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  1. 36 points

    AngelsWin.com Members!!

    Hey guys, so my life has been quite a whirlwind over the past month or so, so I haven't been able to participate as much. In short, my grandson born in early July was born with a heart defect and needed open heart surgery. He almost died the morning after he was born and had to be helicoptered to Las Vegas' Children's Hospital. Thankfully after open heart surgery to correct TGA (Transposition of the Great Arteries), my grandson Kason is home with my son and daughter in law and doing well now. That said, this entire journey though got me to thinking about perspective, what this team has gone through losing one of their best friends and good teammates and how we as fans can be very selfish about what WE want and when we want it, but never think about what others are going through nor consider the long view. So I've been reading some of the threads of late and have seen a bunch of negativity. While venting is good and welcomed here, as is constructive criticism, it's imperative we all reign it in a bit on fire Eppler and bashing of this team for the sake of the entire community. This has been a tough season. From a death in the Angels family (RIP, Skaggs) to countless injuries to our start players, not to mention a big swing and miss from our GM on all of the FA's he brought in this offseason. This has been documented, but we've beaten this dead horse to the depths of Hades. Myself included. I'm over it and done discussing it. Do me all a favor. Try to find something positive to post or comment on, whether it's from our parent team or the future Halos down on the farm. There are some good things ahead for our Halos. Let's enjoy the rookies performances from here on out, Trout's run for MVP and the AL HR Champ, Ohtani, Simmons defense and our kids down on the farm. Hello, Adell. Someone once said “Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” My hope is that we can all work toward creating a better atmosphere here and that our time invested at AW.com goes toward furthering a better online community for everyone involved, including our non-members who read the site (and your comments) daily. So let's cheer on the team in one accord, and though we may disagree and vent, we do so without vitriol, but with friendly banter. Always be mindful of our code of conduct and respectful to others. Thank you guys! ? Here are some pictures of my grandson Kason and my time in the Las Vegas/Laughlin area for the past 3 1/2 weeks, in order from the time he was born, to the time he was taken into surgery, post surgery and then at home after 3 weeks in the hospital.
  2. 31 points
    True Grich

