LA Angels Tuesday News Crash: Losing Team?

This article is yet another of the endless stream of articles predicting the departure of Shohei Ohtani. The article says he won’t wish to stick with a “losing team” while disclosing right there in the article that the Angels were 25-23 for the season. Shohei is still making history on a daily basis. Perry Minasian says the mental lapses are uncharacteristic to the players we currently have and “their aptitude.” He said that he expects that to significantly improve. Does anybody think that any heads will roll?

The Dodgers snubbed the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence for their Pride Night so the Mayor of Anaheim invited them to the Angels Pride Night. (Please go easy on the politics.) Glen Kuiper was just fired for using that racial slur during an Athletics broadcast.

The Rangers just released veteran right-handed pitcher Jacob Barnes. The Dodgers selected the contract of their top prospect Bobby Miller. Byron Buxton has knee soreness. They are still evaluating him. Also in that link is a passage about Craig Kimbrel soon reaching 400 saves. The Royals designated Hunter Dozier for assignment. Reds pitcher Connor Overton will have exploratory elbow surgery.

Reds manager David Bell also got himself ejected from Sunday’s Reds/Yankees game. It was his second time in the series. Here is Max Muncy getting himself ejected from a different game. He got rung up and said something to the third base umpire on his way back to the dugout.

One of the Guardians just nailed a bird with a line drive.

Get a load of Baltimore’s new City Connect uniforms. What do you think?

Photos credit Rex Fregosi

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Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago

Tampa Bay is being demolished 1-20 by Blue Jays, and is desperately looking for Brett Phillips for him to pitch as a reliever. 😆 

LanaBanana
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8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

🤣

GrandpaBaseball
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8 months ago

I believe PTP is into numbers past the point that I do, as I’m the guy that still believes in the RBI stat or the RBIRISP. I also like to know who’s Hot and who is Not. Home/Away numbers and history against opposing pitchers works for me. So, when Trout/Ohtani/Renfroe go cold all at once I suggest changing the line up around, especially on the road. Right now, Urshela is doing well, put him in the #2 slot for a few games. Try using Neto at #1 at home and dropping Moniak to #3 hole. Why sit back and see players continue to fail in the lineup when you can help them.

$ times this season I have seen hot hitters getting a day off and return Cold as Ice. MLB players under the age of 35 should be able to make 145-150 games with little problems or issues. (IMHO)

6 starters is very difficult to maintain, so why try? Give the ball to the next guy in line and stretch them out to 6 or 7 innings. If you are a believer in 100 pitches, then teach the staff to throw strikes and stop using the curve and sinker on corners, otherwise your Bullpen will fade by mid-August.

Let’s use the philosophy of working the count, making the other teams go to their pen first.

If Trout is not going to try to steal, why bat him second when you really need to work on the pitcher and catcher to make mistakes and worry about our runners, not just us worrying about their runners. I do like the catcher throwing down to first to keep them honest out there at first. Base runners who are station to station, no matter how fast they are, do not worry anyone on the other team until a ball is hit.

We are this close to going on a roll.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
8 months ago

On another note, it seems Silseth has found his spot (For now).

I am proud of the Halos in the ay they are not afraid to send peeps down (Fletcher) and to release excess baggage as well as promote younger talent (Moniak & Neto).

That’s a refreshing change we should all be lauding……..so laud away peeps!!

Angelz4ever
Super Member
8 months ago

I’m hoping that Adell can help us one way or the ‘tother. He really has no trade value as an AAA killer, because of his last forays in the bigs. Here’s hoping for a fire sale for a sound starter that would take him and maybe Soto. LOL, I slay myself.

angelslogic
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Right now, I really don’t see a place for him. And, the team is struggling with unforced errors. Adell would just add to the problems. So trade bait, that’s about it.

Last edited 8 months ago by angelslogic
jco
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jco
8 months ago
Reply to  angelslogic

He’d likely get a shot in case of injury to one of the current OF. He is raking in Salt Lake right now although the Ks are still troubling.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
8 months ago

Let’s all of write and publish 29 different stories (One for each MLB team) about who has been “Linked” to either trade or Free agency signing of Shohei. That way someone will for sure be right, oh yeah write a 30th that the Halos pull of a stunner and resign him.

