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Angels score early, and squeeze out another, and manage to defeat the shoulda-been-an-All-Star ex-Halo and LAA farm system product Ervin Santana, 2-1.

Have you ever noticed that I fail to offer up enough Kole Calhoun??
Have you ever noticed that I fail to offer up enough Kole Calhoun??
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Ervin Santana, with the lowest BABIP in the AL and the 5th lowest ERA across the 3rd most innings pitched, who was NOT named to the AL All-Star team (the Twins had already met their quote of not-a-Yankee players at 1, with Miguel Sano named as a reserve), took the mound against the Angels last night. And, sure enough, he shut down the Halo offense pretty good. The Angels collected 7 hits and a couple of walks, but Santana scattered those well enough to pitch a complete game and hold LAA to only 2 runs. On the other hand, Parker Bridwell and the Crew of Calamity held the Twins to the same 7 hits, and the same 2 walks, AND BUT A SINGLE RUN. Let's call the difference the shock of Kole Calhoun's first pitch home run, on only the third pitch of the game, to surprise the not-yet-ready-to-take-things-serious Santana while the scoreboard was still warming up in the first inning. In a 2-1 game, such a quick strike is huge.

This "Mr. Clutch Pujols" thing has me a touch confused. Last night he came up with the bases empty and singled. Then he came up with the bases empty and singled. Then he came up with runners on the corners and flied out. And then, finally, he came up again with runners on the corners and, again, flied out. I think that's the opposite of the clutch reputation that was built up for him just last week. Maybe we need to start paying more attention here.

But, hey, just a tad more of the Lost Weeks Links:


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A Little Bit of Angels News

Two things. First, I am still at a loss to see the balk that Alex Meyer is said to have committed here. Especially in light of the egregious balk issues we have with left-handers throwing to first base after stepping in the direction of home plate. Second, WTF is up with first base umpire Jeff Nelson's ass-hatted emphatic pissy anger issues here?? Did somebody threaten to harm his pet dog before the game or something? If I were Sosh, the first thing I would have asked after rolling all the way out there was whether or not Nelson's blood pressure was Ok? Maybe he needed a Tylenol? Could I get him some water? Call a doctor? How about a lawn chair?...............

Don't actually click this link. Let's not feed the troll. Just mull over the headline for a while. "Trout's first game back should not have been the All-Star Game, anyway". Steve Fryer doesn't explicitly state WHY Trout should only come back first in a regular season game. But the headline seems to imply that Trout's return is too special and needs to be reserved for a home game in front of his own fans. Jeez, it's not like Trout is coming out of retirement or anything, or back from war. And it's not like we wouldn't want to see him again outshine all the other guys that everybody loves to incessantly hype.  Just Fryer being lame...........

This is just frikkin' great. Huston Street, the pitchless wonder, having spent 11 months getting healthy and back into condition to perform at he Major League level again, lasted only 4 appearances, 4 total innings, before going back to the DL after injuring his groin. Sound familiar? Yeah, it should. I blame the trainers..........

Oops. Spoke too soon. Yesterday I wrote how strong Matt Shoemaker's 3 innings of rehab were for the IE 66ers. Well, as it turns out, his recovery from that outing has not gone so well. He is being shut back down so that he can get re-evaluated..........

So with that pair of happy offerings, take this next one with a grain of salt: Garrett Richards might soon get cleared to start throwing again..........

Yesterday JeffJoiner announced that he has a FREE multi-part interview with Jahmai Jones coming our way. That's good timing, because the Baseball America article on Jones is behind their pay wall..........


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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?

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Everywhere In Baseball

Kenley Jansen hates on his own Dodger fans. That must not have gone over real well. So Kenley Jansen loves his own Dodgers fans...............

You and I have noticed a dramatic rise in home runs. Ben Lindbergh & Company have noticed a physical change in baseballs in use in 2016/2017. Marcus Stroman has noticed a lot more blisters impacting MLB pitchers. And Dodgers pitcher Rich Hill would certainly agree..........

Kinda reminds me of the late 90's, when all of MSM was giddliy agog at the home run numbers falling, trying to pretend that there was nothing fishy going on. Aaron Judge has already tied Joe DiMaggio's MFY rookie HR record and it has NOTHING to do with the current era. So let's all just clap and send in our money.........

Hmmm. The Angels have $4.75 million to spend out of their International Signing Pool.  I see just under half of that documented to date. Considering the situation so many other teams find themselves in, this might put the Angels in a nominally better spot for Shohie Otani...........

This is one deep and challenging bit of market - labor - compensation - WAR analysis. I can only skim over it at the moment since I am too busy herding the cats to build this Linkage dump. But I will be going back, and I encourage your feedback. The first thing that caught my attention was this passage: "Teams are spending their budgets differently, but the drivers of their budgets are ticket revenues. (See above link on labor share of revenue for details on why I write 'ticket revenue' rather than 'total revenue.')". I would have swore that teams were spending based on TV rights revenue.........

It's possible that Terry Francona's health might prevent him from managing the AL in this year's All-Star Game. That would mean he wouldn't even be in the dugout to high-five the guy he helped slot onto the AL roster over Andrelton Simmons..........

This is weird. Eric Thames, currently tied for 7th in all of Baseball for Home Runs, and perhaps the most 'randomly' drug-tested ballplayer, didn't even get an invite to the HR Derby..........

We are at that time of year again, when another season's worth of data helps feed the slide rulers and determine whether or not there is a Home Run Derby Curse.........

While we are all sitting back in awe at the steam roller that are the Houston Astros, it might be that the team that actually DID win the AL pennant last year, the Indians, are even better this year..........

The self-inflicted inferno that is Fox Sports might be this year's accelerant in the movement towards Over The Top sports content. After all, if the battle between broadcast giants cannot find a way to protect us all from ESPN, 'us all' are further motivated to protect ourselves..........

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The Duffle Bag

This is why I need to hurry up and retire, so I can check out. I have no room in my life for a sporting world where value is placed on twitter speed...............Clayton Kershaw likes his fireworks.......... Thank Dog that Dellin Batances was named (not voted) to the All-Star team. Not enough Yankees without him...........Bradley Zimmer of the Indians thinks he can beat The Freeze of Atlanta. Looking at the numbers, it's possible. Zimmer's StatCast speed works up to 40 yards in 4.03 seconds. The Freeze did a 4.28. Once...........Gary Sanchez to Logan Morrison: "Don't blame me that you were not drafted by the Yankees."...........The Rochester Red Wings are chasing my dear Fresno Tacos meme, re-branding themselves for one game as the Garbage Plates. I smell fail..........Just when I needed a break to laugh at the world, along comes this person..........Yeah. An MLB pitcher hit a 467-foot home run. 467 feet. A pitcher. But nothing to see here, folks, nothing to see..............

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Jordan Serena Destiny Watch

Jordan Serena remains MIA. He hasn't played since July 2nd. He is still showing on the 66ers roster and not Orem or Mobile. Tough life............

Meanwhile, Mike Trout played in a 66ers uni last night. It must have been a special game for Kyle Friedrichs of the Stockton Ports. If nothing else happens to him in his career, he can always say that he faced Trout twice and got him out twice, ground out and strike out. So far, Trout is 0 for life against Friedrichs. Trout ended up 0 for 3 with 1 K and 2 LOB..............

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