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TuesdoLinks: Angels win is Cronic proof

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Is it really as simple as "Play the hot hand"?!

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With Mike Trout plummeting through August of 2015 (something he also did in August of 2012, and then again in August of 2014), we can't count on him carrying any of the load right now. So we need to look elsewhere to fill the gaps until he snaps out of it.

Rational folk might think that it's a worthy concept to play the guys who, in the normal cycles of baseball where guys flow through positive streaks and negative streaks for stretches at a time, are deep in the positive side of the ledger. Especially when your anchors (still looking at you, mister-I-also-hit-a-home-run-last-night Albert Pujols) are dragging across the ocean floor as the ship drifts towards the rocks.

So C.J. Cron hit a home run (yeah, baby!) in the 7th inning off of Carlos Rodon to put the Angels in the lead 2-1. Overall, the guy was 2 for 3, accounting for half the hits by the entire "team". And you know exactly what Mike Scioscia was thinking when that happened. It's because Rodon is a leftie, proving why Cron should not bat against righties. Scioscialogy. For the rest of us, Cron constitutes the best option we have on offense at the moment.

So let's enjoy the win with some Cron links...

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Angels Baseball

Not Going Home: Early reports are starting to come in concerning the 2016 MLB schedule, and those reports include the theory that although the AL West will line up against the NL Central next year in interleague play, the gods will not allow for Albert Pujols to return to St. Louis. The whole reason the Astros were forced to abandon their long-time home in the National League was to bring balance to scheduling. Yeah, not so much: "A balanced rotation would have sent the Cardinals to Texas and brought the Angels to St. Louis. Instead, the Cardinals will host Texas, Oakland, Houston, and Kansas City for interleague series. Houston and Kansas City play two two-game sets, home and away, against the Cardinals, and the Cardinals will visit Seattle and Pujols in Anaheim. The next time the NL Central and AL West will face each other is 2019.". Quick show of hands, how many of you are hoping that Pujols is still an active player in an LAA uniform in 2019??............

C.J. Wilson: It doesn't make much difference to those of us focused on the 2015 season, but it is still worthy to keep up with so we track the outcome, even if just for his sake. Wilson will have his surgery this Thursday. We have to give him credit for chewing up innings as long as he did: "Wilson, who rejoined the Angels on Monday for the first time since opting to have surgery on his left elbow, said the doctors he saw were unanimous that he needed surgery. "They were very surprised I was out there at all with the condition it was in," said Wilson, who then demonstrated an obvious reduced range of motion with his left arm. Wilson, who said he spent "six or seven hours" being evaluated last Tuesday at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic in Southern California, will have surgery there Thursday." Well, except for that last game on July 28th. Oh, and that game on June 23rd...And June 7th......June 2nd...........April 12th............

Ransom Notes: I'm conflicted. Chase Utley won't agree to a trade unless he can be assured of playing time. This would come at the expense of Johnny Giavotella's playing time. If your compare Johnny G. to Utley across the entire season to date, Giavotella is a clear winner and he comes with a significant payroll advantage. And he doesn't cost us any reasonable personnel. But if you look at what Utley has been doing since coming back from the DL, what's the wait??? Do we really need him to cool off and then come over for the last 30 games or so, when we are too far back to make a difference? And lose talent in the process?............

Matt Shoemaker: Hey Shoe, please please pretty please rediscover your mojo in Salt lake, dude! Unusual for Sosh, we get some specifics concernign what needs to get corrected: "He needs to just get back and get into an environment where he can get a feel for some things, especially his fastball command."................

Big Mouth Bass: David Robertsonwho bravely called out Mike Scioscia last week as Sosh was departing for Kansas City, for interfering with his need to toss warm-up throws, something that video shows to be untrue, is oddly quiet now that he has had his ass dragged into Anaheim.............

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Elsewhere in Baseball

Randal Grichuk: The Cards have not had a slugging prospect the likes of Randal Grichuk since, well, Albert Pujols. The kid has been on a tear since taking over regular duties as Matt Holiday's injuries piled up this year. In only 85 games he is hitting .284 / .333 / .561 with 15 home runs and an OPS+ of 140. For perspective, that would make him the second most productive bat in the LAA lineup. Well, Grichuk's 2015 campaign just took a blow, as he heads to the DL with a strained elbow...........

Santa Series: That's great. The MLB just released the post-season schedule and if things go to a Game 7 of the World Series, this season won't end until November 4th, which is just 7 weeks and 2 days before Christmas. To compare: "The World Series ended on October 29 last season. The last time it went into November was in 2010, when the Giants won the series in five games, with the fifth game coming on November 1. In 2009, the six-game series went to November 4. The 2001 Fall Classic also went to November 4, which is the latest on a calendar the World Series has ever been played."  Since this year any Game 7 would be in an AL city, here are some forecasts.

City Low High Chance of Snow
Kansas City, MO. 42 60 0
Toronto, CA. 34 49 NA
Houston, TX. 58 76 0
New York, N.Y. 41 56 NA

Robots!: technology gives us #cesspools such as MySpace, and Facebook, and Twitter. I gives us hackable cars. It gives us all of these things and more selling your every keystroke to people who will use that info to drain your very soul, then lose that data to nefarious people. But technology also turns around and does this. 5-year-old with Robotic Hand Throws out 1st Pitch at Orioles Game................

Difference Maker: The Angels are currently looking up at the Orioles in the AL playoff race. We have had a front row seat as to why: the Angels have sucked eggs, too hard and for too long. Hell, even the Rangers are back in play and those guys have surrendered at least twice this season already. So it's a good time to give props to Orioles skipper Buck Showalter, gifting his brilliance as the real reason for MLB standings today. And yet, there is some truth in the nuggets behind this story. Buck Showalter still one of the best at running a pitching staff. The money line: "Give the most important innings to your best relievers...This one's not hard. The Orioles' two best relievers this season have been Zach Britton (1.88 ERA/1.88 FIP) and Darren O'Day (1.19 ERA/2.56 FIP). When it comes to Leverage Index, which measures the average importance of a reliever's innings (e.g., ninth inning, one-run lead is high-leverage; ninth-inning, 11-2 game, is low-leverage), we find that the O's most critical relief innings have been worked by Britton and O'Day. Next in the leverage line? Brad Brach: 2.51 ERA, 3.14 FIP. Showalter knows how to match up his best relievers with the most critical spots."..............

Nats Nuts: The nationals get Grant Brisbeed, as he predicts that the Nationals might be screwed for next season, too. Of course, getting Brisbeed is something that might be in our near future so maybe I shouldn't be laughing. Basically, Brisbee is calling out Washington for their pending free agents, their rapidly aging vets, and a young core that is not working out. All fair points. Worse, which is my favorite part, is this: "A foam Alexander Hamilton wins the President's Race six times in a row before someone points out that he was never a president."...........

OMNI: Off Topic, but...real life Unbreakable............Vin Scully is taking his sweet time on whether to retire or not.............Bryan Mitchell, pitching for the Yankees last night, took a comebacker in the face, causing a nasal fracture..........Mike Trout has already peaked..............Does the sound in a ballpark effect the fielder's ability to react to the ball? No.............In you didn't know this before this moment, John Kruk is a knucklehead...............Chris Johnson, first baseman for Cleveland, IS Spiderman............Two for the price of one: Angel Dad is a knucklehead, Angel usher is a dick..................


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