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Gameday Thread: Giants @ Angels (6.23.2021) Ohtani on the mound & lineup, no Upton!
Gameday Thread: Giants @ Angels (6.23.2021) Ohtani on the mound & lineup, no Upton!
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Fangraphs - Raisel Iglesias, Lefty (and Righty) Specialist
https://blogs.fangraphs.com/raisel-iglesias-lefty-and-righty-specialist/
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Gameday Thread: Giants @ Angels (6/22/2021): Heaney on the mound, Rendon dropped to 5th
Gameday Thread: Giants @ Angels (6/22/2021): Heaney on the mound, Rendon dropped to 5th
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Old School vs New School
I wanted to start this thread about our opinions of baseball today versus how maybe we viewed it 20-30 years ago.  

I started thinking about how pitchers are used today, where the manager for most pitchers ask the average pitcher to give the team about 5 innings.  Obviously there are stud pitchers out there that give their team close to 7 innings per outing, but that is the outlier and not the expectation.  So if you think back to 20 or 30 years ago pitchers were often getting into and out of trouble in their outings.  You would see a pitcher allow a couple of base runners in the 5th or 6th inning and then get out of the jam or even give up a run or two, get out of it and then come back out the next inning to pitch.  It certainly feels like that doesn't happen anymore.  Sure for a lot of teams you will see a pitcher in the first 3 or so innings give up a couple of runs and they get to continue to pitch.  But almost never does a pitcher give up a couple in the 5th and they are given the 6th to go get outs. 

Maybe some of you disagree with this but it is just how I see the game.  So my question is this, 20 or 30 years ago when a pitcher got into trouble in the 5th or 6th innings were you pissed off that the manager didn't have someone warming up and clamoring to have the pitcher pulled?  I don't remember feeling that way.  I remember expecting the starter to go 7 innings.  Watching a game today it feels like I am EXPECTING a pitching warming up the minute a starter gets into trouble from the 4th inning on. 

I am wondering if that has changed our perceptions of good outings or bad outings.  Has that changed our expectation as a fan of what we expect from managers or pitchers?  Does it make us blame the manager more than we once did?  Does it make us think a starting pitcher is worse than we once did?  I am not saying this just as Angel fans, but throughout baseball.  Curious what people think.  
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Fangraphs Power Rankings (Validation!)
https://blogs.fangraphs.com/fangraphs-power-rankings-june-14-20/

They have the team listed in the "solid contenders" group, although don't comment on them in the blurb. Playoff odds are up to 14.8%.
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Official 2021 Trade Deadline Discussion Thread
We're just over a month out, and all the rumors, predictions, and speculations will start heating up. Figured it was time to start a thread.

Jim Bowden has a good summary up on The Athletic with blurbs on 75 potential players to be traded (no Angels are listed). 

MLB Trade Rumors has a good breakdown of trade candidates as well.

Obviously, right now it's way too early to know if the Halos will be buyers or sellers or both. But glancing through these articles, it's pretty difficult to see any clear-cut targets who would bring massive impact that would come at a tolerable cost. Bowden's top starters include Scherzer, Means, Berrios, Castillo, Marquez, Gray, Gibson...Scherzer, as a rental, doesn't seem to fit. Means, Berrios, Castillo, and Marquez don't need to be moved and will cost a ton. Sonny Gray seems the best bet. Gibson is having a great year, but trading for him doesn't seem to be the type of move the Angels need to gamble on. After that, it drops off into guys basically no better than Cobb, Heaney, Bundy. Names like Lester, Happ, Merrill Kelly. Danny Duffy could be interesting.

The relief market is peppered with names that would be useful of course, but it's a pretty varied bunch as well. Ian Kennedy? Michael Fulmer? Daniel Hudson? Not sure the Angels' farm has the depth to dabble on a fairly middling relief class. 

Might be a pretty dull deadline across baseball this July, short of the likely inevitable trade of Trevor Story.

 
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Los Angeles Angels Potential Bullpen Targets
(Pirates Closer Ricardo Rodriguez)

While the starting pitching has improved of late (4.11 ERA over the past 30 days) and with the prospects of moving Jose Suarez (1.88 ERA, 20 K, 20 IP) into the rotation if needed, in addition to having both Jaime Barria (AAA- 2.88 ERA) & Reid Detmers (AA - 3.34, 60 K's in 34 IP) doing well in the minors, the biggest need by far is relief pitching. 

If you look at the top teams in baseball (Giants, Cubs, Indians, White Sox, Padres, Dodgers, Red Sox, Yankees, Rays, their bullpen ranks near the top in ERA, WHIP and Save Chances. History has also shown us that teams with a solid bullpen not only make postseason play, but go deep into the playoffs and World Series. The Angels best bullpen in the history of their franchise was in 2002 and we all know how that ended.

