Angels Blow it vs Rays, Lose series

The Angels had to get up early to face the Rays today. I know I did not feel like watching even if the team was not tanking. AM Baseball is annoying after all. But how did they do anyway? Well Canning went 5 innings, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits, striking out 7 and walking 3. Really trying to keep injuries down eh?

And how was the tanking going? Did everyone get the-COME ON MAN!

Yeah Jo Adell decided to actually try for once and played good today. I get that he is trying to not be a failed prospect and all but he is ruining the tank here. Seriously, a home run is not what he is supposed to do.

Oh well, it was close enough for the bullpen to blow it. Could they though? The answer is yes. Yes they could.

Highlighted Recap

The Rays scored first, Canning following his orders.

1-0 Rays

Fletcher singled in 2 but you can’t really blame him as it was really an error that scored them.

2-1 Angels

After Canning gave up another run on a groundout, he was removed and it was even util Jo Adell did a thing and hit a 2 run home run.

4-2 Angels

Angels bullpen allowed an RBI double though to make it close.

4-3 Angels

It was set up for the bullpen to blow it, which would work. Otherwise, it would mean a series win at the Trop for the first time since 2016. So, would they blow it, or fail to blow it?

Charlie sheen blew it! Rays tied it in the 9th with some help from Neto.

TIED GAME

And a bloop means the Rays win. Angels lose. They blew it and tank is intact!

Walk off

Upcoming

9 Games left. At Minnesota, and home vs Texas and the A’s. Enjoy this baseball, you will miss it come January.

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clover_black
Super Member
2 months ago

lol

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago

Neto and Brandon Drury had failed to come through in the top of the ninth when the Angels had runners at second and third and one out, with a chance to add some insurance.

“You’ve got to find ways to get those runs in,” Nevin said. “That’s what good teams do.”

You’re the manager of this team dip shit why didn’t you call for a squeeze play instead of whining about it after the fact?

aces666high
Trusted Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

That’s been happening all year. Did he just realize this or does he have to pretend he’s gonna get tough on the players as the season winds down?

Guest
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Do Neto or Drury even know how to bunt?

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
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Drury wouldn’t bunt with 2 outs. I’ve seen Neto attempt to bunt before but at his stage of development he should be working on this at practice for this perfect opportunity.

Pineapple12
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

fwiw the squeeze play is usually not the answer. Situational hitting is, and we’ve struggled with it all year

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

And the contact play is?

Pineapple12
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Oooo I hate the contact play lol

Squeeze >>> contact play

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I think you need to go for the win there. I’d go for a squeeze to push the winning run across. But…Angels are not a fundamentally educated or talented team.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

it was a desperately needed insurance run. We already had the lead.

Perfect time to bunt

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Of course, Angels did have the lead. Yeah, why not. What did Neto do, K?

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

fielders choice at the plate due to a failed contact play attempt

Twebur
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

He’s an expert on what good teams do, none better than Phillip. He sees it every game in our opponent. They seem to always “find a way” to beat us. Keep your pie hole closed Rooster.

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BannedInLA
Super Member
2 months ago

Estevez is a closer on a bad team. A bull pen piece on a good team.

Pineapple12
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Trade him in the off-season. Getting 1 decent season out of him and then a prospect would be a fantastic outcome.

I subscribe to the JeDi methodology of building a bullpen — farm + waiver claims. Relievers are so volatile, there’s 0 reason to invest multi-years in one, unless you have team control.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Yet the key members of the JeDis most successful bullpen while he was the GM here were built though a trade ( Huston Street) and a Free agent signing (Joe Smith)

Oh and don’t forget 2 of the DiPoto 4 free agents were relievers.

BTW Not sure that statement even applies to JeDi’s current team . Of the 9 Seamen residing down there in the Mermen bullpen only one has came from their farm system . 5 arrived via a trade while the other 3 were waiver claims.

I always thought Billy was more active searching the garbage heap for firemen. While the JeDi was more of a Traitor Trader.

Last edited 2 months ago by Cowboy26
Pineapple12
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Appreciate you doing the digging I was too GA to do.

