Designerguy posted the above picture in last night's post-game write-up, and I think it sums up what the Angels have become this season...other teams' "sure thing". Having a little trouble getting things on track? Don't worry, here come the Angels. Haven't won a start since July 3rd? No problem, the Halos will let you labor to your first win in over a month. Hitting .199 over your last 64 games? Here, hit a home run...it'll make you feel better. Angels = Slumpbusters
- I hope they at least sends a "Thank you" note to the club: Soriano, Yankees bash Angels - Yahoo! Sports. "CC Sabathia (10-10) labored through six-plus innings and posted his first win in seven starts since July 3, allowing three runs (two earned) and three hits. He struck out seven, tied a career worst with six walks and threw 110 pitches." But roses and candy would be much more appreciated: Angels-Yankees Preview - Yahoo! Sports. "Alfonso Soriano had two of those homers and a season-high six RBIs, while Vernon Wells hit his first home run since May 15 and recorded his third multi-hit performance in five games."
- Whew! I was worried that all of this losing was having a negative effect on his locks of beauty: Twitter pioneer Wilson pays visit to Fan Cave - angels.com. "In a way, I get a little more nervous about my hair now, because people are paying attention to it," (C.J.) Wilson said. Just like soft manageable hair, it's important to have your priorities in place.
- I'm not sure this is such a bad thing if you're in the process of rebuilding, but it does look pretty weak if you're a team with a huge payroll and only this to show for it: Angels take a Bronx beating in 14-7 loss to Yankees - latimes.com. "By the third inning in Yankee Stadium on Tuesday night, the Angels had Chris Nelson at third base, Tommy Field at shortstop, Grant Green at second base, Collin Cowgill in right field and J.B. Shuck in left field. Not exactly the "template," to borrow one of Manager Mike Scioscia's favorite words, the Angels had in mind in April, but it's emblematic of a season that has gone from bad to worse to unrecognizable."
- When things are going wrong, everything goes...Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees - August 13, 2013 - MLB.com. ""The way the game turned out, you can't really look at one play and say it makes a difference," Scioscia said. "But if we tie the game in the sixth inning, there's no doubt we have a little different lineup as far as our bullpen we can use, and it might've affected the game." Just before J.C. Gutierrez, Nick Maronde and Michael Kohn yielded a four-run sixth inning, and long before Joe Blanton allowed six runs on eight hits in two frames of shoddy relief work, the Angels (53-65) had a legitimate gripe.
- This doesn't look too serious: Aybar exits against Yanks with left calf cramp - angels.com. "Aybar was walking around fine after the Angels' 14-7 loss and said he thinks he'll be able to play on Wednesday."
- What's the opposite of "slumpbuster"? Jered Weaver. Los Angeles Angels at New York Yankees - August 14, 2013 - MLB.com. "In his last nine starts, the right-hander has a 1.72 ERA. "He's very comfortable in how he's throwing the ball," Scioscia said. "I think he's pitching as well as he did at any time last year, which was obviously his best year." It looks like it might be a pitchers' duel, yet it seems whenever I write that, one of the teams will score double-digit runs: "As Weaver looks to continue his string of strong starts, Yankees right-hander Ivan Nova will do the same. Nova has tossed six consecutive quality starts and posted a 1.60 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 45 innings during that span."
- This Trout kids is pretty good: Los Angeles Angels vs. New York Yankees - August 13, 2013 - ESPN. "Mike Trout hit a three-run homer in the ninth, and slumping slugger Mark Trumbo connected in the first for Los Angeles, which has lost 13 of 18 even though the Angels led in 10 of those defeats." Yeah, that was a sort of good news/bad news thing.
- This Trout kid is pretty good Part 2: XVAL™ Player of the Week – Mike Trout - XVAL. "At the conclusion of last week, Trout was leading all MLB players in WAR at 6.45 for the season. Trout’s amazing production combined with his salary of ‘just’ $510,000 has resulted in the amount of his XVAL (excess value produced) to pile up to over $19M thus far this season."
- Some interesting tid-bits that I took to show baseball's arrogance: BOB: MLB defends anti-trust exemption with anti-trust exemption - The Hardball Times