Angels win in Toronto Somehow

As we wake up on a Sunday morning, this game seems both crucial and pointless.

Crucial is obvious, the Angels need to avoid the sweep. Every game matters and the losses piling up would be disastrous. With Atlanta next, stopping the losing now would go a long way towards keeping hope alive.

Yet, it seemed pointless all the same. Not for any doomer talk or whatever, but due to what happened yesterday. Taylor Ward being hit in the face makes you remember that some things are more important than just a sport. Luckily, he didn’t lose his eye, and was released from the hospital, but he needs likely facial surgery as his face was fractured.

With now 17 members of the 40 man roster on the IL, it is up to everyone else to step it up. That included today’s starter, Tyler Anderson. So, how did he do? He went 6 and a third innings, giving up 1 run on 7 hits, striking out 2 and walking 1. Not bad.

Unfortunately, the offense stunk. No hits with RISP yet again with the only run being a sac fly. So many LOBSTERS and no one stepped up at all. The only reason why they were in it was because the Blue Jays copied the Angels by also sucking with RISP for some reason.

Highlighted Recap

The Angels scored first, somehow. They scored thanks to a sac fly by Renfroe in the 3rd.

Blue Jays tied it with a hit in the 5th.

Despite their best efforts, both teams ate a ton of LOBSTERS with 22 combined through 9.

Yep, extra innings. That was pretty uneventful. Here, watch Tyler Anderson’s pitches.

WEEEEE

10th inning and RENFROE HIT A 2 RUN HOME RUN!

3-1 Angels

Aaaand the Blue Jays answered back with a run immediately. 3-2 Angels.

Despite that, the Angels don’t let them score any more and win!

Upcoming

Angels head to Atlanta next, where the runaway NL MVP just got his 50th SB. Yeah, do not expect Ohtani to get a chance to hit at all. Hopefully the other Angels learn how to hit or they are doomed. Now go eat lunch everyone.

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red floyd
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8 months ago

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Brent
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8 months ago
Fansince1971
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8 months ago
Reply to  Brent

Ha!

JackFrost
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8 months ago
Reply to  Brent

Unfortunately for us they get healthy starting tomorrow when the Chi Sox come to town.

Shohei Now
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8 months ago

Arte loves getting money back in the deal.
https://twitter.com/Feinsand/status/1685822615200423936

Last edited 8 months ago by Shohei Now
DowningDude
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8 months ago
Reply to  Shohei Now

Yep – the lack of salary relief in the Wells deal has tied our hands for years

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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8 months ago
Reply to  Shohei Now

Mega Millions lotto is over $1b, Arte needs the spending cash for tickets

Shohei Now
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8 months ago

Yeah, I’m convinced Arte is selling. He is not going to be around to deal with the offseason after this summer’s Hail Marys.

Pineapple12
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8 months ago

Actually going for it is fun as hell as a fan.
I (and we) haven’t felt this feeling in a longggggg time.

F-ck the farm, we want playoffs!

Last edited 8 months ago by Pineapple12
Fansince1971
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8 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

F the farm is an awful long term strategy. Short term it may work out. No good baseball organization ever takes the stance of f-the-farm.

Shohei Now
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8 months ago

They put Taylor Ward on the 60 day IL. Late September at the earliest. He’s done for the year basically.

mikec95
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8 months ago

For you guys, right now what are our needs

Shohei Now
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8 months ago
Reply to  mikec95

Another back end arm. Catcher?

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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8 months ago
Reply to  mikec95

New owner, new 3rd base coach

Shohei Now
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8 months ago

New Peanut vendor. I heard Salty Nutz guy peripherals are lackluster.

Pineapple12
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8 months ago
Reply to  mikec95

2 more high leverage bullpen arms

Pineapple12
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8 months ago

who said the Angels can’t build thru the draft ?

“though it will come in a roundabout way, the Angels 40-man roster will now have nine of their first-round draft selections ranging from 2009-2022”

https://twitter.com/TaylorBlakeWard/status/1685820919686799360?t=74ynEDvio7zSQQ2agfV0RA&s=19

Kiyotchan
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8 months ago

This Fujinami kid is pretty good. Perry should have asked if Sho had his BFF’s number. Orioles got a bargain.

smithy610
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8 months ago

The Angels are acquiring outfielder Randal Grichuk and first baseman C.J. Cron from the Rockies for two Minor League pitchers, a source told MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.

The clubs have not confirmed the news.

Colorado gets back right-hander Jake Madden (the Angels’ No. 8 prospect) and left-hander Mason Albright (No. 28).