I pick Oakland & Kansas City!

Last edited 8 months ago by Angelz4ever
Jeff Joiner
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8 months ago

I’ve checked MLBTR about 10 times today looking for a Loup DFA ha ha.

Kiyotchan
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8 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

You and me both.

Angelz4ever
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8 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Why? This year Loup has been…….has been….I got nothing (Also)

Last edited 8 months ago by Angelz4ever
TrojanBoiler
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8 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Loup is poup!

Eric_in_Portland
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8 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Personally I preferred Tepera over Loup. Still, I’m not totally convinced they’re useless. Which reminds me to ask, where’s Tep now?

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago

Random thought of today (Since I took my meds today, I don’t think I am going to have flight of ideas and can stay focused.). When I was adding money using my calculator for the contracts of some of the free agent SS Angels could have signed (for example, Trey Turner $300M x 11 years), this thought occurred to me. How stupid was Shohei who decided to come to USA before age 25 for mere 500 to 600k for the first 3 years when he could have at least made at least 30 times that being 15 million for at least 3 years. What would you have done if you were in his place?

My prediction for today’s lineup:

Moniak RF/Trout CF/Shohei DH/Druly 2B/Walsh 1B/Urshela 3B/Thaiss C/Ward LF/Neto SS

I gave Rengifo and Renfroe rest because they have been playing a lot. I like left/right combination from 1-7. Ward in less stressful batting position. I even thought of giving Shohei a day off putting Trout in DH, and Moniak CF with Renfroe RF, but Thursday is a day off for Angels.

Go Halos!

Last edited 8 months ago by Kiyotchan
Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Wow, the official starting lineup came out quickly today:

Moniak LF
Trout CF
Ohtani DH
Renfroe RF
Walsh 1B
Druly 2B
Thaiss C
Urshela 3B
Neto SS

I guess Ward will be platooning with Moniak. Ward will bat if a left handed reliever from Red Sox occurs.

Last edited 8 months ago by Kiyotchan
smithy610
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

I guess Ward will be platooning with Moniak. Ward will bat if a left handed reliever from Red Sox occurs.

I agree that this is probably the right move to approach Ward with, for now. Platoon him with Moniak so he can get more favorable matchups while he needs to get going. I don’t believe sending him down will do any good.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Moniak is the hot hand right now. Next time Trout or Renfroe rest I imagine both will be in the line up. In fairness, Ward should be sent down to get back in rhythm.

rosstrade
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

I don’t think it was “stupid” of Shohei to sign with the Angels and bypass the chance to make more money.

The Sho specifically said he wanted to come to the US when he did and relinquish the opportunity to make more money to play on a bigger stage (the MLB).

He absolutely made the right decision as 1) this is what he wanted to do and 2) he is now set to become the highest payed major leaguer in the history of game next year.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  rosstrade

It is well chronicled that he actually attempted to come to US forgoing NPB draft after graduating from high school. It was Mr. Kuriyama, then the manager for Nippon Ham Fighters, who convinced him to stay in Japan to pursue Nitoryu (two-way samurai) dream. Shohei was fortunate to listen to Mr. Kuriyama and changed his mind to remain in Japan. You are absolutely right. He did take a gamble believing his own ability and hit a jack pot.

Last edited 8 months ago by Kiyotchan
Angelz4ever
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  rosstrade

Indeed, we also have to remember NL didn’t have the DH, so he was really only looking at West Coast AL teams, so IMHO it was between the Halos & Seattle.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

Another factor that occurred in Shohei’s favor is when MLB decided to alter rules regarding international players after the commissioner received many complaints (especially from Yankees and Red Sox who lost hundreds of million of dollars in acquiring Japanese player duds for their system) and established that one had to be at least 25 years of age before being posted by NPB teams. So, instead of only one MLB team who wrote in blind auction style the largest amount of money would be able to negotiate with Shohei, by jumping to MLB before age 25, he was the one who could pick from multiple MLB teams who he would play for. You can say stars aligned for Angels, (which sounds like a theme to produce a perfect sequel to Angels in the Outfield.)