    Showing Up Matters

    Tyler Skaggs is gone. Unfortunately for Angels fans, this is an all-too-familiar place. We’ve been here before. It’s not a comfortable place. It’s a very sad and very confusing place and we will never, ever get used to it. We Angels fans, like every other fan base often use terms like “us” and “we” when discussing our favorite team. That speaks to the level of connection we have with our team. We experience the emotional highs and lows that go along with winning and losing. Even though it may be a bit silly, we feel that the team’s victories are also our victories. So when I say “we lost Tyler Skaggs” – that “we” is real. It’s tangible. It’s meaningful. But… this loss is not about us. This time is about Tyler’s family and those that were close to him. Our thoughts and our prayers go out to them as they try to manage their grief, their sorrow and their pain. I don’t know how the Angels move forward from this. I really don’t. Baseball is hard enough as it is. Perhaps we fans can play a role in helping the team move forward by simply showing up. It’s time to show how much we care and that when we say “we” and “us” we really mean it. It is my hope that on July 12 when the Angels return home for their first home game since Tyler’s passing, Angels fans show up in huge numbers. We need to show up even if it's hard. We need to show up even if we don't want to because again - it's not about us and showing up matters. We also show up by telling stories. It’s important to tell the stories that speak to a time when we might have had an interaction with Tyler that meant something special to us. We share the good things we’ve read or heard about Tyler too. We recount those stories to others and in doing so we all remember. We remember that Tyler Skaggs was one of us. We remember that Tyler Skaggs competed at the highest level and he sought out victories so that we could experience joy. We are thankful for having had the opportunity to be connected to him in some small way. He may not have known our names, but he definitely felt our presence every time he stepped on a baseball field. Tyler showed up for us and now it's time for us to do the same. We will all miss Tyler Skaggs, but more importantly – we will never forget him.
  3. 28 points
    A reader forwarded this story to me and I ran it by Scott Boras and he said it’s not true. They never were told or led to believe in any way the Angels had any issue with having two Asian players.
  4. 27 points
    We've hit a point in the season where it's time to acknowledge what's been going on with our pitching in the minors. Especially Burlington and Inland Empire. We'll likely start seeing a couple of these guys move up to IE/Mobile within the next month or so. Last season, the Angels minor leagues saw only 13 pitchers start 20+ games - and of those, only 11 topped 100 innings. Within that group only three had an ERA below 4.00: Suarez at 3.92, Canning at 3.65, and Madero at 3.49. Eight had an ERA over 4.50, and four of those had an ERA over 6. It was not pretty. This year is shaping up to be quite different - even with Canning and Suarez having hardly thrown any minor league innings. PATRICK SANDOVAL - 6'3", 190, LHP, 22 years old, drafted in 2015 (11th Rd.) (AA/AAA): 4.47 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, .278 BAA, 21 BB, 57 K in 44.1 IP across 12 G/11 GS Dominant in Mobile (32 K in 20 IP), Sandoval has slowed some in SLC (5.18 ERA, 2.14 WHIP) but is still the Angels next-best SP prospect. LUIS MADERO - 6'3", 185, RHP, 22 years old, signed in 2013 (Intl. FA), acquired by LAA via trade (A+/AA): 3.04 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, .251 BAA, 17 BB, 59 K in 56.1 IP across 12 G/10 GS Madero has had no issues adjusting to AA, and could find himself working in the Angel bullpen in September. JEREMY BEASLEY - 6'3", 215, RHP, 23 years old, drafted in 2017 (30th Rd.) (AA): 3.33 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, .256 BAA, 24 BB, 51 K in 54 IP across 12 G/11 GS Bulldog Beasley continues to exceed expectations. Strong GB (55%) and swinging strike (16%) tendencies, sort of like pre-2019 Cahill. Allowed 2 R or fewer in 9 of 12 games. JESUS CASTILLO - 6'3", 205, RHP, 23 years old, signed in 2011 (Intl. FA), acquired by LAA via trade (AA): 3.41 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, .265 BAA, 17 BB, 51 K in 66 IP across 13 G/11 GS Currently leads the org in innings pitched, has rebounded from a poor 2018. Has allowed 2 or fewer runs in 11 of 13 appearances. ANDREW WANTZ - 6'4", 235, RHP, 23 years old, drafted in 2018 (7th Rd.) (A+/AA): 3.33 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, .211 BAA, 19 BB, 64 