Over the off season I took a look at the depth on Perry Minasian’s Swiss Army Team and concluded we’d be fine with up to two injuries on the infield and perhaps one on the grass.
At that time I thought Rengifo had turned a corner and would be useful and that David Fletcher would be the utility types and Neto would be in AA, possibly AAA by now. Either way, I didn’t think we’d see an automatic three out inning along the lines of Wade/Mayfield/Squid last year.
Then I tuned in Tuesday night to see Squid, a still struggling Rengifo, and some guy named Padlo taking hacks against future Hall of Famer Clayton Kershaw. Squid was, by far, the best of that bunch that night.
A season ending injury to Gio Urshela has immediately sucked away depth at every infield position. As usual, Anthony Rendon is on the IL. Urshela was the first wave of defense for the perpetually injured Rendon.
Zach Neto has been a boon and a blessing to the club but he’s out and has yet to even start any baseball related activities. His absence could extend into July. At this point, I don’t see how it doesn’t.
This might all be fine if Taylor Ward, Mike Trout, and Shohei Ohtani went berserk with the bats for a week or so, but they combined for nothing of note in the two game sweep at the hands of the Dodgers.
Fans are wondering why David Fletcher is not in Anaheim. For the first few weeks of his Salt Lake tenure he was hitting horribly. But he seems to be back to his contact oriented self. His current slash line with the Bees is .380/.431/.462.
I understand that a roster move would be required. Squid can be optioned. Rengifo would need to clear waivers. And he probably would. Neither would be a big loss. This healthy Fletcher may or may not clear waivers (he did earlier this year).
If Minasian is actually trying to win right now why is he playing guys who would not get claimed instead of one good enough to possibly/likely get claimed? Doesn’t make a ton of sense.
There is plenty of good news, though.
And on the more immediate front:
And while he did not do much offensively against our crosstown rivals, Shohei Ohtani did strike out an even dozen of them, a new club record.
And when you are leading the league in Home Runs and can pitch like this, I’ll forgive a two game slump even against the Dodgers.
And let’s not let two games this week diminish the fact he absolutely destroyed the ball on the road trip.
Really, the rotation is looking pretty good right now. Things are starting to click for Reid Detmers, who threw 7 scoreless innings against LA on Tuesday night.
Tonight’s starter Patrick Sandoval pitched 7 shutout innings of his own his last time out.
And while the thought of Tyler Anderson in the thin air at Coors Field is frightening, he settled down nicely in Texas and gave the Angels a shot to win.
And about those Rockies? They are plummeting, having lost 8 straight games and 14 of 17. They are thankful to be home from a brutal road trip and have to realize the Angels are banged up. But they also announced another round of injury news yesterday.
This should be the pitching staff and ballpark to help turn the offense around. It is fair to expect, no demand, a series win this weekend. A sweep should be the goal.
From around baseball:
Who had the Cincinnati Reds in first place at any point in the year? Liar! They are riding an 11 game winning streak, the last three coming against the Rockies.
And in a moment straight out of Hollywood, the face of the franchise, Joey Votto, returned from injury and cracked a bomb in his first game.
The Reds have slightly outdone the San Francisco Giants, who reeled off a 10 game winning streak of their own before getting beaten down 10-0 by the Padres. Nice bit of irony there.
.400 is a legendary number in baseball. Luis Arreaz is flirting with it. Can he really pull it off? FanGraphs says he can.
The NBA draft was last night. Those guys are phenomenal athletes, but Victor Wembanyama did a horrible job throwing out the first pitch at a Yankees game.
I have to say, while I laugh at the celebrity fails I think this is harder than it looks. Sure on a normal day and a normal field I can stand up there and get one over the plate. With a ballpark and fans, the nerves would kick in. Still, I’d at least practice and have decent form; something the celebs seem to overlook.
It has been a phenomenal College World Series. I have what should be an epic LSU vs. Wake Forest game tonight then we’ll have the final match up set. Plenty of mock drafts have two LSU guys at the very top and Lowder from Wake Forest in the top 10. Here’s a recent one showing that and the Angels taking a college outfielder.
Have a great weekend. The sun will finally be out in the OC! Link what I missed.