Black Magic Makes Griffin Canning Lose Strike Zone for 4 Batters in Angels Loss

Diamondbacks 6 Angels 2

A teensy tiny bit of insight into the postgame process. Oftentimes, staffwriters start early because we need to try and pump these out as close to the ending of a game as possible for the purpose of engagement and keeping the site up. It’s a bit of a hassle, therefore, when a game is late and close and we don’t know what to type or what to say because the tone we want to take hasn’t quite revealed itself yet.

Of course, you can imagine my relief when a game is over by the top of the 2nd inning allowing one to type away as they cope, seethe, and feel the frustration fester inside the depths of their core. Griffin Canning is truly an Angel tonight, giving me the satisfaction of angrily and loudly clack-clack-clacking a rant on my keyboard just a mere hour into the game.

Starting pitching seems to have all fallen apart at the same time, and interestingly enough, they seem to now be doing it in big singular collapses that suddenly right themselves after the game is safely out of reach. Last night was Patrick Sandoval getting BABIPed by a bunch of soft contact and tonight, Canning utterly went blind and was throwing into the wrong area code for 4 straight batters with two outs. Of course, he realized right in the nick of time (with the bases loaded and a full count that he could only put his slider in the zone, so he proceeded to deliver it middle middle where even my grandmother could send it into the stands. He then returned to form and promptly STRUCK OUT THE NEXT 5 BATTERS IN A ROW and didn’t even allow another baserunner through the rest of his performance. He ended up throwing 112 pitches as if he was going for a complete game shutout while striking out 9 including the entirety of the Diamondbacks’ side of the 6th inning.

If you didn’t catch that, Griffin Canning lost the game in what can only be described as a freak occurence before turning into the future ace he’s looked like all June long.

It’s almost like the baseball gods are giving us our divine retribution for having scored a lot against Colorado. At the very least, Chase Anderson must have called up his witchy buddy from back in high school and put a hex on the team, just like Brett Phillips did last year after Rendon’s left-handed homer.

I know what you’re going to say. “Well, Griffin Canning may have had that bad inning, but you can’t win if you don’t score some runs.” First of all, I’m not even blaming players at this point. This is some quite apparent voodoo garbage sucking the life out of the organization when it finally has the chance to earn its keep. This is just a baseball team. What can we be expected to do against shamanic evil? Or, alternate theory: maybe it’s because they won on a Saturday. The Halos were doing great as long as we were guaranteed to lose every 7th day.

Oh by the way, Ohtani hit his 30th home run a record-setting 493 feet and Trout continued to get hot with another multi-hit day. Fans have Tungsten Arm O’Doyle comments coming their way, so here’s the small consolation.

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Eric_in_Portland
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9 months ago

Prediction for tonight/ Angels by a lot

Kiyotchan
Super Member
BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago

Death, Taxes & Rengifo

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

Kirby is pitching NO-HITTER after 5 innings against the Rays. I either jinxed him and Mariners, or would be happy that the Rays got no hit. Either way, I will be happy.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

I jinxed him and Mariners successfully.

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Rays just tied Mariners right after Kirby lost his no hitter bid. We should cancel the rest of the season and just start Rays vs Braves World Series right after ASG. 😆 

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
halofansince1978
Super Member
9 months ago

MFY lost first game of DH.

Jays and cheaters both lost.

Just Win Halo…easy peazy!!

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago

Now for sure we’ll get blown out.

halofansince1978
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

JINX!!!

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

Reverse Psychology at its finest!

JackFrost
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

But DD doesn’t understand it.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

Baseball is crazy. A’s knocked out Dylan Cease in 5th inning, who dominated Angels in the last series, and managed to win two in a row against White Sox. They can sweep the White Sox tomorrow. Both Toronto lost against lowly Red Sox and MFYankees lost the first game of double header against struggling St. Louis. Yankee’s second game has not started yet due to multiple rain delays. It is just crazy.

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Thats because we suck.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

And Rays and Braves keep winning. Perhaps we should cancel all the remaining games after ASG and start World Series between those two teams. Not too many months left before NFL preseason games start.  😆 

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

Moose, Escobar and Drury are being rested today.
https://twitter.com/Sarah_IsabelVee/status/1675263516566245376

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
Claret
Trusted Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

That means Rengifo is starting. Sigh.

JackFrost
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Why in the hell is Rendon batting 4th again ???

Maybe something to do with his contract ?? Hmmmmm…

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

Interesting decision. Nevin chose to give Shohei extra day of rest because of cracked fingernail, I thought Anaheim was surrounded by many competent manicurists.
https://twitter.com/SamBlum3/status/1675281277463990272

P.S. I am just mocking broken fingernail part, I don’t know why he is pitching Tuesday. This assures that he will not pitch against Doyers next weekend.

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
Cowboy26
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9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Hopefully Barria isn’t serving up barbecue meat pitches this time.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

MLBTR just reported that Shane McClanahan is going on 15D IL. Framber Valdez is being skipped for tomorrow’s projected start against Rangers. Both pitchers are in the top 5 candidates currently for AL Cy Young awards.

