I’m a guy who likes the comforts of home. My patio, my bed, my vinyl collection…the things that make home home. The Angels get a chance to soak in that back home feeling for 10 days starting today.
A 3 win, 4 loss road trip is less than idea but if Phil Nevin had more than three functioning brain cells last Sunday it could have easily been 4-3. I can honestly say the 8th inning last Sunday was among the worst game management I’ve ever seen.
To recap: he intentionally walked the go ahead run into scoring position, having lefty Sandoval avoid facing righty Jose Ramirez. Then, once left handed masher Josh Naylor (who was on deck) stepped in the box Nevin brought in right hander Carlos Esteves to serve up the game losing 3 run bomb. There’s so much stupid in that process it almost hurt to type it.
Not coming back with the team is batting practice thrower Ryan Tepera, who was designated for assignment after blowing yet another game on Saturday.
The highlight of the road trip came from Monday’s starting pitcher who came up with an unreal shot.
Speaking of moonshots, friend of the site Trey Cabbage has been hitting several of his own. Just look at these numbers.
And Trey was not alone. The Bees had themselves quite a trio on Tuesday night.
Did I mention Trey is a great dude who is crushing the ball in the minors this year? I’m not alone.
Going into the year there was a lot of talk about the new rules. This was an out last year. And so were a few more of Ohtani’s hits. By both the stat quoted and my eyeballs, banning the shift has equated to more hits.
Yes, that Jared Walsh is nearing a return. Meanwhile the MRI results on Anthony Rendon showed “good results” which with our medical staff can only mean a full amputation of the leg is forthcoming.
And I can’t go a week without plugging the wunderkid Zach Neto. This was Simba-esque the other night.
I can’t post highlights all over the place and ignore my favorite affiliate. Check out the hose job by Orlando Martinez of the Trash Pandas.
In one last bit of Angels news, convicted pill peddler Eric Kay is seeking an appeal. In the appeal Kay says both that he should not have been convicted and that he should have accepted a plea bargain. Hmmmm… Sounds like gamblers remorse to me. He took his shot at a jury trial and escaping punishment and when that blew up in his face 5-10 years sounded like a good proposition.
Domingo German is an absolute piece of shit human being who shouldn’t be allowed to play MLB. Oh, and he also got caught cheating this week. And a few weeks ago against the Twins.
Speaking of woman beaters who don’t belong in MLB, Trevor Bauer is the one getting knocked around in Japan.
Looking at that picture, I just imagine how great it would feel to land a crushing left hook on that jaw…
In better news, Daniel Bard is working on his mental health and back in baseball. Please read this longform piece on his journey. It has been a while since I linked a longform piece and this one is worth it.
I get being tough and working through things. But I also know sometimes the best way to move forward is to take a step back. If you need help, ask. That “nobody cares” thing is your brain lying to you.
In great news for the league, Angel Hernandez has been MIA since Opening Day. The speculation is he’s out with a medical issue. Yeah, he’s freaking blind.
No tee ball game tonight. Only one more on the schedule. I’m not ready to let this go.