K in 54 IP across 12 G/7 GS After posting a gaudy 47 K in 23 relief IP last year, Angels surprisingly stretched him out to a starter. He hasn't missed a beat. K/9 near 11. DENNY BRADY - 6'1", 200, RHP, 22 years old, drafted in 2017 (7th Rd.) (A+): 3.06 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, .228 BAA, 20 BB, 65 K in 53 IP across 12 G/7 GS As steady and consistent as a minor league arm can be, has yet to allow more than 3 R in a game. KYLE BRADISH - 6'4", 190, RHP, 22 years old, drafted in 2018 (4th Rd.) (A+): 3.50 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, .228 BAA, 20 BB, 58 K in 43.2 IP across 11 G/7 GS A little wild, a little inconsistent, but has shown flashes of straight dominance in a trio of starts: 4/23: 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 9 K, 5/9: 5 IP, 7 H, 0 R, BB, 9 K, 5/21: 5.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 12 K OLIVER ORTEGA - 6'0", 165, RHP, 22 years old, signed in 2015 (Intl. FA) (A+): 3.26 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, .203 BAA, 33 BB, 74 K in 58 IP across 12 G/11 GS Who would have guessed Oliver Ortega would be leading the Angels org in strikeouts in mid-June? Who even knows who Oliver Ortega is? AARON HERNANDEZ - 6'1", 170, RHP, 22 years old, drafted in 2018 (3rd Rd.) (A+): 4.26 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, .279 BAA, 21 BB, 35 K in 31.2 IP across 9 G/7 GS Yet to find a groove, but still posting decent numbers with swing-and-miss stuff, and a decent repertoire of pitches. CRISTOPHER MOLINA - 6'3", 170, RHP, 22 years old, signed in 2013 (Intl. FA) (A): 2.61 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, .193 BAA, 22 BB, 65 K in 58.2 IP across 12 G/9 GS Stumbled a bit in last three games, but prior, had posted a 1.25 ERA and .167 BAA through first 9 appearances. JOSE SORIANO - 6'3", 168, RHP, 20 years old, signed in 2016 (Intl. FA) (A): 2.47 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, .201 BAA, 35 BB, 70 K in 62 IP across 13 G/11 GS Not far behind Sandoval from being the Angels best SP prospect - only 2 HR allowed, a 55% GB rate, a little erratic, but big-time potential. HECTOR YAN - 5'11", 180, LHP, 20 years old, signed in 2015 (Intl. FA) (A): 3.86 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, .220 BAA, 26 BB, 66 K in 44.1 IP across 12 G/8 GS Lots of swing-and-miss stuff could lead Yan into top-of-rotation potential, but he'll need to work more efficiently and get a handle on the walks. Only 1 HR allowed. COLE DUENSING - 6'4", 175, RHP, 21 years old, drafted in 2016 (6th Rd.) (A): 4.36 ERA, 1.55 WHIP, .250 BAA, 33 BB, 51 K in 44.1 IP across 12 G/9 GS Absolutely awful in 2017-2018, with an ERA near 10.00, Duensing's dramatic turnaround offers hope for brighter days still ahead. KYLE TYLER - 6'0", 185, RHP, 22 years old, drafted in 2018 (20th Rd.) (A): 4.31 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, .217 BAA, 19 BB, 53 K in 54.1 IP across 12 G/9 GS Another reliever converted to the rotation, Tyler throws strikes (65%) coupled with a strong GB rate (53%), quietly producing and putting himself into the mix. ROBINSON PINA - 6'4", 180, RHP, 20 years old, signed in 2017 (Intl. FA) (A): 3.22 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, .193 BAA, 32 BB, 61 K in 50.1 IP across 12 G/7 GS Steady and consistent, in three pro seasons, has yet to allow an ERA over 3.68, averaging over 10 K per 9, only 7 hits per 9, and a total of 5 HR in 145.2 IP. LUIS ALVARADO - 6'4", 210, RHP, 22 years old, drafted in 2018 (17th Rd.) (A): 2.25 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, .186 BAA, 22 BB, 60 K in 48 IP across 12 G/7 GS Has allowed 2 or fewer earned runs in all but one game, and only 3 ER in the other. Even more exciting is that still doesn't take into account the 2019 draftees who could ultimately join this list - Jack Kochanowicz, Erik Rivera, Garrett Stallings, Zach Peek, Davis Daniel, Zach Linginfelter - or the legitimate SP prospects who have been injured - Chris Rodriguez, James Swanda, Stiward Aquino - or the other arms who either have had enough prospect pedigree or success to still enter the picture, such as Cooper Criswell, Luke Lind, Connor Van Scoyoc, Jose Natera, Emilker Guzman, Jerryell Rivera, Kelvin Moncion, or Jason Alexander. The growth we've seen this year - both in terms of development and depth added - is quite frankly, staggering, and given the number of arms drafted in 2019, only likely to grow. With Eppler's aggressive promotions, the use of multi-inning relievers. 6-man rotations, and 'tandem' starters, there's a chance we see a lot of these arms start reaching the majors as soon as late 2020 or in 2021.
  5. 27 points
    Jeff Fletcher

