clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Thor'sLinks: Halos un-earn way out of WC spot

New, comments

7 un-earned runs by the pitching staff + 4 errors by the defense + 9 LOBsters by Cron 7 Pujols = Outside looking in with Elimination Number of 4.

If you buy something from an SB Nation link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Can you believe it? The Angels hit 5 home runs in the same game, against the worst team in baseball, and lose.

I'd like to be blaming the fact t the Angels lost to Oakland on asymmetrical scouting. It's a favored theory of mine. I'd also like to be blaming Seattle and Detroit, who had only one job to do. But Holy Balls! This one is entirely on LAA. And, sure enough, this Buttercup moment came when barry Zito was in a uniform and participating. I knew it. I just knew it.

7 unearned runs and 9 men Left On Base by Cron/Pujols and the offense being stonewalled for 4 innings by a guy who might have just done the very last thing he will ever muster in a uniform and all we can expect is to hand away the WC lead. It's inevitable. And now this team has to clean up, pack up, get to the airport, fly 4 1/2 hours to Dallas, get moved in, try to get some rest, all before heading to Arlington and trying to be fresh for the Texas Rangers. And, no, they can't afford to throw any more games away.

It's a good time to polish off your freak out boots, for these are the last 4 chances to extend the season. Let's grab some Unearned Links.

______________________________

Angels Baseball

The Upcoming Series:

Los Angeles Angels @ Texas Rangers - Globe Life Park, Arlington, TX.

Day Game Time Probable Pitchers TV
THURSDAY 5:05 PM PDT Andrew Heaney (6-3, 3.29 ERA) vs. Derek Holland (3-3, 4.99 ERA) FSW
FRIDAY 5:05 PM PDT Jered Weaver (7-12, 4.76 ERA) vs. Martin Perez (3-6, 4.77 ERA) FSW
SATURDAY 10:05 AM PDT Hector Santiago (9-9, 3.52 ERA) vs. Colby Lewis (17-9, 4.53 ERA). FOX
SUNDAY 12:05 PM PDT Nick Tropeano (3-2, 3.82 ERA) vs. Cole Hamels (6-1, 3.86 ERA) FSW

From the official team Game Notes: "RANGERS ON DECK: LAA is 14-2 in last 16 games in Arlington…In those 16 games, Angels have outscored Rangers 120-49...Halos lead 2015 series 10-5 (5-1 on road)…LAA is 24-10 in last 34 overall matchups…Halos’ 438 all-time wins vs. Texas are most vs. any opponent (438-414)."

______________________________


Range Warning: Just to alert the masses, the Rangers find these next 4 games to be particularly important to win and are doing their push-ups..............

Shoeless: In case you failed to notice above, the Halos will be trying to get through the Rangers this weekend without Matt Shoemaker. Here's to hoping we see him pitch again in 2015, because that means we made the playoffs...........

Grant Green: I had forgotten all about this guy. Too late. DFA'd. Probably gone forever............

Oldie Newbie: Green was released because Stoneman is busy looking for more arms over these last 4 games. Hmmm. Well, Green was most likely going to be cut loose before next season anyway. So with Green gone, Stoneman had room to add his arm. Jo-Jo Reyes. The guy hasn't pitched in MLB for 4 years. How do you even find a guy like that?............

Rip Off Alert: For $4, you too can not watch the Angels play any games between now and Sunday on MLBTV...........

Merch Alert: MLB Shop has vintage (style) jerseys now on sale. Off whites..............

Trout Porn: Angels MLB scribes busy pimping Mikey's cause by comparing favorably versus Donaldson..............

Trout Porn: "What a beast."..........Yeah, quite the beast...........

Trout Porn: If the Angels, Rangers and Astros all end up tied for the AL West lead, the Angels will be automatically entered into the playoffs because they have Mike Trout. Not really. Well, yeah, they will get the automatic entry. But not because Mike Trout is good for advertisers. So, um, no, not Trout Porn. But fun...............

______________________________

Elsewhere in Baseball

Trolling Oakland: Rob Neyer puts out the Oakland A's lineup that could have been - before Beane traded away all his players - and A's fan's everywhere experience their heads falling off their shoulders...........

Avoiding FA Mistakes: This piece dives into some of the theory behind selecting the proper value on the FA market. Bookmark it now and wait til the off-season, then read it while stuck on the tarmac. In the summary, though, is a tidbit that cannot be overlooked: "Yes, older players are risky, but when assessing risk, you always have to ask the question "compared to what other alternatives?"€ and then ask whether that risk is properly priced in the market. If it'€™s not, then like all mis-pricings, there's room to take advantage." The problem, however, is mostly about what do when the market itself is not properly priced?............

Cheating?: Wow. People are actually paying attention to stuff like this? The San Diego Padres have been fined for holding a workout, and apparently workouts are illegal. Actually, the violation sounds more like The Mann Act.............

Mother Nature: So, apparently, Mother nature is tired of the regular season, wants to jump right to the playoffs, and is threatening to shut down the remaining games where playoff slots are not at risk...........

Culture Clash: This conversation among players that, I think, has kickstarted by the Papelban/Harper clash continues to spin further and further out of control. Now it has gotten to the point where players are spouting off about foreign-born athletes............Quite the dust up that caused............

Youth Movement: I had no idea this was going on. The Reds are on pace to use a rookie starting pitcher in 64 consecutive games..............

Fail: Instant replay blows it again. I mean, really, isn't hte whole point to get calls RIGHT??...........

Goggles, please: America. The Land of Plenty.............


_______________________

And now, being the full-service weekend linkage institution that we are, here is the obligatory moment we take out of each Thursday...for beer...

Friday: Chico Oktoberfest runs all weekend at Sierra Nevada Hop Field in Chico............Madonna Inn Oktoberfest sponsored by Firestone Walker Brewery takes place at Madonna Inn outside San Luis Obispo, and runs Friday and Saturday...........Alpine Village Oktoberfest runs all weekend at Alpine Village in Torrance...........Modesto Oktoberfest is today only at John Thurman Field............

Saturday: Riverside Beer Challenge beer festival in Riverside...........Vegan Oktoberfest Saturday and Sunday in at Los Angeles Center Studios in LA...........Wine, Rhythm & Brews at Downtown Sierra Madre...........Woodshop 10 beer festival at Downtown Johnny Brown's in San Diego is also Saturday/Sunday............Chico Oktoberfest continues...........Madonna Inn Oktoberfest concludes............Clayton Oktoberfest is today only at Downtown Clayton (a tiny town east of Walnut)............Beer Bison and Bluegrass Festival at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Fort Bragg.............Rancho Beernado Festival at Sikes Adobe Farmstead in Escondido............Alpine Village Oktoberfest continues............Oaktoberfest on the Dimond at Oakland's Dimond District.............

Sunday: Vegan Oktoberfest at Los Angeles Center Studios in LA concludes............Pit Bull Awareness Month charity event at Angel City Brewery in LA...........Woodshop 10 beer festival at Downtown Johnny Brown's in San Diego concludes............Chico Oktoberfest concludes...........Alpine Village Oktoberfest concludes.............

Stay safe, everyone!

______________________________

(All grammatical errors still remaining should be intentional.)