Angels release Iglesias, promote RHP Junk

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MLB.com 03 September, 2021 - 06:05pm 16 views

Why did the Angels Release Jose Iglesias?

The Angels released the veteran shortstop on Friday, days after Manager Joe Maddon had said they would prefer to use players who could be a part of the team's future. Maddon also suggested that by releasing Iglesias it would allow him to sign with another team and play more. Press-EnterpriseAngels release shortstop José Iglesias, who had lost his starting job

Iglesias hadn't started since Aug. 27 and committed two errors in that game. The 10-year veteran is known for his incredible defense, but made 16 errors in 114 games this season, topping his career-high by five.

He also batted .259/.295/.375 with eight homers and 41 RBIs and struggled recently at the plate. He hit .193 with a homer and nine RBIs in 24 games in August. Mayfield will now be the regular at shortstop with Luis Rengifo as the backup.

“We felt by letting him go, he’d get an opportunity,” Angels manager Joe Maddon said. “He’s not the type of guy who wants to sit on your bench for a long period of time. He’s just not used to that; that’s not who he is. So, by doing it the way we did it, he has a chance to advance further. And we get a chance to see Jack over there.”

Iglesias, though, won’t be eligible for the postseason if he signs with a contending team. He’s set to be a free agent after the season after signing a two-year deal worth $6 million with the Orioles before the 2020 season. The Angels acquired Iglesias in an offseason trade for pitching prospects Jean Pinto and Garrett Stallings.

The Angels filled his roster spot by selecting the contract of right-hander Janson Junk from Double-A Rocket City. Junk, ranked as the club’s No. 22 prospect by MLB Pipeline, was acquired at the Trade Deadline as part of the trade that sent lefty Andrew Heaney to the Yankees.

Junk, 25, has posted a 2.81 ERA with 97 strikeouts in 93 innings in Double-A this year. He took a perfect game into the ninth inning of his last start on Saturday.

He's scheduled to start for the Angels on either Sunday or Monday against the Rangers, but Maddon said they are still working on how their pitching will look beyond Saturday.

“When we acquired him, a lot of guys spoke very highly of him and when I looked him up, the numbers were good,” Maddon said. “And I’ve listened to conversations. He’s well liked.”

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Rangers vs. Angels - Game Preview - September 3, 2021 - ESPN

ESPN 04 September, 2021 - 03:10am

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- — Shohei Ohtani's outing almost met an early end when he was struck by a comebacker in the first inning. Instead, he recovered and threw his most pitches since coming stateside in 2018.

Ohtani allowed two runs, struck out eight and fired 117 pitches in seven innings as the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 3-2 Friday night.

The Japanese two-way star — who leads the majors with 42 homers — originally was supposed to start on Tuesday against the New York Yankees, but that was pushed back a couple of days after he was hit in the right hand by a pitch last Saturday against San Diego.

He was hit in the same hand on a sharp grounder by Nate Lowe on Friday, but hr was able to shake it off after being looked at by the trainers and throwing a couple warmup pitches.

Ohtani went at least seven innings for the fifth time in 20 starts this season and lowered his ERA to 2.97. He reached at least 100 pitches for the fourth time in 32 big league starts. His previous high pitch count was 110 against Tampa Bay on May 20, 2018.

The last time Ohtani (9-1) threw at least 117 pitches was his last regular-season game in the Japanese League, when he had 124 for the Nippon Ham Fighters against Sapporo in October of 2017.

“I felt good for the most part,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “I could have gone another inning longer if not for the two walks and a couple long at-bats.”

Ohtani is 8-0 in his last 13 starts and is the first Angels pitcher to win at least eight straight in a season since C.J. Wilson had a nine-game run in 2013. His only bad pitch came in the second inning, when Jason Martin drove a fastball over the wall in right-center on the first pitch of the at-bat for a tying two-run homer.

Texas had runners on second and third with one out in the fourth, but Ohtani struck out Martin and got Leody Taveras to ground out to first to end the inning. In the seventh, the Rangers had runners on first and second with two outs, but Isiah Kiner-Falefa's grounder ended it.

“We pressured him the one inning, but he made some pretty good pitches,” Rangers manager Chris Woodward said. “He reached back when he needed to. He's good, always composed and has amazing stuff.”

Ohtani — who is 6-0 in his last eight starts — allowed seven hits and walked two. He also had two pitches of 100 mph, marking the first time he had done that for the Angels since he had eight in his first start on April 4 against the Chicago White Sox.

“It was his best performance of the year,” manager Joe Maddon said. “He had great control and command. He attacked their hitters and was in the zone where he wanted to be. They did a good job of fouling stuff off. He should have been around 105 but that one at-bat (13 pitches to Jonah Heim in the fourth inning that ended with a fly out to right) pushed it up."

