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  1. Waiting for the Angels to make a move before the deadline while simultaneously waiting for our baby to be born. She's due next week and seems determined to make it to her due date.
    17 points
  2. didn't realize he was about to get injured.
    12 points
  3. My signature positive memory of him is a pregame show feature on a charity event he hosted benefitting some kind of program pairing dogs with kids at Children's Hospital. He seemed/seems like a good man. But that's not what you want to have as your best memory of a ballplayer, especially when he was traded for one of your three favorite Angels ever. More than any single player, Heaney represented the last six years of Angels baseball: Each spring we would convince ourselves that maybe THIS would be the year that he turned it around, and each summer we would be disappointed anew. I am glad this era is over.
    11 points
  4. Not sure if this is a thing, but I thought it might create dialogue. I don't want to dwell on the past, and I'm not opposed to him being fired, but I do think many of the positive revelations of 2021 are largely thanks to his good work. And now Minasian has a lot to work with. But let's examine what Billy Eppler did for the Angels. - Many fans were upset that the time, but Eppler bought super low on Max Stassi and now he's one of the best catchers in baseball. A good defender and a good hitter, and he's young-ish and inexpensive with team control. GREAT ACQUISITION. - He acquired Patrick Sandoval for a couple months of Martin Maldonado and right now, Sandoval looks like the real deal. Tall, athletic, strong lefty from So-Cal that regularly sits 95. Sounds like a young Cole Hamels, doesn't it? - Under his reign as GM we saw significant developmental leaps with guys like David Fletcher, and Jared Walsh. - While he made some poor coaching choices that set the Angels back (I feel), we should at least acknowledge that Suarez, Barria and Canning all came from his farm system. And that in essence had "fixed" the pitching shortage. - Speaking of farm system, Eppler inherited one that was dead last by a fair margin, and built it up. Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh, Jordyn Adams, Arol Vera, Alexander Ramirez, Edgar Quero, Alejandro Hidalgo, Jeremiah Jackson, Werner Blakely, Jack Kochanowicz, David Daniel, etc.... - He extended Trout for a lifetime contract. With the exception of 2002, nothing will change the shape of a franchise more than keeping possibly the greatest player of all time, in your uniform his entire career. - Last but not least, Shohei Ohtani. He's an Angel for many reasons, but among them has to be the approach Billy Eppler took in recruiting him. Yes, Billy Eppler had his shortcomings, and the Angels didn't win under him, but because the bar has been set so low, I think we can safely say that Eppler is probably the second best GM in franchise history, after Bill Stoneman. But when you're replacing Tony Reagins and Jerry Dipoto, you really have nowhere to go but up. I hope Eppler is hired by another organization eventually, he deserves it. Let's hope Minasian can build off of this foundation too.
    11 points
  5. Angels literally getting junk for Heaney. As expected
    10 points
  6. I'm not convinced about moving from our OF depth right now. I think we're gonna need to see some stuff shake out first. Upton is declining and while he's held his own next year he seems a candidate for the DL at least a couple times a year. Trout can't stay healthy. Marsh is cutting his teeth Adell is hitting 900ft hrs in AAA but he's gonna need a transition period in mlb. probably even longer than Marsh. And then what? While those guys get acclimated do we go with the Adam Eatons or Scott Scheblers of the world or worse yet, do we watch Maddon park guys like Gosselin, Rojas and Rengifo out there. Maybe Ward ends up an avg fill in for awhile but I see him as more of a platoon guy really. Because after Adell and Marsh what do we got that's coming any time soon? Adams has come on of late but frankly, still pretty much struggling in high A because he can't make contact. I know the world has changed, but it used to be that one of the best predictors of future success for a prospect is batting average. Not saying he won't figure it out soon but we're not seeing him any time soon. I actually think we need every bit of Marsh and Adell right now for the next three years as much as or even more than we're gonna need pitching.
