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GameDay Thread: Angels @ Twins (9/25/22 11am Pacific): Suarez on the mound, Thaiss at 1B
GameDay Thread: Angels @ Twins (9/25/22 11am Pacific): Suarez on the mound, Thaiss at 1B
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Angels Breakout Player of 2022
Coming into the season all the talk was on Marsh and Adell.  But it was Rengifo who developed into a huge asset.   Capable of fielding 3 infield positions at a major league level, it was his production at the plate becoming the most pleasent surprise.   Looking forward to watching this man over the next years.
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Gameday Thread: Tennessee Smokies vs. Rocket City Trash Pandas (Southern League Playoffs - Deciding Game 3)
There's no excuse not to watch and follow along unless you have plans tonight guys and gals. The game is free on MILB.tv.

Details:

 
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Gameday Thread: Tennessee Smokies vs. Rocket City Trash Pandas (Southern League Playoffs - Game II) Chase Silseth on the Mound
The game is FREE on MILB.tv tonight. 


Here's the link: https://www.milb.com/live-stream-games/2022/09/22/aa/all/all
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Fixing the Los Angeles Angels 2023 Bullpen
Even though the offense was fairly putrid this year, I feel like I can see a path to improvement for 2023.  It's gonna take some work for sure, but for whatever reason, I feel like it will get addressed appropriately.  

The bullpen on the other hand...

Not only has it been a hot mess for two years in a row, I am having a hard time visualizing how much it improves from this year to next.  I know we've got a few guys in the minors that will be here soon, but are they really ready to contribute at a high level from the start of next season?  

Tepera isn't very good.  Nor is Loup.  Hoping that both just suffered from typical reliever volatility and will be better next year.  Because we know they're going to be given a shot to redeem and they are unlikely to be traded considering their performances and salaries.  

Quijada is solid.  But this was a break out year and he's not exactly a guy I'm super comfortable with handing closer duties to for next year.  

Herget will likely be here again but it would surprise me if he produces at the level he did this year.  

Wantz?  maybe as a mop up guy at best

Warren?  I thought he would progress to a solid 6th/7th type but his short stint this year was ugly and his peripherals in AAA aren't good.  

Ortega?  Another guy I'm not sure I trust.  

Barria is fine as a swing guy or multi inning guy if someone leaves early for whatever reason but again.  not a guy I would consider for the late innings.  

That's maybe 4 or 5 kind of ok arms with a lot of questions otherwise and even the ok guys could turn into questions pretty quick.  

I seriously doubt that we spend on relievers again.  That was a disaster.  

So do we cross our fingers on guys currently in AA or pickups from the scrap heap or guys recovering from injury?  

I think this is going to be Minasian's toughest task this winter.  Piecing together a capable bullpen because that's about the best I see it being next year is capable.  

 
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Gameday Thread: Mariners @ Angels (9/19/22 1pm): Suarez on the mound, no Trout
Gameday Thread: Mariners @ Angels (9/19/22 1pm): Suarez on the mound, no Trout
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Gameday Thread: Mariners @ Angels (9/16/22): Lorenzen on the mound, Stefanic at 2B
Gameday Thread: Mariners @ Angels (9/16/22): Lorenzen on the mound, Stefanic at 2B
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MLBTradeRumors: The Angels' Promising Young Lefties
Not "news" to anyone here, really, but a nice, detailed write-up about Sandoval, Detmers, and Suarez. 

https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2022/09/angels-pitchers-breakouts-reid-detmers-patrick-sandoval.html

 
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AngelsWin.com Weekly NFL Pick-em contest (Week 2)
Thur Sept 15

LA Chargers @ Kansas City

Sun Sept 18

Cincinnati @ Dallas

Miami @ Baltimore

NY Jets @ Cleveland

Houston @ Denver

Washington @ Detroit

Chicago @ Green Bay

Indianapolis @ Jacksonville

Atlanta @ LA Rams

Arizona @ Las Vegas

New England @ Pittsburgh

Carolina @ NY Giants

Seattle @ San Francisco

New Orleans @ Tampa Bay

Monday Sept 19

Tennessee +9.5 @ Buffalo -9.5

Minnesota +1.5 @ Phidelphia -1.5

Two bonus games this week

Here are the week 1 results:

 
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Gameday Thread: Angels @ Guardians (9/14/22 10am Pacific): Sandoval on the mound, Fletcher at SS
Gameday Thread: Angels @ Guardians (9/14/22 10am Pacific): Sandoval on the mound, Fletcher at SS
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Gameday Thread: Angels @ Guardians (9/12/22 3pm Pacific): Detmers on the mound, still no Fletcher
Gameday Thread: Angels @ Guardians (9/12/22 3pm Pacific): Detmers on the mound, still no Fletcher
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Gameday Thread: Angels @ Astros (9/9/22): Lorenzen and Moniak make their returns
Gameday Thread: Angels @ Astros (9/9/22): Lorenzen and Moniak make their returns
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New MLB Rules for 2023
OFFICIAL: MLB adopts rule changes beginning next season. The pitch clock has been instituted (:15 with bases empty). Defensive shifts are banned. Bases are larger. 

Significant and substantive changes, with the objective of returning the game's natural rhythm. 

Thoughts? 

 
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Gameday Thread: Tigers @ Angels (9/7/22 1pm start): Sandoval on the mound, Thaiss at C
Gameday Thread: Tigers @ Angels (9/7/22 1pm start): Sandoval on the mound, Thaiss at C
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[Athletic] Joe Maddon Sounds off on Analytics
https://theathletic.com/3568605/2022/09/06/joe-maddon-analytics-baseball/

While at first glance he sounds a bit bitter and "don't tell me what to do," reading his overall point, I kind of agree with him. There is a balance between "people stuff" and math. Spin rate is useful information, but a pitcher should also be paying attention to the feel of the ball (yes, as it comes out of the hand).

Don't let the nerds win.
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Gameday Thread (9/3/22) Astros @ Angels - Aguilar in LF
Gameday Thread (9/3/22) Astros @ Angels - Aguilar in LF
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Jo Adell’s Future
What do you think Jo Adell’s future is with the Angels come 2023?
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Gameday Thread: Astros @ Angels (9/2/22): Detmers on the mound, Thaiss at C, Aguilar in LF
Gameday Thread: Astros @ Angels (9/2/22): Detmers on the mound, Thaiss at C, Aguilar in LF
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AngelsWin Today: The Lineup: Offseason plans and 2023 Outlook
By Jonathan Northrop, AngelsWin.com Senior Writer

2022: A Tale of Limp Bats

Strangely enough, the lineup ended up being the biggest problem area for the Angels this year, as they're currently 24th in the majors in wRC+ (91) and 25th in runs scored (493). Compare this to them being 12th in ERA (3.83) and 11th in pitcher WAR (13.2). It's a bit harder to quantify their defense, but they're 17th in Def Runs with -3.1, so basically close to average.

So Perry Minasian goes into the offseason realizing that while he probably needs to bolster the pitching staff with at least one bonafide starter, his main task will be getting the team to score more runs. 

The problem this year has been multi-faceted, and all mostly injury related. Losing Rendon was a huge blow and correlated with the beginning of their losing streak; Trout has been both streaky and missed a lot of time - assuming health from here on out, by season's end he'll have missed about 45 games. Former top prospects Brandon Marsh and Jo Adell have both continued to disappoint, and Marsh was shipped off to Philadelphia. After a torrid start and an injury, Taylor Ward has been terrible. Max Stassi and Jared Walsh both bottomed out, and David Fletcher continued last year's atrocious hitting and then missed a lot of time.

But a couple questions have seemingly been answered in the affirmative: David Fletcher is back, healthy, and hitting like 2018-19, meaning adequate enough to be a starting infielder and not a hole in the lineup, and an overall valuable player. Luis Rengifo has finally put it together; From June 18 on, he's hit .294/.316/.484 with a 125 wRC+ in 256 PA. Meaning, with Fletcher and Rengifo, they Angels have two major parts of their middle infield locked in for next year.
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Gameday Thread (8/27/22) Angels @ Blue Jays - Ohtani vs Manoah
Gameday Thread (8/27/22) Angels @ Blue Jays - Ohtani vs Manoah
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AngelsWin Today: All You Need To Know about the Los Angeles Angels Arizona Complex & Dominican Summer League Prospects
By Taylor Blake Ward, AngelsWin.com

