Your favorite team is 73-70, which is not great but not awful either, good enough to keep them within one game of the
Let's get to your questions.
They actually can. There are 14 relievers in the Angels' bullpen and 19 games left to play in 21 days. If the Angels' starters average four innings per start, those 14 men could pretty handily split 95 innings over three weeks. That's not even seven outs per man per week. September baseball, baby.
But, of course, not every guy in there is dependable. The Angels would prefer
Increasingly, Garrett Richards should be able to pitch deeper into games. That should help.
Essentially, because he thought the chances
So they traded Hernandez on July 31, and they would have traded Bud Norris, too, if the outside interest were there. Since the deadline, Hernandez has logged a 4.05 earned-run average in 13 1/3 innings for Arizona. That's replacement-level relief, though he continues to succeed in the peripheral statistics.
Though the Angels did not receive much in return for him, that seems like a reasonable enough trade to me.
Yes, the Angels have certainly hit on some low-key acquisitions in the last year, though I would not put all six of those men in the same category. Scouts remain skeptical of right-hander
Regarding relievers Petit and Blake Parker, obviously, the Angels targeted the right sort of relievers as free agents last off-season. But general randomness obviously deserves some credit there, too. The Angels let Parker go on waivers early in the winter, and they did not sign Petit until
Bandy has not played great this season for Milwaukee. So, it looks like the Angels acquired two years of a starting-caliber catcher for six years of a backup-quality catcher, which is a win.
The Angels are not really in the business of singling out specific staff members for suggesting or championing acquisitions. Let's call it a win for the whole front office.
As far as outfielder
It is just too early to say with any certainty for either player. With
It’s not like there’s no chance Phillips could return, but he will be a free agent at year’s end, and he turns 37 next season. He says he loved his time playing at home in Atlanta, and
This was regarding
Albert Pujols likes to play baseball. He is proud to play baseball. He is paid handsomely to play baseball. And, he is still, by some measures, having success at baseball. As I wrote last week, he is not the worst player in baseball, despite the FiveThirtyEight article people keep tweeting to me.
All of that to say: The chances are close to nil.
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