Wednesday Halolinks: Mark Trumbo Keeps Hitting, Garrett Richards Starts Pitching

Jun 5, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels left fielder Mark Trumbo (44) is congratulated by pitcher Ervin Santana (54) after the game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium. The Angels defeated the Mariners 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Midweek Halolinks - Tops among many leader boards:

  • Like most sports fans, before the internet came along, I used to read the newspaper. My morning routine was to check the standings, review the boxscores, see who was starting in that days' games, and scan the leader boards to see who was kicking ass. When I read the following paragraph from this link: Trumbo homers twice to lead Angels over M's 6-1 - Yahoo! Sports. "With nary a trace of fanfare, Los Angeles Angels slugger Mark Trumbo has quietly nestled into third place in the AL batting race. Trumbo homered twice, going 4 for 4 with four RBIs and leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. He raised his average from .322 to .337, eight points ahead of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter." I realized I had no clue which players were leading their leagues in hitting (or pitching for that matter) and it was all the internet's fault. In many ways, I'm much more informed as to what's going on in baseball, but am missing the basic information that was common-place for me before being online. I know who is leading the league in WAR (Josh Hamilton - 3.4), but completely missed the fact that Trumbo was doing so well compared to the rest of the league. So, if you've become leaderboard-challenged like I have, here's a link for you: Baseball-Reference Batting Leaders
  • When I'm wrong I have no problem admitting it...I was wrong about Garrett Richards: Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels - June 5, 2012 - MLB.com. "He hurled seven innings of one-run ball, struck out eight, and retired 12 of 13 at one point, leading the Angels to a 6-1 victory over the Mariners at Angel Stadium. In the process, he earned his first Major League win. "In Triple-A, I didn't feel like I didn't have command, I just felt like I was nibbling just a little bit too much," said Richards, who walked two batters, scattered four hits and threw 110 pitches in his first Major League start of 2012. "Tonight, I just trusted my stuff and went after guys." Once MLB.tv finally got their shit together, I was able to watch Richards pitch a well executed game. Much to my surprise.
  • Mariners-Angels Preview - Yahoo! Sports. "Jerome Williams (6-2, 3.68 ERA) gets the ball Wednesday for the Angels looking to remain unbeaten in Anaheim. The right-hander is 8-0 with a 2.32 ERA in 11 games - eight starts - at Angel Stadium since returning to the majors last season following three-plus years toiling in the minors. Williams has won all five of his home starts this year with a 2.17 ERA." Tonight's game looks promising.
  • I'm not a big draft person, but I thought this was interesting in that it's a complete change from what the Halos were doing prior to last year: Angels' draft strategy focuses on colleges - ESPN Los Angeles. "Then, after Bane was fired and replaced by Ric Wilson, the team changed direction drastically in last year's draft. The Angels picked college players with their first 10 selections. The trend continued Tuesday, when 12 of the Angels' 13 picks were college players, seven of them pitchers. The reason, Wilson said, was to replenish the system as quickly as possible." And it's going to take a few years to see if the change worked. Here's another link about the same thing: Angels take college talent on Draft's Day 2 - angels.com. "While some teams have gone with a majority of high school players in need of a lot of coaching in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, the Angels went mostly with maturity and experience. And as it had been last season in Wilson's first Draft as scouting director, the theme of 2012 was once again college athletes. Of their 13 picks on Day 2 of the Draft on Tuesday, all but one of the Angels' selections was a college player."
  • I'm really starting to like this guy: Angels closer Ernesto Frieri chased a dream born of the '97 World Series all the way to the majors - Yahoo! Sports. "He has a charming, optimistic view of the world and his place in it, which perhaps is the best story of all, how Ernesto Frieri, the right-handed pitcher who's helping to save the Los Angeles Angels' season, came to discover baseball and so the rest of his life."
  • How gross would it be to see five Rangers in the starting line-up: Pujols fifth in initial All-Star ballot results - angels.com. "The first ballot updates for the 2012 All-Star Game were unveiled Tuesday, with Albert Pujols placing fifth at first base but no other Angel among the top fan vote-getters. Comparatively, five members of the division-rival Rangers -- catcher Mike Napoli, second baseman Ian Kinsler, third baseman Adrian Beltre, and outfielders Nelson Cruz and Josh Hamilton, who leads all players in votes -- are currently on pace for a starting spot in the Midsummer Classic.
  • Here's something for you to waste your time on (in a good way): 2011-12 Major League Baseball Player Map
  • Based only on WAR: Who are the Worst Position Players in Baseball? - Beyond the Box Score. "Based on the total contributions to their respective teams, playing every day, the worst players in baseball have to include the names: Ike Davis, Brennan Boesch, Erick Aybar, Emmanuel Burriss, Marlon Byrd, Jason Bartlett, and Casey Kotchman."
  • Pablo Sandoval: Giants question conditioning as sexual assault investigation continues - Yahoo! Sports. "Sandoval's work life isn't a trot around the bases, either. The Giants are unhappy with Sandoval's physical conditioning as he rehabs from a surgically repaired left hand." He should tell'em he's invented a new workout routine...unlike this guy: Bus driver accuses Conn. hospital of watching baseball game instead of treating his erection - CBS News. "A bus driver has sued a Connecticut hospital, saying staff at an affiliated facility failed to promptly and properly treat his painful erection and watched a baseball game on television while he waited."
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