With outbreaks popping up within the league, no one knows how long the season will continue, but for all except three teams, the second week of games concluded. Some fared better than others and the Angels are now last in the AL West.
The Angels finished the second week of play with an overall record of 3-7 but we were able to see some good things come out of it.
They can compete with the top teams in the West as they now have three International Tiebreaker (ITB) games, showing that they can take teams into extras, their bullpen can put in the work when they need to, and Shohei Ohtani and Anthony Rendon hit their first homeruns of the season.
We also saw that Albert Pujols still has it as he hit a grand slam in the final game of the Astros series over the weekend.
Mike Trout was missing for the final four games as he was on the paternity list before being placed on the restricted list for the last day. Congrats are in order as Trout is now a father to a healthy baby boy named Beckham Aaron, who was born on July 30.
Trout rejoined the team in time for the six-game road trip starting in Seattle on August 4.
Ohtani did better in his second outing as he was able to record five outs, but was taken out after letting two runs come in. Both runs came in after he walked five straight, but the first run scored off of a walk should have been the third out. Ohtani also recorded three strikeouts and he was throwing noticeably faster this time around
Throughout the game, the strike zone changed and was inconsistent for the two teams but was more so with the Angels.
However, Sunday night, it was announced that Ohtani was having an MRI on his arm as he reported discomfort. It came back as an arm flexor strain and he will not pitch for 4-6 weeks but will still be listed as day-to-day as a DH.
Even with this, Maddon told the OC Register that he “saw some positive signs. The velocity was much better, the slider was much better. It just seemed he tried to hit the edges too much, but threw the ball much better.”
A source told MLB.com that the Angels top overall prospect, Jo Adell, was getting called up and will join Trout in the outfield. In Triple-A, Adell hit .264 in 27 games and joined some of the intra squad games over the summer.
Hopefully, this day off will do the team well, especially the overworked bullpen. There have been between seven to nine pitchers in one game, so this day off is just what they need.