Point still (kinda) stands — go cheap in the bullpen. No reason to commit longterm money towards relievers

matthiasstephan
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

That said, it is one of the primary places the Angels should spend money next year. We need a starter or two, but then bullpen pieces behind Estevez (unless we get rid of him too) while letting some of our young talent take turns (Joyce, Quijada, Soriano, Marte, Suarez, Warren … )

Cowboy26
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2 months ago

As long as these bullpen adds aren’t named Loupera I think this makes sense.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I am very happy Tepera is gone (so seems everyone) and Loup should have been let go a while ago (why didn’t we put him on waivers?).

One year deals would be ideal – especially if we really are trying to tank. If we resign Shohei and Trout is healthy again, we could even make a push in theory.

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

JeDi puts together decent pens. He is schooling Minasian.

DowningDude
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2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

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BannedInLA
Super Member
2 months ago

Jo Adell had two hits today.
Wasting AB’s on Fletcher, Cron and Escobar pisses me off.

Pineapple12
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

I would agree with you if Kyren Paris and Jordyn Adams weren’t as raw as a Thanksgiving turkey in March.

the Adell Era is upon us

Last edited 2 months ago by Pineapple12
Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

Who are those 3 taking at bats away from?

Drew-S
Member
2 months ago

Reading an article in the Times, and Perry is quoted about Shohei becaausse of cors Shohei is gona sign width the taem just as certainly as my speling here is purfect.

Senator_John_Blutarsky
Legend
2 months ago

Congratulations to Carlos Estevez for being named today’s “Tank Commander” of the game. His weak-ass effort tonight sealed the loss for the Halos and helped improve our draft chances.

We salute your failure with a warm glass of Carlo Rossi “wine” from the ceremonial jug. Keep up the outstanding results!

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Drew-S
Member
2 months ago

Tank Commander. I Love it!

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago

This one is for you Carlos! It’s a hit!

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halofansince1978
Super Member
2 months ago

Welcome to team tank Carlos!!

James
Trusted Member
2 months ago

The Angels are a mess of epic proportions, as illustrated by the state of their best players. Ohtani is heading toward free agency, Trout has struggled mightily to stay healthy these past three years, and Rendon’s contract, with $114 million remaining over the next three years, feels untenable. The Angels, meanwhile, have secured their eighth consecutive losing season, the longest streak in franchise history. — Gonzalez espn ranking last paragraph

James
Trusted Member
2 months ago

23. Los Angeles AngelsRecord: 69-83
Previous ranking: 21
On Friday afternoon, Anthony Rendon revealed he has been dealing with a tibia fracture, a diagnosis — from a fifth doctor of his own choosing — that ran in contrast with the Angels’ description of a deep bone bruise over these past two months. Later that night, media returned to the clubhouse to find that Shohei Ohtani’s locker had been cleared out, the product, we learned the following day, of him shutting it down as a hitter and shifting his focus to elbow surgery. Mike Trout, meanwhile, is running out of time in his hopes of returning from the hamate fracture he suffered in early July.
The Angels are a mess of epic proportions, as illustrated by the state of their best players. Ohtani is heading toward free agency, Trout has struggled mightily to stay healthy these past three years, and Rendon’s contract, with $114 million remaining over the next three years, feels untenable. The Angels, meanwhile, have secured their eighth consecutive losing season, the longest streak in franchise history. — Gonzalez

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  James

Since 2016 Trouty has one season of no injuries and that of course is in the Covid-19 season of 2020 as it was a very short season. Trouty has missed a lot of his prime years of production due to one ailment or another for some time now. Shohei as great as he is has missed his share of games, especially as a pitcher. Rendon(e) is a hospital ward all to himself. Two Bags played in has most games in 2020 – the last time he was productive. But it’s only 106 million dollars a year, give or take, for the 3 of them to not show up.

DowningDude
Legend
2 months ago

Tanks for the mammaries

Fansince1971
Legend
2 months ago

The Angels need to lose out to have any chance at #5. Cardinals have Padres, Milwaukee and Cincinnati to finish out. They could easily lose all of those. GO TEAM TANK!!