    8 points
  7. He would never say that publicly if that were the case. I did ask him why he didn’t trade those guys and he just basically said they don’t want to give up on the season. I assume they would have given up if anyone had offered something they couldn’t refuse though. it seems like they got overpays on both Watson and Heaney so maybe he wanted an overpay for any deal.
    8 points
  8. I don't hate what he did. I hate what he didn't do.
    8 points
  9. This is such a typical Angels thing to happen Meanwhile Cishek could probably throw himself in front of a nuclear bomb and still return in time to let 3 inherited runners score later that night
    8 points
  10. Remember that old headline "Yanks pound Angels Colon"? Im hoping to see one like "Angels Junk impressive" or "Angels Junk comes up big"
    8 points
  11. I love when the jokes write themselves
    8 points
  12. Jay

    Trade Predictions

    "food considerations"
    8 points
  13. Angel fans' reaction to the deadline so far....
    8 points
  14. Maybe this is just cover to make it look like the Angels "gave it a shot."
    8 points
  15. Or maybe they wanted to bring someone up to play cards with Wantz so he has something to do in the next 11 days.
    8 points
  16. For those hesitant to trade Raisel, consider this: He is, by far, their best trade chip. He's exactly the type of player that contending teams want right now; Cobb and Heaney have value, but not nearly as much as Raisel. If they don't trade him, they're doing for a 7.8% chance of reaching the postseason (per FG, which may be optimistic) and on the pipe-dream that they can extend him before he reaches free agency (or the even pipier dream of "a discount to say"), which probably has a 1% chance of happening. On the other hand, trading him brings in a prospect who could be top 50 in all of baseball, or possibly two top 100 guys. It would reduce their chances at the postseason by what, maybe 2%? And they still have a chance of re-signing him after the season is over.
    8 points
  17. one of the wild card spots is already done. Tampa or Boston is gonna take that without a problem. We're over 10 games back of those two. We have no shot to win the division. we'd have to pass 5 teams to get to the second wild card. One of which is in our division who we're 3-9 against in OAK. We're 5-8 vs. seattle. And we're 3-6 vs. Houston. That's a We're 25-41 vs. teams over .500. We play 44 of our last 64 games vs. teams over .500. Let's go at this a different way. They're gonna need 90 wins to get the second wild card. Which means they have to go 41-23 for the rest of the season just to have a shot. Which is a .640 winning pct. And that still guarantees them nothing. Oakland or one of the other 5 teams ahead of them could go on a run and end up with 93-94 wins. The math just isn't there. They need to sell off their expiring part and only consider if said player can make a difference for the next few years. Anything close to buying a rental would be utterly stupid.
    8 points
  18. nate

    Rich Waltz

    Angels found their guy, he is excellent. Doesn't do the fake excitement crap that Vasgersian and Sutton did. Excellent TV voice and strong knowledge. Also gets along well with Gubi.
    8 points
  19. Eppler’s philosophy was simple… There are only few pitchers every year who are worth the risk of a big money multi year deal. You try to get those, and if you can’t, you don’t dip into the more dangerous middle tier, so you skip to the low-risk one-year guys. If they work, great. If they don’t, you get the money back to try again the next year.
    8 points
  20. ScottSted

    Extend Raisel

    Alright, Now that we didn't deal him, let's lock this guy up. He blows a save here and there but he's elite and his arm is something you can build a bullpen around. He should be productive enough to justify a 3 year deal through his age 34 season.
    7 points
  21. 7 points
  22. F. He may have done a nice job with the Heaney and Watson trades, but ultimately they don't move the needle. He had a chance to get a potential impact prospect for less than half a season of Iglesias and didn't do it. Instead they'll still miss the playoffs, but likely win a few more games than they would without Iglesias thereby lowering their draft position as well. Angels have perfected the art of mediocrity.
