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Surviving the loss of Shohei Ohtani

Patrick Zajac

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Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

On Friday, news broke of the UCL injury to Shohei Ohtani and his possible need for Tommy John surgery. Over the weekend, the Angels’ rotation proved they could withstand the loss of the right-hander this season.

Ohtani slowly began to assert himself as the dominant force in the rotation, but the emergences of Tyler Skaggs, Andrew Heaney, and Jaime Barria should prove to withstand the loss of the prized right-hander. Garrett Richards must also continue to improve and work late in games, but the talent is certainly there to survive. The biggest question lies in the offense’s ability to be consistent at the plate and provide support when needed.

Taylor Ward of 247 Sports also joins the podcast to share his thoughts on the Halos’ 2018 draft class. Studs and Duds of the Weekend also feature strong performances from Jose Fernandez and Albert Pujols. Tune in!

Don’t forget to follow the show on Twitter @LockedOnAngels and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play.

Patrick is the play-by-play radio broadcaster on the road, as well as the Event Manager, for the Eugene Emeralds, a Short Season-A club in the Northwest League. He was born and raised in Orange County, CA, first attending games at Edison International Field while watching Jim Edmonds patrol center field. After graduating from the University of Oregon, Pat also created The Lob, The Jam, The Podcast on Clips Nation, featured on SB Nation. Pat shares the same alma mater as MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Trevor Hoffman, both having once attended Cypress Community College in California.

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Part Two: If I were Billy Eppler

Patrick Zajac

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Lucas is back and putting on his Billy Eppler thinking cap. Lucas dives in to see what the Angels should do looking forward to the offseason (even though this season isn’t lost).

He breaks down the biggest needs he sees in the team, and what holes need to be filled more than others.

Don’t forget to follow the show on Twitter @LockedOnAngels and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play.

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A plan to get ready for 2019 in Anaheim

Patrick Zajac

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Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

After a disappointing finish to the series in Los Angeles, the Angels remain mediocre on the season heading into the All Star Break, nine games out of a playoff spot.

With a highly improbable chance at reaching the postseason this season, it’s time for Billy Eppler to make the moves at the trade deadline to get his franchise ready for the 2019 season. The Halos are in an odd spot as they look to contend next summer, meaning they cannot have a full blown fire sale at the end of July. What to do? Tune in to find out!

Studs and Duds of the Weekend also highlights Kole Calhoun‘s resurgence and the surprising rise of Felix Pena, before the show ends with some exciting words on Jo Adell in the Futures Game yesterday.

Don’t forget to follow the show on Twitter @LockedOnAngels and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play.

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Appreciating Albert Pujols

Patrick Zajac

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Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Angels won a series over the Mariners, while Albert Pujols belted two home runs and is now tied with Ken Griffey Jr. on the all-time list.

Pujols draws the ire of Halo fans at times, never living up to his contractual expectations. But when you throw away the yearly salary, Pujols is quietly producing a very acceptable age-38 season. A historic one, in fact.

Your Friday Mailbag also makes its way into today’s episode, featuring questions about David Fletcher, which Angels to move at the deadline, and also postulating some pitchers the Halos will chase during the offseason. Tune in!

Don’t forget to follow the show on Twitter @LockedOnAngels and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, and Google Play.

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