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PostPosted: Wed 6/16/21 5:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, that nice run came to an end. Because of the Oakland Athletics!
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PostPosted: Sun 6/20/21 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shohtime is simply astounding to watch. The Angels lost today, but he hit his 23rd home run of the season which ties him for the AL lead with Vlad Jr.
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PostPosted: Wed 6/23/21 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gosh, the Angels seem useless for any cause that might help the other teams in the NL West. Shotime started the game today against the Battery Chuckers. Well that's 2 wins in a row in Anaheim for that team - it's not the way to make an impression.
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PostPosted: Thu 6/24/21 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

They did neither of our teams any favors! Mad
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PostPosted: Tue 6/29/21 3:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sho-time continues to dazzle, even in the Bronx!
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PostPosted: Thu 7/1/21 9:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I saw where the Yankees knocked him around yesterday on the mound but the Angels recovered to win the game! He is definitely the most exciting thing to watch since Mike Trout for that team.
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PostPosted: Wed 7/7/21 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too much to talk about! How about Sho-time shutting out the Red Sox last night?!
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PostPosted: Tue 7/13/21 12:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Angels finished the first half better than I thought they would. Mike Trout will be back soon, but they have a lot of problems to fix in other areas. But Sho-time is the most exciting guy in baseball this year.
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PostPosted: Tue 7/13/21 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely agree!
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PostPosted: Mon 7/19/21 12:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see the Angels called up outfield prospect Brandon Marsh this weekend.
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PostPosted: Wed 7/21/21 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

To recap here, the Angels came out of the All-Star break losing a weekend series to the Mariners at home, then were swept in a brief two-game set at Oakland. They're off today, traveling to Minnesota for four games with the Twins.

But 1-5 over the past week isn't encouraging, particularly with their division archrival. David Fletcher's 26-game hitting streak came to an end at the Coliseum, too.
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PostPosted: Sun 7/25/21 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First I want to mention, how about Patrick Sandoval and his great performance last night, when he just missed a no hitter in the 9th! He had 8 2/3 of no hits against the Twins. Super performance! Today, Sho-time had another game with a home run, his 12th off a LH pitcher this year. He also singled and then was intentionally walked in the 8th, which was even booed by Twins fans! Lol

He will pitch when the Angels come home tomorrow night and they face the Rockies. The Rockies will be in Socal for a full 9 days because they played in L.A. and will face my Padres after the Angels series.
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PostPosted: Tue 8/3/21 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jo Adell is back on the Angels' major league roster! It's taken awhile for him to make it back to the show after he struggled last year. They also recalled RHP Chris Rodriguez. Infielders Matt Thaiss and Kean Wong were just optioned.
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PostPosted: Sat 8/7/21 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, ladies, for posting the player updates. Patrick Sandoval is really working hard to prove himself.

Going back to eight days ago, Anaheim called up LHP Reid Detmers the day they traded Andrew Heaney, and Detmers has replaced Heaney in the rotation.

Following the All-Star break, the Halos won three of four against the Twins in Minnesota, then proceeded to return home and won a series over the Rockies. That's when they ran into a bit of trouble, because next up were the Oakland "A"s, who stormed into Anaheim and beat the home team in three of a four-game weekend set.

The Angels went back on the road and won three of four games in against the Rangers in Texas, then hit Interstate 5 north from O.C. for the current series against the Dodgers in L.A. As you know, the teams have split the first two games of the series.
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PostPosted: Sun 8/8/21 1:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, you know I am rooting for the Angels all the time unless they are playing my Padres. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon 8/9/21 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cathy, it pleases me to post that the Angels lost the series. Very Happy

And this is the last time I will say that this season.
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PostPosted: Fri 8/20/21 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Angels are still stick at .500, and have continued to have their ups and downs over the past couple of weeks since I last posted about them. Sho-time is still Sho-time!

Among strange things of their August (amended) schedule, they played a three-game series in Anaheim against the Blue Jays with the road team serving as the home team in the first game of that set. That's because it was a make-up of a rain-out in Toronto back in April. After winning that series, hosting the Asterisks* didn't go as well for the Halos, as they were able to salvage only the final game.

Then it was on the road to New York for a one-game makeup of a rainout with the Yankees (won by the NYY), and on to Detroit where the Angels swept the Tigers, then moved on to Cleveland for tonight's series opener, which they lost.