    Keynan Middleton and JC Ramírez

    I keep reading different people in different threads either with questions or providing misinformation about these guys, so I started a thread (which I never do) so hopefully everyone will see and get caught up. JC is pitching tonight (6/24). His rehab assignment expires on Saturday (6/29), so at most he’ll have one more outing after tonight. He’s out of options so he’ll be in the majors by Sunday (6/30), barring a setback. I don’t know if he’s going to be a starter or reliever. Middleton had a setback in early May and is now significantly behind JC. Middleton is throwing off a mound but (as of a few days ago) had not faced hitters. Once he starts facing hitters, it’ll be at least 3-4 weeks before he’s active. But he’s in a holding pattern so I wouldn’t plan on any specific return for him till you read that he’s facing hitters. There ya go.
  6. 25 points
    The Angels are interested in every starting pitcher under control who doesn’t suck, and probably a couple who do.
  7. 25 points

    William Wilson

    Hey so some of you who know me on social media know that my grandfather passed in May of last year. He and I really bonded over Angels baseball in the past 25 years as we always went to one game at least when I was a kid when we’d go to his rental beach house in Newport Beach every summer. In recent years we’d always watch games together and we watched game 7 together in 2002 spontaneously (he drove up to LA from Palm Springs for the game) because we wanted to celebrate together when they won. His name was William “Bill” Wilson. So I have a new favorite prospect. (I also Attached a photo of him and my grandmother with CJ’s dad. I’d gotten them Wilson jerseys and he spotted hem when they were in the crowd. Not a lot of Wilson jerseys in the crowd in 2014.)
  8. 24 points
    Hello all. I attended the Angels game last night and moving forward, I will be a fan of the LA Angels. I love the game of baseball. I understand the game of baseball, but I've never had a favorite team to root for. As a California resident, I've been searching for a franchise to buy in to. I've been to the Coliseum, dump....and no one goes. SF Giants? Meh, there's a certain schtick with their fan base I couldn't get over. The Dodgers? I went to a game a month ago and it took me 50 minutes to leave. Yesterday was my first time at Angel Stadium and though it wasn't a great crowd, I had a pretty good time. Seeing the Big A driving in was sweet; Spirit in the Sky during the starting lineups got me going; Loved the Calling All Angels video before the team took the field; Can't NOT like Mike Trout; Went up to the upper deck in the 5th inning and got a good look at the DLAnd fireworks; Affordable tickets and parking and also took me less than 5 minutes to leave the parking lot after the game. That said, I hope you guys can accept me with open arms! haha. One note... I noticed lots of fans wearing the old Angels logo.... the "CA".. That logo looks great along with the mix of navy blue in the color scheme. I do like the Angels red, but that mix of Navy blue would be great... I do not own any Angels gear so I'm going to start looking. Ok I'm done. Go Halos.
  9. 23 points
    One of 10 reasons I always leaned toward keeping AW independent. Partnerships are fine, but I never wanted the brand and community I built to be under someone else's rule.
  10. 23 points
  11. 23 points
    Lucroy was inside the whole time. There was no time when Marisnick should have been going to the inside. I can’t read his mind so I don’t know if it was malicious or just careless, but it was definitely against the rules.
  12. 23 points

    Tyler Skaggs, R.I.P.

    Thank you all for observing 30 minutes of silence this morning in remembering Tyler Skaggs. It's crucial to take a minute or two away from Angels Baseball and life's craziness and focus on what's important. If you were away during the 9-9:30am PST half hour I shut things down so that we could have some moments of silence on this forum. For the day I have removed the header and footer ads and replaced the leaderboard ad with memorial picture of Tyler Skaggs.
  13. 22 points
  14. 22 points
    Jeff Fletcher

    Why are fans like this??

    I’m going to rant to you guys because on Twitter there are even more irrational people than here. In my story today I quoted a few Angels basically saying they care and they are trying. Lack of motivation is not why they’re losing. This seems fairly obvious to me because I’ve talked to players for 22 years I know that’s how they’re wired. But fans don’t want to accept it. They refuse to believe that it’s possible to just not be good enough. It must be that the players “don’t care.” I suppose the only way to look like you “care” is to have a bunch of blow ups and tantrums on the field whenever anything doesn’t go your way, like a team of 3-year-olds. That’s all. Carry on.
  15. 22 points

