Catcher Wars Postgame

Things started off bad with a homer against. 1-0 Guardians. I’m sure it was just a hiccup. Brandon Drury singled and then Logan O’Hoppe homered. 2-1 Angels. I had wanted to keep watching reruns of Ink Masters, but this is kind of cool.

Josh Naylor ruined the mood with a homer in the top of the third. 2-2 tie.

Brett Phillips just couldn’t stand for that crap and blasted a homer way, way. way outta there! 3-2 Angels. Let’s see Kyren Paris do that! It was the first MLB homer of the year for Phillips, of course. It just got real in the Phillips/Paris batting crown, and Phillips can effin’ pitch (approximately like Toonces the cat can drive). (See below.)

And so we come to the bottom of the fourth inning. Matt Thaiss couldn’t stand for O’Hoppe to be the only catcher with a homer so Thaiss hit one of his own to make it 4-2 Angels. Thaiss: “Yeah, that’s right. I can do that. Stop trying to make me play outfield.”

Tanks Lucas Giolito. We love you, I guess. Is this our refund?.

Things just went on and on and they brought in Xzavion curry to pitch for Lucas Giolito in the eighth inning. Randal Grichuk homered. 6-2 Angels. (Brett Phillips was on base with a single).

Maybe the tank is spinning in circles here.

Logan O’Hoppe contributed a two out single here for DH Matt Thaiss who grounded softly to first for the third out of the top of the ninth. Carlos Estevez came in to pitch, of course. Can he hold a measly four run lead? I think the Angels just won this one 6-2 man. It doesn’t make sense, but there it is.

Photo credit: Rex Fregosi

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Eric_in_Portland
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10 months ago

I’m thinking we get 1 run on 4 hits today

CAoldskoll
Trusted Member
10 months ago

Ohtani out yet again, getting seriously close to just admitting to fans he’s done for season. I hope Trout wants to stay and continue to be face of franchise. Also cause I’m afraid of the ‘bad luck karma’ we’ve had, we trade him and end up getting a bunch of prospects that turn out sucking

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  CAoldskoll

I hope we see him at home so we can give him that last ovation

steelgolf
Super Member
10 months ago

So, today’s game, which I will be attending, should be 91 degrees and humid! Oh boy!!!!

Kiyotchan
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Please hydrate yourself, and enjoy!

Neto is back, though not starting. Joyce is also back. No Sho, not even on bench/reserve.

Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Why would you activate Neto (and option Cabbage) and not have him play?

The Angels really are trying to tank.

MarineLayer
Super Member
10 months ago

Beating Giolito was chicken soup for the soul but now The Tank must continue.

Brent
Super Member
10 months ago

https://twitter.com/TalkinBaseball_/status/1700888109301313854?s=20

LET’S GOOOOOO – FULL REBUILD MODE

Trout just wants to get closer to where his heart is. Trout National in Jersey.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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10 months ago
Reply to  Brent

What a massive scope, Nightengale! Trout has a NTC, therefore the ONLY way he could be traded is if he wanted out.

Brent
Super Member
10 months ago

That’s literally what he is saying there… if he wants out. Not that they ARE going to trade him.

Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Brent

Well, Duh.

In years past do you think If Trout had ever said to them I want Trout of here that the Angels would have said F U you have a contract?

Why is this even news?

Last edited 10 months ago by Cowboy26
smithy610
Super Member
10 months ago

On Nightengale’s full report, he’s not even sourcing. It’s theorizing, and conjecture at this point. Of course the Angels would want to trade Trout if he would want out:

≻ The Los Angeles Angels, perhaps for the first time, are open to trading All-Star outfielder Mike Trout if he indicates to them that he wants out. Trout has exclusive no-trade rights and said recently that he wants to have a private conversation with the front office and ownership about their direction. 

However, Trout, 32, would not generate the same trade return as in the past. He has not played more than 140 games since 2016, and will have missed 249 games the past three years if he doesn’t return this season. 

He still has $248.15 million owed to him the next seven years. 

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Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago

And Its really irrelevant whether Trout has a NTC or not since he has a defacto right to veto any trades under the CBA 5 & 10 rules. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2023/04/list-of-players-on-track-for-10-and-5-rights.html#:~:text=In%20baseball%20parlance%2C%20players%20are,over%20any%20trade%20involving%20them.

