For those who are keeping track, last night’s loss to the Athletics marked the eighth time the Angels have been shut out this season. Five other times they have scored only one or two runs.
I’m gonna assume this pace isn’t going to last. But if it did, it would put them at 36 shutouts this season. As far as a I can tell, the record for a team being shutout in a season is 33, held by the 1908 St. Louis Cardinals. The AL Record is 30, by the 1906 Washington Senators. I can’t find who holds the record in the non-deadball era. Buster Olney or someone with a research assistant (and without kids to get dressed and put on a school bus)will probably figure it out sometime this morning.
Anyway: good times in Anaheim. Let’s root for history, shall we?
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.