When taking a look at performances from the Dominican Summer League and Arizona Complex League, there is an obvious caveat about the variance in play. Pending the league, the ages can vary from 16-years-old to 21-year-olds in the Dominican and 18-years-olds fresh out of high school or out of country to 24-years-olds who have spent the last four or five years at some of the premier college programs in the nation. Most kids haven't grown into their bodies so power could be at a minimum. Some pitchers throw in the high 90's with explosive breaking pitches, while others hardly top the mid 80's with hardly any sign of a secondary offering. Hardly any pitcher has a strong feel for the strike zone, so on-base percentages are highly inflated due to the high number of walks. Performance numbers can be fun, but only when taken with a serious grain of salt.

Quickly hitting on some performance indicators, we already talked about the inflation of walks and high on-base percentages. Offensively, you should be looking at contact rate and low strikeout-percentages for future indicators of offensive success from a solely performance-based merit. For pitchers, you're looking at strike-throwing ability (i.e., BB%, BB/9) as even with low walk numbers will come the raw package of hindered command. Control is a fine thing to see on paper and is usually something you will see prior to command in and out of the zone once coming stateside.
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Los Angeles Angels Starting Pitching Next Year
Hopefully, this becomes the most straightforward part of the off season.  

Depth is there.  I think it's reasonable to assume that Detmers makes a bit of progress and Sandoval and Suarez probably hold steady.  Obviously contingent on Ohtani being Ohtani.  

By the numbers, Shohei will end up with about 6 starts less than those going every 5th.  That probably about 1 WAR as a starter.  If he were to miss about 15 games because of that in order to get some rest, that's about .35 WAR.  Just something to think about.  

I was leaning toward a trade for a front line guy, but now I wouldn't mind seeing them bring back Noah.  I think we could get him on a reasonable 3-4 year deal.  

But for the first time in a long time, I feel pretty confident that our SP doesn't need much.  
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Tax ramifications for a new owner
Something important for consideration.  Whoever buys the team gets to depreciate the Trout, Rendon and potential Ohtani contracts.  
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AngelsWin Today: Los Angeles Angels Top Relief Prospect Ben Joyce talks with AngelsWin.com
Photo by: Cristina Byrne-Sternberg/Rocket City Trash Pandas

By Chuck Richter, AngelsWin.com

105.5. That’s a number. But it’s not just any number. That’s the speed of a fastball thrown by Ben Joyce—the fastest pitch ever thrown in college baseball and the third fastest pitch ever sitting just behind two pitches thrown by Aroldis Chapman. Joyce didn’t just do it once—he consistently threw above 103.5 mph, or faster than every pitch thrown in the Major Leagues last year.

Joyce recently hit 102 MPH in what was a key 9th inning to hold score before the Rocket City Trash Pandas came back in the bottom of the inning on a walk-off Preston Palmeiro.

Drafted by the Angels in the 3rd round this year, 89th overall, Ben Joyce is a tall (6’ 5”) right hander with a solid build (225 lbs) who has become part of the exciting AA Rocket City Trash Pandas. For Ben, coming from the University of Tennessee which was ranked #1 going into the College World Series, joining the Trash Pandas on their playoff run is an exciting cap to a great year. The thrill of going from one winning program to another inspires his confidence and motivates him to do better.

Chuck Richter, our Founder and Executive Director, recently caught up with Ben Joyce to find out more about what it was like to be drafted by the Angels, his style of play, what he’s working on, and about him as a person. It’s a great interview with one of the Angels rising prospects—one that we hope will be in Anaheim for many years and pitching meaningful innings for the team.

Speaking of his style of play, here's a snapshot of the type of fire (105.5 MPH) he brings from his fastball velocity, and the fiery passion he brings to the mound. 

Click below to watch our interview with Angels pitcher Ben Joyce.


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I know it sounds kind of crazy since Trout is on the team and Adell has been nothing short of a disaster defensively, but hear me out:

1. We know the Angels were considering moving Trout from CF and to a corner this season, as Joe Maddon let the cat out of the bag at the beginning of Spring Training.

2. Adell is fast, athletic, and came up as a CF. Is it possible that a lot of his struggles defensively are due to him adapting to the angles and routes in LF/RF as opposed to CF?

3. Moving Adell to CF would put less pressure on his bat while easing Trout’s workload defensively.

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