Unfortunately the Angels bullpen this season ranks toward the bottom in most categories, including 6th worst in the league in ERA (4.83) and 5th worst in WHIP (1.44) so improvements are needed if the Angels want to have any chance at contending this season. 

Here are some teams that are either out of contention already or will be that could be selling their BP arms at or before the deadline.

Pirates: Richard Rodriguez (1.91 ERA, 8 Saves, 0.74 WHIP), Kyle Crick (2.95 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 18 IP, 16 K's).

Colorado: Daniel Bard (4.20 ERA, 9 Saves, 1.57 WHIP), Mychal Givens (2.78 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 22 2/3 IP, 25 K's) 

Baltimore: Tanner Scott (2.96 ERA, 27 IP, 40 K's, 1.46 WHIP), LHP Paul Fry (3.12 ERA, 2 Saves, 26 IP, 37 K's, 1.19 WHIP), Cole Sulser (2.49 ERA, 25 IP, 39 K's, 1.14 WHIP), Hunter Harvey (2.35 ERA, 0.91 WHIP)

Detroit: Michael Fulmer (3.55 ERA, 6 Saves, 1.26 WHIP, 38 IP, 40 K's), Jose Cisnero (3.19 ERA, 31 IP, 39 K's, 1.19 WHIP), LHP Gregory Soto (2.51 ERA, 6 Saves, 28 2/3 IP, 33 K's), Kyle Funkhouser (3.80 ERA, 21 IP, 17 K's)

Miami: Yimi Garcia (2.67 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 11 Saves, 27 IP, 25 K's), Anthony Bender (0.00 ERA, 19 IP, 23 K's, 0.67 WHIP).

Texas: Ian Kennedy (2.59 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 12 Saves, 24 IP, 27 K's).

Arizona: Humberto Castellanos (3.24 ERA, 8 IP, 8 K's, 1.08 WHIP).

The Angels are getting a stud back on offense before the trade deadline in Mike Trout and David Fletcher and Justin Upton have been hitting really well of late. Taylor Ward has done a great job in RF and in the lineup, Stassi who has been a stud both offensively & behind the dish. If Rendon can stay on the field and get consistent at bats we know the type of player he is, so things are looking up for the Angels -- but if they wish to compete in a against the likes of Oakland and the Astros in the AL West or have a chance at the Wild Card, they're going to need to bolster their bullpen before the deadline. 
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Gameday Thread: Tigers @ Angels (6/20/2021): Bundy on the mound, Rengifo in RF & leading off
Gameday Thread: Tigers @ Angels (6/20/2021): Bundy on the mound, Rengifo in RF & leading off
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A Case For Matt Thaiss
Do you guys see a pathway for Matt Thaiss? He's absolutely crushing the ball in AAA. 

Right now he's slashing .304/.413/.616 with a 1.029 OPS. He's also logged 9 HR's and 29 RBI in just 34 games mostly playing 1B (9 games) & the catching position (16). He's played three games at 3B as well. 

Question to the board?

Would you move Walsh back to RF (I thought he did a great job out there and his range and arm played out).

Then move Taylor Ward to CF as he exhibited good range, solid reads and a strong arm at the position. 

Finally, insert Matt Thaiss to 1B. He can also be the third catcher. 

Thoughts?
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Gameday Thread: Tigers @ Angels (6/19/21): Rendon hitting 4th, Sandoval on the mound
Gameday Thread: Tigers @ Angels (6/19/21): Rendon hitting 4th, Sandoval on the mound
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Gameday Thread: Tigers @ Angels (6/18/2021): Rengifo in for Fletcher at 2B, still no Rendon
Gameday Thread: Tigers @ Angels (6/18/2021): Rengifo in for Fletcher at 2B, still no Rendon
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Gameday Thread: Tigers @ Angels (6/17/2021): Ohtani on the mound, batting 2nd; no Rendon
Reminder: today's game is on YouTube only.  You can access it at the following links:

https://www.mlb.com/live-stream-games/youtube or


 

For the Tigers, top pitching prospect Matt Manning is making his debut.  He's been hammered in AAA this season, but he's been on multiple top 100 lists basically since he was drafted in 2016.
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POLL: Are you going to today's full capacity game?
Are you going to today's full capacity game?
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This Bullpen
Best picture to describe it.

