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Who we kidding? The best these guys could hope for is to sneak into the playoffs by stealing away a spot from some other team that would be worthy of doing any actual damage. There's not enough crap in their shoot for any kind of miracle beyond that.

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Ok, as I begin this it is 9:19 PM and I am sitting on the beach just below Santa Barbara, California. The waves are crashing on the shore 75 yards in front of me and I have at least a pint of below average rum coursing through my veins. Apparently, even in this state I give more shits about the prospects of Angels baseball than three dozen men who get to wear the official uniform every day. Let's see how long it takes me to get through all this. I predict it shall be less time than they took to start waving white flags this weekend.

Read this slowly: 36 to 10. Thirty Effing Six. To ten. Three games, averaging 12 to 3. With SIXGODAMMNABLEERRORS!!! It does not ever get so clear that this team is a bolloxed bunch of posers than that. From the fogged-brain crew that feigns as a coaching staff to the last dude at the end of the bench unworthy of even the double-bubble bucket, every single one is a culpable con to this travesty of a season. The only player who might be considered above reproach could be Mike Trout, but that requires a fair amount of blind adulation in overlooking the phenomenal slump he is only now coming out of and accepting the fairy tale that it has had nothing to do with his wrist injury all along. Sit your ass down. Get treatment. Lose a few games. Then be back strong and able to play at full strength again and minimize the overall damage. Only in Little League is intentionally losing in the short term in exchange for long-term goals considered "tanking". In the pros it's called "smart". By the way, while we are at it, USE DAMNED YOUR SPEED. IT KILLS!!!! Only ten stolen bases? Only 3 triples? From one of the three fastest players in all of Major League Baseball??? From you, who gets on base more than almost anybody else, anywhere? The lip-service excuses are weak-assed bullshit. It's really a cognitive decision to change tactics and patently obvious to any living organism capable of more rational thought than rock. And it's bad, bad, bad thinking. Stop it.

I don't even want to think about the fact that a lot of the Toronto success comes from guys that Toronto got from other teams. Guys that, for a lot of reasons that land in the lap of front office exectives going back years and years, we could not get.

If this is a playoff team, it is merely a team that might possibly steal a spot from some other team more worthy of being competitive once in the playoffs. These guys are roadkill. The good news is that it is always better to have the chance to watch real baseball played at all, even by roadkill, than it is to not have baseball to watch at all. because without baseball, all we have are...links:

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Angels Baseball

The Upcoming Series, where we play another team of yesterday that faces the same realization of debacle in 2015 as us:

Los Angeles Angels @ Detroit Tigers - Angels Stadium, Anaheim, CA.

Day Game Time Probable Pitchers TV
TUESDAY 4:08 PM PDT Jered Weaver (5-9, 4.34 ERA) vs. Alfredo Simon (11-7, 5.66 ERA) FSW
WEDNESDAY 4:08 PM PDT Hector Santiago (7-7, 2.91 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (1-6, 3.86 ERA) FSW, MLBN
THURSDAY 10:08 AM PDT TBA () vs. Rany Wolf  (0-1, 3.86 ERA) FSW




From the official team Game Notes: "TIGERS ON DECK: Angels riding a seven-game win streak vs. Tigers…In last meeting (May 28-31), LAA completed first four-game sweep of Detroit since April 19-22, 1996 at Angel Stadium…LAA has won four of last six games at Detroit…Halos have won 17 of last 20 overall games vs. Detroit, including 13 of 14 at Big A…Halos are 74-39 vs. Tigers since 2002…Angels are 26-9 in last 35 meetings at home but 15-17 in last 32 at Comerica Park."

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We're Holdin' a Meet-un': That's the ticket. After playing 4 months of bad baseball wrapped around a mere 3 weeks of good, go get yourself pummeled and humiliated when trying to measure up against a legit playoff team, and determine that a meeting is in order.  I wonder who was assigned to bring donuts? And doesn't this just fill us all with confidence? "  'We're right in the middle of this thing,' Scioscia said. 'And all it's gonna take is really maybe one good game, hopefully, playing the way we can, setting up on our terms and moving forward from there. Because these guys are busting their butts. They're playing hard. We just didn't do anything the way we need to this weekend.' ".........Who puts up with shit like this???............

David Freese: Oh, goody. Captain Clutch to the rescue. You know things are truly horrific when you look forward to a guy eager to bring his 1.7 bWAR to the field, which would actually raise our stock. This being his free agent year, Freese is hot on his way to earning himself a league average paycheck. Maybe. Congrats on that, dude.............

Johnny Giavotella: Can somebody explain to me why there is always "flu-like symptoms" being reported concerning pro athletes, as was the case with Giavotella, but never actually any simple "dude has the flu" reported?? Is there some lawyer out there lurking in the weeds and representing the Flu Viruses of America, ready to pounce on any official proclamation of actual flu and file suit for misrepresentation? Is it really that big of a deal to just say he has the flu, as does the rest of humanity?..............

