Thursday Halolinks: Joe Maddon is now trolling the Angels

"I could pitch and beat the Agnels!" - Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays don't think the Angels are worthy enough opponents to face their ace David Price. So instead, they'll see Jake Odorizzi.

Not much to say today, so I won't.  Here are your Halolinks:

  • This is pretty sad.  The Angels are playing so bad that teams are saving their good pitchers and throwing scrubs out there to face the struggling Halos: Angels-Rays Preview - Yahoo! Sports.  "He's (Jake Odorizzi) been pitching well," manager Joe Maddon told the Rays' official website. "We thought that would be the right thing to do there." Making his first appearance against the Angels, the right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in his previous five major league starts."  Tampa Bay had originally scheduled David Price for today's game, but apparently decided to take it easy on the Angels and save him for tomorrow's game against Oakland.
  • The Angels should take notes from the Rays...only use your weaker pitchers against crappy teams: Los Angeles Angels at Tampa Bay Rays - August 28, 2013 -  "Richards, outdueled by the upstart Chris Archer, threw 36 of his 84 pitches for balls, started off behind in the count on 11 of the 21 batters he faced and even mixed in a wild pitch. He wasn't much better in that department on Friday -- 55 of 89 pitches were for strikes and he was behind on 16 of 26 hitters -- but he was able to put the Mariners away nonetheless."
  • Well, I guess he showed me.  Just one day after I wrote about how ridiculous Fernando Rodney looked by wearing his hat at a goofy angle, he took that hat and shoved it up my butt: Rays keep control of wild-card spot with 4-1 win over Angels - Yahoo! Sports.  "Joel Peralta and Rodney held the Angels (59-72) hitless a night after Los Angeles scored twice in the ninth off Rodney to steal a win. Rodney struck out Mike Trout and Josh Hamilton to earn his 31st save. "
  • At least he's consistent: Archer, DeJesus help Rays beat Angels 4-1 - Yahoo! Sports.  "Trout had his 51st multihit game of the season and raised his batting average against right-handed pitchers to .332. He is hitting .333 against lefties."
  • Dammit, now the Angels are differently going to miss the playoffs: Nelson's season in doubt following hamstring strain - "Nelson will be placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday and third baseman Luis Jimenez is expected to be recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to take his spot on the roster. Nelson had been the Angels' everyday third baseman since Alberto Callaspo was traded, batting .220 with three homers and 18 RBIs in 33 games."
  • I added this link to today's post, not because I thought you'd be interested in the Dodgers and Puig, but because I thought this last bit from Rob Neyer was interesting:  Yasiel Puig gets benched. Again. - Baseball Nation.  "Earlier in the season when the Dodgers were losing, it seemed like Mattingly couldn't say anything right. Now they're winning, and it seems like Mattingly can't say anything wrong. Winning is funny that way, don't you think?"  This is what's going on with the Angels and Mike Scioscia.  When the Angels were winning and making the playoffs, no one cared what Scioscia did or where he batted players.  In fact, I think I remember people saying how much of a genius he was for running out 160 different lineups during one season.  Okay, it wasn't 160 different lineup, but you get what I mean.  Winning = Genius, Losing = GTFO.
  • Yeah, I know...two Dodger stories in a row.  Sorry.  Dodgers sign Edinson Volquez for some reason -  "Volquez was recently designated for assignment by the 59-73 Padres after posting a 6.01 ERA and 1.67 WHIP in 27 starts. He leads the majors in earned runs allowed. He hasn't been a good pitcher since 2008. He was horrible on the road last year while his Petco Park numbers brought him close to respectable, but with the fences moved in this year he was awful."  I'm not sure why the Dodgers signed Volquez, they certainly already have enough pitching, but what I'm curious about is if the Angels at least checked in with the shitty pitcher.  The Angels' season has turned into the best opportunity for reclamation projects, which is what Volquez could've been.
  • Best comment this season: Logan Morrison Gives Up On Pop-Up Because A Fan Called For It.  And someone posted, "In all fairness, the Marlins aren't used to playing in front of fans."  (Disclaimer: There's another great comment to this article that I stole borrowed above.)
  • Brandon Phillips Curses Out Cincinnati Enquirer Reporter.  "C. Trent Rosecrans, the Reds beat writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer, and Brandon Phillips seem to have a little beef going on. Rosecrans has been critical of Phillips's on-base percentage and Phillips apparently thinks Rosecrans is a motherfucker."  AND HAVE A NICE DAY!

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