I used to like rollercoaster rides. Too fast was never fast enough, and climbing high with sudden drops were my thing. But something happened on my way to middle-age. You know that feeling you get when you're just about to vomit? The cold-sweats? Last night's game wasn't THAT bad, but it definitely was a rollercoaster ride, and not the fun-let's-do-it-again type. Yet, here are your Halolinks...waiting to take you to your next ride, with wet-naps to wipe your chin...just in case.
- Now we know why it's been 3 years since Stange has made a major league appearance: MLB Recap - Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers - Jul 30, 2013 - CBSSports.com. "Daniel Stange (0-1), making his Angels debut and his first major-league appearance since 2010, walked Mitch Moreland and Geovany Soto to start the 10th. David Murphy then reached on a fielder's choice before Los Angeles put five players in the infield with only two outfielders." I think the idea in having 5 infielders is to get the batter to hit the ball on the ground, not over everyone's heads.
- Yesterday, I wrote that at least we had Jered Weaver to cheer for. Well, there's also Mike Trout: Angels lose to Texas Rangers, 14-11, on walk-off home run in 10th inning - latimes.com. "Mike Trout had four hits and two walks and has reached base in 10 consecutive plate appearances, two shy of Bobby Grich's club record of 12, set in 1984".
- The outcome was crappy, but no one can say they were bored: Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers - July 30, 2013 | MLB.com. "[Martin's] homer capped quite the eventful night. Mike Scioscia was ejected for arguing a close play at first base in the second inning, third baseman Alberto Callaspo was pulled from the game to start the bottom of the fifth -- eventually getting traded to the first-place A's for Minor League infielder Grant Green -- and the Angels blew a lead on four separate occasions. They're now 48-57, having lost eight of 10 and 12 of their last 17." And the ride isn't over yet, Angels-Rangers Preview - Yahoo! Sports. "Washington's club will try to continue that production against Williams (5-7, 4.85 ERA), whose 8.90 ERA since June 22 is the highest in the majors for any pitcher with at least five starts."
- This was bizarre: Umpire Jerry Layne ejects Mike Scioscia without saying a word (apparently) - Yahoo! Sports. "After listening to about three seconds of Scioscia's argument after Geovany Soto of the Texas Rangers was ruled safe on a throwing error, Layne signaled that Scioscia had been ejected. It was kind of abrupt, but Scioscia must have said a magic word. What happened next was much more strange: Humorously, Layne did not appear to utter a single word as Scioscia continued to give him a piece of his mind for nearly another minute. All Layne did was stare back at him. He would not give Scioscia any satisfaction."
- Oh wait, it must be something in the Angels' genes: 50th anniversary: Paul Foytack gives up four straight homers - The Hardball Times. "Angels manager Bill Rigney opted to keep Foytack in the game. Maybe it was all happening too fast. Maybe it was just because Foytack still needed just one more out. Or maybe it’s because the next batter was a 23-year-old rookie named Larry Brown, playing in just his 25th game and still looking for his first home run."
- Okay, here's yesterday's big trade news: Athletics acquire Alberto Callaspo from Angels for Grant Green - MLB Daily Dish. "Green, 25, was the Athletics' first round pick in the 2009 draft and was ranked by Baseball America as the team's eighth best prospect before the season. He made his major league debut earlier this month, but is hitless in fifteen at-bats at the major league level. In 87 games with Triple-A Sacramento on the season, Green hit .325 with 11 HR and 50 RBI. He is not expected to be a spectacular offensive player at the major league level, but should be able to hold his own due to his above average defense at second base." This analysis is rather strange. It's completely opposite of everything else I've heard about Green -- I thought he was a good hit/weak fielder. Oh wait, here's another review: LA Angels trade Alberto Callaspo to Oakland A's for Grant Green - angels.com. "Grant Green, 2B: Green, ranked No. 3 on the A's Top 20 at the time of the trade, made his long-anticipated Major League debut earlier this month. Although he went 0-for-15 with six strikeouts in his brief time in Oakland, Green has shown plenty of promise as a hitter. His swing allows him to square up pitches and spray line drives to all fields. Green has average speed and good athleticism. Green was a shortstop at USC, but has moved around the diamond since the A's drafted him in the first round in 2009. He seems to have settled in at second base after getting a chance at shortstop and the outfield. Green has the tools to be a capable second baseman, but his offense will always be the most valuable part of his game." Hmmm, maybe he's a great hitting/great fielding infielder?
- Angels active in trade talks before Deadline - angels.com. "Howie Kendrick can still be had for the right cost-controlled starting pitcher, but an industry source said late Tuesday night that shortstop Erick Aybar is unlikely to be traded. Whether they can get a deal done for Kendrick now, or simply wait until the offseason, remains to be seen. But Ian Kennedy has emerged as a possible addition for the Angels."
- Orioles could pursue Jason Vargas, have yet to make offer for Norris - CBSSports.com. "Vargas, who was traded from the Mariners to the Angels last winter (for Kendrys Morales), was 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA in 14 starts before he got hurt. He's eligible for free agency at the end of the season, so he would figure to be affordable."
Chad Qualls trips and falls doing fist pump - Yahoo! Sports. "Qualls got so fired up that, when he did a fist pump to announce his exuberance, he lost his balance, tripped and fell forward into some kind of half-somersault. It was kind of like what Aroldis Chapman did after getting a save that one time, only much less intentional and about 10,000 times as funny."
- Bryce Harper has become a man right before our eyes: Thirteen year-old cancer patient and friend of Bryce Harper passed away yesterday - HardballTalk
- This might be kinda cool, but I'd miss hearing Victor Rojas' humorously snarky comments: Nat Sounds tonight on FSD PLUS. "FOX Sports Detroit is offering fans an additional option for game coverage that includes only natural sounds of the game on select dates during the Detroit Tigers season. The special broadcasts will be available in high-definition on FOX Sports Detroit PLUS and will indulge viewers with a replicated experience of what it’s like to sit in the stands at Comerica Park."
- I have a friend who turns every conversation back to himself. Kind of like Roger Clemens: Clemens 'not too worried' about Biogenesis - ESPN Boston. "Clemens and Alex Rodriguez, the focal point of the Biogenesis case, were teammates with the Yankees in 2007. Clemens was asked Tuesday if he could empathize with A-Rod. "I don’t know," Clemens said. "When A-Rod was my teammate in New York, I was glad he was my teammate. I did everything to make him feel comfortable when he was our teammate but I did that for all my teammates. Ask anybody I played for here or any of the four clubs I played for, I think I was a pretty solid teammate. Trying to go out there and not only win for them but back them when I had to on the field."
- This is pretty cool:
- I don't get political on this site, but sometimes these things just jump out at me. Pitcher who took $7 million for nothing decries "welfare leeches" - HardballTalk. "Pretty big talk for a guy who took nearly $7 million from the Athletics for a grand total of three starts between 2011 and 2012." I don't see how an injured athlete can be compared to someone without a job, but Craig Calcaterra tries to make that simile.
We test athletes to see if they're enhancing their performance. Why don't we test the welfare leeches 4 drugs preventing THEIR performance?— Dallas Braden (@DALLASBRADEN209) July 31, 2013