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MondoLinks: Confidence getting swept away?

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As brooms fill our closet, maybe we should open a hardware store instead...

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Yeah, yeah, yeah. It's been a pitiful week since our previous MondoLinks. That's a 6-game swing in the standings over 7 calendar days, and it's not like there's been a load of fire and brimstone out of the Halo dugout along the way.

Things such as this happen to every team during a season, often times more than once. There's nothing we fans can do about it other than to wait and see how the players respond. (There is plenty enough soft spots in the coming weeks to restore order.) And, hell, we all get to enjoy the baseball along the way.

Oh. Yeah. And we get to read the Links:

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Angels Baseball

The Upcoming Series:

Cleveland Indians @ Los Angeles Angels - Angels Stadium, Anaheim, CA.

Day Game Time Probable Pitchers TV
MONDAY 7:05 PM PDT Corey Kluber (6-11, 3.44 ERA) vs. Garrett Richards (10-8, 3.38 ERA) FSW
TUESDAY 7:05 PM PDT Carlos Carrasco (11-8, 4.03 ERA) vs. Matt Shoemaker (5-7, 4.24 ERA) FSW
WEDNESDAY 12:35 PM PDT Danny Salazar (9-6, 3.47 ERA) vs. Hector Santiago (7-5, 2.70 ERA) FSW




From the official team Game Notes: "INDIANS ON DECK: LAA claimed 2014 series 5-2…Halos swept Tribe in prior meeting at home (April 28-30, 2014 at Big A)…Halos are 8-8 in last 16 affairs at Progressive Field…Trout has 14 RBI in his last 15 matchups with Tribe."

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C.J. Wilson: Let's start with the most fun thing of the weekend. C.J. Wilson gave us an absolute stinker of an outing last Tuesday.His slot in the rotation would have been coming up, but along the way it was announced that his throwing arm needs some surgery to remove bone spurs in his elbow.  Done for the season, just in time to solve the Shoemaker dilemma. Now the deal here is that he has been injured for quite some time, since April actually, but had been trying to work through it until the offseason. What we learn is that he is reporting that the issue is getting worse, and he chooses to no longer put his career at risk. "I've been pushing through it for a couple months. I've thrown 100 innings in this condition, and it's just consistently getting worse. As it gets worse, the risk of blowing my shoulder out and being completely done with baseball increases, and I'm not willing to take that risk."...Now that seems like a fair thing to be worried about from my perspective. Complain all you want about his cajones, but admit that the dude shows up. This will be his first-ever season as a starter that he has failed to appear in at least 30 games and throw at least 175 innings of work....Not good enough, it appears, to some of his teammates, or perhaps even his manager...and above.  There may be some resentment, and some of it might be lingering ever since he stood up for Josh Hamilton.............Now I ask, how embarrassing would this have been had the Halos tried to snag a Big Bat by trading Wilson, only to have Wilson fail his physical and be sent home? Could the awareness of how real his injury is be the reason he was not shopped hard in the first place? And wouldn't that demand that the same FO stand up for him now? Hrmm..........

Newbies: I'm not impressed yet. Shane Victorino and David Murphy are now 2 for 11, and David DeJesus is 0 for 9. That's a combined .129 BA, which is actually a step backward from David Joyce and Kole Calhoun. This was not supposed to be the plan...........

Against a Wall: Interesting that Alden Gonzalez makes a comment that runs counter to Anaheim political fealty.

Nice going, guys...But, hey, at least Jeff Fletcher remains in the fold, and surprised that anybody might be feeling rather upset...

Chris Iannetta: Iannetta weighs in at 230 pounds. Over the past month he has been making a push to catch his batting average up with that weight. At the moment, he struggles to hold his grip on .200. But that's no reason to ignore the chance to celebrate the ending of his "slump"...........

Impressive: Do you want to see the power of Mike TroutLook at this chart over at FiveThirtyEight and study it for a few seconds, noting where the Angels end up. With a team that has suffered an anemic offense, season-long slumps, and underwhelming achievements by a huge number of position players - contrasted against a strong rotation and much-improved bullpen, the Angels actually get more of their WAR from the totality of their position players than from the totality of their pitching.............

M.A.S.H. report: From Alden Gonzalez' feed...Freese needs to get onto the field to see how he is doing...........Colin Cowgill is starting to take BP..........and Matt Joyce is still benched..........

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Elsewhere in Baseball

Black & Blue Jays: Here they go again. Facing a Toronto that just powered up in trade season to make a run of their own at the pennant, the Kansas City Royals feel the need to be bullies, getting into yet another scrap............. And Yordano Ventura is still an asshat............

Dan Haren: And our own 5thStarter swoons. Bouncing around, now from the Marlins to the CubsHaren is likely to retire altogether after this season. So what the hell, with the Cubs strong in the Wild Card hunt it's as good a time as any to go out with a miracle!.............

Bryce Harper: Bryce Harper got tossed again. His manager, Matt Williams, wants him to stop making it a habit. After seeing what caused this latest outburst, I have to disagree. Somebody has to be the one to stand up to bad umpiring,, especially if it makes for a huge scene...........

Win, Lose or Draw: In the world of Trade Winners, Losers, and Drawers, the Angels draw...........

Omni: If ponchos came in pink, Red Sox fans would probably know how to use them...........STL Cards fans...Best Baseball Fans in the World............Josh Reddick honored the passing of Roddy Piper by using bagpipe music as his walkup..............Never to be known as The Best Baseball Fans in the World, this Texas Rangers fan shows us why.............I'll never understand the need to spend fortunes for baseball cards, no matter how rare. Not even a 1952 Mickey Mantle...........R.I.P. young baseball fan, and all the most sincere sympathies as our thoughts and prayers reach out to this young soul's family and friends..............

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