The nine games referenced in this post included zero days off and were played in three different time zones.
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PostPosted: Mon 8/30/21 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, another mediocre couple of weeks for the Angels, and now they're at home facing the red-hot Yankees. And when I say mediocre, obviously Shoh-time is the exception. The team, however, is another story--they were swept by Cleveland, then lost a series in Baltimore (which is pretty hard to do!), then split two at home with the Padres.
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PostPosted: Fri 9/3/21 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Angels had a good series at home vs. the Yankees, winning two of three, and now host the Rangers for a four-game/weekend-holiday series. Shoh-time will take the mound tonight.
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PostPosted: Thu 9/16/21 12:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Angels are muddling along to the end of the 2021 season, with Shoh-time being their one big highlight of the year. At 71-74, they're in fourth place in the AL West, 14 games behind the Astros.
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PostPosted: Thu 9/16/21 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And, Mike Trout will not be back until 2022.
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PostPosted: Sat 9/25/21 2:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Angels are already making plans for the "Hot Stove" offseason.

And no, I don't want to get into offseason talk, just yet--especially when it involves Dodger potential FAs becoming up for grabs. Let's wait until the World Series is over. Smile

But in the meantime, this is their front office's mindset.

From the L.A. Times:

" 'It’s No Fun’: Angels Manager Joe Maddon Laments Lost Season, Issues Call to Arms"


BY MIKE DIGIOVANNA, STAFF WRITER
SEPT. 22, 2021 6:41 PM PT

As the Angels play out the string on another losing season, their seventh straight without a playoff berth, Joe Maddon’s patience is wearing thin. His frustration is not with his team’s effort but rather its personnel, a sentiment he voiced in response to a question about top prospect Reid Detmers’ rotation-worthiness in 2022.

“Listen, what’s your agenda next year?” the Angels manager said before Wednesday night’s 9-5 loss to the Houston Astros in 12 innings. “Is it to participate in the American League West and hopefully, possibly, make it to the end, and play a game in October?

“My point is, we have to get guys who are ready to win right now in that rotation in order to get to where we want to be. Otherwise, you’re going to keep perpetuating this method.”

The Angels plan to be aggressive in their pursuit of starting pitchers this winter, and there will be no shortage of high-end, free-agent arms available, including veterans Max Scherzer, Robbie Ray, Kevin Gausman, Carlos Rodón, Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Corey Kluber.

Maddon said he believes the Angels need not one but two front-line starters to fill out a rotation that appears to have only one 2022 lock: two-way star Shohei Ohtani, who will take a 9-2 record and 3.28 ERA into his next start against the Seattle Mariners in Sunday’s home finale.

The Angels also need a shortstop, and the free-agent pool there, too, will be deep, talented and extremely expensive, with Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Javier Baez and Trevor Story heading the field.

One person familiar with the team’s thinking said the Angels, who have $111 million committed to five players — Mike Trout, Anthony Rendon, Justin Upton, Ohtani and David Fletcher — next season, would prefer to spend most of their financial resources on pitching and perhaps scrimp a bit at shortstop. They’re banking on the returns of Trout, Rendon and Upton from injuries to bolster the offense.

If the Angels can team two front-end starters with Ohtani next season and fill out a six-man rotation with pitchers such as Griffin Canning, Jose Suarez, Patrick Sandoval, Detmers and Chris Rodriguez, perhaps they’ll be in a position to challenge the Astros in 2022 instead of being 19 games behind them with 11 days remaining in the regular season.

“It’s tough to be in this position, it’s no fun to be in this position, you want to play meaningful games all the way through,” Maddon said. “It’s meaningful in a sense that a lot of guys are getting opportunity, and I give our guys credit. We come to play every night. But it’s no fun. You’ve got to put yourself in position that these games matter right now.”

Instead, September has turned into a now-annual exercise in player development, with young pitchers such as Janson Junk, who started Wednesday night, Suarez, Packy Naughton, Jaime Barria and Detmers auditioning for ’22 roles.

“You want to be setting up your postseason rotation, keeping guys fresh so they’re ready for the playoffs — that’s where you want to be right now,” Maddon said. “Instead, you’re doing this casting call, giving all kinds of opportunities, which is wonderful and necessary.

“But we have to get beyond that, and we’ve got to get beyond it next year. This can’t continue to go on. We can’t annually be in this position. This organization is better than that. We deserve better than that. We have to go out and earn it.”
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PostPosted: Sat 10/2/21 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shohei threw his final pitch of the season a few days ago, then sent a message to the Angels--improve the team, because he wants to win.
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PostPosted: Tue 10/5/21 12:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, this was depressing and painful to read. Still, happy to be a Dodger fan. Very Happy

From the L.A. Times:

BY BILL DWYRE
OCT. 4, 2021 5:15 AM PT

In Anaheim, right down the street from the happiest place on Earth, rests one of the saddest. It is known as Angel Stadium. Once upon a time, long, long ago, they played real, competitive, major league baseball there.

The current team has continued a recent tradition of sad-sack performing. The 2021 Angels held Fan Appreciation Night last Saturday, and one wonders what they could possibly have given to the patient and faithful that would be a fair measure of the team’s gratitude for paying to watch this frequently grisly show.

A new Mercedes? Tickets to Hawaii?

