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Now that the Halos are all-but-eliminated, all the thunder in the lineup sneaks out of hiding to grab some milestone headlines before vacations begin.

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With the Angels elimination # down to a meager "1", that offense that had been missing for two incredibly critical weeks resurfaced yesterday. It's back just in time for everybody to get excited about Albert Pujols getting 100 RBI's! And Mike Trout getting 31 Home Runs! The Angels score 9 runs, win 9-3! Hope is still alive!

Yeah, Ok. For the second time in three seasons the Angels are the final AL team to be eliminated from playoff consideration. That alone is a major in-your-face to pre-season prognosticators. But years from now you will take a quick look back at the franchise history and see "2017, 19 games out" and wince. You will have forgotten that the Angels were right there well into September, but going 4 - 11 cost them dearly, even as they didn't finally get eliminated until the last few days of the entire season.

So go ahead and pour it on, you thunder-stroking masters of the bat, you, Halos. Score a ton, pad your stats, win a few more, screw with PECOTA. Just because we fans are still stinging from what might have been, there is no reason you all can't mash like monsters and slap some high fives on your way to your playoff couches, which is where we will be.

Links. Have some Everybody-Gets-Eliminated-Except-The-Angels Links:


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A Little Bit of Angels News

Albert Pujols is listed at 240 pounds. He entered the game last night batting .240. That is the very definition of barely batting his own weight. But now that Stat Padding Season is upon us, he collected 2 more RBI's and reached 100 for the season, and everybody goes nuts...........

Yunel Escobar might make it back to Anaheim this weekend. As I asked yesterday concerning Andrew Heaney: why??...........

Parker Bridwell, chasing Whitey Ford???.......


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Everywhere In Baseball

See? THIS is how a team deals with the Cleveland Indians when a team is fighting to get into the playoffs.............

Tim Lincecum, last seen failing with the Los Angeles Angels, was once suspected of retreating to make one final effort towards a comeback. And off he went, and he disappeared.  Wither did he go? The answers, in long form............

Our nation can now turn it's lonely eyes (back) to Aaron Judge. Because he is back. Back enough, at least, for the media to have fun again. Which means I get to resume my efforts to temper the over-enthusiasm, with observations like this..........

Ok, everybody gets to have an opinion. But in this review of the Top 30 greatest MLB logos, the rankings pretty much come down to the ideas that (A) the logos have been around forever, and (B) the team represented has won a lot. So, pffft..........

This is sure to come back and haunt us LAA fans over the next few weeks. Terry Francona is moving Mike Clevinger to the bullpen for the playoffs. Wise move, since a team doesn't need 5 starters in October and Clevinger is a valuable arm. But that means that we might see Clevinger A LOT. And we know how well Cleveland relievers do when it comes to playoff time. Wild hair flowing, opponents flailing away in embarrassment, broadcasters creating instant mythologies, and all we got out of it were a few Vinnie Pestano T-shirts............

Rougned Odor is not good, and it takes an awful lot of math just to justify him as "sub par". Keep running your Mike Trout killer out there, Ranger fans...........

Chris Sale is taking a ride on the LA Angels Close Like a Champion Express train. In his sure-to-be-final start of the regular season, Sale got bombed. Literally. That's the kind of thing that CYA voters, being of such short memory powers, will remember...........

If you want the Angels to have a shot at signing Shohei Otani, maybe you should win the job as his new agent?..........

The Dodgers are getting sued for failure to control their asshat "fans" (again)..........

I think I missed this yesterday, for some reason. College teams are now studying high school players through the lens of large-scale analytics. (Ignore the headline, this is NOT Moneyball.)..........

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The Duffle Bag

If everybody, everywhere, takes a knee during the National Anthem, what happens to the protest?...........The Yankees might not be stealing signs, but Yankees fans cannot claim such innocence.............The Rockies lost track of one of their employees, didn't find him until a Jeopardy! contestant screwed up..........Just in time to make ensure that he remains healthy for the playoffs, somebody stole Trevor Bauer's drone. I'm guessing that it was an inside job...........Jon Lester is a tad peevish that Nacho Guy is stealing some his limelight..........

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