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Kiyotchan

The key thing is that he met with Arte several times, realized how evil he is, had to have hated his guts, and then signed with the Angels.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago

I am consumed with envy and in awe of your ability to combine brevity, succinctness and word economy to summarize what took me at least 10 posts using 1000 words, Gritcho-Sensei.

Last edited 8 months ago by Kiyotchan
Eric_in_Portland
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8 months ago

how bad were the Cleveland Spiders in 1899? So bad that today’s A’s would have to go 10-95 from here to match the Spiders. Wow.

Twebur
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8 months ago

Would not rule out the A’s going 47-115…..Or worse

Win% GB
2018 Orioles 47-115 .290 61
2019 Tigers 47-114 .291 54

Last edited 8 months ago by Twebur
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8 months ago

The 1899 Cleveland Spyders were a team of abject futility. They went 20-134 and finished a miserable 84 games behind the first place Brooklyn Superbas.

Of course, it was difficult to win with a roster full of guys named Ossee, Sport, Otto, and Crazy. And it was even more difficult to win after the departure at the end of the 1888 season of their star pitcher, a man named Cy Young, who left these losers to pitch for the St. Louis Perfectos, a good 90 years before the unrelated release of the Belgian techno anthem “Pump Up the Jam.”

https://youtu.be/9EcjWd-O4jI

Last edited 8 months ago by GhostGuest
gitchogritchoffmypettis
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YAAAAZZZZZ! PUTJ!

Guest
8 months ago

What polyglot genius could ever hope to crack your impenetrable code?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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I am constantly in favor of pumping up the jam. I pretty much never need a place to stay, I just want booties on the floor tonight, which will make my day.

make my day.

make my day.

Guest
8 months ago

Did you know that the lyrics to “Pump up the Jam” hold clues to the location of a buried golden hare that has never been found?

jco
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jco
8 months ago
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Philomena Cunk would be proud of the daily “pump up the jam” references. I get a good laugh every time I see it.

Angelz4ever
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to 

D@mn, were any of those wind forfeits?

ihearhowie3.0
Super Member
8 months ago

Should be an interesting June. The bullpen seems to becoming a little more reliable especially with Silseth’s role more clear.

If the defense sharpens up and Trout/Walsh/Rendon wake up…could be pretty good.

fishfarm
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  ihearhowie3.0

That’s a lot of dudes who need to wake up.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  fishfarm

You think that the professional help that Walsh received in Utah worked too well for him and he is now making up all the sleep that he had lost during baseball games?  😉 

smithy610
Super Member
8 months ago

All of these “Will Shohei stay or won’t he?” pieces really just boils down to “PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD SHOHEI, SIGN WITH THE YANKEES OR DODGERS SO WE CAN WRITE EVERYDAY ABOUT YOU AND YOUR GREATNESS AND HOW YOU’RE FINALLY ON THE BIG STAGE, AAAAAAYYYYYEEEEEEEE!!!!.”

I dunno why any “writer” even bothers with a 500+ word article. I know, I know, they get paid by the words. But maybe also don’t be too obvious about your very obvious bias.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  smithy610

Wouldn’t it be wonderful and amazing if Shohei said, “Enough of all these shit! I am going back to Nippon Ham Fighters to play for Tsuyoshi Shinjo!”? I would love to see and hear all these reporters and analysts jaws drop.

BruinsAngelsKings
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Rather see that than he leave the Angels for some other MLB team, especially the dodgers or the skanks.

I’d really like to see him say you know what, we’ve got a good, young core and the future looks bright, I’m staying in Anaheim to win one with my BFF Trouty!

Last edited 8 months ago by BruinsAngelsKings
Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago

That would be dreamy and probably generate even more Angel fans in Japan, currently at 60 million and counting.