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

#5th or #6th? Its seems as if you’re just picking the fly shit out of the pepper ’71

Fansince1971
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2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I want 5!

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GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

The odds increase as the number gets lower, for a #1 pick.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago

Not really that much.

https://www.tankathon.com/mlb/pick_odds

Thats why this obsession between the 5th & 6th pick is ridiculous.

Fansince1971
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Difference between 7.5% and 10% is actually significant. A 10% chance is 25% more than a 7.5% chance.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Actually its a 33% better chance but you know what they say .Nothin from Nothin….https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NeKwWLIcX18

Fansince1971
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

2.5 goes into 10 four times

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

yes and 2.5 is 33% of 7.5.

Real Math. try it sometime.

Fansince1971
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Either way 10% odds are significantly better than 7.5% odds

Guest
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Rec’d for the Billy Preston reference.

max
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max
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Rec’d for looking at the math correctly

Drew-S
Member
2 months ago

Main thing is the difference between 5 and 11. Only a few %points difference.

Pineapple12
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

You know we can have the 5th best odds to win the lottery and draft closer to 10th than 1st right?

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

Ahh my young Pineapple, I enjoy your optimism and fortitude, but clearly you don’t understand the reality of TrAdition.

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Jim Jones

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Six teams will get lottery-ized before the first round reverts to order of finish. I expect us to some have the worst possible result

Twebur
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I thought Jim Chones said that.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Twebur

Is that why the Lakers traded him?

Fansince1971
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

So you’re saying there’s a chance?!

2GA2Join
Trusted Member
2 months ago

I don’t like Tankathon today.
I pressed the button a bunch of times and it gave the Angels pick #8 multiple times…

Fansince1971
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  2GA2Join

You got me to go try the simulator. First try – Angels got the 1st pick. I stopped there.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

that’s what I did yesterday.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

 😂 

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I hope you get to run the lottery in real life.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

We need all the help we can get.

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

Hopefully a Paul Skenes type evolves

MarineLayer
Super Member
2 months ago

Estevez is tanking his trade value more and more with each crappy performance. By next spring, he will be another non-performing overpay.

AllenB
Super Member
2 months ago

At least we’re playing good teams the rest of the way…. and the A’s, who’ve already proven they can sweep us.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  AllenB

Every team we play now is a good team regardless of record. Hell we just got swept by the Tigers who we swept in July. 
The biggest concern you should have is the Twins. Their magic number is one and they’ll probably be so hungover from winning the division they may not show up this weekend.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
2 months ago

I’ll miss baseball in October.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 months ago

It will still be there again this year, probably Braves vs Orioles.

Fansince1971
Legend
2 months ago

You can still watch it just not the Angels

FungoAle
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Fansince1971

I watch no matter who is playing. Playoff baseball is great. I quickly get over the fact the Angels suck.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  FungoAle

Ditto

DowningDude
Legend
2 months ago

I loved the smell of those things

Brent
Super Member
2 months ago

Last game of the season is October 1

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Brent

Bask in the nine whole innings of October baseball.

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

Where the bags are packed and lockers empty before even first pitch.

Typically the fastest game of the year for non contenders.

tanana40
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Where pitchers like Mike Witt can throw perfect games.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  tanana40

I would have left Witt in

Cowboy26
Legend
2 months ago

Too soon.

steelgolf
Super Member
2 months ago

The Angeles miss it every year.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 months ago

I love it when a plan comes together.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
2 months ago

Alright, this clears me to finish weekend links.

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
2 months ago

Why do I get the feeling that a few minutes ago the title was “Angels blow it vs Rays, Win series”?

Brent
Super Member
2 months ago

L is on me.

I turned it on and they immediately lost that BS replay review challenge. Was downhill from there.

Last edited 2 months ago by Brent
GrandpaBaseball
Legend
2 months ago
Reply to  Brent

Thank you.

nishiogawakun
Super Member
2 months ago
Reply to  Brent

Thank you for your service. 🫡