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If they don't have enough mojo left to defeat a .400 winning team when it (still) counts, the Angels can count themselves flatlined.

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If you can't beat a Chicago White Sox team playing .400 ball on a season they have long since cashed out of, when your season still has any shot at all, it can be said with confidence that you are flatlining on the table. And that is what happened yesterday, losing to ChiSox 4-2.

This I find to be stunning. Seriously. I was stunned. Not to bore you with all my first-world problems, just know that I was overwhelmed with other things all day yesterday. The only time I got  look at the game was just after mike trout had drawn a walk in the 1st inning. Trout had just stolen second base while Justin Upton was at the plate. My MLB app was barfing and I was too busy to deal, so I bailed. I was figuring WTF, it's the White Sox. But just as I was finally getting my shit together and heading home to start working on this, I chose to drive the stadium. Yeah, I was expecting to see the Halo lit up. As you already knew, it was not. Bejeebus.

So, you bet, this team has flatlined. All they need now is for the doctor to check the clock and call ToD. No, not THAT ToD......THIS ToD...........

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A Little Bit of Angels News

Andrelton Simmons was so dazzling the other night he actually woke up Baseball America, all the way to the East Coast!.....The Score.....Deadspin.....Sports Illustrated.....NBC Sports (where Craig Calcaterra admits he is too lazy to follow baseball in our time zone and has been missing Simmmons' brilliance)......Buster Olney, which drew this response from Victor Rojas urging Olney to get out of bed and cover another 30% of MLB, which then got an Olney reply that, interpreted, actually says "we east coasters saw him first so we don't have to pay attention to you people out there any more"............

Yeah, Parker Bridwell IS, what I was hoping a Nick Tropeano would BE.............

Get excited! The Angels are offering priority tickets to "insiders" starting NOW!. Seriously. Not a joke...........

Wouldn't it be great if Justin Upton's bonehead yesterday (NOT an error) motivates him to stick around be a part of things in order to make amends?...........

Andrew Heaney hopes to start Thursday. Why? Why not just have him lining up for Spring at this point?............

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Josh Mayhood's Library of Mike Trout Hagiography

That electrifying home run by trout yesterday, the one we could have used multiple times over the past couple weeks? It turns out that was quite a noteworthy moment.............

mike won't make the playoffs this year, which is another bummer. But if Upton sticks around............

trout CAN play defense......Why he doesn't do it more often is still a mystery. But he CAN...........

He is killer consistent when it comes to balancing out his 2B and 4B hitting.............

As we have been tracking, trout now shows up on leaderboards. The past couple of games have saved him from greater embarrassment nut, oh, what could have been.

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Everywhere In Baseball

Aaron Judge just broke the rookie record for home runs, now at 50. This is one reason why sabremetrics are important. It's a charming story now, but "now" is a time abnormally tinged by home run happiness, anyway. So is Judge REALLY a better slugger than a rookie Mark McGwire? We might not learn that for a few more seasons, when all the analysis of this era is in...........One thing I CAN say for certain, is that Judge has reclaimed his season. Judge took the first 42 games after the All-Star break sucking serious eggs. His slash line for that period was .178/.330/.349 with an OPS of .688. 7 of those hits were home runs. We mocked the MSM for overdoing their rookie love, and the support for him evaporated. But since then, Judge's slash line has been .289/.441/.789 with an OPS of 1.231. 11 home runs. Now let's compare. trout took 42 games of leave for his thumb injury, during which his slash line was .000/.000/.000 with an OPS of 0.000. Then down the stretch in the most critical window of the LAA season, trout went .158/.310/.316 with an OPS of 626. 2 home runs. So, yessir, we LAA fans can set aside our snark and just let Aaron Judge have his fine season, as he has earned it..........That said, I'm not sure that I am sold on how statisticians quantify "leverage", but Aaron Judge's remarkable 50HR rookie season was done, mostly, is a safe zone............

Yasiel Puig is back to being Puiggy. Reports vary, was he benched because of a screw up with a stolen base? Or, was it for being late to batting practice? Or both?? .............

So is Josh Donaldson already old news? He's only 31, with one more year under contract, and only costing $17MM. And even in a down year he is throwing out a 4.3 bWAR season. Well, I suppose if you want to do a complete dump and take a dive on your season to pull an Astros story, now IS the time. But, hell, I'd take him!...........

I've never been an autograph hound. But it has occured to me on occasion what I might think today looking back on some moment with a player long ago which might not have gone right, or might have gone great. Or what if the player turned into someone more infamous than famous? Well, it does happen. Sometimes to a journalist who gets to let us know how it feels............ \

The Twins. Sheesh. They were 50-53 before the trade deadline, and are 32-21 since. They were 3-6 versus Detroit BEFORE the trade deadline, and are 6-1 since, with 3 left to play. It certainly helps that Detroit was 47-57 before the deadline and, after dumping such luminaries as Upton and Verlander, are only 15-37 since. So of the 19 games that the Twins have against Detroit, they get 13 of them (a full 2/3's) after the Tigers turned themselves into a practice squad...........

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The Duffle Bag

That little girl who was struck in the face by a foul ball in Yankee Stadium "is doing a lot better".............Angel Fernandez is fighting to save his discrimination lawsuit against MLB, because Cincinnati is such a critically important part of the issue. Or something..........Addison Russell could have done that fan a greater favor and, instead of nachos, sent him the guy a Lean Cuisine............Danielle Shoemaker is THE BEST..............Something to keep a watch on: President Trump's latest travel ban including visas from Venezuela should NOT have an impact on baseball players. Should NOT...........

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