Fantasy Baseball: Predictions for the second half of the 2022 MLB season
Here are some changes that I expect to happen in the second half, and their potential impact on fantasy leagues. With the Angels lineup lacking depth, Ward will need to earn his counting stats in the second half. Corbin Burnes will lead the Majors in ERA, WHIP and strikeoutsI have gone on record repeatedly this season, predicting that Burnes will be the No. I like Rogers as a buy-low option on the fantasy trade market right now. My prediction is that Acuña races his way to the steals title and ranks among the top-five overall players during the second half.wftv.com
Dodgers' Mookie Betts to injured list with cracked right rib
Angels Dodgers Baseball Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Mookie Betts, right, collides with center fielder Cody Bellinger after making a catch on a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Taylor Ward during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, June 15, 2022, in Los Angeles. Betts lost control of the ball after the collision but Ward was thrown out at second by Bellinger. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Dodgers star Mookie Betts is headed to the injured list with a cracked right rib. Manager Dave Roberts announced Betts' diagnosis after Saturday's 7-1 victory over Cleveland. Betts played the rest of that game but was scratched from the lineup the past two days.wftv.com
Phillies rally late to hand Angels 11th straight loss
Bryson Stott hit a game-winning, three-run homer with two outs in the ninth inning after Bryce Harper tied it with a grand slam in the eighth, and the Philadelphia Phillies rallied for a 9-7 victory that sent slumping Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels to their 11th straight defeat.
Rays snap 3-game skid, hold off Angels 4-2 in 10 innings
Rays Angels Baseball Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Shohei Ohtani (17) throws during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Anaheim, Calif., Wednesday, May 11, 2022. The game was a 1-0 pitchers' duel until the eighth, with Tampa Bay’s Shane McClanahan barely outpitching Shohei Ohtani. Kiermaier hit a hanging slider from Ohtani into the right field bleachers in the second, ending Tampa Bay’s 12-inning scoreless skid. Wander Franco was Tampa Bay's designated hitter to give him extra rest. Angels: Ward missed the previous two games against Tampa Bay with a hamstring injury.wftv.com
Cease, White Sox shut down Trout, Angels; Ohtani pinch hits
Angels White Sox Baseball Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Monday, May 2, 2022, in Chicago. The White Sox won for the third time in 12 games. Tim Anderson and Luis Robert opened the White Sox first with hits off Patrick Sandoval (1-1) and an error by left fielder Jo Adell moved them into scoring position. The White Sox noted that C Yasmani Grandal and RHP Lance Lynn underwent the same procedure to fix similar injuries. White Sox: RHP Michael Kopech (0-0, 1.42 ERA) will start Tuesday in the first of a pair of crosstown games against the Cubs.wftv.com
Ward, Ohtani homer to back 3-hitter, Angels top ChiSox 5-1
Angels White Sox Baseball Los Angeles Angels' Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, hits a solo home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Chicago, Friday, April 29, 2022. Los Angeles pitchers retired 18 straight White Sox batters on a night when scheduled Angels starter Noah Syndergaard was scratched because of an undisclosed illness. Raisel Iglesias got the final two outs and his sixth save as the White Sox loaded the bases. Ohtani’s shot to left-center with two outs made it 2-0The White Sox cut it to 2-1 in the bottom half. UP NEXT:Angels LHP José Suarez (0-1, 5.54) is scheduled to face White Sox RHP Vince Velasquez (0-2, 6.75) on Saturday afternoon.wftv.com
Ward, Ohtani lead Angels over Guardians 9-5 for 4th straight
The Guardians dropped their sixth straight despite José Ramírez’s two home runs. Ward’s slam off Zach Plesac (1-2) in the second inning was the third of his career and gave the Angels a 6-2 lead. He has three home runs in the series, including the first multi-homer game of his career on Monday. Ohtani (2-2) won his second straight start, going five innings and allowing two runs on five hits with four strikeouts. UP NEXTGuardians: RHP Cal Quantrill (1-0, 3.94 ERA) makes his second career start against the Angels.wftv.com
Walsh slams Chapman as Angels stun Yanks after Ohtani flops
Jared Walsh hit a tying grand slam off Aroldis Chapman in a seven-run ninth inning for his second homer of a long night, and the Los Angeles Angels stunned the New York Yankees 11-8 in a rainy game that finished after 1 a.m. Shohei Ohtani’s highly anticipated first pitching appearance at Yankee Stadium was a wild wreck that ended early.
