In a lot of ways this season will go down in infamy. But there were some nice surprises along the way, too.
On Tuesday night Reid Detmers took his final turn on the mound for 2023. He continued his great run to end the year by tossing a gem in a 9-3 win. Over his final 7 outings he pitched 41 innings of 2.41 ERA ball with 37 K’s. That’s the type of momentum we hope carries over into 2024.
And Detmers isn’t the only positive news out of the Angels rotation. Griffin Canning had a remarkable bounce back season and finished quite strongly himself. I’ll take 6 innings of 2 run ball against a division leader all day every day.
Those 127 innings are the most in his career as are his 134 K’s. Here’s to hoping that year off in 2022 healed up all the nagging things and he can be a mid rotation arm going forward.
And as long as I’m in a good mood, Ben Joyce is healthy and throwing absolute gas.
Yeah, 102.4. In case you are wondering, here’s what it looks like to a hitter.
I can definitely think of worse ways to start the 2024 bullpen than the trio of Joyce, Soriano, and Esteves. Some might think Soriano doesn’t belong in that conversation but his numbers are better than many realize and his stuff, when on, is filthy. Like this:
I’ll add Jo Adell to this list. Since coming back from injury a couple of weeks ago he’s looked like a different guy. More confident on the grass and more selective at the plate with improved power. It is like he’s seeing the ball better now.
Add in Logan O’Hoppe, Zach Neto, Mickey Moniak, and Nolan Shanuel and I’m thinking 2024 should be a “Let the Kids Play” year to a large degree. Step back and see what we actually have and save money to buy whatever we really need once we know what that is. I’ll get more into this in some off season pieces but there’s really only one way to take inventory in baseball and that is through reps.
A bunch of kids and Mike Trout, who probably isn’t going anywhere.
From around baseball:
I keep having fun with the Tankathon site. I’ve run dozens of simulations and the most common outcomes have us moving up or down 2 spots. I’ll get an occasional outlier and did get the 1 once, but it seems to usually be 4,5, or 8.
Ronald Acuna Jr. became the first member of the 40 home run 70 stolen base club. What a tremendous accomplishment.
Cubs broadcasters were miffed the Braves stopped the game to honor him. Boo hoo. Stop him from stealing next time.
Speaking of sad announcers, FanGraphs took a look at some of the saddest announcers in baseball. That article is more fun than it sounds.
The Baltimore Orioles are staying put in the ballpark that launched the new ballpark revolution.
And in sad news, knuckleballer Tim Wakefield is battling brain cancer. The family was trying to keep it quiet but ass hat Curt Schilling made it public. Prayers for Wakefield and his family as they go through this.
Side note, I always loved the knuckleball. Always been fascinated by it. Wondered why more guys didn’t try it. So a little confession here, I liked Wakefield even though he suited up for that hideous organization. Plus the Angels could steal at will off him.
Enjoy the weekend. Last chance to get to the Big A and also the huge air show in Huntington Beach. I’ll be trying to coach a Farm Ball game Sunday at noon with jets flying overhead. I’m sure the 4 to 6 year olds will be locked in.