Houston? We have a Paris! Angels Win 2-1

The Angels, if they won today, would be 2 extra inning losses away from sweeping both Texas and Houston. Not bad for a last place team. Still, that was IF they won today. IF Tyler Anderson pitched well. And did he? What does 8 innings, 1 runs on 6 hits, striking out 4 and walking 2 sound? Even year Anderson continues to be Amazing! It was the deepest any Angels SP had gone in 2024!

Still, it means nothing if no one steps up, and today, the youth movement was very young, and French. Well, not actually French, just Paris hitting his first home run! Pretty neat huh? This long time prospect who was rushed because of injury now with his first MLB home run ever? And in Houston? The first Angel to do such a thing? Not bad kid.

Highlighted Recap

It was a pitching duel, with the closest either team came to scoring was Paris being thrown out at home in the 3rd.

Still scoreless

And in the 4th, a Houston home run was actually a double and he did not score either.

No HR for you

But in the 5th, someone finally did score, as Paris hit his first MLB home run in his career!

2-0 Angels

But Anderson allowed one of those back with a double driving in a run.

2-1 Angels

Worse, Neto was hurt in the same inning, forcing Paris to SS.

Injuries never end

Since that 5th, the game was again a pitcher’s duel. Anderson did his part, ending his day after 8 innings with the 2-1 lead. And the Astros bullpen did theirs, not allowing any more runs against this Angels team. The question was, could the Angels bullpen save this game? They only needed 3 outs against the bottom half of the lineup, surely they could. Right?

8 Innings for Anderson!

Garcia would have to do. Could he do it?

Yes he CAN!

ANGELS WIN!

Paris, your time to shine!

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No Game tomorrow! Thursdays continue to be off days which is getting pretty annoying. Oh well, facing Cleveland in Anaheim is the Los Angeles Angels on Friday. Because names make no sense. Like, seriously, Guardians? They could have been Spiders but noooOoo… They are red and blue too, like, imagine Spider-Man day! It fit so well, but instead they have to be the Guardians of Cleveland, which is such a downgrade when up against the Guardians of the Galaxy, or even those DreamWorks Guardians people in that movie. The one where Jack Frost was a twink instead of a bitter old man like in the Disney Santa Clause 3. How many Millennials thought Santa Claus was spelt Santa Clause because of that Trilogy anyway? It can’t be just me, right? Oh, right, Baseball. Well, the Angels are still in last place, for now. Bummer.

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Cowboy26
Legend
22 days ago

From Jeff Fletcher’s game recap:

“Wow, what a home run,” Washington said. “The kid has that in him. He’s young. He’s still learning. Once he realizes what he can do, he’s gonna be a good baseball player. And right now he’s in the right place to learn how to play the game, with the L.A. Angels.”

I’ll take Wash’s word on this one.

Twebur
Legend
22 days ago

Few days old, don’t remember if this was posted.

NOTES
Infielder Brandon Drury (hamstring) began hitting in the cage on Monday.

Infielder Miguel Sanó (knee inflammation) has continued doing baseball activities in Arizona, but he hasn’t yet played in any Arizona Complex League games. Washington said “he’s getting very close.” … (((( we’ve heard that shit before)))

Infielder Michael Stefanic (strained quadriceps) and right-hander Guillo Zuñiga (strained pectoral) are both scheduled to shift their rehab assignments to Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday. They had been playing in Arizona. …

Right-hander Sam Bachman (shoulder surgery) is scheduled to throw live batting practice on Tuesday. The Angels are planning to build Bachman up as a starter, so he will need several weeks of rehab outings to get his pitch count up to the point that he could be considered for a spot in the majors. …
Right-hander Chase Silseth (elbow inflammation) was scheduled to throw off a mound on Monday. It would be his third bullpen session since he was injured. He has not faced hitters yet. Like Bachman, Silseth will need several rehab outings to be built up for a starter workload. …

BannedInLA
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Crossing my fingers on Silseth & Bachman, because our pitching is too thin. One pad of butter on two pieces of toast thin.

Re: Sano. Do we really need him and his 40% K rate?

Cowboy26
Legend
22 days ago
Reply to  BannedInLA

With Neto & Drury out and Rengifo’s ability to man second over Tucker or Gourmet (who will be sharing short with Paris)?

I would think so. Not sure what happens when the plumber returns in a couple of weeks.

Cowboy26
Legend
22 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Zuniga threw a scoreless inning of relief yesterday at SL. The Plumber is also back in AAA going 2 for 3 with a sac fly tonight.

