Ya hate to see that."Matt Harvey justified Brad Aus

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Ya hate to see that."Matt Harvey justified Brad Aus

Postby panxing18 » Sat May 18, 2019 2:20 am

mus’ decision to have him not start on Opening Day John Smoltz Jersey , Andrelton Simmons sustained a back injury (described as “back tightness”) to tank any remaining trade value he had left, and the Angels offense continued to take incompetence to new heights in the home opener against the Rangers Thursday evening.But before we get into the game, can we just take a moment to appreciate the perfect storm of incapability that is this team? The level to which the team has cooperated to ensure loss after humiliating loss is simply astonishing. We have seen this type of teamwork for years at this point, but never quite like this. Special commendation goes out to the defense, which only seems to look entirely invalid when a game is close and winnable.So let’s get right into it. Matt Harvey started off bad. He also had a poor middle. And the circumstances of his departure were downright subpar. It was, through and through Matt Kemp Jersey , a traumatic experience for both the team and the fans. The first inning was enough to demonstrate that I am a poor judge of talent, transpiring as follows:HBPStrikeoutBloop SingleNo-Doubt Home Run4-Pitch WalkLaser Beam Foul Pole Scraper Home RunStrikeoutSingleStrikeoutThat was pretty much all she wrote. A high expectation was not held for the Angels offense, but they managed to let us down even still as Tommy La Stella obliterated a chance to do some major damage to Edinson Volquez, who wears a metaphorical “Kick me” sign on his back at all times.Credit to Kole Calhoun for at least trying to do a little something-something to get the ball rolling, but the real silver lining of the game was, of course Hank Aaron Jersey , the fishgod. Mike Trout gunned down Ronald Guzman at the plate with a 96.4 MPH strike. It was completely unlike anything we have ever seen from him. And while Rod Carew praised him in the booth, he erased a ball from existence to cut the deficit to 4 runs. But most importantly, the guy bat flipped! Talk about stealing the show.The Angels are now 1-6. That’s not very good. Trout is now batting .350 with a 1.117 OPS despite only one homer and a supporting cast headlined by Calhoun and Brian Goodwin. That’s pretty darn good. Remind me why he gets pitched to at all again? Today, it’s the bullpen blowing a late lead."Cora had seen enough at that point, and Ryan Brasier came in. It was a little strange that he got the call instead of Matt Barnes, but Brasier had been good enough to this point that eyebrows weren’t raised too high. The righty got two quick strikes against Brett Gardner on sliders http://www.bravesfanproshop.com/authentic-nick-markakis-jersey , then tried to sneak a fastball by him. Instead, he left one right down the heart of the plate and the veteran outfielder blasted a grand slam. Just like that, in the blink of an eye, the Yankees were up by two. That’s you’re 2019 Red Sox right there. He did get the next two batters to end the inning, but the damage was done.So, now the offense had to snap out of the funk it had been in since that second inning going up against a Yankees bullpen that is still very intimidating. After getting two quick outs to start the eighth Julio Teheran Jersey , the Red Sox did load the bases on an infield hit, a regular single and a walk. That gave Nez a huge chance for a big hit, but instead he swung at a first pitch below the strike zone and popped up a routine fly ball out to right field to end the threat and keep the deficit at two.After Heath Hembree tossed a clean eighth, the offense had one more chance with Aroldis Chapman now on the mound. They went down in order, because of course.I’m not sure who needs Thursday’s off-day more: The Red Sox or their fans. After this two-game sweep at the hands of the Yankees the Red Sox get a day to think about what they’ve done before playing three on the road against the red-hot Rays. Should be fun!BOXCourtesy of Fangraphs

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