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TuesdoLinks: Shoemaker comes untied

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Matt-Shoemaker-LAA-Ace failed to make the flight to ChiTown, and Sosh was forced to substitute Matt-Shoemaker-AAA-prospect. All while the Halo Offense went into Ghost Mode again. It all adds up to "L".

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Last night was just a gentle reminder that this team still sucks. Success only comes when the pitching is rock solid, the good half of the lineup manages to carry the gaping holes in the lesser half, and somebody in that lesser half has a unicorn game. Last night we got none of those things, hence the final score in an 8-2 loss.

The offense was quieted by Chris Sale, which would normally by excusable since this guy is an All-Star, CYA candidate, stud. But this is also the Chris Sale who just went out and threw two lemons in a row, giving up 14 earned runs in 10.1 innings of disaster. He must have been pretty happy to see Halo red roll into town. On the other side was Matt Shoemaker, who had yielded only 15 earned runs over his last nine gamesIt all caught up to him yesterday.

Oh, and those holes? Gaping. Massively gaping. Grand Canyon quality gaping.

But we here on HH know how to step up and deliver. Every day. With links...

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Angels Baseball

Yeah: I guess. The Big News coming to the roster repair is that David Freese and Collin Cowgill are about start their rehab assignment down in the minors. I suppose somebody might find this exciting, so there's that...............

Sean Newcomb: Newcomb is getting noticed, making progress at AA now. Making the rotation in 2016 is ambitious, but we have time............

Mike Trout: Everybody wants to be like Mike, including Michael Jordan. "I'm a big fan of [Mike] Trout, the baseball player. I absolutely love him. I wish I could hire him, but he's a Nike guy and I can't steal Nike's guys." By the way, check out that high school basketball game with Trout absolutely destroying that #21 from the St. Augustine College Prep School Hermits. By the way, the Internet is full of these Trout basketball pictures...........

Oddity: Yesterday Mike Trout drew a walk off Chris Sale in one of his at-bats. Trout fought for that walk through 13 pitches. That was a record for both men. It was the most pitches in an at-bat that Mike Trout had ever experienced, and the most pitches Chris Sale had ever gone through against any batter.............

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Elsewhere in Baseball

AL Manager of the Year Watch: Interesting list. Somehow a certain famous name is going unlisted. (Sosh was 1st in 2002 and 2009, 2nd in 2007 and 2014, 3rd in 2004 and 2008, 4th in 2000, 5th in 2005, 6th in 2001 and 2011)............

CarGo: Carlos Gonzalez has regained his stroke. And, no, it's not just a product of Coors Field. Yesterday he hit a super-human rope. Cargo is no longer to be had cheap..............

Waiver Rules: It's August again, and lots of names are floating around as having been traded, or are potentially being traded, or are being made available to be traded, all after the trade 'deadline". That means that these players are going through the annual waiver wire process. If you are confused, here is a briefing to keep handy..........

Cheap Tricks: Paul Goldschmidt, objectified. Proving once and for all that women have busted through yet another glass ceiling and can become pigs, too............

Merch: The Brewers show everyone how to move well beyond jerseys, shirts, caps, pens, keychains and foam fingers when it comes to merchandising. Imagination. It's so easy...........

Wall-Eyes: Have some fun: a gallery of baseball's outfield wall art.............

Ugh: You know how badly you want robot umpires calling balls and strikes, right? One solid zone for everybody, fair and square, and make pitchers pitch to it and batters defend it. Democracy. Well, you are alone. baseball players themselves don't want that. Take Kurt Suzuki, for instance: "I think you earn your stripes. I think as a rookie, you shouldn't get the same calls as a Torii Hunter or a Joe Mauer. Guys like Torii and Joe, they shouldn't have that borderline pitch called on them. It's that respect factor. That's just how it should be." Keep readin, because you will also read Suzuki being quoted as the umpires feel the same way............

Stadium Biz: With Arte in the mood for new digs, with an eye for some form of civic handout, it makes sense to keep up with the politics and economics of stadium shenanigans going on everywhere. Over in the NFL, we got lots of action. Recently, the city of St. Louis figured out a way to circumvent taxpayer intent and convince a random judge that the lawyer language in existing ordinances were sufficiently lawyerly to allow too much vagueness. This now opens the door for city officials to hand over hundreds of millions of dollars to Rams owner Stan Kroenke, since Kroenke is threatening to relocate to Los Angeles.............Meanwhile, down in San Diego, city officials there have ginned up a $350 million gift to some random NFL billionaire - preferably Chargers owner Alex Spanos - only to have their current franchise snub their nose at their proposal. Because, after all, there is Los Angeles...............And then, of course, there is Los Angeles, where the city of Carson is falling apart as they attempt to gift $1.7 billion to some lucky NFL billionaire..............And, then, to top it all, there is Milwaukee and the unbelievable effort to dump hundreds of millions into everybody's pockets. Never forget, this is money that these institutions take from the citizenry, by gunpoint if they have to...............And all we have on our side is the brilliant John Oliver............

Self Destruction: Off Topic, but here is a Public Service Announcement. Taking selfies is something best done out of everybody else's way. Or, at a minimum, out of the way of a herd of raging bulls..........