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The Angels won yesterday. Somehow. Well, not SOMEHOW, it was Anderson being even year Anderson while getting good run support and a bullpen that did not blow it. That means maybe, maybe a sweep today? Is that legal?

Sano is back! And Silseth is healthy! But in AAA. Well, we do need SOMEONE to pitch in this rotation. So who is it going to be? ESPN says Roansy Contreras. Right… so a bullpen game?

Mike Trout is special. Even when hurt, even when hurt for years, he means something. Not just to us, the fans, but even his teammates. Neto speaks highly of him. And either has high hopes of this team or is hinting at signing an extension? SPECULATE TIME!

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Seriously, this Mets Grimace thing is a work of art. Or voodoo. Maybe both.

College Baseball is petty. And full of liars. Like going from Texas A&M to Texas after saying you will stay at Texas A&M. They are in the same conference now, so, it was very petty.

Hockey may be over, but brawling is year round. Like this one between the Nats and Padres.

Dallas Keuchel is still pitching. But now for the Brew Crew and not the Mariners after a trade.

Run differential matters right? Well, I mean, the Angels are only 5th worst in that.

Number 25 isn’t so bad?

Hey, Gerrit Cole is back, the guy who chose the MFY instead of the Angels, forcing Arte to sign Rendon. How did he do yesterday? Oh, his worst start since 2017? HAHAHA!

The AL West hates having healthy pitchers. Woo is on the IL. Again. Leg issue this time. This division is trash.

But, then again, there are a TON of injured pitchers this year. Like, a TON!

Anything I missed? Post below for upvotes!

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grichmanpoorman
Trusted Member
17 days ago

Yahoo is giving us Wetherholt in its latest mock: https://www.yahoo.com/sports/mlb-mock-draft-2024-whos-100747190.html

I think that would be satisfactory to pretty much everyone here, no? Good value it seems like, based on his write-ups. Potential All-Star 2B.

My aspiration tree for the draft, also based on mocks, pundits, etc.

> Take Wetherholt if available.
> Take Burns or Hagen Smith, if either happens to be available. (Unlikely to contradict the Wetherholt pick… extremely unlikely two from this group of three slides to No. 8.)
> If none of those three are available, take Rainier. Would be exciting to have the best HSer in the draft, and who profiles as plus-3B.
> Toss-up Kurtz or Montgomery as option E.
> No under-slot shit this year… or at least not in first round.

smithy610
Super Member
17 days ago

Haven’t seen this posted before, but this is a pretty cool tidbit. I would haven’t thought it’s been 24 years since we would have this stat repeated again, but when you think about it, those with some power (HK, Kotchman, Trumbo) have never been speedsters, and vice versa (Fletcher, Figgins)

Rhett Bollinger
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Zach Neto became the first #Angels infielder with 10 homers and 10 stolen bases before the All-Star break since Troy Glaus in 2000. He reached it with a stolen base in the eighth inning last night. So he was given the second-base bag from last night’s game as a keepsake.

halofansince1978
Super Member
17 days ago

Odds on Sano going yard?

Cowboy26
Legend
17 days ago

Interesting that they have immediately shifted Rengifo to second to make room for Sano.

smithy610
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Trying to see if they can get more than a bag of balls for Sano by end of July.

Twebur
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Interesting that they have immediately shifted Rengifo to second won’t pull Willie from DH to make room for Sano. 😀

Last edited 17 days ago by Twebur
gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Cowboy26

If they was smart they wood play Sano at 2nd.

Twebur
Legend
17 days ago

If Sano played on the doyers, he’d play 2nd….and SS, CF, RF, LF, 3rd and 1st. That’s what they do with everyone who plays for the Doyers. Max Muncey playing SS is normal, and would do that on every team… It’s not because of the doyer use of Magic Juice Injections, its because they are smarter and better than us.

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gitchogritchoffmypettis
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Reply to  Twebur

Man. Could you imagine the angry weeping on here the SECOND Sano got out to SS? All the old men declaring how Washington is stupid? Maybe one of em keels over?

These guys can barely handle having Ward in LF without their defensive sensibilities being ruffled beyond good health.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
17 days ago

Our lineup is like a celebrity softball game where you only recognize half the names

RexFregosi
Super Member
17 days ago

half the line-up is playing below replacement level and has negative WAR.

any random AAAA dudes will do.

AnAngelsFan
Super Member
17 days ago

Looking at the run differential chart, it appears the Astros and Reds have worse records than they should, and the Mariners, Cardinals, and Rays have better records than they should.

If those outcomes correct, the Astros might win the division again and the Cardinals could miss the wild card. The Angels will still be right where they belong, 5th worst record.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  AnAngelsFan

“They” said it all last year about the Padres but it didn’t happen. Any team that has a better run differential than it’s winning percentage likely has had bullpen failures and has lost close games

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
17 days ago

Hopefully last year’s Padres is tgis year’s Astros.

Pineapple12
Super Member
17 days ago

Lets get the sweep today!!!

I’m probably the only one excited for Roansy Contreras starting lol. He’s been solid in his 13.2 IP with us thus far and does have former top prospect pedigree.

Cowboy26
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

His career splits are not bad as a starter. the biggest issue is he not stretched out so even if he is stellar tonight we’ll be into the bullpen by the 4th or 5th inning.

smithy610
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

After Roansy is done, I imagine we’ll see Carson Fulmer for 2-3 innings. After that, Ron will throw some paper with names on the dugout bench and pick whoever goes next that way.