(And Ive had this pic on my phone since 2013, and needed a reason to share it. No idea WTF is happening here. But thats the same feeling I get from the pen)
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Gameday Thread: Angels @ A's (6/16/21): Canning on the mound, Gosselin at 3B
12:37pm start-time today. 
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Gameday Thread: Angels @ A's (6/15/2021): Wong at 3B, Iglesias hitting 3rd, Heaney on the mound
Gameday Thread: Angels @ A's (6/15/2021): Wong at 3B, Iglesias hitting 3rd, Heaney on the mound
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Our AngelsWin Twitter is blue checked & verified! Woo
Thanks to @John Taylor for really helping drive this one through with all of the requirements needed and people we needed to talk to for submission. 

@Spirit has been our longtime social media manager and has run our Twitter account for what, 8 years now? Great job through the years, Geoff. 

We now have @Inside Pitch on there as well and I'm always looking to add more. If you're interested in helping market our website on social media, PM me. We can always use the help! 
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Gameday Thread: Angels @ A's 6/14/21: Bundy on the mound
Gameday Thread: Angels @ A's 6/14/21: Bundy on the mound
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AngelsWin Today: Prospect Hotlist: Los Angeles Angels Hottest Prospects (6/14/21)
Much like the Angels’ major league offense awakening as May turned into June, the same can be said for many of the Angels’ farmhands. The last two weeks saw a number of Angels’ position players, new and old, put up big numbers, and several Angels’ pitchers found themselves moving up to new teams following strong spring starts. 

--Position Players--

1) Matt Thaiss – C/DH/1B, Salt Lake City, AAA:

So far, no Angels’ minor league position has done more to definitively place themselves atop one of these lists than what Matt Thaiss has done. Alternating between catcher and DH over the last two weeks – with one appearance at 1B – Thaiss has put his well-balanced offensive profile on display, showing strong contact (14 hits in 10 games), discipline (6 walks to 9 strikeouts), and power (four doubles, two triples, five home runs), good for a .359/.457/.949/1.405 slash, while also driving in runs (13), stealing a base, and throwing out three baserunners – his first in his pro career since converting back to catcher. Despite this, there isn’t a clear path to Anaheim at the moment for Thaiss, and it’s likely in his (and the Angels) best interest that he continues getting reps behind the plate at SLC, as well as regular playing time. Should the Angels find themselves buyer, Thaiss’ versatility, ability behind the plate, offensive profile, and MLB-readiness could make him an attractive deadline option – or an easy promotion should they part ways with Kurt Suzuki at some point.

2021 (SLC, AAA): .327/.435/.655/1.090 with 6 doubles, 3 triples, 8 HR, 24 RBI, 18 BB, 34 K in 30 G/131 PA, 33% CS%
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Gameday Thread: Angels @ DBacks (6/12/2021): No Ohtani, Stassi hitting 3rd
1:10 Pacific start-time today.
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AngelsWin.com Interviews Hall of Famer and Angels Legend Rod Carew
@Tank and I enjoyed a wonderful, hour-long conversation with Angels legend and Hall of Famer Rod Carew yesterday to discuss some of the highlights of his playing career, some thoughts on current Angels and modern-day baseball, and further reflections from some of the most challenging and uplifting moments of his life. 

Mr. Carew's latest book, an autobiography titled 'One Tough Out', (Amazon, Barnes & Noble), is now available for purchase in hard-copy, paperback, and Kindle, and having gone cover-to-cover with in this past week, I personally cannot recommend it enough. While the on-the-field anecdotes and analysis demonstrate what a force Rod was on the field, the story of his life is one of the more inspirational reads out there - required reading for any human, in my opinion, on how to handle grief and find light in the darkest times. 

Rod is also active with the American Heart Association and with his own Heart of 29 Campaign, and has recently joined Twitter - give him a follow!

Thanks to @Chuckster70 and Rod's team (Devon, Shaye, and Sinan) for putting this opportunity together for all to enjoy. 
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Gameday Thread: Royals @ Angels (6/9/2021): Ward in CF, Wong in RF, Canning on the mound
Gameday Thread: Royals @ Angels (6/9/2021): Ward in CF, Wong in RF, Canning on the mound
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Gameday Thread: Royals @ Angels (6/7/2021): Wong starting in RF, Bundy on the mound
Gameday Thread: Royals @ Angels (6/7/2021): Wong starting in RF, Bundy on the mound
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Gameday Thread: Mariners @ Angels (6/6/2021): Sandoval on the mound
Nothing remarkable about the lineup today. Pretty much as expected. 
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Gameday Thread: Mariners @ Angels (6/5/2021): Ohtani DHing, J. Iglesias back & hitting cleanup
Gameday Thread: Mariners @ Angels (6/5/2021): Ohtani DHing, J. Iglesias back & hitting cleanup
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