    7 points
  23. 7 points
  24. Hard to say really because I have no idea if keeping Iglesias and Cobb was his decision or Arte’s. C if it was his, he did well in the moves he did make but keeping them was a mistake. B otherwise, nothing sexy but he got decent value
    7 points
  25. Seeing the words "Roger Lodge" on my screen makes me want to throw up.
    7 points
  26. It has been the most common topic of the last month or so, but with five games left before the deadline, I thought I'd offer three scenarios, and cases for each. But first, let's look at where the Angels stand, as of this writing. Where the Angels Stand (as of 7/27) The Angels are 50-49, in 4th place, 10 GB the 1st place Astros, and 5 GB the 2nd wildcard. They have five teams ahead of them for the 2nd wildcard: the Athletics (+5), Mariners (+4), Yankees (+1.5), Blue Jays (+0.5), and Indians (tied, but with a higher elimination number, due to having played two fewer games; they're 49-48). They have five games before the deadline (or four before, one on the day of): two more against the Rockies, and three against the Athletics - all at home. Option 1: Stand Pat (with only relatively minor moves; aka keep Raisel and Cobb) The basic argument for standing pat is this: Not only are the Angels not out of it, they have their two biggest position player stars coming back at some point within the next few weeks; and further, their two best trading chips, Raisel Iglesias and Alex Cobb, could be intrinsic parts of next year's team. Trading them away now doesn't exclude the possibility of re-signing them, but that very rarely happens, especially when the player is traded to a contender and does well for them. As I've been saying for awhile now, the Angels have the core of a very good team: the offense--when healthy--is stacked. A nice group of young starters is emerging, and the farm is gradually improving. Really all that is needed is a re-vamped bullpen--which Raisel could be an essential part of--and maybe a veteran quality starter, which they have in Cobb. So standing pat basically means two things: they think they have a chance to win this year, and they want to keep Cobb and Raisel. It could mean making a minor deal or two, probably to bolster the bullpen. One option would be trading Andrew Heaney for a quality reliever, and then replacing Heaney with Reid Detmers or Chris Rodriguez. Option 2: Win Now! This is an extrapolation from the above, but with more emphasis on winning this year. In this scenario, the Angels really go for it: maybe they go after Max Scherzer or put together an Adell-centered package for German Marquez or Luis Castillo. They'd also need to augment the bullpen. The basic difference from the above is that it trades away quality prospects for players that may not be with the Angels beyond this year. The logic behind this is that the Angels, despite losing their two best players for most of the year, are still on the fringe of contention. Players have stepped up--not only Ohtani's MVP performance, but also strong performances from guys like Cobb, Sandoval, Fletcher, Walsh, and Stassi, not to mention the "little guys" like Mayfield and Gosselin. Meaning, you don't tell these guys, "Sorry, but we're going to throw in the towel and look to tomorrow." Instead you say, "We believe in you! Now let's have a magical last two months behind Trout and Rendon and New Players X, Y, and Z!" Option 3: Build for the Future The basic idea here is to cash in as many players whose contracts end this year as you possibly can, with Raisel and Cobb being the two with the most trade value, followed by Heaney, and then a bunch of other guys that could yield fringe prospects. The argument here starts with where the Angels stand (see above): they only really have a chance for the second wildcard, and have five other teams to contend with. The second factor is that the Angels pretty much bend over for good teams, and "bully" crappy teams (to quote someone). This doesn't bode well for their remaining schedule, which includes: 3 games vs the White Sox and Dodgers; 4 vs the Blue Jays, Yankees, and Padres; 6 games vs the Mariners; 7 vs the Athletics; and 10 vs the Astros. That's 41 of 63 games vs teams with better records. But let's be optimistic: let's say they somehow manage to hold their own against these teams, going 21-20. And let's also say they continue to dominate lesser teams, going 15-7. Their final record would be 86-76--which is still probably not good enough for the second wildcard, especially when you consider that three of the four teams ahead of them have better