Before we get started: an eternal thanks to all who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. We honor that sacrifice this weekend. If you lost a loved one in defense of our freedom our hearts and thanks go out to you as well.
Now let’s get back to baseball….
You hear that? It is the greatest sound in the sporting world. Bahstun fans crying. It is even greater when those tears are the result of an absolute beatdown at the hands of the Angels.
In three games Angels pitching limited the Roid Sux to 4 runs, with half of them coming off Aaron Loup. I’d imagine scoring off Loup is about as gratifying as ordering a Big Mac, and nearly as challenging.
And the Angels bullpen is looking to get better. Welcome to The Show Sam Bachman!
Here’s what we can look for out of the Angels first round pick of 2021.
Bachman will be used out of the bullpen, joining fellow 2021 draftee Chase Silseth, who played a critical role in the win Monday. The hope is Bachman’s electric stuff will play better in shorter bursts, like it has with Silseth.
Youth is truly being served on the Angels this year. 2022 first round pick Zach Neto is playing great baseball right now and had another great week on both sides of the ball.
He killed the Sux on defense.
And with the bat.
I’m of an age when kids mimicked pro players batting stances. I think there was just more variety in the 80s and 90s than there is now. Or perhaps we didn’t have video games and had to amuse ourselves. Either way, I’ve carried over my interest in batting stances, leg lifts, etc. to today.
Much has been made of Neto’s leg kick. He’s not alone. Check this out:
But wait, there’s more. How many of us had written Matt Thaiss off before the season? After a really brutal showing last month against bahstun that made him sick to his stomach, Thaiss has really rallied of late. He had a key hit Sunday, a very clutch home run on Tuesday, and is currently sporting an OPS+ of 118.
Speaking of Angels draft picks we’d kind of written off, Griffin Canning spun a gem on Tuesday in what the team hopes is a stepping stone in his career.
The fact this team is winning with Renfroe and Trout slumping and Rendon on the IL is inspiring. Ward isn’t playing well, either. But it is a long season. I’d imagine these guys heat up at some point.
Trout did look to break out of his funk a bit against the Sux. He passed Joe DiMaggio on the home run list Wednesday night when he belted the 362nd big fly of his career.
There are lots of moving pieces with the pitching staff right now. Barria was a reliever, now he’s a starter. Silseth has moved back and forth. Davidson as well. And then there’s the most important question of using Ohtani and keeping him happy. Enter Jeff Fletcher.
You can catch Ohtani on the hill Saturday night at the Big A.
From around baseball:
Vlad Guerrero Jr. put a smile on a young cancer survivor’s face last weekend. Good on ya, Vladdy.
Meanwhile, police in the Dominican Republic are looking for a Cubs prospect they think shot and killed a guy.
The Texas Rangers are bashing the ball. There’s a lot of reason for optimism in the Lone Star State.
Also plenty of reason to be happy if you are a baseball fan in Las Vegas as the A’s have a financing deal to build a stadium on the site of the Tropicana Hotel, complete with a strip view.
Carlos Correa is non stop drama, even during the off season. Now his slow start to the year has stopped in its tracks due to multiple injuries.
It might not be MLB, but these gals can play. NCAA Softball Super Regionals are underway and here are some storylines to follow.
Big tee ball game tonight against the Padres followed by a team pizza party. We moved to coach pitch a few games ago and our team is doing pretty well. I’m glad I’m not the coach pitching, ha ha. Only one game after this one. Spending this time with my son is priceless and I’ve also grown really fond of the other kids on the team.
Have a great weekend. Link what I missed.