The club heads to Detroit for three games and I wonder if Torii Hunter invited his former team mates over for a slumber party. Maybe they could play a few games like "Find the Cash in the Mattress" or "Pin the Tail on the Fatty", "Truth or Sign Elsewhere", and "Spin the Imposter". Those were the days, boys...those were the days. Now all we have is Halolinks:
- Welcome to Detroit, C.J. DUCK! Angels-Tigers Preview - Yahoo! Sports. "Wilson is 0-3 with a 5.56 ERA in his last four road outings and 0-2 with an 8.20 ERA in three starts at Comerica Park, including the postseason. His last start against the Tigers came at home April 21, when he gave up three runs and walked four in six innings of a 4-3, 13-inning win." Yeah, but that was a different Wilson. "The Nibbler". Now the team has [INSERT COOL NAME HERE].
- Of all of the things wrong with the Angels right now; Hitless Hamilton, Jason and the armpit, Bourjos' bum thumb...Weaver no longer being Weaver is the biggest deal: Los Angeles Angels Should Worry About Jered Weaver - Yahoo! Sports. "Scioscia also indicated that Weaver will be himself once he is able to control counts better and exploit his secondary pitches. That's a little hard to understand based on Weaver's start against the Pirates. Weaver threw first-pitch strikes to the first four hitters who slammed him for extra bases. Two of those extra-base hits came on 0-1 pitches. More worrisome is that the 79-mph changeup isn't as good coming off a fastball that goes in 85 as opposed to 88." Fat Mike has a reason for everything. Hey Mike, exploit this [INSERT EXTENDED MIDDLE FINGER HERE]. By the way, it's good to see I'm not the only one tired of Scoiscia's antics: Angels' season has turned into a trip to the Haunted Mansion - latimes.com. "Manager Mike kept saying such things as: "The season is not a sprint, it's a marathon." And, "I saw some things I liked out there tonight." Often, he said that after an 11-2 loss. Fans feared his nose might grow like Pinocchio's." Instead it was his wallet and belly that grew.
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- This is interesting: Can any other struggling MLB teams go on a run like the Toronto Blue Jays? - FOX Sports. "I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: The Angels don’t play like a Mike Scioscia team. I’m not sure if Scioscia is failing to connect with the players, if general manager Jerry Dipoto and owner Arte Moreno gave him the wrong players, if it’s a combination of both. Whatever, the product is ugly." Failing to connect with players? How could that be?
Scioscia (walks up to Josh Hamilton's locker): Good effort Tom, turn the page, you'll get 'em next time!
Hamilton: Thanks Skip.
- Shit. This again? Already?? My AL MVP Debate: Miguel Cabrera vs. Mike Trout vs. Chris Davis - Beyond the Box Score. "Trout is on pace to put together the greatest 21-year old season in the history of the game if he can accumulate 9.5 fWAR. Dave Cameron of Fangraphs wrote about that very thing and showed us that Rogers Hornsby holds the record for greatest 21-year old season ever when he put up 9.4 WAR in 1917, breaking Shoeless Joe Jackson’s record of 9.3 WAR in 1911. So you see; Trout could very well own the record for greatest seasons ever by a 20-year-old and 21-year old." [INSERT AWESOME TROUT THINGY HERE]
- I miss Kendrysss: Kendrys Morales has learned his lesson about celebrating a walk-off homer - Yahoo! Sports. "Watch Morales as he hits his game-winner and approaches home plate. Baby steps. No hop. Nothing excessive. Just a man who has learned his lesson." "Kendrys Morales, thank you very much!"
- Obviously those trades turned out to be somewhat sketchy, but I'd do each of them again in the same situation: Lyle Spencer: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim good example of midseason deals gone awry - MLB.com. "In 2009, 2010 and 2012, the Angels unloaded a total of nine prospects and one established pitcher, Joe Saunders, in trades that brought Scott Kazmir, Dan Haren and Zack Greinke to Anaheim." [INSERT SNARKY LYLE COMMENT HERE]