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Halos take 2 of 3 as Santiago out-aces Richards, and the Shoemaker-Richards-Santiago trio hold the Mariners to 4 runs in 21.2 innings of work. Hector be going to Cincinnati?!

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Remember 2014, when the plan was to out-muscle the opposition and win a boatload of games by the score of 11-10? The pitching was in shambles so Dipoto was trying to load up on bats?

Yeah. Good times.

Those bats have totally flamed out this season (so far, anyway), but the pitching turnaround is a story. Probably found in the mystery section, but a story nonetheless. Currently, the staff ERA ranks 6th in the AL and 3rd in WHIP. They don't walk many, but they don't strike out many, either. They don't give up a lot of hits, but they do give up a lot of home runs. Their staff battery is the worst at giving up stolen bases, but the best at picking off baserunners and almost the best at catching runners trying to steal. And, for all intent and purposes, they are at the bottom int he league at inducing hitters to ground into double plays.

And yet they are carrying the team. Nearly half way through the season the staff is overwhelming an anemic offense to keep the team a couple of games above .500, and within 4 games of the AL West lead. You have to wonder how they are doing it, but then along comes Hector Santiago, Staff Ace and main man of mystery.

Santiago is 10th in all of baseball with an ERA of 2.58, which is good for 4th in the AL. He has the 7th best WHIP in the league, the 6th lowest batting average. He has surrendered 60th lowest total number of runs scored, but done that while yielding the 6th highest number of walks and the 8th highest number of home runs and only the 15th best number of strikeouts.

The kid is killing it, and it's hard to explain how. Let's not talk about it too much, lest the mystery be revealed and Santiago's ticket to the All-Star game fails to get issued. The Mariners now have Mark Trumbo, who was 1 for 10 this weekend. We have Hector, who was the one who earned the perfect 10.

Let's  link!

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Angels Baseball

The Upcoming Series:

New York Yankees @ Los Angeles Angels, Angels Stadium, Anaheim

Day Game Time Probable Pitchers TV
MONDAY 7:05 PM PDT C.C. Sabathia (3-7, 5.65 ERA) versus C.J. Wilson (5-6, 3.92 ERA) FSW
TUESDAY 7:05 PM PDT Ivan Nova (1-0, 0.00 ERA) versus Andrew Heaney (0-0, 1.50 ERA) FSW
WEDNESDAY 4:05 PM PDT Adam Warren (5-5, 3.59 ERA) versus Matt Shoemaker (4-6, 5.03 ERA) FSW, ESPN




From the official team Game Notes: "YANKEES ON DECK: Halos were swept in first meeting at NYY (6/5-7)…Since 2008, Angels are 19-11 at home vs. NYY…Halos are 27-15 in last 42 games vs. Yankees at Angel Stadium (since 2005)…Angels have dropped five straight and eight of last 10 in New York…Halos are 10-22 at NYY since…Since 2000, Angels’ 67-66 regular season record vs. NYY is Yanks’ only losing record vs. an A.L. team…Yankees have claimed last four season series (4-2 over LAA in 2015)."

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More Hector Santiago Love: Santiago for All-Star, LA Times edition..........Santiago for All-Star, MLB edition..........

Taylor Featherston: Featherston beaned Robinson Cano during between-inning fielding warm-ups, by missing his target at first base and watching his throw fly into the Seattle dugout, taking Cano out of the lineup. (The bump on his noggin was pretty serious.)  "Just apologized and let him know that I felt terrible about it. You know, it was an unfortunate accident I had to witness first-hand and I would never wish upon anybody. I’ve been watching that guy play for a long time and I just wanted to call and let him know that I really was sorry and hopefully we could put it behind us and move forward."..........Cano did find a way to put some humor into it all............

Johnny Giavotella: Giavotella was moved to lead-off back on June 21, failed, was moved out of starting at leadoff for Friday and Saturday and then moved back on Sunday, and failed again. But he terms that as just tough luck, and he really enjoys that slot in the order. "I like batting leadoff. I like working counts and being counted on to get on base." I'd like that, too. He should try it sometime...........

Huston Street: Do you know that whole theory about using your best reliever in the highest leverage situations, rather than just wait until the 9th inning (or later) when there is some "save" opportunity to close out the game? Yeah, Huston Street calls bollocks on that idea, and he is pretty serious about it. "I'll retire if that ever happens. If they ever tell me, 'Oh, we're gonna start using you in these high-leverage situations.' … All right, good. You now can go find someone else to do that, because I'm going home." Quite the team player, right there...........

Rumors: While the Astros appear to be considering going hard after a Cole Hamels or a Johnny Cuetowe are sniffing around Clay Buchholz and Jef Samardzija. And our targets are seeing their price being driven up as the Yankees, Royals, Tigers, Blue Jays, Cards, Orioles and Dodgers are all still in the playoff hunt. Too many buyers. Too, too many buyers...........And, call me crazy, but isn't our primary need for the foreseeable future over on the offensive side? If we are going to get a guy who bats left-handed, shouldn't it be a guy with better power and a better proven OBP than Buchholz?? But what do I know. I just write link fests...........

Edgar Ibarra Ibarra was outrighted off the 40-man altogether. I can't keep up. It's not like he did really bad, so this must be a roster move to make room for somebody that I have lost track of. Not that I blame myself. I am typing this as the sun sets over the Pacific up here in the Central Coast so it's not like I am paying a lot of attention to the details right now...........

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Elsewhere in Baseball

David Price: What we've got here is failure to communicate. This is not something you would expect to hear out of a pro organization, stuffed with pro competitors: David Price accidentally took his own butt out of a game yesterday when he exited after the 6th inning and headed to the locker room. Unfortunately for Price, his manager (Brad Asmus) had every intention of Price going back out for the 7th. When the Tigers took the field and started warming up, the mound was vacant. And it remained so minute by minute by minute. By the time they tracked down Price, he had shed his uniform and was starting post-game treatment. Asmus was forced to go to the bullpen............This, by the way, is not the worst lineup mistake this pas few days. A Minor League manager forgot to list out his available bullpen players and was forced to use position players. Worse, this all started when the starter lasted only 4 innings.

Derby Dash: MLB has changed the format (again) for the Home Run Derby this year, and they are adding a clock. That should make it interesting...........

Assist: Mark Teixeira has discovered something good pertaining to the belly of Joe West: it makes a very nice cushion to rebound off of and make plays...........

Petty by the Bay: The territorial pissing contest between the Oakland A's and San Francisco Giants that has essentially benn rather unidirectional for decades now has been taken to new heights. The Giants are advertising their success at the A's own stadium............

Astros: Houston is living one of those charmed fairy-tale like tales where everything that can go anywhere, ends up going right for them. It's as if the laws of baseball fail to apply. Look at how far Altuve runs in order to make this grab............

Mike Napoli: Naps is coming down with a case of Ortiz Syndrome. First he doesn't like a called 3rd strike and wants to argue that, thinking instead that he should have had a ball four. But he chooses to argue after laying his bat on the plate and then starting to walk away. The ump didn't care too much for his decision to litter the batter's box, so the ump tossed him for attitude. Seriously, Napoli, you have been in Boston far too long now. It's wearing off on you...........

Bob Costas: I don't know. I find this to be kind of funny............

Baseball Biz: More and more of you all are cutting the cords to TV subscriptions. This means most to folks like Arte Moreno, who funds his franchise on such subscriptions. (The article uses the phrase "...totally cut their cable or satellite service...", which still bugs me. Because the need to get to the Internet to replace the content delivered from the TV subscription offerings still remain. The "cord" goes nowhere.)...........

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