YOUknowulovetheIE
Trusted Member
8 months ago

If you wanna be gay, be gay, if you want to be religious, be religious. This whole being offended by what other ppl do with their lives is wild to me. If it has zero impact on my personal life I don’t give a shit what you do with yours.

clover_black
Super Member
8 months ago

Just make sure to mock the correct religion, basically.

Eric_in_Portland
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8 months ago
Reply to  clover_black

uh-oh, here we go

Jeff Joiner
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8 months ago
Reply to  clover_black

Anywhere you’d like but here.

Guest
8 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Can we mock all religions?

Kiyotchan
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8 months ago
Reply to 

Including agnostics?

Guest
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

I’m just kidding. We shouldn’t mock anyone’s religion. Everyone should be free to take whatever religious journey they want to take.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to 

I totally agree. I have tremendous respect for all major religions. In my mind, they all seem to provide appropriate guidance, nurture sense of belongingness and offer explanations for those unexplainables that often and randomly occur in human life.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Everyone should mock everyone and then everyone should shrug their shoulders and get on with life.

Jeff Joiner
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Legend
8 months ago

Exactly.

And beyond that, in the Bible I read Jesus only has one commandment: to love one another.

So I’m going to do that.

Guest
8 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

As the Muslims say to everyone, Assalaumu Alaikum, or in English, “Peace be with you.”

Powerhalo (Will Stevens)
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Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Actually, Jesus had 7 Commandments in the Bible, that being just one of them, but I will refrain and save that for my Catechism class or in private to anyone who is interested. Peace!

Guest
8 months ago

I thought the Bible had ten commandments. Hey-Zeus Christos, this is hard to figure out!

RexFregosi
Super Member
8 months ago

Whatever PTP plan was, he’s surely on the back up script now and hopefully he’s working on finding duct tape.

Moniak/Neto/Wallach in the lineup
Silseth/Devenski in the late innings

And a bunch more playing time for Gio, Lamb, Drury.

It’s great this is working now and I am so pleased with the depth so that there is hope, but we appear to be out of reserves at this point, especially IF and C.

Twebur
Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Navigating with he backup script? I’m leaning that he’s accomplished a lot with building this roster in the last few years because he’s a good GM.

2 best catchers out with injuries… surprise production with the bat from Thaiss and Wallach, not so-great at catching. Hopefully Stassi comes back at some point??

Hopefully PTP knew all along Neto was the long-term solution and was surprised only by the earlier-than-expected timing of his arrival….didn’t spend on a stud SS because he knew it wasn’t necessary. Great evaluation of talent if true. Fingers crossed.

Gio, Drury, Renfro, Estivez, Moore huge improvements from the same roster spots from last year. Like to think it’s less just being lucky and more about being smart.

Moniak, if it continues, reasonable to think it can, he’s #1 – #1 pick for some reason.
That might turn out to be 100% lucky….and we are due as an organization to finally get some ridiculous luck for once.

Leaning that the direction PTP has us headed is up, might not be as fast as we want it, but the roster is trending up^^^^^^^^^. And it’s 100% because he’s a solid GM and Arte is finally letting him do the job.

Long live PTP

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

I agree, thank God he didn’t sign a big name shortstop when the Angels now look like they have solidified the position. I love an all around good team over a few great players. While only 3(?) games over .500 it looks like we have a good team instead of a few great players. I’m starting to think this trend could continue even without Otani.  🙄  Perry is trending up for me and maybe Arte has learned he doesn’t know much about baseball and should be listen to those who know more than him. I never argued with my ex GF about speaking Spanish because I knew she knew more than me. She shouldn’t have argued with me about Real Estate. Arte shouldn’t argue with Perry.

Last edited 8 months ago by Mikeal1st
Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

Just to name a few:

Trevor Story ($160M x 7 years)
Xander Bogarts ($280M x 11 years)
Carlos Correa ($270M x 10 years)

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

I love a home-grown hero, I understand a free-agent signing has to happen to fill holes but the emphasis should be on home-grown.

RexFregosi
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

they are booing Trea Turner in Philadelphia now

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

That’s one name I could not think of, thank you. He had amazing WBC accomplishments as 9th spot hitter for Team USA, though.