MarineLayer
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Brent

It’s amazing how much the average fans position has changed from preseason to now. I’m not sure how I feel.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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10 months ago

Marsh is doing quite well without us.

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Drew-S
Member
10 months ago

i find it rather incredible that people are still looking at this game by game, some hoping they win 2 of 3 to win the series today.

Fansince1971 down below posted this: “As per usual the team will win just enough to get a 10th round pick. You can set your watch to all of this each season.”

I think what he meant is a 10th OA first round pick. If people really want this team to move forward the best thing that could possibly happen for the rest of the season with no Ohtani and no Trout would be to lose out. Wouldn’t be fun, but it might bring us an ace pitcher if we draft high enough…. or an excellent position player.

DowningDude
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10 months ago
Reply to  Drew-S

the problem isn’t draft POSITION, it’s draft strategy and ultimately the ability to scout properly for that draft pick.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
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10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

In summary, Angels scouting and draft strategy:

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Twebur
Legend
10 months ago

That scouting and draft strategy problem with
the Angels? Issue solved eat the crunchy taco ……with a plastic fork….at Del Taco.

red floyd
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

You eat the crunchy taco over a tortilla. That way you have a soft taco made up of everything that dropped.

steelgolf
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  red floyd

Modern solutions for modern problems!

MarineLayer
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Agreed. High floor, low ceiling has been necessitated by years of poor drafting and roster management. I still see Schnauel as James Loney/Eric Hosmer instead of a game changer. Not terrible, but also not designed to lead us out of the darkness.

smithy610
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

Not terrible, but also not designed to lead us out of the darkness.

But who is that person though? And even if the Angels do draft that person, what are they going to do about it?!

I would have thought Mike Trout would lead us out of the darkness, but yet here we are still.

MarineLayer
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  smithy610

Anyone like Ronald Acuna, Julio Rodriguez or any number of great young players.

smithy610
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

And you think the Angels would have much better luck drafting Julio or Ronald Acuna than they did with drafting Trout?

Last edited 10 months ago by smithy610
Cowboy26
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10 months ago
Reply to  smithy610

I dont since none of those players were ever eligible for the draft.

Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

None of which were ever drafted.

So good luck with that.

Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

James Loney sucks.

That would be a huge disappointment for Schanuel’s comp.

Last edited 10 months ago by Cowboy26
steelgolf
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

More OBP and less power than either Loney or Hosmer. You need situational hitting, Schanuel is your guy. He will advance runners and bring runners in. He is as advertised, not the big power bat, just a high contact, low strike rate guy. Extremely useful.

Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  steelgolf

Total modern day baseball unicorn.

But the jury is still out whether he will be considered a useful Major League Baseball player

steelgolf
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Scout? What’s a scout?

CAoldskoll
Trusted Member
10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Totally correct. The Braves and Astros are good from bringing in several young players, not the ‘one’ stud. High draft picks can help, but it’s so hard to evaluate how good someone can be at MLB level. And look at Dodgers, they always take first and in playoffs resulting in low draft order. Yet they continuously bring up young star players. Go figure

AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
10 months ago

Go sand at the beach!

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AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
10 months ago

Go Halos!

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AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
10 months ago

Go Angels!

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CAoldskoll
Trusted Member
10 months ago

Was at game had a great time. Giolito got rocked,, Angels players finally hit some HRs. Cause no Ohtani playing, got good last minute club seating tix for $6. Add fireworks. Best part was the environment, as if ignoring the fact this year sucks, even if for one night.

Twebur
Legend
10 months ago

Twas the night before football, and all through the house, not a Rengifo was stirring, not even a Tr-outs.

BannedInLA
Super Member
10 months ago

Sean Strickland (from OC) is now the middleweight UFC champ !!!

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

But can he pitch or hit a curveball?

BannedInLA
Super Member
10 months ago

Bad A$$ tank 2-night:

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Angelz4ever
Super Member
10 months ago

Nice win, let’s take the series 2morrow!

Twebur
Legend
10 months ago

I’m watching you Mariners…you lost again.🤣

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DowningDude
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Our new owner?

Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Please God. Noooo!

halofansince1978
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Zuckerberg and I don’t get along.

I wont be an Angel fan any more.

halofansince1978
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

AL WC down to 4 teams.

Hate to say it…go Texas.

red floyd
Legend
10 months ago

Yeah, much as I hate to agree with fansince, I’d rather have Tex-Ass instead of the latte sippers. But I’d rather have both of them and kick out the Cheat-Stros.

DowningDude
Legend
10 months ago

Erica just gave Phil a sassy “ANYWAYYYYSSSS”

hahahahahahah

FungoAle
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

She is our MVP, not Rengifo

DowningDude
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Yes, and now I must go sell my car at the Irvine Auto Center.

AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

I miss Alex.

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DowningDude
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10 months ago

No T&A pictures ever – No exceptions.https://crashingthepearlygates.com/community-guidelines/

Last edited 10 months ago by DowningDude
AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Sorry. I missed the memo. Funny that profanity is allowed though.

Last edited 10 months ago by AngelsFanInHell
AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

She’s clothed, No nudity, which is technically PG-13.

Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

But its Alex. now THATS a topic.

DowningDude
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

It’s a great topic and I miss Alex indeed. She was great in that job working for Fox Sports.

I am simply pointing out that creepy pics are not allowed and turn away a lot of people. We can google to our heart’s content all we want and find it ourselves.

Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Creepy pics? thats more like artwork.

DowningDude
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

ok, time to break out the track hottie!

DowningDude
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

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Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Well Alex definitely bares more in that video clip than the swim suit pic.

Last edited 10 months ago by Cowboy26
Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

Yes, as our fabled good luck charm “Track Hottie” can attest……no leering allowed

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halofansince1978
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

OHHHH YAAAAA!!!

FungoAle
Legend
10 months ago

Yoshinobu Yamamoto with a no-no tonight, someone not named Angels will get a good pitcher

Kiyotchan
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Brian Cashman was personally attending the game in Japan, and said he wanted Yamamoto to sign the ticket stub as momento. Would be worth a lot of ¥ if placed on Ebay of Japan.

It is going to be two NY teams who will be outbidding each other. The starting point is rumored to be $200MM x 7 years.

FungoAle
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

Maybe the Giants get in on the action. Mariners will be in the mix. Dodgers will focus Ohtani.

Kiyotchan
Super Member
10 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Mariners are going to attempt to acquire either Yamamoto or Imanaga since they do not have any Japanese player on the team. Yamamoto also pitches for Orix Buffaloes, the old team for Ichiro, so there is that connection.

DowningDude
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

How do you get a ticket stub nowadays? Does the player sign his phone?

Marcotor
Trusted Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Kiyotchan

We read that the first 2 times you posted it

Fansince1971
Legend
10 months ago

As per usual the team will win just enough to get a 10th round pick. You can set your watch to all of this each season.

FungoAle
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Good thing that the Pirates, Nats and Tigers won. Need Rosenberg pulverized tomorrow.

Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

With the MLB draft lottery now, you can only set your watch to the fact that whatever the best possible statistical outcome is for this team, it aint happening.

TrAdition

DowningDude
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

SOURCE????

LULZ

DowningDude
Legend
10 months ago

still have a non-zero elimination number. SO YOU’RE SAYING THERE’S A CHANCE!
(Source: E Number is at 5 per MLB standings fetched moments ago)

Fansince1971
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  DowningDude

If they play against Giolito every night there might be an opportunity. Man does that guy suck.

AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Perry may have made a mistake or two.

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FungoAle
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Quero says hi

Fansince1971
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Quero is now the #3 prospect in the White Sox system batting around.320 at AA – age 20. I have a feeling that trade may go down as one of the worst in MLB history – especially given the fact that Giolito pitched for the Angels for approx 1 month and the Angels also gave up their top pitching prospect as well.

max
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max
10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

yeah they got fleeced most probably on that one…yeesh

Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Especially if Bush doesn’t turn out to be Bush League

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Wake me up when Quero is top 10 prospect in all of minor league baseball. Otherwise, as George says:

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Fansince1971
Legend
10 months ago

He will be the White Sox regular MLB catcher before then

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Cowboy26
Legend
10 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Yep Grandal has really shit the bed in record time over the last 2 years.