The Angels spent the week visiting the NL Central and going 4 and 2 on the road trip. A solid, winning road trip and some nice momentum heading into a big homestand against division foes.
A sweep of the Cardinals is great. The Cardinals being this bad is baffling. Why are they having the worst start in they’ve had in decades?
There were some brilliant plays to recap this week, staring with Ohtani’s absolute bomb in Milwaukee.
That round tripper garnered Ohtani the celebratory samurai helmet. Home run celebrations have become a team event, and we’re all just here to watch it.
I remember trying to mimic batting stances and pitching deliveries as a kid. So I always love a good video side by side. Like this one from our friend Taylor Blake Ward.
Overall, the bullpen looked quite solid in the three game sweep of the Cardinals. Outside of Aaron Loup, that is. The angst over the Angels bullpen won’t get any better. Jose Quijada is set for Tommy John surgery and Austin Warren is shut down for at least four weeks.
However, local boy Chris Devenski has looked sharp in his three outings. Chris says he’s finally healthy and enjoying his second chance at baseball.
Quickly become a fan, and Rookie of the Year, favorite is shortstop Zach Neto who continues to amaze with the leather and hit.
Here’s another angle of that sweet play by Zach Neto and Brandon Drury on Tuesday night.
I’ve linked those great plays, but the game on Wednesday was incredible. Easily my favorite of the year.
In the game on Wednesday, Ohtani joined Babe Ruth as the only MLB players to reach 500 K’s as a pitcher and 100 HR as a hitter. The difference being most of the guys Ohtani struck out and hit bombs against wouldn’t have been allowed to play against Ruth.
From around baseball:
The Alabama Crimson Tide fired their baseball coach for going full Pete Rose. There’s a lot of madness going around the Alabama sports program right now.
Don’t look now, but Cody Bellinger is again lighting it up. He’s in a much better place in a lot of regards and the early results are promising.
Speaking of early results, the Pittsburgh Pirates are off to a great start. Should we believe in the Bucco’s?
One thing I’m noticing while watching games from around the league is a lot more stolen bases. Speed is back. Will we see records set again due to the new rules and bigger bases?
I’ll give it a resounding NO. Guys I grew up watching in the 80s had permanent green lights and managers sent them far more often. That said, we should see numbers we haven’t seen in a long time.
On the topic of speed. The A’s Esteury Ruiz has it in spades. Does his speed (he’s the league leader in stolen bases) give him enough value to make the A’s win the trade for him?
Justin Verlander gave up back to back bombs to start his comeback with the Mets.
Sunday is Little League day at the Big A. At least for the Fountain Valley Little League. I’ll be walking my son and his team around the track pregame. Another moment as a father I know I’ll enjoy and treasure.
One place I can’t wait to take my son (but I’m waiting until he’ll understand it a bit) is the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. By the time we’re ready this now state of the art wing should be open. So much history.
Enjoy your weekend and link what I missed.