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WeekEnd HaloLinks: Angels still can't solve Royals

Nolasco gives up 2 more gopher balls as the Angels remain O-fer against the 2017 Royals.

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Well that didn't go as hoped. A 7-2 loss that Ricky Nolasco made feel a lot more hopeless than the score would indicate to passers by. 6 innings, 10 hits (2 more gopher balls) and a pair of walks. 5 runs, all earned. But it was 4-1 and the LAA offense was merely sputtering a few singles, falling further and further behind.

The Angels are now 0 for 4 against the Royals this season. There are some years, such as 2015, when there was one other team against which the Halos failed miserably, and all they needed to do was play .500 ball against that team to make the playoffs. Is this the year that Kansas City is that team? They were back in 2015.

Angels still can't solve Royals. And Nolasco still can't solve the idea of pitching with any run support. Look it up. The Angels haven't scored more than 3 runs for him since May 3rd. And they have only done that 3 times for him all year. Nolasco has to be far more perfect when he takes the mound, and that is not who Nolasco is. So we get these "L"'s.

Let's go forward.

More of the Lost Weeks Links:


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A Little Bit of Angels News

Matt Shoemaker exited the game Wednesday with forearm stiffness.  From Mike Scioscia: "I think Shoe has had bouts with this in the past. It's something he's gotten over, so we're going to take it one step at a time and make sure he's healthy first and then move forward from there." Shoey is not on the official injury report yet, and is considered to be day-to-day. This is all Angels-speak for "Shoemaker will have a leg amputated"...........

(Some of) the kids are alright! Jordon Adell has signed with the Angels, at slot. So we have our 1st rounder on board. Always a very good next step.

We are running out of time on the Doug Fister contract. By this time next week there will be a move made concerning him. In other words, Fister contract + Shoemaker injury = Fister 5th Starter........

Andrelton Simmons. Still a brilliant defenseman. And now with a decent bat. Andrelton Simmons is cool again..........Even if his game-winning home runs are rather ugly to watch. (by the way, that author Ted Berg who is whining about the lack of beauty in Simmons' home run is a new Yorker, watching Simmons crush his home town team.).........

Tyler Skaggs could be back even before Mike Trout..........

Pete Rose has been shut out by the Baseball Hall of Fame itself. There shall be no end around the MLB sanctions. No surprise, really. The HoF directors are in no way, shape or form independent of the powers that be in Major League Baseball.............

Shhhh! Somebody may be about to purchase the Marlins, and it's not Derek Jeter or Tom Glavine. And you and I are not allowed to know who it might be. Mostly because we don't really matter to these guys..........


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Josh Mayhood's Library of Mike Trout Hagiography

This section placed on hold indefinitely, in memory of Mike Trout's 2017 season. In the meantime, we provide The Jessica DeLine Trout Recovery Watch tracker. When will Mike be back?

Trout-Watch-6-16

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Everywhere In Baseball

The convo around "two way players" was hot this draft. In context, this means a guy who can pitch successfully at the Major League level AND hit well enough to be a solid position player at the Major League level. Or, in the American League, pitch every 5th day AND be DH the other 4. We had two such kids picked in the Top 5 this week. And Shohie Otani is still out there, lingering. But pulling off a two-way these days is highly unlikely..........

This is one young man, drafted by the Cubs, who we should all be pulling for to make it.

Matt Harvey has been pretty busted up lately, and might have come back from his surgery last year. He has dead arm now. And here is ESPN recounting all of his health challenges, and then summing that up as Harvey has a bad attitude...........

Food for thought: if the Cubs are a .500 team this year because they are stuffed with young kids still trying to develop consistency at this level, as Joe Maddon claims, doesn't that imply that last year when these same guys were a year younger and a year less experienced and yet were the season-long juggernaut was a grand fluke, and not some brilliant result of the mastermind of Theo Epstein?..........

This is extreme. The Mets have decided to extend the netting on Citi Field. Lots of backstory here. They have a local public official working to create laws requiring it, and they have had recent injuries, and MLB has their 'suggested' actions. What is extreme, though, is how far out they are going. "The Mets agreed to install eight-foot-high netting that would reach the ends of Section 126 along the left-field line and Section 109 in right field." That is the camera well location. The outfield camera well location. Look at this seating chart. That net will go about 60% of the way to the home run fence along each side of the stadium..........

Yeah, people, this is how you do it! Bring some of that Minor League baseball fun and flavor to the Big League stadiums. There's more to entertainment than video shell games..........

Baseball Prospectus is a fundamental cornerstone of modern baseball dialog. But they are in trouble. I admit that my role as aggregator takes me to BP daily. I link to very little there because (A) it's primarily a subscription site and I do not want to impost fees on you to read things of interest, and (B) their site layout is extremely archaic to suit my need of skimming in the hunt for for items of interest. (Remember, we don't have access to any wire services so I lean on the general mass of the baseball ecosphere to be that service. I check well over 50 sites per day, and many of those multiple times.) We can only hope that BP finds a way to retain a relevant place in the world that they played a key part in creating..........

I guess if a team has enough rotation depth, the 10-day DL allows for some clever manipulation of the roster to exploit that depth. Not that we would know..........

Remember that the College World Series starts this weekend. It all begins tomorrow at noon PDT, Oregon State versus Cal State Fullerton..........


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The Duffle Bag

It's been far too long. Tebow might actually win a pro baseball championship before Mike Trout..........While Tebow's "career", such as it is, "has the air of a retired player signing autographs at a car dealership"..........Foul ball? Adult with glove at baseball game? Chance to watch adult with glove snag foul ball at risk of life and limb?............Here is how it's really done, Mr. Catch-foul-ball-and-land-on-head dude..........More New Media baseball writers are getting laid off. Not because Baseball is dying, but because we have a corporate ecosystems that rewards people $189 million for running a parent company into the ground.........Baseball is the Greatest of all games...........WHAT??? Tiger fans boo Miggy?Can you imagine EVER booing Trout?..........


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Jordan Serena Destiny Watch

The 66ers got crunched, too, losing 12-6 to the Modesto Nutcases Nuts. But Serena had a productive night, going 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. One of his hits was a triple. ..........

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