    In Defense of Eppler

    If you don’t want to read the many words to follow, skim down to the “TLDR” version. Thanks in advance for the snarky comment(s) about how long this is. You're funny. IN DEFENSE OF EPPLER I don’t consider myself an Eppler apologist, but I have been known to make the case that he is, at the least, a solid and smart GM who is building a team that should be in perennial contention in the not too distance future. Yes, there's a sense that this future is not only always receeding into the future, but the imaginary construct of optimists, apologists and nutswingers. But in this case, the details do matter More specifically, if you look at his four-year tenure, I think his approach has generally been quite reasonable, and for most of those years the team’s struggles were out of his control. Let’s take a look back… 2015: Dipotogate If you remember, coming off the 98-win 2014 season, 2015 was a bit of a disaster. It started with the Angels trading busted free agent Josh Hamilton to the Rangers. What followed was an escalation of tensions between GM Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia, resulting in Dipoto quitting in early July. Despite that, the Angels were in first place into late July, with a season best record of 54-40 on July 22. But they proceeded to go on an 11-26 run and eventually fell to 3rd place, losing a wildcard berth on the final game of the season. On October 4, the last day of the season, Billy Eppler was announced as the new General Manager. A little over a month later he made a big splash and first of three big signature moments, sending Erick Aybar and top prospect Sean Newcomb to the Braves for defensive whiz Andrelton Simmons, who has overall been better than expected, his recent injury notwithstanding. 2016: The Year of the Busted Arm If 2015 was a disaster in one way, 2016 was in another. First of all, the team plummeted a double-digit loss in the win column for the second straight year: from 98 to 85 to 74 wins. This was largely due to almost comically unprecedented injuries to starting pitchers. Tyler Skaggs had Tommy John Surgery in August of 2015 and was out all of 2016; in the first month of the new season, Andrew Heaney went down, eventually needing TJS; staff ace Garrett Richards went down in May and was recommended to have TJS—he opted for plasma injections but ended up getting the surgery two years later; in August Nick Tropeano also had TJS, and finally in September Matt Shoemaker was hit in the head by a line-drive. Furthermore, the decline of Jered Weaver reached the point where he could barely throw 85 mph. Coupled with the fact that the farm system was in shambles—this was the year that Keith Law called the Angels farm the worst he’d ever seen—and the entire organization was in crisis. The year was about trying to keep the ship afloat as the rotation imploded…not much Eppler could do about it. His task was merely to keep the ship from sinking further, or to mix metaphors, stop the bleeding. 2017: Transition, Part 1 Eppler’s 2016-17 offseason was quite modest, bringing in mediocre players like Ricky Nolasco, Jesse Chavez, Luis Valbuena, Martin Maldonado, Cameron Maybin, and Yusmeiro Petit to plug holes in the roster – no major free agents or trades, no real attempt to push the team into contention. Perhaps after a 74-88 season and a questionable but talented starting rotation, Eppler realized that 2017 could be nothing more or less than a transitional, rebuilding year. And so it was, with the Angels finishing 80-82. The core young rotation that was projected as the “rotation of the future”—Richards, Shoemaker, Skaggs, Heaney, Tropeano—started a mere total of 41 games. Even Trout got injured, messing up his thumb on a freak accident, sliding into second base. Albert Pujols’ decline continued as he had one of the thirty worst seasons by fWAR over the last 50 years (#26 out of 7,002 qualifying seasons, 1970-2019). The one bright spot for the year was trading for Justin Upton for virtually nothing, prospect Grayson Long (who has since retired). There were also glimmerings that the farm was starting to improve; the Angels got their best draft pick in years in Jo Adell, thanks to that 74-88 record the previous season. 2018: Back to Conten…I mean, Transition, Part 2 Eppler had his second of three signature moments on December 9, 2017, when he convinced Japanese mega-star, Shohei Ohtani, to sign with the Angels. After the injuries of the previous couple years, it felt like a gift from the gods. Seemingly taking this as a sign that the Angels could be legit contenders in 2018, Eppler bolstered the lineup by trading for Ian Kinsler and signing Zack Cozart, who was coming off a breakthrough year with the bat. With a lineup centered on Trout and Upton, but with a solid complementary cast of Ohtani, Pujols, Simmons, Kinsler, Cozart, Calhoun, and Maldonado, and a rotation of Ohtani, Richards, Skaggs, Heaney, Shoemaker, and Tropeano all healthy or coming back, the Angels were legitimate contenders entering the season. What could possibly go wrong? Well, quite a bit. The lineup was a mixed bag, but yielded disappointing seasons from Pujols, Cozart and Calhoun in particular. The rotation, once again, was in shambles. Shoemaker was never really healthy and started only 7 games. Ohtani started having arm issues and was shelved after his June 6 start. He pitched again in September and then reinjured his arm, requiring Tommy John surgery. Disaster struck in July as Garret Richards went down with “right forearm irritation,” leading to Tommy John Surgery. The pitcher that was meant to inherit the role of Angels ace from Jered Weaver had pitched his last game as an Angel. Andrew Heaney had a solid, healthy year, and Jaime Barria was a bit of a savior, but overall it was another disappointing year, a second 80-82 record in a row. 2019: Towards a Wildca…I mean, Transition, Part 3 OK, take two. 2018 was supposed to be a resurgence to contention, and so it was with this year, or at least the hope was that if things went right, the Angels could nab a wildcard berth. First of all, we all rejoiced when Eppler had his third signature moment, extending Trout to a 12-year contract. For those bemoaning the recent performance of the team, remember this: We have the best player in the game and the history of the franchise, and one of the best ever, for his entire career. There was general optimism entering the season, but it was tempered by both the last few years and the fact that Eppler patched the pitching staff with a series of high-risk, high-reward—but one year—free agents in Matt Harvey, Trevor Cahill, Cody Allen, and Luis Garcia. Couple those pitchers with the lineup improvements---a group of role players and fringers starters in Tommy La Stella, Brian Goodwin, Kevan Smith, Jonathan Lucroy, Justin Bour, and Peter Bourjos--and it was clear that 2019 was to be another year like 2017: patching the ship so it doesn't sink, hoping that maybe if everything goes right the Angels earn a wildcard berth, but without the hopes of legit contention that was felt before 2018. Eppler's moves did yield pleasant surprises in La Stella, Goodwin, and Smith. La Stella was a bonafide star for half the year and Goodwin a solid fill-in while Upton recovered. Trout has continued being Trout, probably en route to his third MVP season. But overall the season has been disappointing. Through August 4th they’re once again a game below .500. But unlike 2016-18, this feels at least partially on Eppler. Despite a couple standout acquisitions, Eppler's moves did nothing to improve the team. Consider that the four pitchers mentioned above plus Bourjos, Bour and Lucroy has yielded a -3.0 WAR…for almost $40 million. Add in Cozart and the mediocre cast from 2017, and there's a reason for some concern about Eppler's judgement in free agency. What to Expect from 2020 Looking at the last four years, the first three of Eppler’s reign were largely out of his control. They were riddled by injury and the organization was recovering from the Dipoto years. 2019 feels like the first year that is Eppler’s, and it hasn’t been pretty. But given that it has really only been one year, he deserves a chance to course-correct. His free agent signings of the last few years have largely been poor to mediocre, but with a few bright spots. But in that time he’s signed no major free agents, no stars. That should change this offseason, as he looks at Gerrit Cole and other top starters. This is a very important offseason for Eppler. He had the three post-Dipoto, injury-plagued years; and he’s had the one, “whoops, that didn’t quite work out” year. Now he has a chance to course-correct and take this team to the next level. He needs to be aggressive in player acquisition – in particular, and perhaps only, starting pitching. In other words, the team is actually pretty good in both the lineup—which should continue to prove as the youth movement continues—and the bullpen, which is the best its been in years, despite struggling to keep up with the failing rotation. But the rotation has just been terrible. This makes things relatively straight-forward this offseason, both in terms of what Eppler needs to do and what we can judge him by. Gerrit Cole is the big prize and my guess is that Arte will open up the purse strings and give him the 6/$180M or so that he’ll require. But even if they don’t get him, there are quite a few other options. The Angels will sign at least two solid starters of #3 caliber or better. Stay tuned. TLDR Version 2016: Not his fault, injuries 2017: Not his fault, injuries, transition 2018: Mostly not his fault, more injuries, transition 2019: Kind of his fault, but signs of improvement to come
  16. 22 points
  17. 22 points

