In a lost year like this one you might as well see what you have on the farm. And that’s what the Angels are doing right now.
Last night it was friend of the site Davis Daniel getting his first taste of The Show. Kid went three scoreless innings. Not shabby.
I have interviewed Davis Daniel twice. Once here and once at some place that used to be cool but is gone now. Give the one here a watch (or at least a listen) as it has been a couple of years. Good dude.
The most interesting on field story of the last few weeks has been Nolan Shanuel. He’d reached base safely in every game the last time I wrote Weekend News Crash. And he’s reached base safely in every game to this Weekend News Crash. That’s 16 straight games getting on base, breaking Darin Erstad’s rookie record of 15.
But will Nolan ever absolutely truck a guy like Ersty? No way. Hopefully he can be under the ball the next time we have an “Erstad says he’s got it” moment.
Beyond Davis and Nolan, Kyren Paris got a lot of playing time this week. He’s shown some really nice defensive ability and speed and tied the game up last night.
I’ve tried to arrange some interviews with Paris and it has never worked out. His agent has been super cool to me and described Paris as the nicest kid he’d met about a year into Kyren’s career. Think I’ll reach back out to them. We lost momentum and never picked it back up.
Shohei Ohtani hasn’t played much this last week. He has oblique inflammation. I’m surprised he didn’t break his back trying to carry this franchise for the last two years. But he might be back soon.
Meanwhile Luis Rengifo strained his biceps last night and it looks like he’ll miss time. Getting hurt in the on deck circle is as Angels as possible. Perry really should sign him to an extension if he’s going to symbolize the team like that.
Last night was the fifth walk off win for the Angels in 2023. I could’ve sworn I heard the TV guys say “first” last night. Sorry about the mistake in the post game write up.
From around baseball:
The Dodgers love them some woman beating pitchers. His first incident was a shove. I really hoped he was young and learned from it. But violence tends to escalate. I really hope the victim isn’t too bad off.
The Texas Rangers have gone from division leaders to potentially missing the playoffs. The beat down Houston laid on them made the Rangers path a lot more difficult.
SI did a nice piece on Washington’s rebuild. Rebuild? What is that?
Enjoy the weekend, folks. I was really thinking I’d head out to the game Sunday but the boy started Farm Ball and we have our first game Sunday at noon. I’m not missing my boy’s game. I plan on taking my customary spot as the first base coach and giving high five’s to every kid who makes it there. Although, really, is there any spot that makes you want to hug your son more?
Link what I missed.