Thaiss, who, despite being named to the Opening Day Roster due to injury, was miserable, having multiple hits taken away by Dodgers defense and striking out with RISP. Oh, and getting a stinger while catching. Ow.
The Angels won, 5-4 with Mike Trout leading the way and the pitching being slightly better than the Dodgers. One last Exhibition Game left and then REAL baseball starts! It is so close I can almost smell it.
Mike Trout scored the first runs of the game with a 2 run shot off the Rock Pile.
Taylor “Blake” Ward was also having a good day, following up his single with a solo shot of his own in the 3rd.
It wasn’t enough to score 3 off of the former Angel. No, he was hacked for more with Ohtani, Rendon, and Drury singles to bring home a 4th run.
That run was given right back, however, as Mookie Betts took Anderson deep.
Anderson gave up another solo shot in the 5th, making it a 2 run game.
Angels got THAT run back on a bases loaded walk in the 6th. Taylor Ward really had himself a good day today.
Now all that the Angels have to do is not blow it and-WHY IS LOUP IN?!
Luckily, Loup couldn’t Loup up too much and the Angels still had the lead somehow.
Now it is Quijada who is in aaaaand he allows a home run as well.
Cedar Valdez came in for the save. He had a clean 9th and the Angels win!
One last game with the Dodgers tomorrow and then the season starts on Thursday. We are so close now, the games will start to matter and hope has descended upon us.
If Ward is real and not an illusion and Rendon (and Trout and Ohtani) stay healthy and play around 140 games together in the regular season – this team will score some runs.
At this point, I think it’s safe to say Ward is real. He was apparently in the wrong seat as a catcher.
I was in the wrong seat too
I shouldve been CEO of Amazon or Tesla.
where’s my guest recs?
And we will “win some games”
We will score some runs.
The Dodgers. If you need to root for championshipness all the time, there they are, enjoy being one of their people. Mamba out.
Gah Dahmmm Rendon looks like a smooth criminal. Like if he started singing all our womans would leave us. Like he knows how to fight with a skinny sword. Like he lives in a mural infested villa overlooking a lake overlooking the ocean. Like he led a small Central American Republic’s successful fight against tyranny, then wrote said republic’s national anthem on his flamenco guitar.
Rendon. Mas macho.
But wait! I read CTPG faithfully and Rendon CANNOT be a baseball player, because he is REN-DONE, the biggest waste of money since Grandpa Pujols! Plus, he has a beard and only commies have beards. All REAL Angels have gritty stubble. He also does not seem pale enough to be a “fan-favorite gritty-stubbly-peachfuzzy overachiever” like Eckstein 2.0/3.0/4.0, et. al., who will hit .450 in his “GUARANTEED bounce-back from all those injuries” season.
The regular season starts on Thursday
I’ll see on you on July 8, however. 💪
😂 😆 💪
Rendone undone! .500 in the spring
.500, ha. Don’t make me laugh.
Palmeiro Is .600 this Spring.
Yes and Mickey Moniak had a nice spring too.
Cool graphic on the HR Quijada gave up to Williams
won’t be long, we’ll be seeing the shufflebot night after night. Yippee!
You like the Shufflebot!?
I LIKE THE SHUFFLEBOT!!!
I’m ready. All they have to do is win. And there will be multiples for long win streaks.
yea I’m not sure how much longer I can deal w zach netos eye black
Bryce Harper style.
Baseball players…. worst fking style…. beards, well past 2010…. the ghotee, holy shit I think the last ghotee left baseball about 12 years after they were mocked mercilessly in places like Calgary special magnet necklaces for pitchers….
Quijada tried to hand this game to the Dodgers.
Failed at that too.
We’ll talk again in June……right?