winning percentages (.531). In other words, to have a real chance at the second wildcard, they probably need to win at least 90 games--and probably more--which would require them to go 40-23 the rest of the way, with two-thirds of those games against good teams. If that doesn't convince you, one more factor to consider: the trade value of Raisel Iglesias and Alex Cobb, and, to a lesser extent, Andrew Heaney and even Jose Iglesias and some of the relievers. If you consider what I said above--that the Angels both have a very good core of hitters and starters and very slim chances of earning a postseason berth this year, no matter who they acquire in trade--this is real current value that can add to the team next year and beyond. Raisel and Cobb could bring in a pair of good (50+ FV) prospects, or several 45 FV guys. Other players can be traded for lesser prospects, perhaps future quality relievers. Bonus argument: We don't know when Mike Trout and Anthony Rendon will be back, not to mention Jared Walsh's mystery injury (which Maddon claims "isn't anything serious," but we've heard that before). And furthermore, we don't know how they'll perform when they come back. Accomplishing the monumental task required to reach the postseason--which essentially boils down to dominating a bunch of really good teams over the next two months--requires a healthy Trout and Rendon. The Verdict (My Take) It is probably obvious from the above, but while I'm very tempted to take the first option--Stand Pat with minor moves--I just think that, when all is said and done, they need to sell and re-calibrate for next year. In truth, if they trade Cobb and Heaney, they aren't necessarily throwing in the towel; they're just swapping them out for Detmers and Rodriguez. We shouldn't expect those guys to dominate over the stretch, but they should at least be able to reproduce what Heaney's done this year, and maybe better. Furthermore, they can use the remaining two months to assess young talent for next year: not only Detmers and Rodriguez, but also Brandon Marsh, Jo Adell, Matt Thaiss, Michael Stefanic, and a handful of AA/AAA arms like Oliver Ortega, Kyle Tyler, and maybe a few others. Meaning, option three could be a fun ride, and wouldn't involve the excruciating process of seeing our playoff chances diminish while also having possibly traded away some prospects (if the Angels look the Win Now! option). A hybrid is also possible, whereby the Angels trade prospects but for controllable arms (with German Marquez and Luis Castillo being frequently mentioned names). But these sorts of trades are pretty difficult to pull off.
    7 points
  27. I owe Perry an apology. Getting 5 arms for two expiring contracts was good work. Thank you.
    7 points
  28. It’s basically Watson for 4 years of Watson.
    7 points
  29. I’m at peace because this is just baseball and ultimately, I don’t really give a shit as it has little bearing on my life. I think if you just view it as entertainment then you’ll be able to just change the channel when the show is no longer entertaining.
    7 points
  30. Plus the red light Theres hookers in NYC too. But its not as tourist friendly. In NYC, you get a hooker, and you feel like a scumbag. In Amsterdam, you get a hooker with an accent (fancy!), and after, you go to the Anne Frank house, or maybe go see the tulip fields. So you feel "cultured" instead of "gross". Plus you pay in Euros. So again, as a yank, you feel hoity toity.
    7 points
  31. Using ERA I guess we will get a decent return for Cishek and his 3.83 ERA.
    7 points
  32. Since opening day: 490 IP (20th) 4.77 ERA (22nd), 4.08 FIP (15th), 4.05 SIERA(12th) April 1 to April 110.0 IP (28th), 5.97 ERA (30th), 4.23 FIP (16th), 3.80 SIERA (8th) Since May 1st: 380.2 IP (14th) 4.42 ERA (20th), 4.04 FIP(13th), 4.13 SIERA (13th) May 1 to May 31: 126.2 IP (22nd) 4.50 ERA (21st), 4.44 FIP (21st), 4.34 SIERA (18th) Since June 1st: 238.2 IP (12th) 4.37 ERA (15th), 3.81 FIP (7th), 4.01 SIERA (7th) June 1 to June 30: 142 IP (14th), 5.47 ERA (25th), 4.05 FIP (11th), 3.90 SIERA (6th) Since July 1st: 112 IP (7th) 3.13 ERA (5th), 3.53 FIP (3rd), 4.14 SIERA (10th) That's a pretty steady progression that coincides with the team replacing their struggling starters. Probably the biggest takeaway is how the SPs have been staying in games longer (relative to the league), as the season has dragged on. Also, the apparent impact defense has had on the SPs. Hopefully we see the team do something similar with the RP.. Lets see more of Wantz and the AA boys, less of Guerra and the "proven" vets.
