13-6 has never felt like such a bummer.
I don’t know what happened to the fun and energetic team we had seen since Opening Day, but Upton summed it up best when he took a called third strike right down the middle. It popped out of the catcher’s mitt and got away, but Upton just dejectedly trudged back to the dugout.
Every batter but Simmons and Young looked like someone put salt in their coffee this morning, and every pitcher but Jim Johnson looked like they were satisfied as long as they allowed fewer than 2 runs per inning.
The biggest takeaways from the series though are that the bullpen is taxed, the batters save Andrelton simply cannot square up a high strike or lay off a close high ball, and the rotation still cannot give us a decent number of innings.
It’s hard to tell after such a beating whether this is because the Angels are just way worse than we thought or whether the Red Sox are a world-beater this season, but the heaviness in my heart is audibly suggesting, “Both.”
Also, I am now on the robot ump bandwagon after this series. It’s been bad all season (for Trout, in particular), but it was downright gross for this 3-game set.
Andrelton Simmons today was awesome. Not only did he take three walks and have an infield single, but he also made multiple spectacular plays as always and even took two bases on an Ohtani groundout. Watching this man play is a pleasure.
Chris Young looked worlds more comfy at the plate than Kole Calhoun has, and I would feel fine with letting him see a little more action. That bomb was a nice change of pace for the Halos in such a grounder-fest.
That’s pretty much all I’ve got. Let’s see another team now, please?