It’s an Angels reunion!!!

Pineapple12
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8 months ago

CJ CRON AND RANDALL GRICHUK ARE BACK

Perry hit the nostalgia button hard with this one 🥹🥹🥹😇😇😇

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FungoAle
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8 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Players? We gotz players! Nice, RH pop!

KPAngel
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8 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

And like Giolito and Lopez, both are free agents at the end of this year.

Love the aggressiveness for this year. Hope it pays off.

Free agent targets for 2024: Ohtani, Giolito, Yamamoto

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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8 months ago

They are prospects. They are not productive ML players.

I like the trade. The Platypus did what was necessary.

Fansince1971
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8 months ago

What an ugly mess this is going to be if the Angels miss the playoffs and Ohtani leaves for another team in free agency. We will see.

Last edited 8 months ago by Fansince1971
KPAngel
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8 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

This is true. But all Angels fans should love the aggressiveness

It will hurt less if Arte/Perry stay aggressive in free agency this off-season.

Fansince1971
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8 months ago
Reply to  KPAngel

I’m not convinced of that. But again- what the heck do I know. Im still hoping Arte is selling and this is his last hurrah.

Kiyotchan
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8 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

If what he said after he altered his course from selling to retaining the team remains true (something about unfinished business), then he will sell this team after this season regardless of what happens. I don’t think it is that far fetched to think that Apple will assist David Beckham and Masayoshi Son to purchase the team at $3 billion.

That is based on the fact that none of his children is interested in owning the team.

KPAngel
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8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

That would be the best free agent addition of all!

Kiyotchan
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8 months ago
Reply to  KPAngel

It just makes sense to me after Apple convinced Inter Miami MLS team to acquire Messi by offering the soccer legend part of the ownership. Brilliant move on their part. The new team owner (Masayoshi Son, owner of Softbank Hawks, BFF of late Steve Jobs, known to be interested in owning MLB team) could do the same thing by offering part of ownership of Angels to Sho.

Last edited 8 months ago by Kiyotchan
KPAngel
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8 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Agree. History has spoken. Just hoping there’s a new narrative.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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8 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Once Arte determined Ohtani was not to be traded, it was all or nothing.

Perry is executing the play his boss called.

Fansince1971
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8 months ago

Agree. I just hope it doesn’t leave a terrible mess to clean up.

Shohei Now
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8 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Oh it is going to be a mess. Even if they win it all, it’s going to be a mess.

Shohei Now
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8 months ago
Reply to  Shohei Now

3/4 of the active roster will be free agents

Pineapple12
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8 months ago
Reply to  Shohei Now

I’m living in the moment. We can cross that bridge when it’s time.

Shohei Now
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8 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

There will be a shit ton of money coming off the payroll at least

Fansince1971
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8 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

I get that. But as I have gotten older I’ve decided that is not a great way to live life for long term success. But it is more fun!

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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8 months ago
Reply to  Shohei Now

The Farm System was rated in the 28 range after the draft and before the trades. Yes, the prospects traded could turn out to be stars, but the odds are in our favor that they don’t make it.

DowningDude
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8 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

We are the Angels – mess guaranteed

Fansince1971
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8 months ago

Angels just reportedly traded Madden and Albright to Colorado for Grichuk and Cron. I don’t get that one.

mikec95
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8 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I understand Grichuk, but Cron not really

Fansince1971
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8 months ago
Reply to  mikec95

Do we need another outfielder? Maybe if Trout isn’t returning but if he is…..?

mikec95
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8 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

bro we need 4th outfield, our centerfield was cabbage

Last edited 8 months ago by mikec95
Fansince1971
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8 months ago
Reply to  mikec95

Yeah – was thinking Trout is returning. I guess the wildcard is Ward’s injury.

red floyd
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8 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Ward went on 60 day. Not sure if trade was announced prior to that move.

KPAngel
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8 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Upgrade over Cabbage. Defensive upgrade over Adell, if he’s even returning this year

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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8 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Hell, someone will get injured – it’s inevitable

tanana40
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8 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

This is to replace Taylor Ward for several weeks.

DowningDude
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8 months ago
Reply to  mikec95

Moose to 3B and cron to 1B. Cabbage to the corn field

Fansince1971
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8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Yes I just said that

Kiyotchan
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8 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Sorry, now I think about it, It was redundant.

red floyd
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8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Too bad we couldn’t have sent them John Madden.

DowningDude
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8 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Cron will play 1B and move Moose to 3rd.