Do you think the pitch clock is the reason for the rush of injuries to the starting pitchers? Our starting pitcher corps, except for Jose Suarez, have been relatively healthy. Could 6 man rotation be related to their intactness?

Or is it Dusty Baker’s evil shrewdness to preserve Framber Valdez, so he does not have to use Valdez for ASG and rest him for his start against Shohei and Angels right after the event?

halofansince1978
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

I am certain pitchers being rushed because of the pitch clock is causing injuries.

FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

As teams coddle their pitchers with pitch counts, occurrences of injuries have increased. I don’t see pitch clocks having any impact. It could be flaws in pitching motion or the junk bag of pitch types are adding extra torque to the elbow. Joyce was easy to see his arm would fail. Also, radar guns don’t help.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

John Smoltz has repeatedly said that the way pitchers are expected to throw as hard as they can within the pitch count limit is leading to pitching injuries. He supports the way pitchers of yesteryears used to pitch; just 70 to 80 % of their strength and only use their 100% when they need to later in the game. Unfortunately, he does not have that many GMs and managers who would agree with his theory.

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  jcstein

With over 85% approval rate of new MLB rules amongst baseball fans they polled, I have to take the report with a grain of salt. I don’t think Manfraud is going back to what used to be.

halofansince1978
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  jcstein

Would you expect anything but a biased “everything is fine” report from MLB.

Angelstan
Trusted Member
9 months ago

The slide has started sadly. If they are going to stop it, the trio of Anderson, Detmers and Ohtani as the next three pitchers must produce. I’m not exactly optimistic but I am hopeful. We will see.

Twebur
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  Angelstan

They always talk about the starting staff having a competition between themselves. Continue the chain of good starts, do better than the last guy. If feeds on itself.

Then the opposite is true. 3 shitty losing starts in a row. Probably will continue. That feeds on itself too.

Thanks Baseball God.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

It sounds like some kind of contagious virus. I have heard that these starting pitchers are pretty intimate with each other as in camaraderie, but we should caution and encourage them to wash hands between their high fives.

Twebur
Legend
9 months ago

The Sporting Tribune’s Taylor Blake Ward releases his first MLB Mock Draft as we are just over a week away from the first selection of the 2023 MLB Draft.
https://thesportingtribune.com/sporting-tribune-mlb-mock-draft-1-0

FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

The great Taylor Blake Ward has a mock? Maybe I should do one.

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Are you going to mock his Mock?

FungoAle
Super Member
9 months ago

Just digging that Ohtani swat last night, epic. Billboard material.

halofansince1978
Super Member
9 months ago

This has to be a first ever…female ump ejects female manager.

https://www.yahoo.com/sports/yankees-minor-league-manager-rachel-065418944.html

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago

If I was Tampa I would be changing that minor league team name though.

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago

Arizona is trotting out another “mid” on paper arm and he’s a righty so I’m going with the following lineup:

Moniak – LF
Trout – CF
Ohtani – DH
Drury – 2B
Rendon – 3B
Moose – 1B
Renfroe – RF
Thaiss – C
Fletcher – SS

Drury & Rendon might flip-flop order wise, but Drury has been very productive most of the season.

I’m least confident in Moose starting, but I think that Phil was go the lefty vs. righty matchup. I suppose it could be Drury at 1B and Rengifo at 2B, but I think he’ll approach this with offense in mind. We need to win, obviously.

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Rendon will be batting 4th if he plays.Jeff Fletcher pondered this same issue yesterday before the Druinjury was announced.

https://twitter.com/JeffFletcherOCR/status/1674914463961731074

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I understand the impetus to play Rendon, but I don’t quite agree with this hard & fast rule that he must bat 4th. Anyway, regardless of order, these MoFos need to produce. Hopefully that starts tonight.

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Lodge your complaints to Angels Baseball L.P. Atten John Carpino (Enshrined Member of the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

I was pretty disgusted last night because, with last night loss, Angels could not win 15 games in June; winning 15 games per month was my emotional lift for the first 2 months of the season, Visiting this site is usually somewhat soul consoling, and your post always serves that purpose.

Another pattern that I will be hanging on at this moment is that Angels have not lost more than 3 in a row this season.

I like your prediction of starting line up. If we go by alternating, then it could go L/R/L/R/L/R/L/R/R->Moniak/Trout/Ohtani/Rendon/Moose/Drury/Thaiss/Renfroe/Fletcher

If Drury is not playing, Escobar will be playing.

We need to win this game today. Let’s go Angels!

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago

It could be worse. I’m from LA originally and lived a few miles from Chaves Ravine (Pasadena, Eagle Rock & El Sereno among other parts of the county) and I made a conscious decision to be an Angels fan as a kid – probably the whole contrarian mindset I suppose.

Fast forward to now living in Laguna Niguel (since 2018) and the doyers are more popular down here than the Angels. We were at a bar last night and the doyer game is on TV. People like winners, I get it.

Not sure where I’m going with this meandering post.

Anyway, tonight would be a nice night for Tyler Anderson to pitch his best game of the season, eh?

