What an absolutely disastrous couple of weeks for the Angels. A 4-11 run highlighted by injuries, bad play, and managerial ineptitude has left the Angels heading into the All Star break on the outside of the playoff picture.
A couple of weeks ago talk was starting to turn into “the Angels would be scary in the playoffs.” Now the national stories are back to “the Angels sloppy supergroup just can’t win” territory. You know, the normal.
Anthony Rendon getting injured the following day is not surprising. Dude lives on the IL. But his injury coming directly after Trout and just before Ohtani leaving the game is the perfect symbol for the Arte Moreno Angels.
This was painful to watch on many fronts.
Thankfully, the Angels now get some needed rest. A day off yesterday then a break Sunday through Thursday. Six out of eight days off at a time the team is a MASH unit is a bit of a break from the baseball gods.
While the schedule is tough after the break, the team could/should be getting some much needed reinforcements. Zack Neto was playing catch and hitting off a tee down in SD.
A a critical piece of the bullpen is about ready in Matt Moore.
And a little further down the road
While the All Star break is not the mathematical midpoint of the season it is considered the midpoint by fans and media. Doling out first half awards is pretty easy in some regards as Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna are crushing it. But other races are closer.
While things are still subject to a little change due to injury, take a look at your 2023 All Star Game rosters.
Also, the bracket is set for the Home Run Derby.
The marketing guy in me would split Betts and Vladdy Jr. up. I want those names in the bracket as late as possible. I understand there’s seeding involved, but this is a made for TV event.
Join your fellow CtPG posters for threads during both the Derby and All Star Game.
Guess what also happens during all the All Star madness? The 2023 MLB draft.
Here’s the scoop on the when, where, and how to watch. I will set up a thread for us to all put on our GM hats and discuss the first two days.
FanGraphs Mock Draft has the Angels taking a polished college arm who could make a big league bullpen quickly. Sounds familiar.
Later today I’ll make my annual guest appearance on the Baseball PhD podcast. I’ll link it when it becomes available.
For now, enjoy the next week and link what I missed.