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WeekEnd HaloLinks: Lincecum Pulls an "F" against the A's

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In fairness, Tim Lincecum needs more work to get into his groove for a full-time starter at the MLB level. Also in fairness, with the way this season is going it doesn't really make a difference. Let The Freak roll!

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Ok. So Tim Lincecum blew up and didn't make it to the 4th inning, and it took 83 pitches to get through 3. But we shouldn't freak out on The Freak. Who really thinks that Lincecum is going to cost the Angels any shot at the playoffs? Not me. Let's have fun with him. It's all upside.  One thing to ponder: UniWatch is noticing that Tim Lincecum's jersey number outlining seems to be thicker than franchise regulation. Do you see it?..........

By the way, I thought that Albert Pujols was supposed to be back in the lineup last night? I cannot recall seeing any contributions from Albert. Surely I got the date wrong.

Most important moment of the game - Jefry Marte loses his bat and clocks plate umpire Paul Emmel....

Have some Major-Headache-Links:

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Everywhere In Baseball

Jett Powered: I know. Small sample size. Blah Blah Blah. But this Jett Bandy kid is growing on me. So I am openign with him. And I am using him as the WeekEnd photo. I love it when base runners make a steal attempt on him. His throws to second are quick, strong and generally laser accurate. If hte pitcher gives him a chance I like Bandy's odds of nailing the runner. And that is not something I have felt about LAA catchers in a long time.  And he is certainly holding his own with the bat. Not bad for the guy that MLB ranks #20 in the LAA Farm System of Hell depth chart............

Get Used To It: The trade deadline is just over the horizon and approaching fast. Each season all the teams are divided into buyers, sellers, and procrastinators.There is no way the Halos will be close enough to any playoff spot to be buyers, but they are in such bad shape and they do have a few players worthy of helping out various teams still in the race. So the Angels will be slotted as "sellers", and articles like this will be swamping us with theories. As will armchair GM pieces like this. We are ripe targets, and a lot of theories are going to flat out wacky. Just remember that Shoemaker to Pittsburgh for Austin Meadows is my wacky....I said it first..........By the way, one decent clearinghouse for keeping up with all the trades in a rather easy to read format would be Baseball America's 2016 Trade Central.............

Trout Watch: I think that it is way too early to throw Mike Trout into any AL MVP watch. Not because it's late June, but because Trout really hasn't done very much this year to distinguish himself above and beyond the team catastrophe. He is quietly on track to repeating last year's production in Runs, Hits, Doubles and Triples. His Home run rate is tracking at 31, closer to 2012 rather than last year's 41. his RBI rate is up and his Stolen Base rate is way up (last year=11, but this projects to 23). His walks are up and his K rate is way down. The thing that might be keeping him in the conversation at the moment might be what WAR does for incorporating defense, with an emphasis on assists. Trout is projecting to 9, which would be a career high.  But the problem, as I wrote earlier, is that Trout is half way through the two months that he usually uses to inflate his season numbers, and he is slumping. Typically, his worst offensive months are August/September. Unless he is flipping those this year, Trout is going to come in way behind a lot of guy who are really killing it this year...........

Fleet Feet: After the game, Trout had a special delivery outside the stadium from Nike..............

Enough Already: This is nuts. The Rangers have a couple of injuries to their pitchers that occur at the same time and all of a sudden the press is noting that the Rangers are in shambles. Let us remind these media idiots that the Angels are the 2016 standard bearer for rotation calamity. Our #1, Garrett Richards, appeared in only 6 games and has been lost, maybe for the year. Maybe into next year. Our #2, Andrew Heaney, appeared in only 1 game and has been lost, maybe for the year. Maybe into next year. Our #3, C.J. Wilson, has yet to see any action in 2016 at all. Our #5 slot has TWO injured pitchers: Tyler Skaggs, who still has yet to see any action, and Nick Tropeano,  who appeared in only 10 games and is not due back for another couple of weeks. So out of a possible rotation of Richards - Heaney - Wilson - Weaver - Skaggs we have had 21 appearances. Last night was game #73. Cry me a river, Rangers press.............

Minor Joy: Dammit but MLB has all the fun. While Arte and his minions are busy gearing up for Ugly Sweater Cap Night, the Fresno Grizzlies are rebuilding an entire concession stand and doing a riff of Kenan and Kel's Good Burger. And it gets better. Of course they will have custom french fry uniforms representing Good Burger. Of course. But they are forcing their opponent that night, the Reno Aces, to wear Mondo Burger jerseys. And both will have ketchup and mustard socks............

Crocodile tears: Glen Perkins seems genuinely upset that he is injured. I'm not so sure about how genuine he is that he is getting paid to rehab. You will notice that no mention is being made by Glen Perkins that he is donating his salary to charity or anything...............

CWS: Only one game yesterday. Coastal Carolina knocked #5 seed Texas Tech out of the tourney, and advances to face undefeated TCU today. That is the last of the seeds to be ejected. If TCU wins they advance to the FINAL, otherwise TCU and Coastal Carolina face one last time in their death match on Saturday...........In the upper bracket, we have the same story. Arizona faces undefeated Oklahoma State and must win to force their own Death Match on Saturday. But OSU, in their two Super 8 games, have scored a grand total of 2 runs across 18 innings. Either they are due, or they are gettable. But heads up: the FINAL games are Monday (4PM PDT, ESPN) and Tuesday (5PM PDT, ESPN), with a Wednesday (5PM PDT, ESPN) Super Final if necessary. And I won't be here to remind you or coach you through it. I encourage you to enjoy the hell out of it. The play is very good and incredibly enthusiastic and exciting..........

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Witness The Lord Catcher of Balls Foul..........And here I thought "Halo Honks" were where fair weather fans roosted?............On Wednesday I was reminded that Terry Collins is a dick. Yesterday I was reminded that even Terry Collins the Dick has a boss who won't allow public relations bullshit from his employees.............Hmmm. Two opposing groups of sports fanatics, confined spaces, lots of beer, and lots of guns. I see no way this could go wrong...........It just occured to me. Yeah, I cannot recall the last time I saw anybody actually keeping score at a ballgame..........Is this the "human factor" that has been robbed from us by instant replay?..........I hope the people they hire at ballgames to race in ludicrous costumes get hazard pay...and wearing serious padding underneath their clumsy outfits............You know, when it's this easy to track down what media credentials look like, doing something like this probably is happening all the time. We just don't have so many people publicizing their escapades................

OT: Here is a NASA engineer going nuts and creating the world's largest nerf gun. Insane! But it inspires me. Why not get truly serious and create a full-scale nerf cannon? Something that could shoot a pool noodle 200 to 300 yards??????

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Mystery Graph

(Yesterday was the Top 20 Active Pitcher Career MLB Strikeout leaders.   )

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