Last edited 9 months ago by BannedInLA
Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

My late father was so called anti Tokyo Giants fan; he always cheered for the opponents. I was the exact opposite because they were a great team with many star players like Sadaharu Oh and Shigeru Nagashima, living and growing up in Tokyo

Now, I think I understand why he was anti Giants. Doyers are like my old favorite NPB team, storied and legendary, but also pompous and arrogant. However Shohei decided to join Angels (the delusional part of my brain still says Shigetoshi Hasegawa), I am glad he chose to wear red rather than blue.

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

It’s been a while since I’ve heard the name Hasegawa uttered and it brings back the fun old memories of the whole “Get Shiggy with it” line that seemingly everyone said when he pitched. Mediocre pitcher in the grand scheme, but everyone liked him.

As for Shohei, I’m glad he chose the Angels too and it’s sooooo unfortunate that this team isn’t better. He and the baseball world need to see him in the playoffs. I hope the baseball Gods shine us, please.

I’ve noticed over the years that American’s have some sort of indefinable “soft spot” for Japanese players and always have as far as I can recall.

Totally off topic, but half
of my tats are Japanese inspired and for no other reason that I thought (still think) they look cool.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Don’t mean to pry into your privacy, any hint to what the theme of your Japanese tattoo is?

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

No worries. Just stuff that is probably stereotypical that I thought looked cool. I wish I could say that it was all predicated on some coherent & well researched theme, but it wasn’t. It’s more accurate to say that they’re a Japanese inspired with an obvious SoCal flavor.

I’ll send over a few photos shortly.

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

The “Geisha” is skeletal behind the fan, the “warrior mask” hurt the lost because it’s on the inner bicep and the “Pagoda” sort of seemed to fit theme wise. These are all wrapped around my right arm.

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Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

I could almost imagine the warrior wearing the Kabuto, which would bring homerun trend for the Angels. I like them. I am glad they are all PG grade. I was little worried that they might violate CtPG community guidelines.  😉 

RexFregosi
Super Member
9 months ago

I was at Game 1 of 2002 World Series and had not seen a HR greater than the one Bonds hit in the first inning till Shohei’s last night.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

This is what Diamondbacks pitcher said about the homerun.

“It was loud,” Henry said of the sound of the ball hitting Ohtani’s bat. “I’ll leave it at that. I didn’t watch it. I don’t really like to watch home runs. It didn’t feel good leaving the hand. It was just kind of one of those pitches. Thankfully, I didn’t watch it. I just heard it.”

Even through my smartphone’s tiny speaker, it startled the hell out of me.

Last edited 9 months ago by Kiyotchan
Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Even longer than the one Barroids hit in Game 2 into the tunnel? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ol2_UkJS6kw

RexFregosi
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

yeah I’m thinking of the tunnel one in Game 2 – I wasn’t at that game.

He hit one off Washburn in game 1 about the same spot …. but G2 was further.
https://youtu.be/vuKWOdOX71w

halofansince1978
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Anybody could hit it that far if they took as much steroids as that clown did.

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

G2 was a Percival fastball challenge right down the middle while he was protecting a 2 run 2 out 9th inning lead.

Percy didnt care he lost that challenge as he was ultra confident no-one else was going to score a run off after him.

JackFrost
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Agree.Unlike our current guys he understood if you have more than a 1 run lead the key is not to walk anybody. He knew a Bonds HR wouldn’t hurt him and he was right !

Guest
9 months ago

David’s the shorter one.

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GrandpaBaseball
Legend
9 months ago

This just in from Futurecast, Angels take the next two and win the series. 😝 

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
9 months ago

When all else fails, there’s always delusion

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago

Now you are talking my language especially before my morning meds start working.

RexFregosi
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Wakin and bakin on hopium

Cowboy26
Legend
9 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Dont be bogarting that G Pa

Kiyotchan
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Thank you for expanding my vocabulary. It is a brilliant combination.

hope+opium=hopium

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Underrated comment. Haha

BannedInLA
Super Member
9 months ago

Delusion is our default setting.

halofansince1978
Super Member
9 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Pragmetsist is mine.

halofansince1978
Super Member
9 months ago

Where is getyourgrichoffmypettis…is he okay?

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
9 months ago

In jail, illegal use of sarcasm. 3 squares a day, but no TV-country forgot to pay the bill and radio’s could be turned in a saw to cut the bars to escape. 😄 

halofansince1978
Super Member
9 months ago

I’ve heard 3 hots and a cot ain’t that bad.

Jayman28
Trusted Member
9 months ago

Probably being an “irony bro” somewhere else

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
9 months ago

Wait, I’m confused. I thought we were printing playoff tickets after Fletcher was recalled from his undeserved banishment to SLC? You remember – the conspiracy to sustain mediocrity by Arte and Perry not to play the grittiest and bestest ball player since Abner Doubleday stole the concept that became baseball?

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
9 months ago

Easily confused, don’t worry, we have other senator’s and former senators with the same problem. As for the tix, what until September, there will be a delay until then.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
9 months ago

God save the Queen!