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smithy610
Super Member
17 days ago

Let the kids play! It was nice to see the offense pick up a shaky Anderson after he’s been lights out for the team the entire half season.

Mickey has been so fine in his mini hot streak. Hopefully he can keep up for the rest of the season when Ward and/or Pillar eventually moves on at the trade deadline:

Moniak went 1-for-2 with a walk, four RBIs and two runs scored and is slashing .294/.385/.647 with two homers, four doubles and 10 RBIs over his last 11 games, going back to June 13.</strong>

If by any chance the Angels do gain significant ground in this stretch while Rendon and Trout heal up, I hope Perry doesn’t get fooled by the mirage and veer off course from selling pieces, which is still the right thing to do, hot streak be damned.

And if by some teeny tiny chance the Angels make a run for it in this pathetic division, and make it interesting down the stretch, it would be some kind of fun and irony to see how a rag tag group of kids and injured-for-most-of-the season veterans made it happen.

Pineapple12
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

I’m 1000% on the road back to .500, while also trading off Anderson, Ward, Estevez, Pillar, Garcia, Strickland, etc. (throw Rengifo in if you must).

This season is supposed to be fun with no expectations. Keep the kids unleashed and let’s see what happens.

Eric_in_Portland
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  Pineapple12

I’m rooting for that 10-3 record you mentioned a few days ago

Cowboy26
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

I think you got duped by Jeff Fletcher and the OCR there Smithy. That quote is from an article that he wrote almost 2 weeks ago on June 15th and then tried to update last night after the grand salami. Before last night , over his last 7 games ( right after that article was originally published) Mickey was batting .191/.261/.286 In fact him and Jo were racing to the bottom in a battle of ineptitude at the plate. Both have a long way to go just to show signs of league mediocrity and I’m not sure either one will ever get there.

smithy610
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Cowboy26

Ah thanks, you’re right. It was an old article that I just saw on Fletch’s Twitter feed last night.

I would still play Moniak and Adell to the end of this season. They’re blocking no one, and sadly, there are no othe options anyway, let alone better options. Would we rather see Jordyn Adams in the majors?? So might as well let both play and see if one or two (or none) is salvageable.

Mick seems to be a very streaky hitter, so he would benefit from a lot of playing time and a lot of ABs.

Charles Sutton
Editor
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

There might be something new pitchers are doing to him and he is still working on his adjustment.

MarineLayer
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  Charles Sutton

I hope he can complete his adjustment because he’s got some good tools including the ability to play CF now that we don’t have Trout to count on going forward.

smithy610
Super Member
17 days ago
Reply to  MarineLayer

This. More than anything, I want Mick’s offense to be at least average because he’s the only viable CF moving forward. His defense has been consistent in the above-average level despite the offensive struggles. Mike is no longer the long-term solution, or even the current solution at CF, no matter how he still desperately believes himself to be.

Even if Arte gets drunk and signs Juan Soto in the offseason, the team still needs a CF.

Cowboy26
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

So I looked at Rengifo’s career numbers he actually had a worse career OPS than either Mickey or Jo at the stage of his career ( Roughly 700- 800 plate Appearances) that Jo & Mickey are at,But alot less strikeouts:

Rengiblow .216/.293/.325 (22.3% SO/PA)
Mickey Not so fine: .227/.269/.391 (33.6% SO/PA)
Jo Adell or No Adell: .206/.256/.372 (33.9% SO/PA)

Both Mickey and Jo are hitting for way more power at this stage but neither is walking enough and are swinging at just about everything. They seem to be getting exploited on a regular basis

Last edited 17 days ago by Cowboy26
toad2065
Trusted Member
17 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

Beware the Moniak bandwagon, folks! He will inevitably break your hearts.

Twebur
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  toad2065

All Angel bandwagoning is done with full knowledge that a crash is likely.

Jeff Joiner
Editor
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  smithy610

And the out he made was a solid line drive. Great night for Moniak last night.

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
17 days ago

We have a GM with, I think, another year left. What’s he going to do? Probably very little. Maybe move the guys that are expiring this year and not much more. Yippee. We might win 83 next year.

Twebur
Legend
17 days ago

Ward and Rengifo will remain.

Anderson, Drury, Moore, Estevez, Pillar, Sano (if he starts making hard contact again and stays healthy) any scub BP pitchers if someone is desperate Strickland Fullmer and the like. Like you said, anyone with an expiring contract can be moved

Ward and Rengifo will be 2 key starters for next year (cheap with control) are not going anywhere. If they move them, then Arte has bought into a complete rebuild. And I don’t believe he will. Probably tricked into thinking we can win next year because the division is down this year. No rebuild and no soup for you!

RexFregosi
Super Member
17 days ago

technically he has about three months left i think.

what’s he going to do? whatever Arte says.

Twebur
Legend
17 days ago
Reply to  RexFregosi

Him doing what Arte says, might be why he sticks around.

GrandpaBaseball
Legend
17 days ago

Oh my gawd, if injuries were not enough, we have guys expiring, oh the shame of it all, RIP guys 😂 

smithy610
Super Member
17 days ago

MLB Pipeline
@MLBPipeline
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#Angels RHP Caden Dana enters the Top 100 Prospects list as Paul Skenes graduates.

More on the 20-year-old with a 2.39 ERA at Double-A this season:

HalosFanForLife
Trusted Member
17 days ago

It’s going to be great seeing fellow Spartan, Grahovac, wearing burnt orange next year.

steelgolf
Super Member
17 days ago

He is the real deal.

halofansince1978
Super Member
17 days ago

Kick the A’s to the curb with a sweep!!

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