Cue "The Natural" music.
Post deadline hangover remedy? Johnny, sweep the Rangers:
- What's cooler than cool? Ice Weaver!: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers - July 31, 2012 - MLB.com. "Jered Weaver, at the advice of former Angels pitcher John Lackey, went off the regimen and threw his pregame bullpen session indoors, which helped him be fresh enough to hold the Rangers scoreless until the seventh inning. "That bullpen gets really hot down there, so you're pretty much gassed before the game even starts," Weaver said. "It was a little bit cooler down here in the cage. A couple of guys in Boston had mentioned that that's what they do, and I just wanted to try it out. It definitely helped."
- Game 3 of the 4-game set is a toss-up. Darvish and Richards have the ability to pitch well (probably more so with Darvish) or crap the bed (I'm not real confident in Richards): Angels-Rangers Preview - Yahoo! Sports. "He's (Darvish) 2-1 with a 3.38 ERA in three starts against Los Angeles and gave up three runs and three hits over 5 1-3 innings in his only matchup in Texas, a 10-3 victory May 11. Richards has no record and a 1.59 ERA in two career starts against the Rangers but threw only 19 pitches during the first of those on Aug. 15, 2011, before leaving with a strained groin."
- Have you heard about this kid? He might have a chance to stick around for awhile (is this joke old yet?): Trout ties, sets rookie records for July - angels.com. "Mike Trout's record-setting surge continues. On Tuesday night against the Rangers, he scored his 32nd run this month, tying Hal Trosky of the 1934 Indians for the most runs ever by a rookie in July. He also hit his 10th homer of July, setting a new American League rookie record for homers in that month." There's one comparison I've read that mentions Trout and Joe DiMaggio. That's not too shabby.
- In case you hadn't heard what was up with Downs...ha, see what I did there?: Downs' trip to DL a blow to Angels' bullpen - The Orange County Register. "Veteran reliever Scott Downs went on the DL with a strained left shoulder. Downs underwent an MRI Tuesday morning which he said revealed "just a shoulder strain, more than just inflammation, but no major structural damage.""I felt it on Friday during the game," said Downs who pitched a scoreless eighth inning against the Rays on Friday."
- Here are two items from the Angel Notes section of Angels.com:
Deadline passes, Bourjos still an Angel - angels.com. "Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto found Peter Bourjos near the batting cage, patted him on the back and said, "See, I told you I wasn't going to trade you." The conversation didn't last much longer than that. It was Bourjos' turn to hit. "I just said, 'I'm happy here,' " Bourjos recalled, "'and hopefully this is going to be where I play my whole career.'"
Looks like Morales is a little unhappy (can't say I blame him): "Despite Morales' magical sixth inning in Monday's 15-8 drubbing, Angels manager Mike Scioscia stuck with what he's done for most of the season, sitting Morales against a left-handed starter to get the right-handed bats of Vernon Wells or Peter Bourjos in the lineup. Morales wants to get a chance to play every day and find rhythm, but isn't getting it. "I'm not surprised; they've been doing it all year," a solemn Morales said in Spanish. "I'm not sure what's happening, but there's nothing you can do."
- Wow, it looks like the Jerry Dipoto magic might be working in the minors too, but I wonder if he, or anyone for that matter, find the use of "ginger" offensive?: Enright tosses shutout for Salt Lake - MiLB.com. "When the D-backs traded fan favorite Barry Enright to the Angels last Tuesday, the 26-year-old saw the move as a chance to start again.Sporting his trademark ginger hair and beard, Enright (9-6) scattered three hits over nine innings in his first career nine-inning shutout as Salt Lake beat Las Vegas, 8-0."
- Angels unconcerned about Rangers' latest move - Yahoo! Sports. ""They had to," Angels veteran Torii Hunter said, referring to the Rangers' need to replace two starting pitchers lost to season-ending surgeries (Colby Lewis and Neftali Feliz). "You lose two starters, you have to go out and get somebody. We all could see that coming."
- Here's a handy guuide to everything that happened at the trading deadline: HBT’s Trade Deadline Tracker - HardballTalk. "The 2012 non-waiver trade deadline has come and gone. Here’s your summary of who went where and for whom"
- Jim's Cheap-shot of the Day:
- Gee, even the Boston fans don't like him: Red Sox fans boo Josh Beckett as he leaves game with injury - CBSSports.com. "The right-hander -- part of two World Series winning teams with the Red Sox -- was booed by the Fenway Park crowd as he left Tuesday's game against the Tigers in the third inning."
- Gee, even his teammates don't like him: A.J. Pierzynski Has No Problem Calling Twins Pitcher Nick Blackburn A "Piece Of Shit" To His Face. "A.J. Pierzynski is not the most popular ballplayer. This is, after all, the guy whose own manager said "If you play against A.J., you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less."
- Watch this video. Really, you won't be sorry. Go! Now! Relive McKayla Maroney's Phenomenal Vault In Super-Slow Motion - Deadspin
Which team improved the most at the trade deadline?
Dodgers (167 votes)
Angels (260 votes)
427 total votes