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MondoLinks: Mike Trout rolls New York

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Trout waltzed into New York City and laid waste to the Mets, and now heads south to Florida. As for the team, one laugher win, one super close loss, and one comeback that fell short.

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Mike Trout had a pretty damned fine weekend in Citi Field. 4 for 8 with 3 runs scored, 4 RBI, 5 walks against 4 K's and this home run. Zero runners left on base. And, yeah, this inspired young man.....So Mike now can add Citi Field to his list of ballpark victims, with Tropicana Field now in his sights...........At the time of this writing, Trout now leads all of MLB in fWAR at 2.9. That can change overnight if FanGraphs does another update. At his current rate, with that 2.9, he would project out to 11.5 fWAR at season's end.

And The Terror of Trout nearly made an epic moment in history Saturday, as Mets manager Terry Collins seriously considered walking Trout with the bases loaded to minimize any possible damage and short-circuit a major rally............

C.J. Cron just saved you 40% off a Papa John's pizza if you hurry..........

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A Little Bit of Angels News

Cam Bedrosian is making strides to finally come back from the DL. Don't hold your breath. It's not as if we get him back in the morning.........

The  MRI on Albert Pujols' hamstring came back clean..........

Trout Porn Stat of the Day #1..........Trout Porn Stat of the Day #2..........Trout rolled into New York and it was the NY media's turn to be confused. Scribes are still seeking a hook upon which to make it easy to anchor their imaginations............But upon his arrival, a more well-known scribe found the event to be just the opportunity to be properly impressed............One more Trout-bit. An interesting question: how many of Mike's 2017 homers have you seen live? Of course, we LAA fans can claim a majority. But look at the responses to that tweet........My favorite is this one, that MLB won't have Trout on Sunday night a single time all year...........


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Everywhere In Baseball

The Brewers find a new way to impress me. Really? Get pissy with the Cubs because the Cubs called a rainout? As if weather prediction is famous for being such a sure fire thing. Yeah. I'm positive that the Cubs wanted to screw up the logistics surrounding a Saturday home game and mess with all that fan frustration.............Maybe the Brewers were just ashamed that they got schooled on the dance moves............

Chapter 63 in the Big Book of Unwritten Rules: if the pitcher lobs up a meatball on a 3-0 count when down 5-0 late in the game, thou must not swing. Doing so leads to bad things. Things like plunking other batters, rushing from dugouts, managers going at managers..........

This is a long, deep, look into the medical status of the Mets. You might want pooh-pooh this all as too much media attention, but at least we now have opened the book on the idea of measuring the effectiveness of a franchise medical support system...........

Julio Urias of the Dodgers has had his ups, and he has had his downs. And your takeaway from this journey is to remind yourself just how amazing has been the career of Mike Trout............

Eric Gagne finally looks Father Time in the eyes, and surrenders...............

Tommy Lasorda, who is 89 years old but has been around Major League Baseball for 389 years, was hospitalized over the weekend. He is reported to be resting comfortably............

Oh crap. After a huge slump, Tebow hits homer number three, and suddenly all is forgiven and he can be back in the news again...........

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The Duffle Bag

Kevin Kiermaier is on a run of bloopers beyond belief............Petco Park specifically bans drones. So how the hell does a person sneak one of these things into the park?.............Giancarlo Stanton made like Tarzan yesterday............This bird knows what to do in a broadcast booth. Taking his cues from the legendary Vin Scully he already knows when to stay silent............Minor League pitcher snags a no-look backhand............

Let's do a fan catch-the-ball rodeo. Home runs and foul balls. Catch the home run and surprise yourself...........Dude misses catching a home run, gets mocked by Torii Hunter, gets Torii Hunter signed baseball as consolation............Lucky dude catches TWO home run balls in same game...........While another dude LOSES two foul balls in the same game............


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Jordan Serena Destiny Watch

Tough weekend against the Lancaster JetHawks for Serena. 1 for 10 with a single RBI. Zero walks, but zero K's. The 66'ers lost the weekend series to Lancaster 1 game to 2.

Meanwhile, more backstory. From Scientific American, no less. Back before he came out of the college ranks, Serena played for Columbia University. While he was there, Columbia developed an EEG measurement system to track pitch-recognition abilities. A couple of the researches took that to the private sector, where Serena was a subject and had some interesting take-aways..........And then, more recently, here is an interview with J-Ser before he got his promotion to San Bernardino...........Oh. One more. We catch Serena volunteering to help out inquiring minds............

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