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At the Twins game yesterday, all 9 batters in our lineup had an OPS+ on the year over 100, and 7 of those guys were younger than 28.
What's up with Danny Santana? That guy has been scary good since he's been up. Was he really a prospect or something, because I've never heard of him until a few weeks ago.
Stanton homers, it's 7-0 Marlins. The Angels are gonna fall into a tie with Oakland after tonight. Going forward, does anyone really believe a Richards-less Angel team is as good as the A's? I don't.
Here's the thing: as an A's fan, I fear the devastation that Mike Trout can wreak. The last couple of years, I worried about opponent pitching, and the Tigers brought the pain. Now, the real worry is that Michael F. Trout will relegate the A's to a 1-game crapshoot. He really does seem to do something major to help his team win most nights.
After a week or so of this noise, you'll have a burned bullpen.
If what you're suggesting is that the Mariners might catch them, I doubt it.
In another week you'll have a platoon of pitchers from Salt Lake.
Are any of them big league starters?
Oh sure, but since the ASG he's at .234/.307/.448, and August 6th he's hitting .186/.244/.400. He's been terrible, and he's looked bad again tonight. I love Trout as much as anyone on this here site, but the Angels have been playing well in spite of him. Going forward, the A's only have to be one game better than the Angels to avoid the crapshoot problem. With the Angels short Richards and his 5, 6 starts, keeping up with the A's is going to be a major, major problem, Trout or no Trout. I fully expect all the LeBlank/Wolf/whomever starts in Richards' place to look just like tonight.
Hell, few more nights like this, and the Angels may not even be a wild card team. I was very fatalistic last week, and tonight's just showed I was right.
The Angels may or may not win the division. I'd put it right about 50/50. But it would be genuinely shocking if they didn't make the playoffs.
See, that's the thing. The Angels haven't hit since the All-Star break. (Cosart's shutting them out tonight.) They've been winning with pitching. Their best pitcher's gone, and their bullpen was being overused even before Richards went down. Yeah, they'll still be the favorite to get into the 1-game playoff, but... so what? They had the best record in baseball. To go from that to "Let's hope we make it past the 1-game playoff" with a dollop of "miss the playoffs completely" now possible is sickening.
You know, if you'd told me at the start of the year that by the end of August the Twins would have a better record than the Red Sox, I'd think that meant my Twins were having one helluva year.
As expected, Garrett Richards' replacement is getting slapped around like a red-headed stepchild. For people who poo-poo'd the impact of losing one guy, tonight's a prime example of what's gonna happen LeBlanc is going to go 3.1 innings. The Angels will have to go into the pen. After a week or so of this noise, you'll have a burned bullpen.
Bartolo Colon has cleared waivers. He has averaged nearly 7 innings a start this year. His ERA+ is poor at 92 but his peripherals are better.
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