Capital_Dave

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  1. First day off for our Pretend Angels in two weeks, but they move into sole possession of third place in the division due to a Rangers loss. So... yay. I learned yesterday of a second slow-played, real-time simulation of this season, which is being staged by Out of the Park 2021 in conjunction with BaseballReference.com. I learned about this because Baseball Reference is reporting the results of this simulation on their real-world stat pages, which just seems all sorts of wrong. Let's check in on the standings in that parallel-parallel-universe simulation. And if after reviewing this you ask, "Well Capital _Dave why aren't you doing daily updates of this far happier alternate universe where the Angels have a winning record?" I would say, "A.) That's a very good question... I regret many of my life decisions. and B.) @Jeff Fletcher isn't managing the Baseball Reference pretend team so does it really matter so much?"
  2. As predicted by @Slegnaac and as hinted at by @Jeff Fletcher, the Angels forego the DH, and Shohei Ohtani starts and bats cleanup, likely making American League history in the process! He did go 0-for-3 but the pitching line was nothing short of spectacular. 7IP, 0ER, 8Ks, giving up just two hits. Ohtani left the game with the score tied 0-0, but a 7th inning, 2RBI double by Matt Thaiss would provide the offense needed to seal the win for Ohtani. Robles pitches a perfect ninth to earn the save.
  3. DRIVE HOME SAFELY! Jo Adell strokes a game-winning single to left, his first-ever walk-off base hit, scoring Albert Pujols from 2nd, as the Angels beat the AL-Central leading Indians 3-2. The Angels were down 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth after another great start by Matt Andriese (surprisingly effective so far this season) who lowers his seasonal ERA to 3.48. Doubles by Rendon and Pujols set up Adell for the game winner. The Angels move into a tie for third place in the division, which... I guess counts for progress?
  4. Angels start their homestand with a tough hard-fought loss to the Tribe, by a score of 5-4. Mike Clevinger strikes out 11 over six innings of work to earn the win. Shohei Ohtani responds to recent criticism on AngelsWin by hitting his sixth homer of the season and very nearly walking the game off with his second homer; with the tying run on base, Ohtani's blast to deep right chased Jordan Luplow back to the warning track, but ultimately, the ball dropped into Luplow's mitt and the game was over.
  5. Angels complete the sweep over the Wild Card-leading A's. A solo shot by Brian Goodwin in the top of the 10th proves the difference. The closer controversy that seemed to be brewing a week ago is certainly cooling now, as Robles comes out of the bullpen for the third game in a row and throws an immaculate inning (1 inning, 3 K's, 9 pitches) to dominate the A's and earn the save.
  6. Griffin Canning is back. Um, allow me to rephrase. GRIFFIN CANNING IS BACK. Canning comes off the IL in a big way, throwing 6 one-hit shutout innings in his season debut en route to a 2-0 Angels victory. Robles pitches a perfect ninth inning to earn the save. Angels clinch a series win against the AL Wild Card leaders and look to complete the sweep tomorrow afternoon.
  7. Trout gets his 15th home run of the year, now batting .340, and Ty Buttrey works to turn things around for his season, going two strong innings to earn the win, as the Angels top the A's, 7-2. A's starter Frankie Montas needs to go back on the PEDs. He doesn't make it to the end of the third inning, giving up 7 earned runs.
  8. Angels drop their third straight in KC by a score of 4-2 and lose the series, three games to one. Jorge Soler continues his assault on pitchers, blasting his 21st homer and his 57th RBI. (He leads the major leagues in both categories.) Matt Andriese takes the loss, though two of the runs he gave up came on a costly Justin Upton error. Don't look now, but Matt Thaiss and Jo Adell are playing pretty well lately. They've both seen their batting averages perk up above the Mendoza Line. (This is what we're counting as progress these days.) Angels head to Oakland next to visit Tarpy and the Athletics, who lead the Wild Card standings.
  9. Shohei Ohtani continues to struggle on the mound to start the season. Today, it's Jorge Soler who proved his undoing, as Soler homered in his first two at bats, accounting for all 5 Royals runs. KC wins 5-4.
  10. Not a lot going on for the Angels in this one. The Royals lose their first two pitchers of the game to multi-week injury within the first three innings, but the KC bullpen steps up and the Angels sputter to a 5-3 loss. Hunter Dozier with a big day at the plate for the Royals, going 3-for-4 with a triple and a homer. The worst-performing pitcher for the Royals (Greg Holland, 1IP, 3H, 1BB, 2ER) gets the win because wins are dumb.
  11. The Angels started their road trip very successfully in Kansas City. Julio Teheran had a terrific start, giving up just 2 ER in 7 innings. Andrelton Simmons led the offense, going 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored, and the Angels walloped the Royals, 11-5. The Angels now have three regulars (Trout, Rendon, Simmons) hitting above .310 on the season.
  12. DRIVE HOME SAFELY. Heaney goes down with injury in the second inning (pretty realistic) but will only be out for 15 games (not at all realistic). Cam Bedrosian comes in with a tie score in the ninth (!) and holds the line. The Angels then load the bases in the bottom of the ninth when Andrelton Simmons hits a walk-off single to score Mike Trout from third. Angels win the game and the series, 2-1. Gold stars for the Angels relievers who combine for 7.1 innings of shutout, four-hit ball. Shohei Ohtani gets his fifth homer of the year to account for the other run.
  13. Might be a bit of a closer controversy brewing in Anaheim, eh @Jeff Fletcher? Hansel Robles has yet another shaky outing, as he comes in in the top of the ninth to hold a 4-4 tie but a walk to Robbie Grossman , a balk to move Grossman to second, and an RBI double for Matt Chapman give the A's the go-ahead run. Robles' ERA is up to 4.70. The A's go on to win 5-4. Trout gets a rare day off (though he does come in to pinch hit for Jason Castro late, delivering a single).