Actually, on this Fan Appreciation Night, the Angels came through nicely, gifting the 30,221 in the stands a 14-1 win over playoff contender Seattle. More likely, the fans had come just for the postgame fireworks.

If this team were playing in Philadelphia, and it held a fan appreciation celebration after a season like this, the players and management would need guard dogs and bullet proof vests. But this is Anaheim and the Angels, where there seems to be mostly shrugs, even encouraging words, when the team does something mildly positive, such as approaching the .500 mark. It did that dozens of times this summer before settling into its real level, a handful of games below that standard of mediocrity.

For the Angels, the weather is always perfect, the stadium remains beautiful and well maintained, and the hot dogs taste pretty good. Wins and losses seem less of a big deal. This will be the seventh consecutive season without a playoff berth, and that means a steadily lowering bar of expectations. Plus, a die-hard baseball fan, one who thinks that winning a lot and getting into the postseason is important, can just go to a Dodgers game.

Ah, Southern California, blessed with an abundance of baseball riches. You have your choice of high tension, pitch-by-pitch drama in Chavez Ravine. Or, an afternoon in the sun with the kids, with pizza and hot dogs and ice cream and no need to even pay attention to what is going on under the Big A. Angels baseball may be quickly becoming a nice excuse to get out of the house.

For serious Angels fans, the reality is becoming harsh. Their team is the poster child of Wait-Till-Next-Year franchises.

The last real shot the Angels had at some level of major league status since Mike Scioscia took them to a World Series title in 2002 was seven years later, in the American League Championship Series in Yankee Stadium. Eleventh inning, Angels leading 3-2, Alex Rodriguez behind 0-2 to quirky Angels left-handed closer Brian Fuentes. The pitch gets too much of the plate. A-Rod hits it over the short wall in right center. Yankees go on to win 4-3 in 13 innings, go up 2-0 in the series. Never look back.

All the bright lights in Anaheim since then have been down the street.

Now, it has become mostly ceremonial baseball in Anaheim. There is a team, but it always seems to live up to its low expectations. There is spring training, where talk is cheap and fun. By June, the goal quickly resets to a wild-card spot. Then comes the All-Star break, followed by minimal clutch-hitting and lots of bases left loaded; also overmatched relief pitchers replacing underperforming starting pitchers and walking the first batter they face. Vegas needs to create a betting line for Angels relief pitchers. Two-to-one they walk the first guy.

In a strange way, the very presence of the Dodgers just a short ride up the freeway may take the heat off the Angels. You can’t even pretend to compete with the legends of Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Kirk Gibson, Tommy Lasorda and Vin Scully? You can whine about relative media coverage or you can shrug and find ways to stay in the Southern California baseball conversation. To that end, the Angels have done well.

For the last several years, fans could live with at least being able to watch the best player in baseball hit mammoth homers and make circus catches in center field. Mike Trout has always been worth the price of admission. That he was hurt this year was costly, but he wasn’t hurt in previous recent seasons, he played at an MVP level all along, and the Angels still managed barely a glimpse of the postseason.

And now, the Angels even have another talking point. They added the man-from-another-planet, Shohei Ohtani, the Japanese wunderkind who both pitches and hits at a superstar level and has every sportswriter and sportscaster in captivity saying Ohtani’s 2021 is the best individual season in the history of the sport. And they are right.

In case you haven’t noticed, the Angels have had more Ohtani promotional nights than extra-inning wins. Ohtani T-Shirt Night, Ohtani Pajama Night, Ohtani Fingernail Polish Night. If you can’t beat ‘em, just out-promote ‘em. So, the Angels’ promotion folks finish in first place again. Good for them. Great job cashing in on two great players. But when does this translate into wins and postseason appearances? When do the fans who spend so much of their time right down the street from Disneyland get a roller-coaster thrill of a playoff ride?

Joe Maddon, a veteran manager and arguably the right man for the job, seems to see the forest for the trees. Last week, he stopped using his pregame media gatherings to boost David Fletcher for a Gold Glove award or Ohtani for MVP and said, basically, that he was tired of having a revolving door of players. “This organization is better than this,” he said. Maddon, in his quiet way, was shaking somebody by the lapels. It wasn’t clear who, but Maddon certainly had a good grip.

Nevertheless, on the same night he said that, what followed was yet another pathetic loss, no less to the Houston Astros, baseball’s hated cheaters.

The Angels thrilled the scattering of 14,863 die-hard fans with a five-run inning to take a 5-3 lead in the seventh. Before you could return from the restroom, the Astros had tied it, and in extra innings, the Angels squandered a bases-loaded, no-out chance to win before folding their tents to Houston’s four-run 12th.

For Angels fans, it was the same ol’ same ol’. The season of 2021 has been another bumpy ride for Disneyland’s team, which is, with each passing year, turning the Big A into a Haunted Mansion.
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