Ohtani was hitless in four at-bats, although two of his outs were hit over 100 mph.

The game remained knotted until the sixth inning, when Jo Adell got aboard on an infield single with two outs, advanced to third on Brandon Marsh's double and scored when Max Stassi hit a deep grounder to short off Dennis Santana (2-4). Kiner-Falefa tried to make a play at first, but the throw was wide and brought Lowe off the bag.

Steve Cishek worked the eighth and Raisel Iglesias the ninth for his 30th save in 35 opportunities.

Texas' Glenn Otto rebounded from early trouble and was solid in his second major league start. The right-hander allowed two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and a walk in 4 2/3 innings.

Otto threw 36 pitches in the first inning. Woodward said if Otto had not retired Marsh on a groundout, that the right-hander's night would have been over.

“Facing that adversity, you kind of find out a lot about yourself, and what you’re able to do and get through,” Otto said.

The Angels jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on RBI singles by Phil Gosselin and Jared Walsh. A big key to the early lead was two stolen bases in the inning. Leadoff hitter David Fletcher stole third and scored on Gosselin's single while Gosselin stole second and scored on Walsh's base hit.

Iglesias is the first Angels pitcher to reach 30 saves in a season since Huston Street had 40 in 2015.

Rangers: RHP Spencer Howard (COVID-19 protocols) allowed one run on three hits and struck out three during a rehab start for Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday night at El Paso.

The Angels released José Iglesias before the game after he lost his starting job at shortstop a couple weeks ago. Iglesias was batting .259 with eight home runs and 41 RBI in 114 games. Los Angeles selected the contract of right-hander Janson Junk to fill the roster spot.

Angels LHP José Suarez (5-7, 4.10 ERA) is seeking his second win against the Rangers this season after allowing three runs in 5 2/3 innings in an 11-3 victory on Aug. 3. He will be opposed by Texas LHP Kolby Allard (3-11, 5.01 ERA), who had four quality starts in his five outings last month.

47-87 - Ohtani inevitable as Rangers lose 3-2 to Angels in opener

Lone Star Ball 04 September, 2021 - 12:02am

Surprise surprise, the Rangers open a road trip with a loss

As Otto was trying to navigate an American League lineup while on the road for the first time in his big league career, the Rangers were trying to beat phenom Shohei Ohtani on his way to one of the most fascinating seasons in the history of the sport.

117 pitches later, the Rangers only drew a drop of blood for two runs in Ohtani’s seven innings. The presumed MVP struck out eight Rangers on his way to a ninth win in 20 starts in 2021.

The Rangers are now back to 40 games below .500.

Player of the Game: Jason Martin ran into one and smacked a two-run home run off the American League’s MVP in waiting to account for the scoring output of Texas.

Up Next: The Rangers and Angels will play another one with LHP Kolby Allard set to pitch for Texas against LHP Jose Suarez for Anaheim. Saturday night’s first pitch from Angel Stadium is scheduled for 8:07 pm CT.

Angels Game Today: Angels vs Rangers Lineup, Odds, Prediction, Pick, Pitcher, TV for September 3

Halo Hangout 03 September, 2021 - 05:32am

Shohei Ohtani, LA Angels. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

The LA Angels have won three out of their last five, and are ready to take on a much lesser team in the Texas Rangers.

Not only are the Angels better than the Rangers, but the teams they’ve had success against recently were much better. The San Diego Padres are a quality team, and the Yankees are a good team as well.

Taking on a team with the third-worst record in the league at home for four games, the Angels really need to take advantage of this stretch right here. It all starts in Game 1 with Shohei Ohtani on the bump.

The Angels are on at 6:38 PM PT.

The Angels broadcast for the game is on Bally Sports West, and the Rangers broadcast for the game is on Bally Sports Southwest.

The spread for the game is -1.5. The money line is +165 for the Rangers and -200 for the Angels. The over/under is set at 7.5.

The over is -120, and the under is set at +100.

Shohei Ohtani will be pitching today after he had to miss his start on Tuesday due to him getting hit with a pitch at the plate on Saturday. Ohtani has a 3.00 ERA this season and a 8-1 record on the year. He wasn’t the best in his past start, but was having an incredible July and August up until then.

Look for him to bounce back tonight.

The Angels’ starting lineup hasn’t been released just yet. Stay tuned for when it comes out!

Mike Trout still hasn’t gone on a rehab assignment for his strained calf that he suffered in Mid-May. He will not be playing today.

While the Angels have found themselves disappointing many times this season, this is a game the Angels certainly should win. Having Ohtani on the mound is huge, and the Angels are 8-4 against Texas this year. The lineup really struggled hitting Gerrit Cole on Wednesday, but nobody can hit Cole.

This team will bounce back and make it 4-2 in their last six.

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