Each week I try to come up with some clever way to string this piece together and give it some cohesion and humor. This week, I got nothing.
The biggest news was Ohtani getting elbow surgery. Per his Instagram account he’ll be good to hit in 2024 and pitch again in 2025. Where that will be is to be determined.
One guy who will definitely be an Angel in 2024 got to live out his childhood dream by hitting a home run in front of his mom.
One guy I really hope is healthy enough to pitch in 2024 was flat out nasty in Tampa Bay.
Brandon Drury had himself one heck of a game on Wednesday, connecting for two home runs and 5 RBI against a very good Rays team.
Not much went right for the Angels in 2023 but the Brandon Drury signing has worked out really well. And he’s signed through next season. Our friend Jeff Fletcher took a look at that.
Another guy who will be here in 2024 is this year’s first round pick Nolan Schanuel who has gotten off to a great start.
The kid even hit his first home run this week.
Yesterday the Angels managed to choke away a late lead and lose the series to Tampa Bay 2 games to 1. Esteves knows how to add a good teammate and it isn’t by nailing down that save.
As of noon on Thursday the Angels are sitting 6th in the Tankathon rankings but the Cardinals 5th spot is within reach. Have some fun and run some simulated lotteries on there. Then take a way too early look at a mock draft and dream a little.
From around baseball:
Ronald Acuna is having an incredible season and his recent surge has him tied or ahead of Mookie Betts in pretty much every statistical category.
Yusei Kikuchi gets 13 to 14 hours of sleep per night. Wow. My brain loves to go into overdrive about 11 PM and keep me to low single digits without chemical help.
The Dodgers are going full Stalin and erasing Julio Urias image from their World Series mural and other parts of the stadium. I have to imagine his free agent landing spots are down to Houston and the Yankees.
The schedule for the 2023 playoffs is out. We will have game threads, so stick around.
Enjoy your weekend and link what I missed.