    Tyler Skaggs, R.I.P.

    It's so hard to fathom. I know how hard it is hitting me and my family, and we only met him a few times and had some brief conversations. I can't imagine how those closest to him feel right now. Rest in Peace Tyler
  18. 21 points

    Mike Trout having baby

    I heard the kid wants to be born in Philadelphia.
  19. 20 points
  20. 20 points
    hey....Orioles fan here....and a regular on the Orioles Hangout.... The general consensus is that Bundy is what Bundy is...a backend of the rotation and reliable innings eater. He gives up too many HRs both in Camden and on the road but is fine for what he brings. Of course, Mike Elias/Sig Mejdal are of the Houston rebuild mode....i.e. sell any and all parts, etc. So we fully expect another 100 plus loss season and maybe two, but are generally positive about the rebuild under the new regime (and that the Angelos sons are much more hands off than the old man who is ill and not involved in active franchise issues any longer). We are hopeful to hit a lottery ticket with any of the four coming back, but most believe this is an OK, fair return (unlike the Villar to the Marlins recently which most feel was a true salary dump). Don't be expecting any Arrieta like transformation, though....those days are long gone. Braves fans said the same thing about Gausman...we knew better. Same with Dylan. He is what he is. Dylan is an excellent character guy, very stoic despite having essentially to rebuild his career after surgery and his decline in velocity and many of us were saddened by his injuries because when he was drafted, he was the top pitching prospect in the nation and his first year in the minors with 98 plus fastball and killer slider was really amazing. Anyway....we wish him all the best and that he has a fantastic year with you guys!!
  21. 20 points
    ten ocho recon scout

    Tyler Skaggs, R.I.P.