    7 points
  33. So I'm firmly in the win now mode. Without Trout, the Angels have stayed close enough. Hopefully he's back by August 15th and healthy. Hopefully Rendon is back a week earlier and hopefully they call up Thaiss to replace Suzuki or just add to the bench depth and carry three catchers. They also could promote Adell and basically platoon Upton/Adell/Marsh in the corners when Trout comes back. They can go with one less reliever. I don't understand with a 6 man rotation why they need 8 relievers too. Honestly if Bundy and Quintana aren't in the rotation and effective they need to be traded cut or put on the IL. If they can add a reliever or two, this would drastically help. The other 6 have their ups and downs, but only Iglesias has been solid. Wantz and Watson are ok. Cishek and Mayers have disappointed at times but then go through great stretches. Guerra is basically useless. They need 1-2 new guys. And I keep hearing the "beat up on bad teams" lose to good teams thing, and it's true technically, but important to examine a bit deeper than that. Angels are 3-0 against Baltimore. 3-0 against Arizona. 1-0 Against Colorado, 3-1 Against the Tigers, 4-2 Against KC and 5-2 against the Twins. That's 19-5 against the bottom of the league...it's true. Add 5-3 against the Rangers and you get to the 24-8 mark. But they're also 2-1 Against the Yankees, 3-1 Against the White Sox, 2-1 Against the Dodgers, 2-1 Against the Blue Jays and 3-3 Against the Red Sox. That's 12-7 against some good teams with winning records. So that would put them at 36-15 against everyone but the Giants, Cleveland, A's, Rays, Mariners and Astros. Winning records against most of the teams they've played (12 of the 18). They haven't played SD yet which is the only team they play this year that they haven't faced. Against the Giants they're 1-3. Bundy started the first game in SF and did poorly and the offense didn't help, but they dominated the next game behind an excellent start from Heaney. Then at Home they got jumped on early in another Heaney start, and shut down by the Giants pitcher. Then given the opportunity to even the series, they went into extras tied 1-1, and the 12th both teams scored, and the Angels appeared to win the game and then replay overturned it, and the Giants scored 6 runs to win the game in the 13th. So 1-3 against the Giants. No more games against the Giants remain. And in the Cleveland series, they won the first one, and then lost the next two by a run, so the games were all close. 1-2 Against Clevaland. So against 14 of 18 teams they've gone 38-20. Or 1 game under .667 ball. They've been really bad against the other 4 teams. 1-6 against the Rays 3-9 against the A's, 3-6 against Houston, and 5-8 against the Mariners. That's 12-29. That's .293 ball. They don't play the Rays again. But Quintana sucked in game 1. Rowan, Guerra and Mayers all spoiled decent starts in games 2, 3 and 4. Canning pitched ok in Game 5 and Suarez gave up the run to tie, then Cobb had a terrible start and Quintana, Quijada, and Guerra were terrible in relief, giving up 13 runs in their 6th loss before finally winning the 7th game. They've gone 11-23 against the teams in their division with winning records. Of the 23 losses, they've been against both starters and relievers. They got off to a horrible start playing Houston 9 times in their first 39 games and getting outscored 59-24. They lost 2 of 3 to Seattle in that stretch as well, but scored and allowed 14 runs. Since that miserable 4-8 intradivision start they've lost Mike Trout for 60 odd games, and gone 3-9 against Oakland and 4-6 against Seattle. Trout has not faced Oakland this year. Trout in his career against Oakland has a .968 OPS WITH 38 HR. Against the Mariners, he has a 1.068 OPS with 47 HR. 7-15 against the AL West division (minus Texas), without Trout. They've been outscored by the A's 57-36. Of those 57 runs, 31 were allowed by the bullpen, and an additional 9 runs were charged to the starters but were inherited runners allowed to score by our terrible pen. Seattle's numbers aren't as bad. We've actually outscored them 64-63 despite the record. 