Last edited 8 months ago by Kiyotchan
Dogface1956
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

They boo Santa Claus in Philadelphia. As W.C. Fields once said, “I would rather be here than Philadelphia.”

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Trea Turner ($300M x 11 years)

steelgolf
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Yikes!

RexFregosi
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Yes agree, but i just hope he has Plan C – we are very thin.

its great we can reach down to the Hunt and and pull up contributors but just not sure how much we can sustain this if any other parts break.

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

I think his Plan B has worked pretty well. Of course, it’s still just the first part of the year but I feel (not think) that’s it’s better this year than last. Hopefully next year the team gets even deeper with a better Plan C.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Who has a real “Plan C”? Please let me know? You know, the GM that has both his starter and back up falter and has a 3rd option…. at say 4 positions? Plus maybe 3 or 4 extra pitchers for the same situation there?

You know, the guy we were all demanding the last three years when the entire team was hurt?

Sure, some GMs luck out for a year where a prospect or retred helps out a ton as “option C” in a couple spots. But I am still looking for this Depth Unicorn I keep hearing is out there.

Twebur
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8 months ago

Ask your Medicare provider about the best plan C for you

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gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Twebur

Hep C…. the hepatitis for me.

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
8 months ago

Not exactly sure what you mean here. If you are referring to me, ny only point is that he appears to have built more depth (Plan B, C, D wasn’t meant to be taken literally) than the Angels have been used to. I bet you’re good at math but were kind of quiet as a young kid.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Twebur

Thinking PTP may actually be smart just cause he seems to have done good things as well as having done good stuff in Toronto and Atlanta? Problematic.

RexFregosi
Super Member
8 months ago

i’m sure he had a better idea of Neto’s capabilities than i did but we will always wonder if it was planned for Neto to be here by May (? I’m skeptical)

or maybe his Plan A was Gio Fletchfigo at SS (? not a good plan)

or was he lucky and Neto was readier than he anticipated?

we will never know about SS

(but Gio was genius)

Cowboy26
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8 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Im not sure PTP or the rest of the Angels front office thought that Fletch would suck so bad.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Cowboy26

Yeah, I doubt “The Plan” was to not bring up Neto out of camp but then bring him up five weeks later after the three other guys you had ahead of him didn’t work out all that well.

TrojanBoiler
Trusted Member
8 months ago

Just as Trout was starting to break out of his slump with homers in back to back nights, Nevin gave him a day off.

Since the rest day, Trout is batting .200 with .333 OBP and an OPS of .533. 5 strikeouts in 12 PAs

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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8 months ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

March/April: 168 wRC+
May: 93 wRC+

2023 runners in scoring position: .167 batting average

2023 high leverage opportunities: .222 batting average

Jeff Joiner
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8 months ago

The unexpected contributions from Moniak and Thaiss are really helping this club. Those are on top of the unexpected contributions from Neto.

Walsh isn’t hitting yet but the infield defense looks a lot more settled with him at first. Even when Rendon’s errant throwing comes back, Walsh will limit the damage.

Guest
8 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

So are you saying there’s a chance?

John Henry Weitzel
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8 months ago
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It will take a miracle

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Pretty good year for Perry especially if you throw in O’Hoppe

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

When Logan took that swing in New York to hit that sharp line drive and immediately fell in the batter’s box with grimace, I thought I heard loud crashing noise with Angel’s season. The fact that he was Shohei’s designated catcher even made it worse. Thaiss took advantage of the situation and thus far was valiantly able to ease the tragic feelings associated with Logan’s shoulder injury. It goes without saying that all Angels fans applaud Thaiss’ contribution.

Another player who should receive kudos is Chad Wallach, who is now the designated catcher for Shohei. He is an excellent defensive catcher, and I recognize that he is getting better at catching Shohei’s various breaking balls especially sweeper. If he hits, that would be the ultimate icing on the cake.

ScoopleDoople
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Hey I enjoy your posts! They are entertaining and informative!

