Over Jerry Dipoto’s cold, dead body

Since the July 1 resignation of Jerry Dipoto, the Angels have gone into full rampage mode – presumably with someone else preparing analytics for the team differently. We’re going to discount the July 1 game itself, a loss to the Yankees, and probably running on the old juice. Since then, the offense has put together a blistering assault on pitching.

Three games in Texas and one game at Coors have produced 43 runs, 58 hits, 8 HR, 12 doubles, plus 17 BBs. They hung 10 runs on 2 starting pitchers in consecutive games, a rare feat in baseball history. It looked more like extended BP last night. I expected big things from Pujols and Trout – before the Trout AB in the second, I muttered “this is going to land in Boulder.” When Matt Joyce and Chris Iannetta (a notorious pull power hitter during his tenure at Coors) both went CF, it was frosting on a very bad Rockies pitching cake.

And that’s on one of our better guys in Bettis. This tweet really got my attention last night:

And that went right back to a Tulo quote in a Nick Groke article last Sunday. I’m still not sure if Tulo had his fingers crossed when saying this or not:

“If somebody asks me about young pitchers and if they’re ready or not, I would rush everybody to the big leagues — because velocity plays, stuff plays,” Tulowitzki said. “Sometimes a guy gets to the big leagues and that urgency and that work ethic, they know they have to bring it on a nightly basis, and it makes them better.”

Velocity plays? Stuff plays? So far, it hasn’t. He basically said not to let Jon Gray “waste bullets in the minor leagues,” implying he should be called up. On the one hand, it can’t be any worse than 3.5/5 of our rotation. DLR, despite his soft reputation, has been pretty damn good. Bettis has been bipolar, sometimes very good and sometimes very bad. Rusin has had some mistakes and some bad luck behind him he couldn’t get under control. Kendrick and Hale have been rocket launchers.

On the other hand, there’s more to it. Weiss said the problem with Bettis last night was dead red, dead straight, and those land in dead center field. We’ve seen the same from Kahnle and Oberg in the pen – no early strikes, then pipelined fastballs, then hit really hard.

Mark Mulder was calling the Cards/Cubs game last night and put it this way:
“Some [pitchers] look like they are afraid of contact.”

The Rox appear to be resorting to a non-breaking ball mix, fastballs and changeups, both to save wear and tear on arms and to generate some kind of bad contact that produces outs.

But back to the Angels for a second. What happened? Did Don Baylor or Dave Hansen or Rico Brogna tell the guys forget the numbers, just go hit? Or is the Rangers and Rockies pitching just that bad? I can’t believe the advance scouting instantly got that much better. Numbers never lie, but when you overthink the game sometimes things just get a lot harder.

Speaking of getting harder, I was really sad to see Justin Morneau go on the 60-day DL. Weiss and the broadcast team were trying to paint a happy face saying “he’s improving”, but he’s clearly not. I’m even sadder they used that 40-man spot on a Cubs bullpen discard with a 2.17 WHIP.

Some good news – the Tulo hitting streak is now at 19, and the consecutive on-base streak is 34. It’s something. And, the Jon Gray clock is ticking:

With Rusin on the hill tonight, expect more of the same from the Angels – my over/under is 11.

Orange County Angels
2B Johnny Giavotella (R)
RF Kole Calhoun (L)
CF Mike Trout (R)
1B Albert Pujols (R)
SS Erick Aybar (S)
3B David Freese (R)
C Chris Iannetta (R)
LF Dan Robertson (R)
P Matt Shoemaker (R)

Rockies
CF Charlie Blackmon (L)
2B DJ LeMahieu (R)
SS Troy Tulowitzki (R)
RF Carlos Gonzalez (L)
3B Nolan Arenado (R)
1B Ben Paulsen (L)
C Nick Hundley (R)
LF Brandon Barnes (R)
P Chris Rusin (L)

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rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

On ROOT pregame, they said Chris Rusin’s ERA is much better over last 5 starts. So I’m going with over/under 6.5 for the Angels and over/under for the Rockies at 2.5.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

I nailed the 2.5 under for the Rockies

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

I had to turn the sound off. Frazier is horrible and is dragging Goodman, who is adequate, down with him. Rumor has it, that its his last year. Question to everybody. How bad do they have to be before somebody has to pay for it. If they win only 1 or 2 games on this homestand, is Walt gone? Does it matter? Or is winning 1 or 2 games considered a success? I’m looking at teams like the Astros, the… Read more »

IggyRox
IggyRox
5 years ago
Reply to  Bill

Sorry to disagree, but I can stomach George… Drew is the one I find intolerable. Sweep them all out and start over from scratch. Especially ownership. Actually am beginning to find the whole operation and situation to be intolerable. Was at the game last night, it was lost in the first 20 minutes without any effort, so I took my guests around the park for a look. Went to the disco… oops, Rooftop and it was crowded and nobody cared… Read more »

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

And why is it our pitchers can’t seem to get a bunt down?

Gary
Gary
5 years ago
Reply to  RocketMan

Harry Carey asked Steve Stone the same question over and over 30 years ago.It’s harder than it looks but is so critical that maybe we should have a designated bunter for late innings.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
5 years ago

I guarantee the bullpen will give up at least three runs tonight. Worst bullpen in MLB.

jaredean
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jaredean
5 years ago

“Orange County Angels”

It’s those little things i love about your write-ups Ding…

RocketMan
RocketMan
5 years ago

With the rain delay I gave up after the 6th. Rusin was doing a fine job (except when called on to bunt). Saw this morning it was lost in the 9th. Tulo is doing a nice job increasing his stats and having no impact on the wins. Cargo is wildly inconsistent and maddeningly ineffective. Blackmon, DJ and Arenado seem to have run out of offensive fuel. Four runs in two days against second tier pitching, at home? Who would have… Read more »

sdcarp
sdcarp
5 years ago

Very nice DD.

I’ve not been the person leading the charge for the firing of Walt. I don’t think he’s a good Manager, but I think we have too many other, fundamental, bigger problems that need to be solved prior to pointing fingers at the Manager. That being said……the poor man just looks miserable out there. He gives off a negative vibe. I can feel it through the TV set. Fire him………everyone will be happier (but probably not better).

Bill
Bill
5 years ago

Before calling it a night the Rocks were up 2 to 1. Woke up this morning and Rockies lost again. What’s there to say? Weiss was quoted as saying that the Rockies record will have no bearing on when they bring Gray up? Really? If all the Rockies starters were healthy, all of them were going 7 innings plus, all had low ERAs they wouldn’t be thinking of bringing him up. But the Rockies can’t win, the attendance is down… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
5 years ago

If Frazier is gone after this year I will consider the season not a complete loss. I routinely say out loud, “WHAT did you say, George?” (when he has spouted gibberish – or at best, butchered English); or, “Did you really just say that, George?” (when he overstates/belabors the obvious). Runners on second and third: “if he gets a hit here it will be big!” (Paraphrasing a longer remark that was equally scintillating in its entirety.) And the honking laugh… Read more »

Doctor_Christopher
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Doctor_Christopher
5 years ago

Here is a question. If the Rox had decided 10 years was long enough and let DOD go in 2008 and hired Jerry Dipoto as their GM, how much better would this team be at this point.

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