Angels Bullpen Makes up for Doing So Well, Throws Game to Worst Team in Baseball

Angels 9 Royals 10 Our Faith in Our Pen 0 Once More

What a goddamn disaster.

I’d love to just talk about the nice things that happened in this game like Mike Trout putting good wood on the baseball again on the way to his first multi-hit game in weeks and Michael Stefanic’s solid first game of 2023 and all of the home runs and Canning’s Quality Start and whatnot. Really, I would.

But any silver linings are faint to the point of being absolutely imperceptible after the Kansas City Royals, owners of the worst record in the game and on their way to a legendary season of badness, put up double digits against the team after fresh callup Kolton Ingram alongside recently stellar Jose Soriano and Chris Devenski just absolutely defecated all over the bed.

The Angels have lost on 10 straight Saturdays, and I am searching for a player or coach or god to blame for this pain I feel, but I mostly blame myself for saying out loud to a coworker today, “I’m really worried because I’m starting to believe again and I know what happens then.”

The Angels hope to take the series from the bottom-dwellers on Sunday. Wouldn’t that be neat?

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steelgolf
Super Member
10 months ago

Why have I not read that Ingram was sent back down? I had nightmares about that meltdown last night.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

For whom?

DowningDude
Legend
10 months ago

Mike Napoli is 1B coach for Cubs? Wild

Rallymanatee
Trusted Member
10 months ago

Botg: Matt Vas-scurge-in. He was acting like the game was in the bag and talking about going home after a great road trip. Plus he says “repertoire” like a total double. Repetwah.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
10 months ago

I don’t know whether this means that Moore is available today.
https://twitter.com/JeffFletcherOCR/status/1670465876003258369

I was wondering who Nevin was going to skip to have Shohei pitch on Wednesday. It makes sense that Barria is skipped in that he is more used to pitching as middle relievers and starting after as many as 14 days rest.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Moore wont get activated until next week if his bullpen goes well and he doesn’t need a rehab assignment.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

You are right. Moore pitched last on May 23. It seems ages ago, but it is not even 4 weeks ago, so it is best not to rush him back.

If Nevin had already made up his mind about skipping Barria’s start, Barria was another option that Nevin could have used in the 10th inning yesterday. Shoulda, coulda, I know.

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

He probably would have used him in the 10th if it had ever happened.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
10 months ago

Not a very happy Father’s Day for former Angels who just pitched against us yesterday.

Royals Designate Mike Mayers, Select Brooks Kriske per MLBTR.

Last edited 10 months ago by Kiyotchan
Twebur
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10 months ago

Happy Fathers

My gift to you. A win today, Anderson goes at least 5 with less than 6 runs allowed, no one gets injured, Trout hits one out, and Nevin buys everyone ice after the game.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Trout vs Greinke: 0.360/0.385/0.800 with 2HR and 9RBI

Fansince1971
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10 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Renfroe also has great numbers against Greinke

Kiyotchan
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

You are absolutely correct. I don’t know how I missed that. Those two names were practically right next to each other in BBRef.

Renfroe vs Greinke: 0.320/0.320/0.800 with 4HR and 7RBI.

After all, they are twins.

Last edited 10 months ago by Kiyotchan
Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

That would be special. But Is Ice a delicacy in Kansas City? Maybe the local inventor died and took the recipe with him?

Last edited 10 months ago by Cowboy26
Kiyotchan
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

That reminds me when my older son played in 3 day Father’s Day weekend 11-12 year old tournament in Kennewick, WA, with record high temperature of 103F, Kennewick Little League made whopping $2000 by selling shaved ice.

TrojanBoiler
Trusted Member
10 months ago

Now that I’ve had a chance to sleep on it, here is the silver lining I hope:

No bullpen or pitcher is perfect, and we’ve managed to get 3 ugly games out of the way this week from our better relievers (Estevez, Devenski, Soriano) and it only cost us one loss. Typical trAdition would have been 3 meltdowns happening in separate 1-run games. And a fourth with Ingram.

With Estevez and Dev you have to think fatigue played a role. Hopefully two off days next week is just what the doctor ordered.

Twebur
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10 months ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

Wasn’t meant to be. We don’t win on Saturday’s. New trAdition

The Angels have not won a game played on a Saturday since April 8, 2023.

halofansince1978
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

If we win six games a week…we’ll be okay!!

Kiyotchan
Super Member
10 months ago

Or Angels hope for rainouts on Saturday to be followed DH on Sunday? Perhaps Arte can hire an experienced Native American to pray/dance specifically for future Saturday games to accomplish this task.

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Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

The bullpen cupboard is currently bare at Salt Lake & Madison. I dont see anymore trash bullies helping us in the near future since those that remain are now struggling to find consistency.

The Angels now have a shortage of viable LH relief specialists in the system ( Ky Bush would have been a possibility but he’s been injured) For this reason and the fact the Angels did not want to lose him, Ingram was put on the 40 man roster at the end of last year,

With all of these close games this year (including those caused by the bullpen) we are burning out our bullpen core and the season isn’t even 1/2 over. We need even more than just 5 dependable guys so that they all are ensured sufficient rest. Tucky D, Loup, Ingram either all need to be dependable in any situation or need to be replaced with some one who is. Moore’s return will certainly help and hopefully Joyce’s return will be soon but unless Silseth , Yovan, Torres nd Murphy all of the sudden become reliable, Perry needs to go outside the organization and acquire someone(s).