24 runs have been scored by the Mariners against the Angels pen, 39 against the starters, so it's been pretty even despite the record. They have 23 games remaining against the Astros (10), A's (7) and Mariners (6). If the Angels have any chance of making the postseason, they have to win at least 6, 5 and 4 of these. That would be 15-8 to go 9-10, 8-11, and 9-10. They'd finish with a losing record against these three teams, but a much closer one. It does help that 7 of the 10, 7 of the 7 and 3 of the 6 are at home, 17 of 23. Win 3-1, 2-1, 2-1, 3-1, 2-1, at home and hope to go 3-3 in the two road series and it's a done deal 15-8. Their other 40 games are against the Rockies (2 at home) Rangers (11, 4 at home), Dodgers (3 on road), Toronto (4 at home), Yankees (4, 1 on road, 3 at home), Detroit (3 on road), Cleveland (3 on road), Baltimore (3 on Road), SD (4, 2 at home 2 away), and the White Sox (3 on road). If they can win these next two against the Rockies, go 8-3 against the Rangers (4-0 at home, 4-3 on road), 2-1 against Dodgers, 3-1 against both Blue Jays and Yankees, Then win 6 of the 9 games against Detroit, Cleveland and Baltimore, split with SD and take the White Sox Series in September, they'd end up 28-12 in this group. Add that to the 15-8 and they'd finish at 43-20, And with 93 wins. Even if they don't manage that pace, which would be a heck of a run, they can still get to the post season with say 39-24 or 37-26 if they win against their division and the Yankees, Bue Jays and Indians. Finally, I'd say they need some help to do this, mainly bullpen, but also maybe a starter. It's a long shot, obviously, but not out of the realm of possibility.
    7 points
  34. Fletcher and Ohtani - the best 1-2 punch in baseball. Baseball Reference American League leaderboards for the year to date: Fletch leads the AL in: Singles - 91 Sacrifice hits - 6 AB per SO - 9.4 Shohei leads the AL in: HR's - 35 Extra Base Hits - 61 Slugging % - .684 AB per HR - 9.5 WAR - 6.2 Win Probability Added - 3.8 Power/Speed Combination - 19.0 So if you're the opposing pitcher starting against the Angels, you will first face the man who is simultaneously the most likely to hit you for a single and least likely to strike out, followed by the man most likely to take you for extra bases or hit you out of the park. Fun times!
    7 points
  35. Our bullpen isn't even strong enough with him in our bullpen too
    7 points
  36. There was a Spanish language newspaper article that had an interview with him a while back. Barria said that marriage and fatherhood had changed his outlook on a lot of things, made it easier to take a breath and look at baseball differently. I don't recall how it was he actually said it but the gist of it was that when all he had was baseball, he had a hard time walking away from a bad outing and now that he's a Dad, he's not feeling like he's defined by baseball anymore. Dude is expecting baby number 2. Like Suarez he seems a lot more relaxed than in the past. I think Angels fans always forget Barria is in his age 24 season, Suarez age 23. They got thrown to the wolves.
    7 points
  37. 6 points
  38. Did you guys know that Gallo, Harper, and Kris Bryant grew up together in Vegas? Little known fact that doesn’t get talked about nationally
    6 points
  39. WicketMaiden

    Chicago

    Fewer. Do the English.
    6 points
  40. ^^^^ This is why the Angels pitching hasn’t been good.
    6 points
  41. I’m actually pretty surprised we’re .500 with this pen and very little from Trout and Rendon.
    6 points


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