TrojanBoiler
Trusted Member
22 days ago

The Angels are off on Thursday before returning home on Friday. There should be a more concrete update on Neto by then.

Lol, must be this guy’s first time covering the Angels

Twebur
Legend
22 days ago

No worries. MLB teams are worth Billions…..All teams and their owners employ the best medical care money can buy. 😀😀

BannedInLA
Super Member
22 days ago

Big time, MEH

halofansince1978
Super Member
22 days ago

If Paris and Moniak join the under 25 club what will we call them…the 6 ???

BannedInLA
Super Member
22 days ago

The Super Six ???

Cowboy26
Legend
22 days ago

Whats not to like ? We just finished a 4-2 road trip against perennially difficult divisional foes and the only 2 games we lost were in extra innings..

That a big win in my book.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

And we did so without our starting CF, 3B, 2B or their backups, and with some of our pitchers (looking at you Reid) not performing as we know they can.

Good look all round.

JackFrost
Super Member
21 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Hopefully we don’t go home and shit the bed against the Guardians by losing 2 of 3 or worse getting swept.

El_Duderino
Trusted Member
22 days ago

Totally unrelated but I’m watching the Philadelphia Brandon Marsh’s kick the snot out of the Rangers– and the Rangers are playing just like they did against us with all the errors and follies. They really stink.

Cowboy26
Legend
22 days ago
Reply to  El_Duderino

The Phillies have the best record in all of baseball. They’re even 4 games ahead of the Billion Dollar Doyers.

They probably have the best starting pitcher trio in baseball: Zach Wheeler, Aaron Nola and Ranger Suarez.

halofansince1978
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  El_Duderino

I would never count the Rangers out.

They are the Champs and have Bochy.

Talk about a manager that gives15WAR.

JackFrost
Super Member
22 days ago

He gave ALOT more than 15 WAR last year!

Angelz4ever
Super Member
22 days ago

Suck it Trabek Houston!

Angelz4ever
Super Member
22 days ago

Perhaps Paris in the spring is a good thing.

Go Halos!!

BannedInLA
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Angelz4ever

As he plays in the City Of Lights.

tanana40
Super Member
22 days ago

Great pitching by Anderson and Garcia. I constantly notice how the coaches are coaching the young ones including Paris. We are getting some player development at the MLB level.

BannedInLA
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  tanana40

It would be an ice cold, but incredibly wise business decision to move Anderson before his next start if the offer is juicy.

MikeSalmon
Super Member
22 days ago

My gawd I’m olde. Kyren Paris sounds like he’s a sophomore in HS. All “kidz” sound like him to me these days. Cute kid. Glad for him. Hope he turns out to be a diamond in the rough on the diamond.

Mia
Legend
Mia
22 days ago

The Astros are ass this year so hard to read too much into the series win. I mean, they are less ass than us but still ass.

Last edited 22 days ago by Mia
Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
22 days ago
Reply to  Mia

The Astros have the talent and bullpen to turn things around and go on a tear. Every loss we can hand them before then makes their climb that much more difficult.

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

This series and the Rangers series help in the sense that it is soul crushing to find us 25 games out at the All Star break. Six or eight games out is bad, but 25 is downright embarrassing. Somebody needs to beat down the Mariners a little bit.

Mia
Legend
Mia
22 days ago
Reply to  Jeff Joiner

Absolutely. But also if we win too many games we hurt our draft position.

So one wonders what’s actually best.

JackFrost
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Mia

On the other hand, if you don’t know how to draft and can’t develop players then the draft position doesn’t matter very much. Maybe the exception would be if you had the number 1 pick overall..

Mia
Legend
Mia
22 days ago
Reply to  JackFrost

Which is why we should try to get the best draft position possible so that we have a higher chance of hitting with our pick.

Last edited 22 days ago by Mia
Eric_in_Portland
Legend
22 days ago
Reply to  Mia

if we end up with the worst record we’ll somehow get pick #12. I just watched the Trailblazers, tied for 3rd worst, get pick #7.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  JackFrost

THIS is why we need to just not have a minor league farm at all. Trade our draft picks to the Dallas Cowboys for some Whataburger gift cards. Solved.

matthiasstephan
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  JackFrost

We are collecting #1 picks – Moniak, Tucker, etc. Might be nice to have one from the beginning – a ‘can’t miss’ – but that could also be hopium talking.