Huston Street: In case you missed it, Huston Street showed a slight semblance of life Saturday night, going ballistic at the shitty level of performances the team has been putting out there lately. (The guy probably should have taken a little longer before agreeing to sign back up with this mess.) Ok, you think, we got one guy with the cajones to call it out and make an issue of it all. Stop this "turn the page" madness that accidentally worked 13 years ago and built this mystic to disguise incompetence. Not so fast there, cowboy, Mike Scioscia is there to straighten out all the unbelievers. "But it’s all just part of what you need to do during a season. We’ll be OK." Just hours later the "Ok" would be another 12-5 shellacking..........

MVP: Not Like Mike. Come to grips with it, folks. Josh Donaldson walked into Anaheim and wiped the field with our 2015 fantasies. For the series, he was 8 for 13 with 2 walks and a home run, 6 runs scored, and 9 runs driven in. And precisely 0 strikeouts. Mike Trout? Um...3 for 10 with 1 walk and zero home runs, 1 runs scored and 1 run driven in. And 4 strikeouts. I do realize that 3 games don't a season make, but things like MVP are highly subjective and differences like this weekend are the kind of thing that stick in the heads of voters. Kind of like us, defending Mike's all-around based on a catch in Baltimore..........

Hector Santiago: Here is an honest question, asked without snark. What the hell is the purpose of a pitching coach if not to monitor his starting pitcher while that pitcher is warming up in the bullpen and working to get ready for the game, if not to make damned sure that the pitcher is smooth and solid in his mechanics as he stretches out his arm and works on his pitches?? Just read that link, and notice that it appears that Santiago speaks as if he was doing all this figuring out on his own, and all that we get from the coaching staff was the cliche that he "...lost his release point". Something that, by the way, doesn't match up too well with Hector's own self-analysis..........

Lineups: Sosh moved Trout back up to the 2nd slot in the lineup after Friday, and there Trout batted for both Saturday and Sunday. Why? Well, he moved down so that he could drive in more runs. But, since to drive in runs you need other players to actually get on base and that is not something that our other players are particularly good at, all this did was take Trout out of the batting box a few more times than if was batting 2nd. This, of course, is something that HH has had figured out for 2 full seasons now, but it is also something that constitutes advanced analytics in the LAA dugout..........

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Elsewhere in Baseball

Jose Reyes: This has to hurt. Jose Reyes is the guy that the Toronto Blue Jays sent back to the Rockies in exchange for Troy Tulowitzki. Toronto is Team On Fire and looking the like beast to win the World Series. The Rockies suck. Reyes is hosed. Personally, I would like to pin his story up on the bulletin board of the Angels and force every player to read it. Before every game. Winning matters, people. It matters...........

Fan Injury: I hope this guy turns out to be Ok. Unless he was using his cellphone, in which case I hope the guy turns out to be Ok and that his cellphone is shattered to pieces. I say that because, you know, lots of folks are starting to talk a lot about fan safety. And, to be real about it, baseball has been around for a hell of a long time and fans have been sitting where they are for many, many games. It's not baseball that might be causing a lot of injuries now. It might be fans. Negligent fans. Unattentive fans. Maybe not even fans. Maybe "people wealthy enough to afford to be seen on cameras in the cool seats but have clue as to what baseball is all about"..........

GM-a-Thon: Really? This is even possible? The Toronto Blue Jays could lose Alex Anthopoulos in a couple of months? Has anybody in Toronto been checking the standings, and the box scores, lately? Toronto ownership wants "...a club president to replace the outgoing Paul Beeston. They talked to the Orioles’ Dan Duquette and White Sox’s Ken Williams about that job last offseason, and according to sources interviewed Dave Dombrowski, whom the Red Sox hired as president of baseball operations on Tuesday night....Could Anthopoulos, a native Canadian, have met the same fate as the Red Sox's Ben Cherington, who stepped down rather than remain GM under Dombrowski? In theory, the answer is yes.".........

Astro-Comical: Houston, apparently, have instantly become masters of cheating just as fast as they have become masters of the AL West. But, hey, it's a no-hitter man. That's heroic stuff right there. Turn the page..........

Funway Park: Let's just call this the Adam Jones Effect. Misplay the ball so badly that the baserunner is fooled into doing something stupid enough for your fielding recovery to look mythically heroic at the end. Take it away, Jackie Bradley!..........

Knuckling Under: According to stats, game theory says that R.A. Dickey should throw more knuckleballs. Now that I have seen the consequences, Stirrups' theory is that R.A. Dickey should throw more against the Angels...........

Farewell to Fraudney?: Could it be true? Is the Fraudster finally skimming the bottom of the barrel of his career?. Dude should throw more sliders.........

LLWS: Catch up on the progress. California took a beta down from Texas and now has to advance through the losers bracket...........

Ballboys & Ball girls: This is how to do it......And this is how to do it......And, yeah, do it this way.....Or even do it this way.....But for the love of God, don't do this..........

There. It's 11:32 PM. The moon rises high above the ocean and I sink off to sleep. Mahalo!

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