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The Angels are again injury challenged, with Tyler Skaggs joining 7 other pitchers on the DL with a strained oblique. It's like 2017 all over again.

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So what? Like I am going to sit around and cry about all this? Shit happens, man. I deal with it. So must the Angels.

I have a theory, however. Watch international pitchers start to become a serious premium as MLB teams try and figure out how to stem the arm wear and tear happening to the younger domestic pitching talent.

But we move on to Seattle and the Fish Wrap Fugue. Yeah, Jerry, I recall hearing this from you back when you wore red polos. Let's not start the turnaround now, though, Ok?

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A Little Bit of Angels News

Tyler Skaggs is worse off than originally publicized. I know. Shock. (I suppose that Sosh is free to stop waiting and seeing, right?)  Out until July/August with a strained oblique. This year's running Pitcher DL tally stands at Andrew Bailey, Cam Bedrosian, Andrew Heaney, Mike Morin, Garrett Richards, Huston Street and Nick Tropeano. That would be a pretty damned formidable staff if they were all healthy. But it's been quite some time since that happened. Maybe these guys should try yoga or something?............

So, what's Plan "Q"? Troy Scribner, anyone?...........

The rotation crumbles (Even as it has had a damned strong couple of weeks. See my link stats yesterday.), but the bullpen has been tops in baseball. I know. Odd, right?..........

Trout Porn: Trout had himself quite a week. Quite a month, actually. He passed a slurry of Hall of Famers in career bWAR, among them Sandy Koufax............And, yes, Trout is ruling the game again and is not one of the names being lavished with MSM attention.

The Angels have vaulted into the Top 15 on this week's Power Rankings? Now that IS a stunner...........

Luis Valbuena returns to the lineup. Can't wait to see how he and his .200 Spring Training BA kick off his 2017 season........

ALL-STAR BALLOT. VOTE TODAY. I'll be back tomorrow with the same command. While you are there, you might want to take note of the team designation for the Angels. Not LAA...........

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Everywhere In Baseball

Try and keep up. Yankees manager Joe Girardi went into extra innings over the weekend against the Orioles and needed to perform some fancy defensive positioning dancing to keep his pitching staff lined up. Reliever Bryan Mitchell ended up pitching one inning, then Aroldis Chapman pitched the next inning, and Mitchell came back to the mound to pitch the inning thereafter. How is that possible? Watch for yourself. It was kind of clumsy........

Before the Internet, life was hard. For stat mavens, very very hard............

Recall, for a moment, the brouhaha last week between the Orioles and Red Sox that started with a cleats high slide by Manny Machado, and ended with a pitch from behind Machado's head. Well, the Orioles are now in Boston and Machado got all of one. Notice his sweet walk of admiration, followed by a nice, slow trot. Them is some unwritten rules being broken right there. A statement...........

The strike zone IS shrinking. It's supposed to be shrinking, especially with an elevation of the bottom of the zone. What I find interesting about this is how it can be possible to look at the pitch charts after a game and see the SAME ump calling the SAME pitch as a different result at the bottom of the zone, and with the SAME pitcher on the mound. For example, umpire Adam Hamari calling the bottom of the zone with Yu Darvish on the mound this past Saturday. I wonder if this is a problem with the tracking systems, or with the crew calibrating the tracking systems, or the umpire having a problem enforcing the new zone target?...........

We have heard a decent amount of push-back from players and managers when it comes to the idea of using your best reliever in the most crucial (high leverage) situation of the game, instead of waiting until the 9th inning. But what happens when a player IS used in a new way and becomes successful at it? That player then becomes an advocate, as is the case of Chris Devenski............

Watch the first 3 seconds of this clip, where Lance McCullers, Jr. sends a pitch behind Mike Napoli's back. Benches will clear, fingers will get pointed, players will get more and more agitated as they learn that they will be safely restrained from having to actually do anything physical. But go back and watch that pitch over and over and over and notice that the pitch was so wild it actually tails away from Naps, moving left to right. Had it been under control, and not spinning as fiercely, it would have drilled Naps in the ribs. It's not often that right-handed pitchers make pitches move so hard left to right..............

Eew. This gives a whole new meaning to the idea of "pissing away the memory of a friend"............

Wow. ESPN "fired" people, but are holding those people to the full balance of their employment contracts, with pay, and locking them out of their chosen career for years?? Sure, they will get paid. But they are being forced to disappear. When that contract ends, their contacts and market visibility will have deteriorated to the point where they will be unhirable..........

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The Duffle Bag

This is one of the reasons why scorekeeping of what is a "sacrifice Fly" is so problematic........Just remember that "fan" is short for "fanatic". Age unimportant..........Good job, there, Tim  Kurkjian, chasing down the story of Dustin Pedroia's tiny hands............George Springer making a NOT Mike Trout play............It's taken a while, but finally we can see players negating The Shift, as Victor Martinez does here. Jered Weaver would NOT be pleased. (P.S. - notice the infographic on Martinez AND the situation, showing that he was heating up as a batter and he STILL bunted against The Shift.)..........Oh, this is THE best. Tim Tebow, being compared to (among others) Joey Votto?............One step forward: MLB's first All-Girls Tournament. And one step back: FOX cancels "Pitch".............If you chase for home run baseballs, pants optional, you WILL lose...........

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