It sounds like you were raised in, or currently live in Japan? I was born in So Cal and currently live near Dodger Stadium, but have been an avid Angel fan most of my life, never watch nor follow the Dodgers.

On a side note, I have been seriously studying the Shakuhachi for a number of years, which my instructor says “How many years now? Well that is a good beginning”…  😀 

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  ScoopleDoople

Thank you for saying that. It’s been mostly fun participating in this site. I have been admonished and chastised several times, but I am still a newbie at this, so I wipe my tears away and go on. Many experienced posters have confirmed that I am learning and even calling me grasshopper. That helps.

Was born in Japan, loved and played baseball dreaming of reaching Koshien like every boy who played baseball there (Koshien is like reaching Final Four for basketball player). Came over to the US for high school to learn English. Played baseball here, was not very good at it, but I still think playing baseball helped me make friends and learn English.

By the way, please don’t let Gritcho-Sensei and Cowboy26 know that Shakuhachi has secretive significance in Japanese red light district.  😉 

Last edited 8 months ago by Kiyotchan
ScoopleDoople
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8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Yes I know the term has an alternate meaning… I played baseball until my second year in high school. I was always a better fielder than batter.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  ScoopleDoople

Shhh, Shhh. Gricho-Sensei and Cowboy26 are lurking.

I would have loved playing SS but did not have a strong arm so my best position was 2B. Was not a power hitter, but rarely struck out and was a competent bunter.

halofansince1978
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  ScoopleDoople

Ever heard of this Japanese rock band.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wagakki_Band

ScoopleDoople
Trusted Member
8 months ago

I had not but I will find out about them. Thanks!

halofansince1978
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  ScoopleDoople

It’s Ghost Guest’s fault from the Band Maid link.

I went down the Japanese rock ban rabbit hole.

https://youtu.be/Uds7g3M-4lQ

halofansince1978
Super Member
8 months ago

Their tune called “Onset” rocks even harder.

https://youtu.be/mVrN-j_Uc0U

halofansince1978
Super Member
8 months ago

As a life long rock fan I am super impressed with lead guitarist Kanami Tōno

Twebur
Legend
8 months ago

Amazing amount of great bands throughout the planet!
Even the freaking Dutch!

These guys are from Copenhagen, Denmark

https://youtu.be/5mV_HHL-h6g

Guest
8 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Love Volbeat. “Lola Montez,” “The Devil’s Bleeding Crown,” “Last Day Under the Sun.” Great tunes.

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
8 months ago

Shohei ought to be able to find a snip out of that for walk-up music.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
8 months ago

Holy shit that is epic.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago

Thanks to my evil twin brother, I am now an avid fan of theirs. I just looked up that they are making an appearance at House of Blues in Anaheim on August 15. They are also coming to Portland Oregon.

Last edited 8 months ago by Kiyotchan
Twebur
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8 months ago

Kars-4-Kids kicks ass!.

Dogface1956
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

F**K now I have that damn song in my head. Sh*t I am going to have to stick ice picks in my brain to get rid of the song.

smithy610
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I feel more comfortable knowing Walsh is on first. I do hope he starts hitting. But if he can even give an OPS of around .750ish, that would be a huge boon to the team.

Guest
8 months ago

Ball, meet bat.

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Cowboy26
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8 months ago

We got screwed by Southern League man.

https://twitter.com/AaronHowie/status/1660732872892854273

Last edited 8 months ago by Cowboy26
Senator_John_Blutarsky
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8 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Clearly we need to trade him for the pitcher that won the award…..

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

What a travesty, sigh. This is what happens when people emphasize stats over results.

Admittedly, the second guy has a better ERA, WHIP (.33 vs .56) and K/9, but he needed help from other pitchers to win the game. Kochanowicz put up a great line and spared the bullpen by doing it all himself. If the goal is to win games, Kochanowicz did a better job.

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

This was a nice maneuver for us to get him in the 3rd. His walks per 9 is going down dramatically. I think he’s only 22 too.

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
8 months ago

The early results are in: Barria starting and Silseth in the bullpen is definitely the way to go.

Let’s hope the final results don’t disagree.

