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PostPosted: Wed 3/31/21 7:14 am    Post subject: Angels 2021 - 60th Anniversary Season Reply with quote

I'll start this one. The Angels are celebrating the 60th anniversary in franchise history in 2021.
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PostPosted: Thu 4/1/21 10:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Angels open the season at Angel Stadium today with a 4-game series vs. the White Sox.
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PostPosted: Fri 4/2/21 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Angels won with a late rally. It was nice to have a night game to watch after the Dodgers loss.
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PostPosted: Sun 4/4/21 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! Not sure if anyone saw the game tonight (Angels won, 7-4) but it had a lot of quirks and many things you would not normally see in a game. They took 3 of 4 from the White Sox to start the season but tonight it was the Shohei Show. He was the starting pitcher and also in the lineup as DH. That kind of defeats the point of having a DH, right? Rolling Eyes

Shohei became the first pitcher to bat second in a major league game since 1903. He hit 100 on the gun 3 times in the top of the first and then homered in the bottom of the inning!

According to mlb.com, "he’s the first player to hit a ball at least 110 mph off the bat and throw a pitch at least 100 mph in the same game tracked by Statcast.

The game recap is linked here

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Ohtani became the first Angels pitcher to get a hit in an American League game since Clyde Wright on Sept. 8, 1972, and the first Angels pitcher to get a hit in an AL game since Nolan Ryan on Sept. 30, 1972. The designated hitter rule was implemented in 1973 and the Angels never had a pitcher hit for themselves with the DH available until Ohtani on Sunday.


In the 5th inning he was taken out after a freak play:

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He walked back-to-back batters to load the bases with two outs but remained in the game to face Yoán Moncada despite being at 85 pitches. Ohtani promptly uncorked a wild pitch that brought a run home and then struck out Moncada on a 3-2 splitter, but it got past catcher Max Stassi. First baseman Jared Walsh couldn’t handle the throw, allowing both runners to score.

And even worse for the Angels and Ohtani, he jumped to try to catch the throw back home but landed awkwardly on José Abreu at home plate. Ohtani had thrown 92 pitches and was expected to be pulled from the game regardless but had to gingerly walk back to the dugout after the play. The Angels announced during the game that Ohtani experienced general soreness but wasn't removed due to injury.


This could be really fun to watch this year. I am glad the Angels are being more aggressive tapping into both sides of his talent.
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PostPosted: Sun 4/4/21 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having a pitcher hit? Wow, what a novelty. Razz
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PostPosted: Mon 4/5/21 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A reminder, though, if you get rid of the DH in an American League game then you still have the pitcher's spot coming up after Shohei leaves the game. They would never do that. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue 4/6/21 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very true. What a great comeback by the Angels last night!
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PostPosted: Wed 4/7/21 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Too bad they lost to the Astros in the next game when Dylan Bundy had such a good start. Wish they played more than 2 games in that series.
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PostPosted: Sun 4/11/21 10:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn. Dexter Fowler will miss six to nine months with an ACL tear? (Nine months puts them right in the middle of January.)

The Blue Jays absolutely destroyed the Angels yesterday, 15-1, and then tonight's game was postponed due to bad weather. Perhaps that was a good thing. Then again, maybe not, because it is the best thing to get right back on the horse as soon as you can afterward, rather than wait.

The Halos play the next three in K.C. before heading back to the OC to host Minnesota and Texas.
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PostPosted: Thu 4/15/21 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, the Angels lost their series in Kansas City, concluding their first road trip of the season, and now return to Anaheim to face the Twins and the Rangers.
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PostPosted: Sat 4/17/21 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Halos won last night, 10-3, on a Justin Upton grand slam.
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PostPosted: Sat 4/17/21 8:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh-oh! Tonight and tomorrow's games cancelled due to a positive COVID test by someone with the Twins. Sad
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PostPosted: Sun 4/18/21 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tell them to keep it in OC!
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PostPosted: Mon 4/19/21 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Angels are hosting the Rangers next. I sure hope they don't bring anything in from Texas. I guess Shohei will be back on the mound tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Thu 4/22/21 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anybody been watching? They lost 2 of 3 to the Rangers at home. Shohei pitched in the first game but didn't bat.
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PostPosted: Sun 4/25/21 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well the Angels just lost the series in Houston but they did manage to win the final game and avoid being swept. The good feelings I had about them earlier this month have long since gone away. Sad
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PostPosted: Thu 4/29/21 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sunnyblue, I agree. They look like the Angels of 2020 now. However it is nice to see Ohtani-san shining.
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PostPosted: Mon 5/3/21 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Ohtani-san"--that's what Vic calls him. Smile He's scratched from tonight's start but will still be in the lineup.
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PostPosted: Tue 5/4/21 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you missed his hustle last night on a ground ball you can watch it now!
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PostPosted: Thu 5/6/21 10:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aside from that other topic mentioned in a different thred, the Angels have found other ways to embarrass themselves. Sad

But guess who they get to play this weekend? Yeah, their Freeway Series counterparts. Something has to give, because the Halos have lost five striaght and the Dodgers three straight.
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PostPosted: Fri 5/7/21 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am rooting for the Angels. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun 5/9/21 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We wouldn't expect anything else from you. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue 5/11/21 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the whole world can root for the Angels now that they're in Houston. They won the first game of the series, but lost the second one tonight.
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PostPosted: Wed 5/12/21 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

But what happened in the game was really remarkable because he pitched and played right field! He is really an "all around" player.
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PostPosted: Fri 5/14/21 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Angels activated Anthony Rendon today. I've missed seeing him play.
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PostPosted: Tue 5/18/21 5:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Shoh-time" is really creating a buzz! He's now leading the AL in home runs!

Bad news on the other hand, Mike Trout is out 6-8 weeks with a calf injury.
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PostPosted: Wed 5/19/21 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've really fallen behind on posting about the Angels.
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PostPosted: Fri 5/28/21 12:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn, the Halos are really hurting, and even more so now that they're playing the first place "A"s. Chris Bassitt beat them tonight.
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PostPosted: Sun 6/13/21 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Angels have suddenly caught fire over the last 2 weeks. I didn't think they would keep it up without Mike Trout, but they're getting good pitching and some timely hits, too. Of course right now they just finished a series with the Diamondbacks.
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PostPosted: Mon 6/14/21 4:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it is 6 in a row for them now. Shotime is really the big story with them this year. Too bad he has to play in the shadow of the Dodgers.
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