Good morning and happy Friday! I started an early morning to get nine quick games with my son, and I’d say I’m having a much better morning than the Los Angeles Angels, who once again found a new way to painfully lose a baseball game last night.
Angels gonna angel
Angels have found some pretty hilarious ways to lose it this season, but this method takes the cake. The Halos had a distinction – today’s top seven home runs, all home singles runs, and two of them knocked out Shohei Ohtani’s racket. They lost 8-7 to the Oakland A-team, the worst team in baseball.
Otani, who has 24 home points and a .860 OPS this season, had two home runs under his belt and came into the lead in ninth with a chance for a third and a chance to tie the game, but he wasn’t. Be as my wings flew to finish the game.
The Angels became the sixth team in MLB history to score seven home runs and lose a game. The Toronto Blue Jays did it in 2020. And The White Sox did it in 2016. No one’s heard of it, it’s definitely rare, and it’s definitely a great way to lose the Angels.
Shohei Ohtani has a 2.83 ERA and 99 strikes to match his monster numbers in the plate, and Angels 5-0 in games he’s started on the hill since June 2. They are 12-38 since June 2 in games that no one else has started. They are now 44-61 on the season after starting the 22-14 season before moving 3-10 to close out May.
Mike Trout has 24 home runs and 974 OPS, and both Trout and Ohtani were voted for the AL All-Star Team last month. However, everything outside of Trout and Ohtani has gone as wrong as possible for the Angels this season.
What a tragedy. Angels beat writer Sam Bloom has more about the craziness in Anaheim this season:
More About Shohei Business Talks
John Heyman wrote a story about Shohei Ohtani and the “business talks” surrounding the star that took place before the deadline. Well, they kind of happened. The teams called nearly a dozen, according to Heyman. The Yankees were one. We know the White Sox was another. Call Badris, according to Heyman. Cubs boss Jed Hoyer says he called. However, Angels owner Art Moreno did not want to hear the offers.
Moreno was not interested in the idea of trading his bi-directional star; That’s on track for his second MVP award in a row (although Aaron Judge will save him some stiff competition). With Trout and Rendon sidelined, Ohtani’s trading was never a real possibility. But it must happen in the future unless Moreno wants to see Ohtani walk and the angels receive nothing in return.
A rebuild or reset is needed at Anaheim, and Ohtani will want to go somewhere to win and somewhere where he will get a big raise. Hyman quotes a rival executive as saying, “Within fourteen months, he’s out the door, and as soon as he’s out the door, he’ll never come back.”
Well, that’s pretty awful. We might see Otani’s Field of Angels performances. Most likely next summer, though. Either way, it looks like Ohtani’s experience in Anaheim is about to come to an end.
The Mets win the opening series against Atlanta
The Mets and Braves opened a big four-game streak Thursday night, with New York entering three-and-a-half games over Atlanta play yesterday. An RBI single from Pete Alonso at the start, Tyler Naquin performed in the second half and a second home compound by Alonso, and another single shot by Daniel Vogelbach in the third gave the Mets an early 5-0 lead into the Citi field.
The Braves were running away, scoring three in the fourth and one in the sixth, but the Mets added a fine second home goal for Tyler Nacken in the evening, then Buck Showalter turned to Edwin Diaz to save six runs in the eighth inning. Diaz delivery.
The Mets’ win pushed their lead over the Braves to four and a half games, with four more games between the NL East on the roster this weekend and another seven over the final two months of the season. The NL East race isn’t over yet, but the Mets took a big win and a breathing room last night with their series opening win.
Odds and ends
- Verlander 15-3,1.73 ERA. Justin Verlander continued his amazing season on Thursday by throwing six innings without goals against the Guardian, Verlander reached the 130 innings mark, leading to a $25 million player selection for 2023. Verlander is 15-3 with 1.73 ERA of the season, and has joined some. Elite firm in this regard while stuffing his case for the AL Cy Young Award. If Verlander wins the award, it will be his fifth in his career, and Randy Johnson will tie for second all-time.
- The Cardinals topped the Cubs Thursday night and won seven of their last 10 games, and are now tied with the Milwaukee Brewers for the lead at NL Central at 57-48.
- Vlady smoked this last night, clocking 115.4 mph!
- While doing a warm-up before the bottom of the fifth inning, Clayton Kershaw met the coaches on the hill and eventually left the game with a back injury. Dave Roberts said they’ll do the auditions when they get back to Los Angeles and go from there.
- Noah Sendergaard made his Phillies debut Thursday night and took home a win in the shortest rain competition with the Washington Nationals. Sendergaard was excited about his first start in Philadelphia and said of his new team: “They expect us to win, and I’m going to do my part to make sure we succeed.” Syndergaard allowed four runs and 11 strokes over five rounds, the second most allowed at the start of his career.
- Miguel Cabrera has hinted that the 2022 season could be his last despite the future Hall of Famer being contracted for another season in Detroit in 2023. Cabrera said he is “focused on it today” for now but admitted the ideas are there: “You” have to understand your body. I understand my place and my place in this team. I have to talk to my agent, GM. I have to talk to everyone and see the plan for next year.”