Cowboy26
Legend
21 days ago

We did. His name is Michael Nelson Trout

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Mia

Or…. a slightly less pissed at the world version is that, even with the number one pick, even when you’re as good at prospecting as the Braves, chances are good you’ll have a bust…. and your #5 pick will be good.

So it’s never really worth it to tank for picks unless you’re gonna do it for a few years. PLUS…. now the lottery.

PLUS… we’d have to try really hard all year to be as bad as the A’ss and White Sox etc.

Just not much of a real concern.

Mia
Legend
Mia
22 days ago

Fair enough

Cowboy26
Legend
22 days ago
Reply to  Mia

If You really think this Franchise could ever win the draft Lottery then think again.

We even suck at sucking.

Mia
Legend
Mia
22 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

I think there’s a good chance we have a new regime in place by the ‘25 draft.

I think this season will be Arte’s breaking point.

Cowboy26
Legend
22 days ago
Reply to  Mia

But TrAdition transcends time Mia. Save for a brief Respite in 2002, It really hasn’t mattered who the Owner is or who’s in charge of the baseball operations.

BannedInLA
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

That’s the spirit !!!

Angelz4ever
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Mia

I disagree Mia, they don’t have any easy outs in their whole line-up. They showed the Halos in this series that they can score runs-Some MLB people said we caught them on an uptick, I guess they are on a downtick now….

Last edited 22 days ago by Angelz4ever
Roy Hobbs
Super Member
22 days ago

The next two series are against the two best teams in the league right now according to won loss record, and then we play Seattle and Houston again (12 games).

BannedInLA
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

….but the games are at home, fear not, they’ll dominate.

max
Trusted Member
max
22 days ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

So when does the schedge get easier? November?

matthiasstephan
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  max

Yes, November through February is our peak time.

Cowboy26
Legend
22 days ago

This is either encouraging or proves our medical staff doesn’t know what the hell they are doing. https://x.com/JeffFletcherOCR/status/1793385869547606213

JackFrost
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Lol. This is exactly the kind of thing we’ve heard about other injuries to our players that turned out to be serious !!

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  JackFrost

Zach Neto…. out for life with Deadly Killer Poison Elbow Ache

Cowboy26
Legend
22 days ago

And I thought it was dehydration brought on by the flu.

BannedInLA
Super Member
22 days ago

Naw, just a mild case of open heart elbow surgery.

TrojanBoiler
Trusted Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

When I squint my eyes it looks like that says “60-day IL”

JackFrost
Super Member
22 days ago

The Angels have now won three straight series on the road : Pirates, Rangers, Astros. The next one is in Seattle, so I think it ends there. If they could just start playing like maybe .560 ball at home we could maybe get to a decent record ….

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend

Man, that Anderson. What a piece of shit. Stupid Perry. Cheap Arte.

Twebur
Legend
22 days ago

And of course, we have him for 2 of the 3 odd years.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  Twebur

Dude, if he keeps that ERA under three through June…. he’ll e aded and may actually net some OK return.

Cowboy26
Legend
22 days ago
Reply to  Twebur

Dude this whole year is odd.

Twebur
Legend
22 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Is it really odd?

Or, is it trAdition?

TrojanBoiler
Trusted Member
22 days ago

I don’t get this take. Sure he has had his best two years in ’22 and ’24 but prior to 2022 he was mid-4s ERA every year with the exception of 1 year with a small sample size.

Just like back to back wins is not a streak, two high-performing even numbered years is not a pattern.

Last edited 22 days ago by TrojanBoiler
matthiasstephan
Super Member
22 days ago

He is going to be our All Star (maybe the only one – who knows).

Jimmuscomp
Trusted Member
22 days ago

What happened to Neto?

Jimmuscomp
Trusted Member
22 days ago

Crap.

AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
22 days ago

Halos are now 20-30. That far exceeds my expectations based on their injury list.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
22 days ago

If we can just finish the season 70-42 from here we can make the playoffs

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
22 days ago

You’re funny Eric.

AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
22 days ago

It can happen.

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matthiasstephan
Super Member
22 days ago

We might need that many in the AL West, if it keeps going like this. We are the new Central.

AngelsFanInHell
Trusted Member
22 days ago

I ❤️ the Halos. Gonna be rough seas ahead, but this team doesn’t quit.

JackFrost
Super Member
22 days ago

At least if we play well against our division rivals this year it will be a feather in our cap. We have been so crappy the last fews years against the Astros in particular. To do anything at all you have to be able to beat teams in your division. So far so good, as the Angels start the season 4-2 against the AL West by winning two series’ on the road …

Last edited 22 days ago by JackFrost
JackFrost
Super Member
22 days ago

But guess what our overall season record was vs Houston that year ?