Angels snap 5-game skid, blast Dodgers 9-2 in Freeway Series
Justin Upton and Taylor Ward homered in the Angels' four-run second inning, and Mike Trout had a late RBI triple as the Halos opened the Freeway Series with only their fifth win in 16 games. Mookie Betts homered in the ninth for the Dodgers, who have lost four straight. The defending World Series champions swept the six-game Freeway Series last season, but they've lost 14 of 18 overall this year in an increasingly alarming early-season swoon. Griffin Canning (3-2) pitched six-hit ball into the sixth inning, ending the Angels' recent pitching woes with three walks and four strikeouts. Julio Urías (4-1) had his least impressive start in a strong season for the Dodgers, yielding eight hits and five runs over five innings in his Angel Stadium debut.wftv.com
LA Angels acquire veteran OF Dexter Fowler from Cardinals
FILE - in this March 11, 2020, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals' Dexter Fowler waits for a pitch from New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom during the first inning of a spring training baseball game in Port S. Lucie, Fla. The Los Angeles Angels have acquired veteran outfielder Fowler from the Cardinals for cash or a player to be named later. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Los Angeles Angels acquired veteran outfielder Dexter Fowler from the St. Louis Cardinals on Thursday night for cash or a player to be named later. Fowler batted .233 with four homers and 15 RBIs in 23 games last season, his fourth with St. Louis. “He’s an outstanding human being, and he’s a high-energy player,” Angels general manager Perry Minasian said.
Pujols 2 HRs, passes Mays for 5th place, Angels beat Rangers
Pujols hit No. Pujols said that he received a text and email from Mays after he tied the Hall of Famer on Sunday in Colorado. Pujols added that he had not checked his phone after Friday's game to see how many congratulatory messages he had received. Pujols passed Mays with a solo drive to left. After the Rangers rallied to get within 3-2, Pujols led off the seventh with No.
Astros outlast Angels 6-5 in 11; Ohtani has arm discomfort
Before those two dramatic extra innings, Ohtani started the day by issuing five walks and getting only five outs before getting pulled from his second rough start of the season. That first inning was outstanding, said Angels manager Joe Maddon, who apparently wasn't aware Ohtani was headed for an MRI during his postgame interview. Any sustained absence would be a double blow to the struggling Angels, who use Ohtani as their designated hitter on most days between his pitching starts. After a strong eight-pitch first inning, Ohtani walked his first three batters of the second. UP NEXTAstros: Baker hasn't said who will start Tuesday night when the Astros open a three-game series at Arizona.
A rare October snowstorm blankets the Texas Panhandle
AMARILLO, Texas (CNN) - Heavy snow fell in parts of the Texas Panhandle on Thursday, causing near whiteout conditions in Amarillo, according to the National Weather Service. Residents posted videos of the rare October snow storm on social media that show their fall decorations and pumpkins covered in white flakes. The preliminary snow reports show that 4 inches of snow fell five miles west of Amarillo, according to the NWS. People weren't the only ones going outside and enjoying the rare storm; a pup named Maggie ran around her backyard in Amarillo and dug her nose in the fresh snowfall. The Panhandle will continue to get snow throughout the evening, but it should wind down by midnight, according to Ward.
24-hour temperature drop of 64 degrees sets Denver record
Denver broke a record as it experienced the first snow and frost of the season. DENVER, Colorado (CNN) - Temperatures in Colorado plunged 64 degrees on Thursday, the largest temperature drop the state has ever seen in October. It's also the 15th largest temperature drop over a two day period in Denver's history, according to the National Weather Service. CNN meteorologist Taylor Ward said at 2 p.m. on Wednesday it was 79 degrees and on Thursday at 2 p.m. the temperature read 24 degrees. Denver was two degrees away from breaking the all-time temperature drop record of 66 degrees that occurred on January 25, 1872.
Why tornadoes among a hurricane's potent threats
The cyclone spawned tornadoes in parts of the Carolinas -- typical of hurricanes that get enough of their circulation over land. Tornadoes are common in the thunderstorm bands of hurricanes and tropical storms, especially in the right-front quadrant of the system. Tornadoes thrive, in part, on strong vertical shear, which means a difference in horizontal winds' direction and speed at different heights. In the Northern Hemisphere, this vertical shear is especially pronounced in a tropical cyclone's front-right (generally the northeast) quadrant. In a hurricane's outer bands, tornadoes represent a burst of concentrated destruction in an area that otherwise might not see the devastating levels of wind produced by the hurricane's core.
Half of US will see 95+-degree temps over next 7 days
joe Raedle/Getty Images(CNN) - Nearly half of the US population will see temperatures of at least 95 degrees over the next seven days, according to meteorologists. More than 70 million people are under heat watches, warnings or advisories in different parts of the country, including the Midwest, the National Weather Service said Tuesday. "Low temperatures from the Midwest to the Northeast will be in mid- to upper 70s. In some locations, the overnight temperatures may not drop below 80 degrees." Ward said dozens of locations will set records for warm overnight low temperatures.
USGS animation shows thousands of earthquakes in the past week
In the first 100 hours since a 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck near Ridgecrest, a community 150 miles north of Los Angeles, on Thursday, there have been 5,400 mostly small earthquakes. The US Geological Survey on Monday released an animation depicting the series of earthquakes, spanning from early Thursday morning until noon Monday. The animation shows Thursday's 6.4 earthquake to the south, followed by Friday's 7.1 quake to the northwest. Friday's earthquake was 11 times stronger than Thursday's 6.4 magnitude earthquake. The animation shows a surge of aftershocks continuing northwest.