Shohei Now
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8 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Moose is fine at third but his range leaves a lot to be desired. Thank goodness Neto is on that side…I hope.

matthiasstephan
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8 months ago
Reply to  Shohei Now

Better than Escobar (and his bat) manning the hot corner.

tanana40
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8 months ago

Nolan Schanuel with a three hit game today for Rocket City.
https://www.mlb.com/video/nolan-schanuel-s-big-game?t=mlb-pipeline

mikec95
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8 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

3 groundballs

Shohei Now
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8 months ago

Angels pitching prospect Jake Madden was just scratched from the lineup tonight…Trade brewing?

Pineapple12
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8 months ago
Reply to  Shohei Now

Ah, shucks ! I really like Madden.

But also … EMPTY THE FARM PERRY

Last edited 8 months ago by Pineapple12
Shohei Now
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8 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

I think we should trade one of our surplus starters. Canning, Anderson?

Fansince1971
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8 months ago
Reply to  Shohei Now

Traded with Albright for Grichuk and Cron. A true head scratcher

tanana40
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frosse
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8 months ago

This was the 2nd worse 3-game offensive stretch of the season. The worst was mid-June with back-to-back shutouts by the Dodgers and then a 4-spot vs Colorado. The game after that was the 25 run game in Colorado. Let’s hope this repeats in Atlanta!

Angels22
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8 months ago

Does anyone have familiarity with NPB ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto? Do Angels have a shot to sign him?

Kiyotchan
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8 months ago
Reply to  Angels22

I have mentioned his name several times. He is a 24 yo right handed pitcher for Orix Buffalos (Ichiro’s old team). He is considered one of two best pitchers in NPB, both of whom Sho intimated better pitcher than he before WBC. (The other one being Roki Sasaki, only 21 yo). His fastballs are in mid 90MPH, and his splitters are better than those of Sho’s in my opinion. The best thing about Yamamoto is his command. For 2021-2, he struck out 411 batters with only 82 walks in 42 games he started. His ERA was 1.39 and 1.68 respectively. He won Sawamatsu Award (Cy Young equivalent) for the past two season. He is doing pretty well this season, but because of WBC participation, he delayed pitching for Orix about a month. ERA this season is at 1.78.

It is generally agreed by Japanese sports media that he will be posted off this season. MLBTR lists him as #2 FA available this season. (You can guess who the #1 is). It is also estimated that it will be at least $200 MM x 7 yr contract in addition to $20 MM posting transaction fee. Mets GM Eppler has been to Japan recently to watch his game, and Mets are clearly after him now that they lost Scherzer.

I will continue to update how he is doing.

Last edited 8 months ago by Kiyotchan
tommyshalo
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8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

His ceiling might be slightly higher than Tanaka but his price will be too as you mention. Don’t think Angels have a chance in that range unless they are going “all in” for 2024.

BTW Kiyosan, you probably shouldn’t mistake Sawamura’s name😉

JackFrost
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8 months ago

Still zero outs in bottom of 1st…. Already 3-0 Orioles !!!

Check that : now 6-0 with no outs !!!

Last edited 8 months ago by JackFrost
KPAngel
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8 months ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Today was a good day to get a win with Tex, Hou, and Bos losing. And now MFY way behind early.

Eric_in_Portland
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8 months ago
Reply to  KPAngel

Severino still pitching. I think Boone has given up on this game

JackFrost
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8 months ago

They sat Judge today. Yankees fans were complaining that he gave up before the game even started !!

DowningDude
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8 months ago

Canha douchenozzle reminder
https://youtu.be/5GQqyHLENg4

Kiyotchan
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8 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

I actually like Canha. Yes, he does show a bit of bulldog mentality, but it is just the right amount. Besides, he was seen smiling about half an hour later with Sho if I remember correctly. Sho probably apologized and cracked some wise American joke in my estimation.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
8 months ago

All we need now is for MFYankees to lose, and it will be a marvelous day/

Pineapple12
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8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

*whispers* Mariners are on fire.

Other than that, it’s been an almost perfect day in the standings !

Kiyotchan
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8 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Thus, I did not use ‘perfect’. Luis Castillo is a tough pitcher. We were lucky to win a game against him. Remember what I previously (and sheepishly) regarding the race for AL West division race? It is not over for 4 teams.

Pineapple12
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8 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

You nailed that prediction my man ! I have no idea who to root for in this Red Sox @ Mariners series starting tomorrow.

It makes sense to root for Seattle for a few reasons — Boston is ahead of us in the standings and we host Seattle for 4 afterwards.

We can’t get swept in Atlanta