It was 5-11.

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  JackFrost

To beat Houston while only getting 3 hits is impressive.

JackFrost
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

Pitching wins, as the saying goes…

smithy610
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

And that is against their most garbage pitcher, among their other 🗑️🗑️🗑️ players.

cookmeister
Trusted Member
22 days ago

heck of a game from Anderson. Always good to beat the astros.

I wonder what his realistic trade value could be.

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  cookmeister

After today, Anderson is 7th in ERA, close to top 10 in WHIP, and was 4th in WAR before today for starting pitchers. He’s one of the top 10 starters in the league, somewhere between 6-10. Should he continue, he would be of great value to a playoff team.

cookmeister
Trusted Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

i don’t necessarily agree, only for the notion that playoff teams really want guys that can strike people out

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  cookmeister

Maybe so but Ks or not, he is one of the top ten starting pitchers by just about any measure. Also there may not be that many guys available of the same quality and he’s under contract for next year as well. I believe he would be very attractive. There aren’t that many losing teams that have pitchers like that to trade.

JackFrost
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

As I have said many times here trading very good players at the deadline for scraps (especially if they are under contract for another season or more) is a losing proposition. “Prospects” are by definition unproven. And the fact remains that a very large majority of them don’t pan out.

It just doesn’t benefit the trading team very much to give away your good or great players for scraps. It is one of the myths of baseball that it is really a smart move for your team. Now, if a player is on an expiring contract and has already said he doesn’t plan to stay or re-sign, then that is different. But just getting all excited or hot and bothered about “Oh wow I bet we can get a bunch of prospects for this guy,” no, it is Fools Gold. It just isn’t a great idea and usually for the team giving up the proven player is not a good deal.

Last edited 22 days ago by JackFrost
Roy Hobbs
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  JackFrost

We’re talking about trading players who will not be here after next year and should not be figuring in our future plans. You would not trade them unless you thought you were getting value back and when they leave, you get nothing in return.

JackFrost
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

Anderson WOULD be here next year. If I am not mistake he signed a 3 year deal with us. This is only year 2 of that deal.

gitchogritchoffmypettis
Legend
Reply to  JackFrost

The only reasons you trade him is…

He’s not going to still be around when the team is good.

And, if he’s good now and has a second year of team control you get better prospects for him.

Then sad donkey can complain about having the 25 ranked farm instead of the 30th

Roy Hobbs
Super Member
22 days ago

And unless Arte’s going on a spending spree, I don’t think that next year is that year so he won’t be around when the team is good and historically he has not been good in consecutive years so we should trade at the height of his value.

JackFrost
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

Not so sure that we can’t be competitive next year. Look at how things shift from season to season. Sometimes it is drastic. The Royals of 2023 finished 56-106.

And guess how they are doing in 2024? Right now they are 32-19 and 2nd in the no longer easy AL Central.

Things can change ALOT in even one season! I would venture to say we have not just a little bit more but ALOT more talent than Kansas City! If they can do it we certainly can do it too !!

And I’d like to have Tyler Anderson around next season when we do our version of the 2024 Royals.

Last edited 22 days ago by JackFrost
matthiasstephan
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

The ‘historic’ nature of your argument is just not true.

ERA:
2017 4.81
2018 4.55
2019 11.76
2020 4.37
2021 4.53
2022 2.57
2023 5.43
2024 2.52

The ‘bad year’ you refer to in 2023 isn’t much of an outlier from the 2017-2021 stretch (2019 being dreadful). It is this year and his All Star Dodger year that are outliers – but nothing suggests an on again off again trend.

JackFrost
Super Member
21 days ago

If you look at his entire career then yes, your argument would be valid. However, if you take the position that he figured something out with the Dodgers, that he was doing something essentially different, and that last year was simply an aberration, then you could say he’s not that guy any more.

In short, my argument is this: though the season is not over yet, it looks like Tyler Anderson will be or will have been very good 2 of the last 3 years. Could he again revert to 2023 form next year? I suppose. But with 2 out of 3 really good years I’d be willing to take that chance.

BannedInLA
Super Member
22 days ago
Reply to  Roy Hobbs

Trade. Him. Now.

FungoAle
Legend
22 days ago
Reply to  cookmeister

Maybe a low top ten prospect and another one much further back

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