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Wednesday Halolinks: Angels Are The Worst Team In Baseball, Good Times!

If the worst team in baseball beats another team, does that make the other team the worst team in baseball?

I love baseball and I love the Angels, but this is getting very hard to watch. At least I have Halolinks to keep my spirits up:

  • There's something to be said about rooting for an underdog. You don't really have too many expectations, and you're always happy when something good happens for them because you know the good times are going to be few. If you were an Astros' fan, last night would have been one of those good times, especially after the team went through some player moves and revamped their roster...Astros end 6-game skid with 7-6 win over Angels - Yahoo! Sports. "Houston manager Bo Porter spoke about what his three speedy, young outfielders bring to the Astros before Tuesday night's game against the Los Angeles Angels." Remember when we were excited about our speedy and young outfielders? Those were good times. Good times.
  • Now our good times are looking at how out of touch the Angels' staff is. Isn't it ironic how Mike Scioscia points out the energy and aggressiveness that Houston brings to their game? You know, the traits a well managed team shows every game. "Playing with a purpose". Good times. Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros - May 8, 2013 - ""I think the first thing you notice, and I think we had it in our first scouting report, is the amount of energy that's on the field and how guys play," Scioscia said. "And as you kind of dovetail out into some of the specifics of their game, they're running the bases as aggressively as they can, they have some guys in the lineup that can definitely swing the bat and they can hurt you. There's a lot of young talent on that field. They're playing with purpose." Losing focus and playing without purpose leads to...Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros - May 7, 2013 - "On Tuesday, against an Astros team that had lost six straight and 10 of its last 11, Wilson gave up five runs in the third inning, Hank Conger became the first catcher in franchise history to record three errors in one game, Pujols and Hamilton went a combined 0-for-7 with four strikeouts and the Angels lost, 7-6. They're 11-21, after losing 10 of their last 13 games." Wait, let's try to positive here; they haven't lost 10 of 13, they've won three out of their last 13. Focus on the positives, focus on the good times. Good times.
  • The positives heading into this season were the clubs potent offense and steady defense. What happened? Angels are outmatched by lowly Astros in 7-6 defeat - "They’ve committed an American League-high 26 errors, they have the AL’s second-worst earned-run average (4.68), and their two highly paid sluggers, Albert Pujols (.145 in 13 games) and Josh Hamilton (.135 in nine games), are in horrendous slumps." If you can't hit the ball, or catch the ball, or throw the ball, you end up dropping the ball: Angels-Astros Preview - Yahoo! Sports. "The Angels, who have matched their worst start in franchise history, are now tied with the Astros with a major league-worst 4-12 road record."
  • He's back at it. "Orange County Angels"! It never gets old! What a hoot! Who's got a better shot at comeback, Angels or Blue Jays? - Baseball Nation. "Here's some News That Might Surprise You: The Canada Jays and the Orange County Angels own the second- and third-worst run differentials in the American League. Exactly as not predicted by you, by me, or by anyone else with at least a mildly functional cerebral cortex. Before the season, 43 of ESPN's experts, from Manny Acta to Pedro Zayas, made their predictions. Most of them favored the Tigers or Nationals as World's Champions; only Zayas predicted a championship for the Angels, and only Stephania Bell predicted a championship for the Blue Jays. But 20 experts had the Jays winning the American League East, and 31 had the Angels winning the West." Preseason favorites? Those were good times.
  • But wait, there's hope on the horizon: Team Report - LOS ANGELES ANGELS - Yahoo! Sports. "RHP Ryan Madson (Tommy John surgery in April 2012) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 22. He threw a simulated game April 19 and was sent to rehab in Arizona in late April. He had scar tissue removed from his elbow in late April. He threw a bullpen session May 4. He is hoping to face hitters in extended spring training on May 9 and 10 and then begin a short rehab assignment the next week. He could be back as soon as May 17." The 17th is just a little over a week away! Wait, what? Weaver's recovery taking longer than anticipated - "Sunday marked four weeks on the disabled list for an injury that originally carried an estimated recovery time of 4-6 weeks. But Weaver is not two weeks away from rejoining the Angels' rotation, Scioscia confirmed on Tuesday. He's scheduled to throw his first bullpen session on Thursday, a sign Weaver is progressing and has bounced back well after long-toss sessions, but he'll need at least two or three of those before venturing out on a rehab assignment. Once there, Scioscia said Weaver "won't need a full Spring Training" workload, but added, "It's going to take multi-rehab assignments to get him ready."
  • This has got to be one of the coolest things I've ever seen a player do. Seriously. Watch the video and if you don't become the biggest Matt kemp fan, you don't have a heart beating in your chest: Fan can't believe Matt Kemp's gesture - "Kemp didn't know the kid's name. Kemp didn't know anybody was watching. When he reached the figure in the hooded blue sweatshirt sitting motionless in the front row, he thought the encounter would be quick and forgettable."
  • Ouch: J.A. Happ in stable condition after being struck on head by liner - "Moments after impact, Happ appeared to be bleeding profusely from his ear or the area around his ear. He was attended to on the field for several minutes by training staff and eventually by paramedics." It's interesting to see the batter (Desmond Jennings) react as he's running to first.
  • This was all over the internet yesterday. The baseball Hall of Fame has made some scouting reports available here: Scouting Reports. There's some pretty interesting stuff, like this: Great moments in scouting - Baseball Nation. "In this dead-on scouting report from Mark Grace's minor-league days, see if you can spot the moment when our scout -- Jim Essian, who would manage Grace in the majors for most of 1991 -- writes something he probably wouldn't write today ... Outstanding fielder. Always alert. Smooth, graceful, polished, mature, loves to play, the brothers love him. Team leader. Nothing but class. Rarely strikes out. Hits line to line with power. Can run. On the off-chance you're exceptionally young and don't know, "the brothers" refers to African-American players."
  • Remember the days of having the big shot rookie on your favorite team? Harvey flirts with perfecto in Mets win - NBC Sports. "Harvey allowed only an infield single by Alex Rios with two outs in the seventh - he was safe, barely. The right-hander with the bright future struck out a career-high 12 and was pulled when the game went to extra innings." Those were good times.
  • I wonder if Washington had moved to LA instead of the Dodgers, would they have changed their name? The "Los Angeles Senators" doesn't make much sense...but neither does "Dodgers". Dodgers honor official instrumental in L.A. move. "We were also talking to the (New York) Giants and Washington (Senators)," Wyman remembers, "but we really wanted the Dodgers. Well, we got them and when the Giants decided to move to San Francisco, it created the perfect situation. O’Malley would have had to pay travel expenses for every team after the first three games they played west of the Mississippi, but with Horace Stoneham going to San Francisco, he had to pay for half of everything."