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Mike Trout is wasting his teammates' offensive output, collecting but a single hit last night while his mates smacked 11 others and scored 7 runs. Mike needs to trade the rest of the team while they are still hitting in their primes.

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Broom Recap: The offense scored 24 runs on 31 hits, which was just a little bit better than the LAA starters gave back to Texas. Good enough for a sweep. So the offense is roaring. And the on a positive pitching note, the Rangers scored exactly 3 runs past the 5th inning across all three games, combined. Good job, guys. Too bad Houston was not busy taking advantage of the Rangers' plummet.

Boo on MLB for not offering an embed of Andrelton Simmons' incredible put-out of Ian Desmond in the 5th.

Have some Swept-Away-Links:

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Everywhere In Baseball

Uni Talk: Yeah for Angels throwbacks! Best looking in baseball (even if they are not exactly accurate)...........

Tinker, Tyler, Slayer too: Tyler Skaggs mowed down 12 batters for Salt Lake yesterday afternoon. That was his immediate outing following his 14 K show a week ago.  He has pitched 4 times at the AAA level, throwing 22.2 innings and collecting THIRTY FIVE strikeouts. 26 K' s in his last 12.2 innings alone. That's like, what, an average of 14 K's over every 9 innings as an average. Yeah. What's left to prove?............

Aw, Hec: Jinx. Just when you write up Hector Santiago's scoreless inning streak, he goes out and surrenders 3............

Freaky: Ok, I wouldn't talk about this last night. Tim Lincecum is hard to watch, but I cannot not watch, anyway. It's kind of fascinating watching a guy who knows how to pitch try to re-learn to pitch around not having a full arsenal. As Mike Scioscia said. ""He pitched a lot better than his line score, that’s for sure. You saw the ability to get a strikeout. He had that tonight. We keep waiting for him to get over that little hump. I thought today was a step forward for Tim."............

Bejeebus: This week's obligatory Trade Trout mandate. Pretty much when you are not as smart as you think you are, you write one of those............

That 70's Show I remember The Big Red Machine. If you were not around then, trust me. That offense was impressive. The Dodgers were countering with The Little Blue Bicycle. And the Angels were stuck with 'Tanana, Ryan, and 2 days of cryin'..." (The Angels only had a 4-man rotation)...........

Bombs Away: the world went gaga over Bryce Harper's 451 moon shot last night. A couple of outlets picked up on Edward Encarnacion going even farther, at 471 feet. Nobody noticed that Jefry Marte also bested Harper, jacking his homer 455 feet............

Epstein to Eppler?: I wonder what team the Cubs were talking to, with a key young pitcher under long-term control, for whom they were planning to flip Drew Pomeranz? A name not on the radar, and not going anywhere now? Could that pitcher have been a Halo? We now know that Epstein has been shopping for pitchers in the aisles of the AL West.. FanGraphs aren't buying my suspicions, though. .........

To Review: Let's see. The catcher fails to tag the runner as the runner fails to touch home plate and the umpire fails to see either of those things, so the replay officials back in New York fail to make the right call because the Tampa Bay manager failed to make the correct challenge. Got that? Good. Because a run scored that should not have............


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Oh, poor guys. Let's kick 'em while they're down. The Rangers are going to lose their -1.4 bWAR Prince Fielder spinal surgery. That classifies as "devastating"............See? I'm not the only one who trolls Missouri over the location of KANSAS City. I suggest Kansas invade Missouri, and usurp that part of the Show Me state.............Yasiel Puig suffers a...er....wardrobe malfunction.............Kelsie Whitmore, woman, collect first pro hit and RBI playing for Sonoma...........My theory is that Kevin Pillar ripped his underwear............Do baseball field security guards have a concussion protocol, too?..............Don't tell Andrew McCutcheoan that baseball is cruel. Baseball is not cruel. It is what it is, and it is that to all players, fairly. Golf, on the other hand, golf is cruel. Don't play golf............Guy not Clayton Kershaw's doctor does doctor things about Clayton Kershaw...........Yeah. We know. It often happens that the guy who actually deserves the league MVP doesn't get it. Someday people will earn paychecks writing about Mike Trout the way they do writing about Ted Williams today...........This guy should be throwing out ceremonial first pitches.............Five-Thirty-Eight is still chasing the probability of juiced baseballs. Their latest twist is looking at players moving back and forth between MLB and AAA. Same players, different baseballs. Things look even more suspicious...........Would we all care about Wilmer Flores if he wasn't known for crying that one time?...........

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Mystery Graph

(Sorry about the delay. Last night was a hot mess. the answer to yesterday's Mystery Chart was, as TOC explained, the Top 10 ER+ Leaders in LAA franchise history.  He was incorrect on his itemization, however. Jered Weaver is tied for 8th all-time with John Lackey at 116. Nolan Ryan is 10th at 115. Here is your belated chart. Go get 'em today, people! )

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