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TuesdoLinks: Angels roll into Motown

3 games against the Tigers before we crash headlong into the juggernaut that currently is Houston.

Because it's fun to see Mike trout play baseball, and too long since we have seen it.
Because it's fun to see Mike trout play baseball, and too long since we have seen it.
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Well, we have three games in Detroit before heading into Houston to take on the red hot Houston Astros juggernaut. Detroit and the Halos are relatively close in record, so there's a chance. After that, we just have to pray that this this upcoming Friday/Saturday/Sunday is Regression Weekend.

Keep on enduring the Lost Weeks Links:


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A Little Bit of Angels News

The guy who caught Albert Pujols' 600th HR ball, Scott Steffel, gave it to Pujols for free. This triggers a discussion about the current state of fan expectations. We certainly had a whole lot of such chatter when Barry Bonds was creating Hall of Fame souvenirs. Sure, the Pujols #600 won't be fetching any 6 figure auction rewards, but it cannot be argued that it did not have value. And the fan was willing to overlook that. Not everybody would react similarly. How would you react? For me, I am with Steffel. In fact, I already had played out that little fantasy in my own mind and had calculated that I would have jogged down to the bullpen to toss it to one of the Halos there, or handed it to a cop to deliver to the bullpen for me so I didn't get kicked out for, technically, violating some rule. I would rather rid myself of something that important to Pujols and Baseball than spend the next few innings being responsible for fending off a crowd of asshats looking to separate me from me something of that value. And if any of the ushers brought back to me a bat or something, cool. Otherwise, still cool with it..........

Dear Joan Niesen of Sports Illustrated. Yeah, I wish Pujols would have hit his 600th home run while still a Cardinal, too. Because then what we would have witnessed this past weekend would have been Albert Pujols breaking Barry Bonds' career 762 HR total and establishing a global moment of baseball history..........

Quick little Trout Porn Diversion. With Mike missing a couple of months, there is a solid chance he might not end the season #1 in WAR. (As I type this, he is still the AL leader at 3.4 fWAR, over Zack Cowart at 3.1.) So who was the last person NOT named Mike trout to lead the AL in WAR? Alright, you had to look it up. You have a browser tab open to the BBR leader board for Yearly League WAR leader. At 6 #1 finished in a row, Trout is unlike anything seen since Mickey Mantle's 4 in a row back in the late 50's. Before that, Babe Ruth had 6 in a row 1926-1931. But, more emphatically, the only comparatives to what Trout should end up posting would be Babe Ruth's 10 out of 12, and Walter Johnson's 7 out of 8 (and 8 out of 14). All of that between 1912 and 1931. That makes Trout the finest all-around AL player in the last 100 years...........

Vlad Guerrero getting inducted into the LAA Hall of Fame. Like, duh. Vlad joins 14 other solo inductees, and the entire 2002 Championship team. Harder, though, will be for Vlad to get his number retired. Even without Mike Trout permanently blocking that, the Angels only have 3 of their own players with retired jerseys. And only 1 has more than 50% of his career, and more than 50% of his WAR, as a Halo............

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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.



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Everywhere In Baseball

We are going to be entering an entirely new quadrant of the galaxy over the next decade. Bryce Harper will be the first to break the banking system of baseball. Start thinking now about what that means for Arte's ability to retain Trout. We all all the brain-power across as many years as possible to help him figure this one out...........

It's Canada, so the court system might not be as predictably pro corporate-funded legal power. Therefore, one person's suit against Chief Wahoo, filed in Toronto, is not getting dismissed out of hand by the workings of MLB...........

I don't know. Maybe it's just my history of being an LAA fan and suffering through all the fail of a Jeff Mathis against all the hype of Mike Scioscia and media mates such as Lyle Spencer to proper him up, but I appear to find myself hyper-disposed towards skepticism when it comes to articles such as The Jeff Mathis Factor over at FanGraphs, where the work attempts to credit Mathis for Zack Greinke's resurgence this season. My takeaway of Greinke's more than intelligent push back on Mathis' framing skills as the explanation, and the small delta in some of the stats presented, is that there is still nothing there. But that is not the author's conclusion: "While there are a number of factors involved in the turnaround, Mathis is a significant one. With the Diamondbacks looking like a contender in a watered-down NL, Mathis appears to be one of the more important offseason signings in the game.". My need to disbelieve the Mathis myth prevents my going back and studying the numbers harder and try to understand. Fortunately for me, FanGraphs is so sabremetrics-based that I doubt Lyle will read it, so I doubt I will be tasked with digging in there any further...........

Ok. Now we know. A 20 foot leadoff at first base is just the length of embarrassment that forces Jon Lester to overcome his yips and pick you off............

When looking into whether something is a slump versus just plain bad luck, why stick only to individual players? Why not look at whole franchises? Is it possible to field an entire lineup that keeps up a season-long slump? Or are the Halos just really, really unlucky?...........

Oddest stats of the season, to date. It includes some Minnesota Twins factoids, playing way out over their skis.........

One of the upsides of having what should be a fine rotation plummeting die to injury, is that it holds out hope that the injury bug will some day go away and we will have a fine rotation. Not so with a team like the Mets, who had a rotation that was once fine, and now sucks, because most of their rotation simply sucks anymore. There is no hope for un-suckage..........

One of the alternatives to just surrendering to a rebuild and adding tanking as an accelerator, would be trying to win through a rebuild. When that doesn't work, as is the case with the Giants, things get bleak pretty fast. They have a handful of rings to show for it all, so I am not going to whine on their behalf...........

Social media delivering live sports content drives social media participation. As one might have expected. This has the potential to bode well for future migrations of live streaming vehicles, since they have a path to financial self-sustainment..........Awful Announcing builds for themselves a perfect streaming service. Pipe dream, actually, as it can all come out at north of $130 a month, anyway..........

A reminder that the NCAA Baseball tournament is underway. The easiest read on bracket status that I have found is here. Cal State Fullerton took out Stanford and has advanced to the Super Regional. Oregon State took out Yale and advanced. Long Beach State advances also, as they defeated Texas last night. (I had to grab that one from the Texas twitter feed at about 11:30 last night, because all the game feeds shut down in the bottom of the damned 8th inning.) Arizona, who came within 1 win of the title a year ago, got bounced early. Thus concludes the report concerning the teams from here out West (realizing that Texas merely poses as "West", by reason of being West of Louisiana)...........Folks are getting really excited about Davidson..........

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The Duffle Bag

Sam Miller sums it up nicely. If you are a batter and think you have a need to push back on getting plunked, you need to formulate a new plan. because the current plan doesn't work...........That Houston winning streak is beyond juggernaut insanity..........There is a reason it's known as "the hot corner"..........Obubel Herrera is perfectly fine with getting plunked, if it means he gets to keep bat flipping..........the 2017 MLB Draft is getting closer. Plan accordingly..........


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Jordan Serena Destiny Watch

Serena had another day off yesterday, and as punishment the Visalia Rawhide crushed the IE 66'ers 9-1..........

SBN has the bestest. The Tim Tebow Watch Watch..........

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