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The Rays Are Making History With Strange New Pitching Strategies The Rays Are Making History With Strange New Pitching Strategies

The Rays announced last week an extremely unusual, cosmic-brain plan for the immediate future of their pitching rotation: rather than the traditional approach of deploying a starting pitcher to work through the opposing lineup a few times before yielding to the bullpen, manager Kevin Cash decided to play matchup…

Josh Reddick Fries Mike Trout At Third, Then Cooks Ian Kinsler At The Plate

Astros right fielder Josh Reddick had to have assumed he taught the Angels a lesson about running on his arm in the sixth inning tonight. When Mike Trout tried to move from first to third on a Shohei Ohtani single, he quickly became, in the accurate words of the announcer, “a dead duck.”

Shohei Ohtani's Starting To Reveal All His Powers Shohei Ohtani's Starting To Reveal All His Powers

Shohei Ohtani has a fastball that he can pump up to 100 mph and dot on all four corners of the strike zone. He has a splitter that dives straight into hell and takes the souls of many batters with it. Those are two very good pitches. If you throw those two pitches exclusively, you’re basically late-era Roger Clemens…

Here Are Two More Dope Baseball Things Shohei Ohtani Can Do Here Are Two More Dope Baseball Things Shohei Ohtani Can Do

One of the most fun things about watching a fresh new baseball darling rack up regular major-league at-bats is all the opportunities to see how the skills you’ve been hearing so much about, all those precious tools, actually manifest themselves on the field. You know a guy has power, but does he have big-boy,…

Shohei Ohtani Threw The Ball Hard As Fuck

Baseball prince Shohei Ohtani got knocked around in his last start against the Red Sox and had to leave the game after two innings due to a blister on his pitching hand. That was a bummer, mostly because blisters have a way of being incurable nuisances capable of undermining entire seasons. So when Ohtani took the…

Curse This Shohei Ohtani Blister Curse This Shohei Ohtani Blister

After Angels pitcher Shohei Ohtani started the season on a tear, hitting .367 with three homers through eight games, and posting two dominant starts that featured a five-inning stretch with 65 pitches and 10 strikeouts, it seemed his only kryptonite would be an eventual regression to numbers resembling normalcy. Enter…

Shohei Ohtani Got Yanked After Just Two Innings Shohei Ohtani Got Yanked After Just Two Innings

Shohei Ohtani had his first truly bad game of his young MLB career tonight, as the Japanese phenom only pitched two rocky innings against the Red Sox before he got pulled by his manager. Mookie Betts set the tone for the outing, hitting a 3-2 pitch into left-center field for a lead-off homer, and Ohtani couldn’t quite…

Shohei Ohtani, Like All Of Us, Wants The Angels To Play Him More Shohei Ohtani, Like All Of Us, Wants The Angels To Play Him More

Shohei Ohtani is the best thing to happen in this MLB season so far. Not only is the dual pitching/hitting threat trying out a regular routine that’s essentially never been seen by any living baseball fan, he’s also succeeding at it. In an obviously small sample size, Ohtani is hitting .364 and throwing a 2.08 ERA…

Fragile Rookie Shohei Ohtani Unable To Overcome Dominance Of Legendary Bartolo Colon Fragile Rookie Shohei Ohtani Unable To Overcome Dominance Of Legendary Bartolo Colon

He didn’t start the game, but anyone who stuck with tonight’s Angels-Rangers blowout was treated with a glimpse of baseball’s most fascinating, awe-inspiring marvel. And Bartolo Colón did not disappoint. The pitcher that does what no one else in MLB can do—that is, strike people out at age 44—helped with mop-up duty…

It All Feels Possible For Shohei Ohtani It All Feels Possible For Shohei Ohtani

We’ll start with this: No living baseball fan has ever seen anything like Shohei Ohtani.

Shohei Ohtani Looked Pretty Damn Nice On The Mound Shohei Ohtani Looked Pretty Damn Nice On The Mound

Sunday brought most American baseball fans their first good look at what kind of pitcher Angels two-way prospect Shohei Ohtani might be. What they saw was pretty fuckin’ good.

Mike Trout Can't Stop Texting His Wife About The Bomb Cyclone Mike Trout Can't Stop Texting His Wife About The Bomb Cyclone

Many athletes present first and foremost as carefully crafted public brands, but we know at least one thing to be true about Mike Trout: this dude really, earnestly loves the weather. Not a specific season, like most normal people who love swimming in the summer or wearing sweaters in autumn. No, Trout just loves…

Shohei Ohtani Is An Angel Shohei Ohtani Is An Angel

Here it is. The big one. Japanese two-way superstar Shohei Ohtani will play in Anaheim. Ohtani will suit up with Mike Trout, and make the Angels very goddamn interesting.

Congrats To The Twins For Cashing In On Two AL West Teams’ Shohei Ohtani Thirst Congrats To The Twins For Cashing In On Two AL West Teams’ Shohei Ohtani Thirst

The Minnesota Twins, who were informed earlier this week that they are out of contention to sign Shohei Ohtani, made the best of the mayhem by swiping two top-10 prospects from the Mariners and Angels, two teams reportedly very much still in the mix to get the Japanese superstar.

Andrelton Simmons Drops The Ball, Still Catches It

Though Andrelton Simmons usually plays perfect defense, the shortstop had a little trouble with a Jay Bruce pop fly Wednesday against Cleveland. But he’s Andrelton Simmons, and it’s impossible for him to fuck up a play that easy.

It's 2017 But We Still Got Fresh, Hot Mike Trout Takes

Rationalizing why Mike Trout is bad and your guy is the undisputed MVP is an experience that every American League fan will go through at some point over Trout’s career, but tonight on the Houston Astros’ broadcast, the announcers started really grasping at straws.

Manny Machado Made His Third Dinger Of The Night A Walk-Off Grand Slam Manny Machado Made His Third Dinger Of The Night A Walk-Off Grand Slam

The Angels and Orioles combined for 10 dingers in last night’s slugfest, a game O’s manager Buck Showalter described as a “dunk contest.” But we are here to talk about Manny Machado, who is an absolute monster. With his team down 5-2 in the third inning, Machado smoked a two-run tater 418-feet to center field. With…

Mike Trout's Shortest Season Is His Most Impressive Yet Mike Trout's Shortest Season Is His Most Impressive Yet

Mike Trout got his 1,000th hit last night, on his 26th birthday, and yet that’s not even the most absurd Mike Trout Number to obsess over today. Here is something to really blow your mind:

Don Baylor Dead At 68 Don Baylor Dead At 68

An easy way to measure an athlete’s influence on his or her sport is to consider what they meant to different groups of fans. Don Baylor, who died of cancer today at age 68, was many things to many people.

Oakland's Matt Joyce Allegedly Uses Homophobic Slur In Exchange With Fan Oakland's Matt Joyce Allegedly Uses Homophobic Slur In Exchange With Fan

Matt Joyce of the Oakland Athletics reportedly used a homophobic slur while shouting at an Angels fan Friday night, according to an Associated Press photographer who overheard the exchange.

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