Guest
8 months ago

The Foundation Building Materials’ keystone of the game for the Angels tonight against the Boston Red Sox is “Tonight Is What It Means to Be Young” by Fire, Inc.

This Jim Steinem written song for the 1984 classic film Streets of Fire starring Diane Lane, Willem Defoe, and Michael Pare is the joyful, bombastic noise that is the perfect soundtrack for watching the Angels’ surprising youth movement of guys like Neto, Moniak, and Silseth doing their thing to help the Halos win games.

Let the revels begin
Let the fire be started
We’re dancing for the restless and the broken-hearted

https://youtu.be/szyh2zUwFKs

halofansince1978
Super Member
8 months ago
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Sounds like a Meat Loaf cover?

Guest
8 months ago

Steinem wrote many of Meatloaf’s hits. He also wrote those two epic Bonnie Tyler hits.

Cowboy26
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8 months ago
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Gloria?

Guest
8 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Are the voices in your head / calling Gloria?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
8 months ago

If Baltimore’s “City Connect” edition was going to go all colorful, this would have been a better choice:

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Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago

The person who designed the essentially all black uniform must not have played baseball. Black absorbs most heat (as opposed to white) and play baseball for 2 1/2 hours in the dog days of summer. I am no physicist, but it makes no sense to wear black. I like Angels City Connect uni much better. But those two guys that they featured on the twitter post, I would not mind having them on Angels. (Sorry Logan and Mickey! I am fickle.)

Jeff Joiner
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Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

The unis will be worn for Friday home games, which are all night games. This might be an issue for a few innings, but shouldn’t be major.

I don’t like most of the city connect unis. Ours are the only ones I think I really do like.

Unfortunately, they are made by Nike whose labor practices are abhorrent so I won’t buy one.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Thanks for the info. Even though I live in Oregon, I have not bought Nike for 10 plus years for the same reason you indicated. I would like to think that New Balance is a little bit better since I am a hopelessly devoted Shohei apologist.

TrojanBoiler
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I hate to admit it, but I am a huge fan of the Astros CC jerseys  😬 

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

You are forgiven as long as you admonish all current Asstros and former ones who were associated with cheating. 😉 

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  TrojanBoiler

I like Colorado’s too.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

Those are good looking unis. I’d forgotten about them.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Jeff Joiner

I like Washington’s OK. Arizona is OK. Kansas City is cool. I like theirs. Reds CC just came out to….

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…. Not sure what any of that has to do with Cincy. angels and Royals, etc have a tie in with the actual town.

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gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Yeah. The switch to Nike… no me gusto.

Twebur
Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

It’s not the color, the material is key……….the key is cotton.

https://youtu.be/sTQvIq0ritI

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

I love the Agel’s City Uni, actually looked into buying a shirt.

JackFrost
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

I absolutely hate them. Lol.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
8 months ago

Has Loup been DFA’d yet?

MarineLayer
Super Member
8 months ago

Still waiting!

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
8 months ago

I was going to respond by saying Nevin should have let Barria pitch another inning and brought in Devenski if Barria got into trouble.

But, honestly, when is Nevin supposed to use Loup if not in the 6th inning with no runners on base when the Angels have a lead? If the only time you can safely put a guy in the game is in a blowout, then why is he on the roster? So, yeah, I’m ready to DFA Loup.

smithy610
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

If the only time you can safely put a guy in the game is in a blowout, then why is he on the roster? So, yeah, I’m ready to DFA Loup.

And we’ve already went down that road before – the Cardinals game. He still shit the bed and made the game close.

Then came the “injury”.

Why he’s not DFA’ed yet, I dunno. But maybe they’re hedging on which LHP they can get/bring up. They do need those situational/matchup bullpen piece.

Cowboy26
Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  smithy610

Same scenario as Tepera. Shit the bed , phantom injury , shit the bed , find a new job.

Wash, rinse, repeat.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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8 months ago
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Twebur
Legend
8 months ago

Phillip needs to know

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Cowboy26
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8 months ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

Barria wasn’t going to pitch beyond Wong in the 6th inning since that would have been the dreaded third time around the lineup with a one run lead.

