This is a quick, See-Ya-Mickey edition of Halolinks:
- If Albert Pujols had hit a home run last night, the game would have been the perfect example of what I thought this season would look like...great starting pitching, timely hitting, shutdown relief, and an easy win. Santana, Pujols lead revived Angels past A's 4-0 - Yahoo! Sports. "Santana struck out nine during 7 2-3 innings of four-hit ball, Albert Pujols drove in two runs with infield singles, and the Angels rebounded from yet another shutout loss with a 4-0 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night." I think this has only happened twice now, but Mike Scioscia's use of Scott Downs has changed slightly from last season. The change is allowing Downs to return to the mound after getting one hitter out to end the previous inning. Yesterday, Downs came into the game with two on and two outs in the 8th, retiring Johnny Gomes on a ground out to second to end the inning. Downs returned in the top of the 9th, but was replaced when he allowed a two-out single to Barton. Enesto Frieri struck out the right-hand hitting Kurt Suzuki to end the game.
- Will it make a difference? Probably not. Did it need to be done? Absolutely. Angels dismiss hitting coach Mickey Hatcher - MLB.com. "We think the world of Mickey Hatcher -- his work ethic, his enthusiasm for doing the job," Dipoto said. "But at a certain point, it becomes about the results on the field. Offensively, we're having a difficult time getting on base, we're having a difficult time hitting in situations, with runners in scoring position, etc., on down the line. We're all accountable. ... I'm included in that, Mike's included in that, obviously, Mickey's included in that, and this is a move that we're making in an attempt to jump-start an offense and to instill a philosophy that we believe has the power to last."
- Who's next if things don't improve? Analysis: A sign of Scioscia's loosening grip? - ESPN Los Angeles. "As each week and month passes, the Angels feel more like Jerry Dipoto's team and less like Mike Scioscia's team. The strongest indication of that yet was Tuesday's move -- surprising mostly in its timing -- to fire hitting coach Mickey Hatcher, a longtime friend and longtime teammate of Scioscia's."
- I wonder who the Dodgers' hitting coach is? Bobby Abreu finds his place with the Dodgers - latimes.com. "The 38-year-old outfielder entered Tuesday batting .296 (eight for 27) since joining the Dodgers on May 4, with four doubles and four runs batted in. "I feel comfortable at the plate, no problems, and I've been swinging the bat OK," said Abreu, a left-handed batter. "I'm happy to be here."
- I want to find out who the person is who created this petition and kick them in the nuts: Petition: los angeles angels of anaheim: Stop using "Buttercup" - Change.org. I agree with the petition's position (say that 5 times fast), but why...WHY did you have to have my email address on it?? Every time someone signs it, I get an email letting me know!