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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

(Aaaaaand, I'm back. Thanks to Josh for filling in. Yep, I got stuck north up the coast and had to lay over Sunday night into Monday and I was without my laptop. It wasn't even that much fun. Another story for my retired life later in our future...........Also, heads up. We will have fill-ins later this month, too. Taking the wife to Hawaii. Priorities. I will be soliciting support in my absence and wishing all of you good luck.)

Oh, Weaver. Oh Alburquerque. Could you do any more to realize my worst expectations? I think not.

Nine losses out of the last 12 games and this season has already sailed over the horizon. The sun is not yet very low in the sky. They have to win out at a rate that would be a 102-win season just for them to get to 90 wins on this one. And with 12 teams out there in front of them, there are only 2 teams behind them in the race. One of those 2 teams in their rear, the Twins, would be well in advance of the Angels if they had the luck to play them every day.

Have some Far Side of the World Links:

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Everywhere In Baseball

Moving and Shaking: The career of David Huff may be augering in, and taking that of Kyle Kubitza with him. Both were DFA'd to make room on the roster for Al Aburguerque and A.J. Achter. That would be the 40-man roster, which already includes dudes in AAA. Kubitza, acquired last year from the Braves in exchange for prospects Nate Hyatt and Ricardo Sanchez, and has been hoped to be a strong 3B future...........

Freak-a-Zoid: Odds are high that I will be inking in Tim Lincecum as one of the LAA Probable Pitchers for this weekend.............

Zepp-gruder: I just want to throw this out there. Zepp Baseball is a training system for hitters that uses a device mounted in the bat to measure and analyze swing performance. They love the fact that Mike Trout is a premium customer. I can't blame them! He is, in fact, their poster child for success. That's one hell of an endorsement. I just want to say that this road leads to a dark place, and anybody younger than 40 needs to keep a weather eye out. This stuff leads to wearable devices that track human biometrics. wearable human biometrics leads to large data collection. Large data collection requires online resources. Online resources are ripe for abuse. Abuse of personal health information - corporate, government and malicious - is a bad place to be and something that cannot be put back into the box. Though great for Mike Trout's production on behalf of my favorite baseball team, my life experience in this industry tells me not to be thrilled about this story............

Miracle Man: Andrew Heaney had a checkup, looking in on the progress of his stem-cell therapy. Word out of that check-up is that he is actually healing. This doesn't mean anything to you and me yet, since we don't know how far he will heal, and how fast. But it is interesting to hear about a UCL issue being healed non-surgically. Perhaps we are on the threshold of closing the book on 40 years of surgical approach. Anyway, we are also hearing that we will get the next update early in July. No news anywhere out fo the Garrett Richards camp concerning how his therapy is progressing...........

Shoe-nominal!: Not that we have taking advantage of this opportunity or anything, but the Angels have just enjoyed one month of Clayton Kershaw, in the name of Matt Shoemaker. "It’s convenient that our last-30-days split envelops Shoemaker’s six starts, and no more. There are 137 pitchers who have thrown at least 20 innings over the month. Shoemaker has been arguably the best of them. I mean, yeah, you’re right, Kershaw. But Shoemaker ranks in the top 5% in all statistics but ERA- and fastball rate. In fastball rate, he’s in the bottom 5%, and we all know ERA isn’t super reliable. Shoemaker has actually generated the lowest rate of contact allowed in the whole sample. He’s just barely in front of Kershaw and Jose Fernandez."...........

Kids R Us: After taking that nut-shot from Mike Trout, folks everywhere were wondering why Uribe was not wearing a cup? Uribe's excuse: they don't make 'em the correct size for his package. Uribe needs to ignore the services of his trainers, and just go to the nearest Big 5 Sporting Goods store. They have cups for little boys in aisle 5..........

Panic at the Get-Go: FanGraphs dives into the panic that is probably setting in with Pirates fans after getting swept last weekend AND seeing Gerrit Cole exit with an injury. But this graphic just makes me laugh. The Cubs are so strong that there has been too little to hope for, or panic over, for quite some time now............

Giant Moves: The San Francisco Giants are mulling over the notion of replacing the bat of injured Hunter Pence by trading for the Brewers' Ryan Braun. Maybe they are also looking for somebody to replace the needles of Barry Bonds?.........

CWS: Let's catch up! Over the weekend both Arizona and UC Santa Barbara advanced to the College World Series final 8. UCSB took out #1 seed Louisville with a pair of wins while their fellow students were going through their graduation ceremonies back home. Most dramatic, UCSB advances with a walk-off grand slam home run while trailing in the bottom of the 9th 0-3 with 1 out.  (Does anybody else out there think of Matthew Broderick in Max Dugan returns as Cohen rounds the bases??) And Arizona took out another #1 seed, Mississippi State by also winning both games in their Super Regional. The CWS of the Final 8, a double-elimination tournament to start this upcoming weekend in Omaha, Nebraska, will see UCSB open against Oklahoma State on Saturday noon (PDT), and Arizona play Miami (Fla.) later the same day at 5PM PDT. the winners of those two games will then face each other next Monday at 4PM PDT. Look for these games on ESPN and ESPN2...........Miami got through the Super regional and into the final 8 of the CWS by besting Boston College 9 to 4. And on the way Miami tossed in an ultimate grand slam bat party and home run trot celebration that defined over-the-top because, well, Miami. Much to the chagrin of BC............

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The Duffle Bag

Yu know who needs some more time getting healthy, slipping back to the DL (not so unusual given the circumstances) to deal with muscle tightness...........That idiot who threw the beer bottle at Ryan Howard? Yeah, all that attention cornered the guy, who turned himself in before all his friends could get to the police. He's been cited...........FanDuel and DraftKings are talking about merging their failing fortunes as various state governments continue to close the doors on their shandy online gambling habits.............This should be a thing. Somebody hid real tickets to last night's game, announced the hunt on reddit, and posted photo clues on imgur............Bartolo Colon, not really an On Base machine............In one of my past lives, I was a coffee shop cook. For breakfasts, I would make artwork out of kids' pancakes. I was quite a hit, except with my fellow cooks who had to deal with repeat customers coming in with high expectations. But I ain't got nuthin' on this guy!............Where did some of these baseball terms come from?..........Dig the physics that explain three great outfield wall-climbing catches. Only two are real. Only one is Mike Trout............Jerry Dipoto might be the new mystery GM doing something the rest of baseball doesn't yet understand? Now up in Seattle and no longer in Oakland.............Yankee hype. Fun moniker. Except that the Angels scored 4 runs in the 7/8/9th innings even as they were getting swept............MLB is thinking about a separate home run derby just for pitchers. Madison Bumgarner would be pleased..........Extended netting is saving the world from Buster Posey...........

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Mystery Graph

(Homercles opened Friday with a massive leadoff home run, for at least one day dethroning TOC and removing the orange tint to these. Of course, I probably should have posted those last two in December if I wanted them to be too tough, some time far away from the draft hype that was on everyone's mind. Let's go with something obvious, but requiring a certain level of precision...)

Mystery-Chart-8

UPDATE: It is 10:00 AM PDT and as of yet nobody has provided the correct answer.

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