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Mike Trout put on a show last night, and the rest of the team rose to his standard.

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

This is how you do it on the Big Screen, fellas. Pitch like demons, play defense like madmen, and hit the ball long and often. Do it while the EaStPiN media fanboys are stuffing the press box and let the rest of baseball know that there is a real threat in Anaheim.

Link away, fellow HH'ers!

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Angels Baseball

Sciosciology: So, yeah, the biggest news around here, covered well already, concerns the schism between the Front Office and the field coaching staff. We are back to pitting Mike Scioscia and his men in white tights, against Jerry Dipoto and his team of khaki dockers. Things like this are something I have been wincing about the entirety of this frustrating season, since failure and struggles bring out the bad blood everywhere. It felt like it was only a matter of time, and only a hot winning streak would have prevented it. That didn't happen, so this did. Let's go to the tape! In Dipoto's favor we hear that: "Entering Monday night’s play, the Angels ranked 19th in the majors with 212 defensive shifts, while the Astros were second with 939." But in Sosh's favor we then hear: "Scioscia and his staff, however, could argue that all of that shifting was not necessarily giving the Astros a competitive advantage over their own club. The Angels, according to Baseball Prospectus, ranked third in defensive efficiency, the rate at which balls in play are converted into outs by a team’s defense. The Astros ranked fifth." So, umm, until it can be proven that the shit from Jerry's polo brigade actually results in, well, positive results, why should we get pissy that Sosh is not playing along?..............

Trevor Gott: "Baby-faced Assassin".  Gott has been killing it since coming up two weeks ago, last night's walk and single notwithstanding. Gott WHIP? Try 0.43. The kid is the flame-thrower on the staff, capable of 98 mph. This is a rocket compared to what hitters would be seeing through the earlier innings, and the difference shows in the stats. Remember that Trevor came to LA in the package that brought Huston Street, so this is a nice bonus in development............

Albert Pujols: Pujols is willing to do the Home Run Derby, making this his "one last time". It would be so that his sons could watch dad doing what dad does very well. Albert rejects the notion that the Derby messes up the swing for second half competition. But he is not going to do it at all unless he is invited to the All-Star game itself..............

Matt Joyce: As if you needed any proof, here it is. (And don't forget to notice who the guy is down on the far right.).................

C.J. Cron: Cron got himself a call-up back into The Show, after going after AAA pitching. The hope is that he will carry that momentum and return to the player he was showing off in spring. Last night was a good start.............

Idiot on the Field: The video is now in from Sunday's game. The old days when broadcasters refused to track the disruption of a fan on the field are gone. Now, with 30,000 cameras in attendance and Youtube on the ready to receive and promote the best, all we have to do is wait. And the wait is over.............

Idiot on the Keyboard: Jon Morosi reaches out and snatches the Obvious from the jaws of Self-Explanatory: A bat? Really? A power bat at that?? And somebody who can play left field, and bat left-handed??? That's a master of inside dope, right there............

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Elsewhere in Baseball

Base Stealing: You know that it is still possible, and acceptable, to steal bases in Major League Baseball. Billy Hamilton is doing it again and again and again and again. And that is just in one game. I am pretty sure that pitchers are quicker to the plate when Hamilton is on base too. And teams probably work to hold him close to the bag like lots of fast baserunners. Maybe there is a fraction of a second difference in base-to-base speed between Hamilton and our fastest runner. But it's hard to believe that the difference amounts to 32 stolen bases to date. Hamilton is making some other guys, and their managers, look to be spouting excuses..............

July 2nd: Few things confuse me more than the Rube Goldberg complications surrounding the bonus pool machine for signing international players, which resets later this week. From what I gather, the bottom line for us is that our carriage turns back into a pumpkin on 7/2 and we start working under a restrictive probationary period, just in time to miss out on making any sort of serious run at Vladdie, Jr..............

All-Star Voting: How curious. The Royals ASG Roster Snatch has shrunk to only 5 now, with still time to go to rub out even more of them. One can only assume that power has been restored to the other 49 states recently and allowed frustrated fans for the other 14 AL teams to get their Internet votes recorded. Either that, or MLB is busy neutralizing the embarrassment it was about to create through surgical strikes in their voting results database..........

Hambone: Here he comes. Just in time for the Angels. And just in time for MSM finger wagging. So brace yourself for it all. Maybe this time Josh Hamilton can stay on the field to actually make us look bad. But then again, this IS Josh Hamilton so the odds remain in our favor...............

Ghosts in the Outfield: Maybe it's not brilliant rebuilding and drafting after all. Maybe it's spirits. Maybe we now have proof.............

MVP: This we should all agree with. The 2015 AL MVP tracker is a mess, and Mike Trout has a large field of credible competition. There is plenty of season left to go, but Trout's competitors have a lot of season left as well............

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