I went all-in on Dylan Bundy when he signed with the Anaheim Angels in the offseason. To me, I could just feel that he was going to become the ace he was drafted to be.
You get him out of Baltimore into a bigger park, in a less hitter-friendly division; and give him an outfield that can run it down with the best of them; and I figured the things would fall into place to make him dominant for a year or two. Now it appears that is taking shape.
On Thursday afternoon in Seattle, Bundy struck out 10 Mariners in a complete game win.
“You don’t always know what to do as a starting pitcher after you get that last out,” the Angels right-hander said. “I was really wanting to get the last out, and it worked out today.”
Other then a home run allowed to Dan Vogelbach, Seattle stood no chance.
And I’m putting it in writing now, a month from today I am going to dig up this post. The Angels will be one of the hot picks in all of baseball with the lineup they have and their burgeoning 27-year old ace in Bundy.
When you can run out David Fletcher, Mike Trout, Shohehi Ohtani, Anthony Rendon, Jo Adell, Albert Pujols, and Justin Upton among other spare pieces like Max Stassi; you’re going to find some success. In addition, Ohtani hit a home run to get the Angels on the board, and Stassi added his fourth of the year.
I don’t think that Houston is as good as people sense they are. There are cracks in the foundation, especially without Justin Verlander.
Right now, Anaheim has an arrow pointing up in a huge way. They have gotten little to nothing out of Rendon, and Trout just started to get hot since having his first child. It’s going to be an Anaheim summer.