    I know some here arent fans, so maybe ill look like a weirdo stating this. But it feels "odd" to go through this without Sosh. Say what you want about his lineups, matchups, whatever. But he was the one constant on this team for 20 years. He was an absolute rock with the Adenhart tragedy. Kind of wish he was around today as we go through this.
  22. 20 points
    But what does Bleacher Report say?
  23. 19 points
  24. 19 points
    seriously!! this is what you bring up. what a c***
  25. 19 points
    He talked me down from 10 million, the cheap ass. Hated to part with it, but with just me and mama, it was just too much house.
  26. 19 points
    Well, Mike Trout hasn't seen a real baseball player in regards to Pujols since he signed so at least it's consistent...
  27. 19 points
  28. 18 points

    Empty stadium baseball

    Like a WNBA game
  29. 18 points
    This is what happened: Indian's GM: Hello? Eppler: Good morning, it's Billy Eppler. How are you doing? Indian's GM: I'm doing well Bill how is your family? Eppler: Doing great. Doing great. So listen, I just wanted to check in on Mike Clevinger. I've heard some rumblings that he might be available for a trade? Indian's GM: Well we're certainly willing to listen, sure. Eppler: Great. So what type of deal are you looking for? We've got some great kids on the farm and some young talent at the big league level. Indian's GM: Jo Ade... Eppler: Cool, cool, cool. Listen man it was great talking to you. I hope you had a great holiday. *Click"
  30. 18 points

    Quality Starts

    I know the "quality start" stat is considered to be dubious at best, but it's important to see the overall picture. The Angels, as a team, had just 22 quality starts in 2019. That's 18 fewer than the next closest team, and 24 fewer than the league average. That's just absolutely hilarious. Let's look at the total number of quality starts by the Angels' two pitching acquisitions this winter: Bundy: 10 Teheran: 15 So those two pitchers had MORE quality starts than our entire rotation in 2019. If we assume the same production from our starters and Bundy/Teheran, we're up to 47 quality starts. That's not great, but it's certainly a big step in the right direction. Now if we add Keuchel, who had 12 quality starts last year (in a shortened season, mind you), that brings our total up to 59. That would have been tied for 5th in the AL. And again, this is assuming we have the same awful performance from our rotation, and Ohtani adds 0 QS and Keuchel doesn't add any more QS. Now, is there a correlation between number of Quality Starts and ERA? Well, at least for 2019, yes. Outside of Tampa Bay, the top 4 teams in QS finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th in ERA, respectively. The 5th team, Boston, finished 7th. So what am I saying here? Basically, if we add Keuchel, we have an above average rotation that should be near the top of the league in quality starts, and possibly in the top 5-6 in ERA. Lets do this, turds.
  31. 18 points
    I'm not even a little bummed out for some reason. Glad it's over.
  32. 18 points
  33. 18 points

    That was for Tyler

    You literally cannot write this stuff. This was possibly the most memorable and historic game in franchise history. Just...wow.
  34. 17 points
    Not saying he is perfect, his biggest mistakes were hiring Ausmus and signing Cozart. When you consider though how big of a mess the entire organization was when he took over, I think he has done well building the team up to be winners in the future. Consider that he had the worst farm system, a team full of bloated salaries and no pitching depth. He also had a stubborn manager that had clearly lost pace with modern baseball. Consider that he wasn't drawn into huge bidding wars and overpays for pitchers that allowed the Angels to come into this offseason with a good amount of cash to spend, unfortunately the pitching was still way overpriced but I am happy with the direction of the team and also pleased that he hasn't emptied out the system with reactionary trades. I really hope Eppler gets a couple more years but I am worried that if this season doesn't go well he is gone.
  35. 17 points
  36. 17 points
    His daughter should have told him to swing at her like it was the 2014 playoffs.
  37. 17 points

    better angeles

    Jose Mota found his way to AW.
  38. 17 points
    They aren't right. This is baseball. Not the NBA. Uneducated, smelly, unbathed casual baseball fans who get their news from ESPN and InfoWars will always say this shit. That's why I stay far away from Yahoo sports or ESPN. The fact is, like I said baseball is not the NBA, where one star player changes the entire fate of the team's season. Hell even the NFL is like this with QB's. Sweaty Plebs from the ESPN forums or Twitter won't ever realize that baseball is entirely different. There are 25 players on a roster. One player will ultimately have very little impact. Let us count all the worthless players in MLB history who have won several WS Rings and then imply that they are better than Trout because we have brain issues. You know who never played in a World Series? Ernie Banks. You know who never won a World Series? Griffey and Bonds and Gwynn and Cobb and Ted Williams. What unbelievable pieces of shit those guys are. It's a tired narrative that butthurt fans who don't have Trout on their team hold onto because they can't legitimately criticize him without sounding like Corky took a bunch of pills. Honestly, who cares? People who wear deodorant and actually know shit about baseball are aware it's a dumb, pointless argument. Let the uneducated neckbeards think what they want. Trout is the best. Period.
  39. 17 points
    I don't know about "must signing", but if you are ever going to go big on someone, this is probably the time. The Angels are never going to have a bigger need than they do at the front of the rotation over the next 2 seasons. Signing Cole moves everyone down a spot in the rotation AND takes stress off the bullpen. The WS contention window is from 2020-2023 probably. That's Trout's age 28-31 seasons. Cole fits nicely into that. The Angels have money to spend.
  40. 17 points
    We're definitely buyers at this point. But if we lose tomorrow, we're definitely sellers.
  41. 16 points