Kiyotchan
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Little surprised that Thaiss not catching, but Wallach could very well be a surprise player of the game today. Just win today and the series, Angels!

Last edited 10 months ago by Kiyotchan
TrojanBoiler
Trusted Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Right handed lineup versus a righty pitcher. Bold choice Phillip.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

I know it was only one play, but Ward should have caught that bloop (65.7MPH exit velo) single he chose not to dive for in the bottom of 10th. He had two hits, including a homer, but I would have started Moniak today.

Last edited 10 months ago by Kiyotchan
DowningDude
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10 months ago
Reply to  TrojanBoiler

I heard Nevin has a Mohawk today.
🤣

Kiyotchan
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

You mean Perry Minasian is knocking on Nevin’s hotel room door with a pink slip, and we are not going to see Bobby V in pregame show?  😱 

Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

How would we know?

DowningDude
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

🤣

jcstein
Trusted Member
10 months ago

Was Trout’s first hit off a fastball too? It’s hard to tell because idk how hard Mayer is throwing at this point

Kiyotchan
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  jcstein

At your service, sir. According to MLB.com, it was 90.2MPH two seamer/sinker, location middle low.

Against Chapman, it was 99.6MPH four seamer, location middle in.

Last edited 10 months ago by Kiyotchan
Kiyotchan
Super Member
10 months ago

There exists a possibility that we might see Fletch in Anaheim or Denver next week, hmmm.
https://twitter.com/AngelsMiLB/status/1670290959559536641

halofansince1978
Super Member
10 months ago

Okay, let’s go after that third W/C again today.

It’s very unlikely the Reds sweep the cheaters.

MFY and Red Sux play two…2nd game is ESPN.

Meanwhile Bluy Jays are still a half game back.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
10 months ago

Silver lining

Dodgers lost to the Giants 15-0.

DowningDude
Legend
10 months ago

A loss is a loss but dayum – that was “the Chavez Latrine massacre”

Kiyotchan
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Perhaps not bad as Angels situation, but the injury bug has bitten Doyers significantly. Max Muncy on IL, and Chris Taylor (knee) and David Peralta did not play yesterday and probably will not today, forcing them to play JD Martinez in LF. It is rather unfortunate that Angels did not face Doyers this weekend instead of the lowly Royals.

Twebur
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10 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

They do face them. On Tuesday

Twebur
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10 months ago

Moore would have been a nice option today.

DowningDude
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10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Could’ve used early 2000s era Frankie Rodriguez. Would’ve been a nice option

WallyChuckChili
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10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Or early 2000s Troy Percival.

DowningDude
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10 months ago

Or a well-rested Carlos Estevez

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

or Rachel Garcia

Cowboy26
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10 months ago

or 2002 Brendan Donnelly or 2005 Scot Shields or even 2014 Joe Smith.

DowningDude
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10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

No love for Fernando Salas?

Twebur
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10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Neidenfuer. The Fuer.
neidenfuer.wav – Padre Manager Dick Williams: “Neidenfuer my a**!”

tommyshalo
Trusted Member
10 months ago

Burn the page
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Halo71
Trusted Member
10 months ago

They were bound to have a stinker like this. Now if they lose tomorrow, it’s time to trade everyone and start from scratch.

Eric_in_Portland
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10 months ago

and in “weather”, there’s a strong patch of dissatisfaction hanging over the area which might not clear until Sunday afternoon.

MikeSalmon
Super Member
10 months ago

That was a classic Nightmare Angels game. Just…dammit…turn the effing page.

Twebur
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10 months ago
Reply to  MikeSalmon

Grit-Stress tests coming up. This team is already on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy Rocket Playoff Launch. See if the second-stage rockets engine separate clean.
1.Bounce back from a disturbing loss today, take the series, finishing a great road trip
2.Newest AAA and AA call ups continue to contribute. Keep the good Juju following (forget today, turn page)
3.Beat the Satanic Doyers
4.No more injuries

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1653418134068662272

Last edited 10 months ago by Twebur
nishiogawakun
Super Member
10 months ago

Worst team in the league but still an MLB club. Ingram probably feels like hell, but that’s baseball. Even the best have meltdowns. Hope he can return to the minors and effectively improve to be valuable later. I’ll be pleased enough if we keep winning series, I’m not banking on sweeps.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  nishiogawakun

Even a 100 loss team will win 62 games.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  nishiogawakun

Totally agree with you. It just proves how difficult it is to perform at major level. Just watched replay of 7th inning. First hit given up by Ingram could have been caught by Velazquez, and second one also could have been handled by Moniak. If either of them were caught, Ingram would have probably survived the inning. As you mentioned, I hope he continues to work hard in minors and gets another chance to stick at major level.

If Angels win tomorrow, and take series with Rockies and White Sox, then we will have won at least 16 wins for this month, quite doable.

Last edited 10 months ago by Kiyotchan
Brent
Super Member
10 months ago

What the crap was that.

steelgolf
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Brent

^THIS^ Perfect reaction to that complete meltdown.

WallyChuckChili
Legend
10 months ago

BOTG = CTPG

2 Celebratory Postgame threads Jinxed us.