Did you notice how CC Sabathia did not start the All Star Game. He didn't even make the squad. CC has an ERA+ of 85 (the most similar Angels pitcher with that mark would be spot starter/long reliever twice-DFA's minor leaguer Billy Buckner at 83 ERA+ in limited mediocre action for the Angels in 2013).
But you wouldn't know it with all the respect Mike Scioscia has put together in the form of a defensive, terrified lineup for the Angels in the Bronx today. Let's have a look...
- J.B. Shuck LF
- Colin Cowgill RF
- Mike Trout CF
- Mark Trumbo 1B
- Chris Nelson 3B
- Josh Hamilton DH
- Erick Aybar SS
- Chris Iannetta C
- Tommy Field 2B
No Kole Calhoun? Never mind that Superginger puts up stellar numbers against lefthanded pitching, it is just the Soth being the Soth. We can blame Dipoto for Cowgill but is Scioscia under some pressure to play the 4-A wonder? And every at-bat that Shuck gets over Calhoun is treason against the organization.
Jason Vargas returns from his coagulation drama to face the Yankees, a gelded, shadow-of-its-former-self lineup.
On days like this one can only hope the Dodgers give Don Mattingly a five year contract in order to ease Arte's fears about dumping the treasonous albatross making out the lineup card.