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Wednesday Halolinks: Angels keep rolling along

It doesn't seem to matter where the Angels are playing, they just keep winning.

Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

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Rollin', rollin', rollin'...  Or if you want to return to an old tradition from a few seasons ago there's always this:

  • Don't you just wish you could save some of those "extra" runs for a later date?  Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers - September 9, 2014 - MLB.com LAA Recap, "Three games, three cities, 35 runs. The Angels' high-powered offense -- the one that scorched through the first half and had been waiting to come alive since the All-Star break -- is back."
  • Don't get me wrong, I'm lovin' life right now, especially when the club is doing so well.  So it somewhat pains me to mention this one, teeny, tiny little complaint...when is Hector Santiago going to last longer than 6 innings?  And then I read this post:  Los Angeles Angels vs. Texas Rangers - Recap - September 09, 2014 - ESPN, "Santiago was done after 79 pitches. "It was a matchup situation," Scioscia said. In 17 games (14 starts) since returning from Triple-A Salt Lake, Santiago is 5-1 with a 2.71 ERA in 79 2/3 innings. He has won five decisions in a row since July 10."  No, Santiago isn't a fragile starter, nor a too many pitch throwing nibbler, manager Mike has a plan...MATCHUPS!  Santiago makes another short but solid start - angels.com, "Santiago believes that "the longer I go, the stronger I get." And that hitters have a .190/.306/.357 slash line against him when he's at 101 or more pitches supports that claim. The biggest reason for his short leash could be two-fold: 1. The Angels have a deep and talented bullpen, which Scioscia will usually go to as soon as possible. 2. Santiago has a run-support average of 3.8, which means a lot of his games are close around the middle innings."  Since the team has the fantastic bullpen, why not use it?
  • And when games such as last night's happen and you can rest the main guys, all the better.  Offensive outbursts good for Angels' record – and bullpen - The Orange County Register, "Ask Joe Smith, who got the day off because of the outburst. "It’s nice to get that little break," said Smith, who has been able to rest three days in a row, after pitching the previous three in a row. "When you have an offense putting up runs like we are, it keeps you that much fresher for the next month and into October."
  • This has already been a historic season thus far, but as the days go on, more history is being made: Angels-Rangers Preview - Yahoo Sports, "The Angels, who have won 12 of 14 overall, have scored 55 runs while hitting .336 during a six-game road winning streak. They last won seven straight June 12-30, 2013. "Obviously, it's a potent offense when everybody's contributing," said Collin Cowgill, who had a bases loaded triple Tuesday. "It seems like everyone is hot right now." They have a good chance to continue rolling behind Shoemaker (14-4, 3.25 ERA), who is looking to break a tie with Frank Tanana (1974), Marcelino Lopez (1965) and Dean Chance (1962) for the franchise record for wins as a rookie."  DEAN CHANCE!
  • The pessimist in me worries all of Shoemaker's early season awesomeness was just an illusion, and the right-hander is going to come crashing back down to earth:  Los Angeles Angels at Texas Rangers - September 10, 2014 - MLB.com Preview, "Shoemaker is a big reason why the Angels have surged to an eight-game lead in the American League West. He is 4-0 with 1.44 ERA in his past five starts and the Angels have won all five. But he gave up three runs on six hits and three walks against the Twins on Friday, lasting only four innings."
  • Feel good story of the day: Rangers 2B makes MLB debut after 1,095 minor games - Yahoo Sports, "The 31-year-old Rodriguez had the most minor league games for any current player without any major league experience. The Rangers purchased his contract from Double-A Frisco on Sunday after the RoughRiders were eliminated from the Texas League playoffs."
  • Feel bad story of the day: Hamilton's sore shoulder concerns the Angels - The Orange County Register, "Hamilton said his shoulder started to bother him last week in Houston, and he left Thursday's game in Minnesota and got a cortisone shot. He hasn’t played since. He was in the original lineup Sunday, but scratched when his shoulder began to bother him during batting practice. Hamilton at first said he had soreness in his AC joint, but now the injury is more tightness in the muscle surrounding the area, Scioscia said."
  • Not sure how to feel story of the day: Thatcher nearing return from left ankle sprain - angels.com, "Veteran southpaw Joe Thatcher, out since Aug. 3 with a left ankle sprain, threw a bullpen session at Globe Life Park on Tuesday and is on tap to throw another simulated game on Thursday, which could be his final step before being activated off the disabled list. Thatcher gave up two runs on two hits in his lone inning of work for Double-A Arkansas on Saturday."
  • Common sense, what a concept: Scioscia likes update in plate-blocking rule - angels.com, "The gist: A runner will only be ruled safe if his path was directly affected by the catcher blocking home plate without the ball. If he's out easily, he will remain out, no matter where the catcher was set up."
  • Oakland wins to remain 8-games back: MLB Recap - Oakland Athletics at Chicago White Sox - Sep 09, 2014 - CBSSports.com, "Donaldson had a career-high five hits while driving in four runs, helping Jon Lester and the Oakland Athletics beat the Chicago White Sox 11-2 on Tuesday."
  • And if you're a Brewers' fan, the number is even higher: Baseball Caught Looking as Fouls Injure 1,750 Fans a Year - Bloomberg, "I remember eating a pretzel. It was very sunny so it was very hard to see the game," said Shlomo "Eli" Shalomoff, 15, who was seated in the first row of the outfield stands at the 2011 Mets game when a foul drive fractured his sinuses, requiring surgery. "Next thing you know, split second, I see the ball, and my head flies back. I remember the blood pouring out in a very uncomfortable way. Then I fell on my side. My mom was screaming."  I blame the pretzel. 
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    This is why fans get injured at ball games: 
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  • I love these "guess the play by comparing stats" articles: Breaking Down The Two Most Underrated Pitchers in Baseball - Beyond the Box Score, "Player A is none other than the White Sox’s second-best left-hander – and possibly third-best once Carlos Rodon makes his debut – Jose Quintana. Player B, who slots in right behind Adam Wainwright in the Cardinals' rotation, is Lance Lynn. Quintana, according to fWAR, has been the tenth-best pitcher in baseball since the start of 2013; Lynn, the 23rd."
  • Hopefully, next on the agenda is MLB's blackout BS rules.  The FCC Will Vote To Dump Its NFL Blackout Rules, "Less than a year into his tenure as chairman of the Federal Communication Commission, Tom Wheeler has announced that at the end of the month, the FCC will vote on killing the 39-year-old rule mandating local blackouts for NFL games that don't sell out."  I know there are a few other cities who have it worse, but last weekend when the Halos were in Minneapolis to play the Twins, I was unable to watch the games on MLB.tv due to the blackout rules.  What doesn't makes this policy so ridiculous is I can't watch the games on normal broadcast TV, they're not broadcast in my area (we get Brewers' games).  By the way, here's a couple pictures from Friday's game:

    Pretty good seats thanks to StubHub
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    Shoebacca, Ol' Shoey from the stretch
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    My GF and kids
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