The Loup move made no sense though . Perry needs to finally take away another of Nevins broken toys.

smithy610
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

The Loup move made no sense though . Perry needs to finally take away another of Nevins broken toys.

I actually think last night’s move of Loup has shades of Perry more than Nevin. Sort of like “give him one last chance and then I’ll figure out what to do if he shits the bed again.” The quick hook is what told me it was a Perry move to put him in.

I mean, it all worked out in the end for the Angels – Devenski cleaned up the mess (as usual) and Silseth closing out was nice – but I can’t imagine the pitchforks if they had lost last night’s game instead.

JackFrost
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  smithy610

I thought that Arte issued the order for Perry not to interfere with game strategy ?

If so then your theory doesn’t hold water.

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BruinsAngelsKings
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

But using Loup in that situation is not so much strategy as it is needing see if he could handle it; he proved he could not. As mentioned above, If the only time you can safely put a guy in the game is in a blowout, then why is he on the roster?

BruinsAngelsKings
Trusted Member
8 months ago

I also feel similar about defensive replacements. If you are always being taken out in the late innings to bring in a defensive replacement, I wonder why you’re on the roster to begin with…exhibit A: Rengifo.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago

If we had David Fletcher of yesteryears, Rengifo would not have been at least on active roster, let alone 40 man roster or even entirely with Angels. David Fletcher in my opinion is still one of the best 2B defensively in current MLB.

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Neto/Fletcher up the middle would be pretty neat defense.

I’ve expressed my doubts about Fletcher’s ability to return, but I’d love to see it.

smithy610
Super Member
8 months ago

I would argue it’s both – strategy and needing to know if Loup is still useful. There were two lefties in that inning. I would have preferred to let Barria face that one last righty then Loup to come in to face the two lefties.

Mikeal1st
Trusted Member
8 months ago
Reply to  smithy610

Wouldn’t it make sense to see if he could handle a lower pressure situation?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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8 months ago
Reply to  Mikeal1st

If the lower pressure situation is with the Savannah Bananas, yes it would make sense.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago

Isn’t that the baseball team if a fan in the stand catches a foul ball, that will result in an out for the opponents? ) I assume fans purposefully do not catch their players foul ball.

JackFrost
Super Member
8 months ago

Well, yeah. That is the point. Why IS he on the roster?

The argument about “see if can handle it” makes no sense because we already know he can’t. We’ve seen that on multiple occasions this season. How many times do you keep going to the well before you realize it is dry ?

gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  smithy610

Ahhhh…. Shades of Perry People…. when will we finally connect PTP/ARTE/ANDREW/PHIL/TRUMP into one big conspiracy turd? Someone needs to write a book.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
8 months ago
Reply to  smithy610

I get that. A bit of a meeting of the minds between Perry and Nevin.

At some point they needed to give him a shot. Loup started a clean inning, had several lefties coming up, and the 6th is early enough to potentially come back if he imploded.

He started to implode, got the hook, and the Angels had time to come back.

I’d imagine Loup’s next outing will be in a wider scored game.

jco
Trusted Member
jco
8 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

If Loup has another outing, I want it to be one in which the halos are down by four runs or more late in the game. He can have the innings that went to Lamb and Phillips.

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
8 months ago

From the Athletic’s 27 prospects you should know but don’t article:

“25. Kenyon Yovan, RHP, Angels

A 27th-round pick in 2019 out of the University of Oregon, Yovan was drafted as a reliever even though he had a four-pitch mix in college. He’s a power arm who attacks the strike zone. A two-way player in college, he hit 17 homers in 2021 as a first base-DH power bat. Last year, he posted a 1.77 ERA in 17 relief appearances between rookie ball and Low A. He’s maintained that dominance this season at Double A, with a 0.57 ERA in 15 2/3 innings. It won’t be too long before he’s added to the Angels bullpen.

Angels GM Perry Minasian: ‘Has the power to pitch at the backend of the pen.'”

How about tomorrow? Can we add him to the bullpen tomorrow?