    Happy Birthday Tank!

    thank you very much, everyone. this is one of the landmark bdays. i'm now officially old enough to qualify for the senior discount - 60. i realized a long time ago that age is just a number. i don't feel old most of the time, and being around kids every day helps me feel younger. i'm grateful to be here with all of you every day, whether we agree on things or not. thank you for adding to my experience every day.
  42. 16 points
  43. 16 points

    Angels fire Brad Ausmus

  44. 16 points


    Hi, I have been reading this board multiple times daily for years. I really want to express thanks to the many long-time contributors; particlary Doc, Second, TPod, and the many more who offer the routine contributions on the state of the farm; I have no other trusted source. I have chose to write for the first time in many years because I quite simply don't understand the "Cole or nothing" mantra that appears to have become etched in stone. Let me start by saying that I agree that if we were to draw it up, Cole is at the top of the list. The reasons have been discussed ad nauseum. And I agree with most we need a 3/4 innings eater "in addition to Cole." All of that said, I suggest we pump the brakes. I get the whole "local connection," White, Sassi, etc. But lest we need to be reminded he is a Boras Client. If we know anything about Boras, we know he's going to holdout until very late in the process and likely take the largest offer regardless of location. This leave Eppler, who I admire but also understand currently has one year to prove himself, in a very difficult spot. Does he "plan" on acquiring Cole and proceed by adding that 3/4 starter, only to potentially be left out of the other top players available via FA or trade? Or does he make a "best offer" and proceed with a secondary plan unwilling to wait around? As a Laker fan and recently impacted by the KL debacle, I can fully understand why he would move on despite my desire to roll-the-dice and put us in contention in the most obvious way possible. Am I wrong for feeling it's not a "Cole or bust" offseason? Are people truly of the mindset our '20 season rests largely on attaining Cole? Mike
  45. 16 points

    Tyler Skaggs, R.I.P.

  46. 16 points

    Tyler Skaggs, R.I.P.

    It doesn’t really matter whatever happened. Life can be brutal. No judgement from me if it’s drugs or whatever.
  47. 16 points

    F Baseball

    It's just a dumb game. We sit here and moan every time the opposing team hits a homerun, or call players names when they aren't doing well, but the sudden passing of Tyler Skaggs brings everything back to reality: This is a game. For entertainment. It is ultimately meaningless in the overall scheme of things. These are human beings just like you and I. They feel pain. They get sick. They die. This is a gut punching reminder of that fact. I hate baseball right now. I don't even want to think about wins or losses or stats. I don't give a shit about Tyler Skaggs the MLB pitcher. I only care about Tyler Skaggs the person. I can't imagine what his friends and family are feeling right now. But my thoughts are with them. Again, F*ck baseball.
  48. 16 points
    Broad Street

    Tyler Skaggs, R.I.P.

    Hug your loved ones and never forget to tell them how much you love them. Live each day like it’s your last. If you see someone struggling, reach out. Be there for them when they need you most. If you are struggling, please, reach out to someone, even if it is just a stranger on the internet. My inbox is always open. Tyler, this community, baseball, and your family will miss you terribly. Our Angels aren’t supposed to get their wings this young, and our prayers are with your new wife and your family. Say hi to Nick for us.
  49. 16 points

    Tyler Skaggs, R.I.P.

    Haven't posted here in years now but didn't know where else to turn. How crazily sad. Way too young, seemed like way too nice a guy as well. This is absolutely fucked. RIP Tyler.
  50. 16 points
    Theo Huxtable

    Pujols not retiring

    I once created a fake account called "Carrot Anderson." My avatar was a picture of a carrot with Garret Anderson's face photoshopped in. I barely made one post (that wasn't even really a troll post, if I remember correctly) and was banned soon after.

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