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Thor'sLinks: Put a fork in it. 2017 is over.

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Richards don't last. The bullpen don't hold. Trout don't avoid the strikeout. Phillips and Upton don't hit. The Angels don't beat a team that surrendered long ago. The fans don't get a playoff. Again.

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It is finished. The Angels lasted until just the last 6 days of the season before having the door slammed shut on their noses. A damned sight better than anybody predicted, and light years beyond what was expected after the rotation collapse and trout injury.

But it's truly over, and in a truly forgettable fashion. Garrett Richards didn't make it out of the 4th inning, and at the other side of the pitching bookend Blake Parker took the 2-run walk-off homer loss. 5 guys had plate appearances without a hit at all. Upton and trout struck out 7 times, with trout collecting 4 of them all by his lonesome. Some ugly shit, right there. Kind of like saving up all the junk we expected to see for the final month, with last night's game being the capstone. With overtime, no less. Poop.

In case you overlooked it, Garrett Richards DID have another 15 pitches in his arm this season. He was set to go 95-100, just 5 days after getting pulled against Houston. Instead, he was nowhere near his normal game and lasted only 77 last night. 3 earned runs over 3.2 innings.

The Angels started as a franchise with an 18-year playoff drought. And from 1987 to 2001 they had a 15-year drought. Since then they have had 1 drought as long as 4 seasons, until now. Now we have 2.

RIP Hugh Hefner, an American Hero whose heart was finally broke last night. At least we had 2002, Hef..........

Have some Farewell-To-Hope Links:


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A Little Bit of Angels News

Another reason for the September plummet is that the LAA bullpen, a surprising stalwart prior, finally collapsed.............

Andrew Heaney was not necessarily ready to make it back into the rotation  before the season end. Unless his last slot still mattered. Then they would have taken that chance.............By the way, the idea that they will now start Bud Norris in Heaney's spot versus Jesse Chavez is just more of the Angels "coincidencing"...........

And Yunel Escobar might be officially on early vaca as well. Which, as I questioned yesterday, just makes sense. So, base on how things go this off season, you might not ever have Escobar to kick around anymore............

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Josh Mayhood's Library of Mike Trout Hagiography

mike found first pitch strikes a little more tasty than usual this season. But barely.............

But trout remains really, really good (overall) at getting on base. A lot...........

You have had just a few seasons of him, but you have just watched a Hall of Fame career...........

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Everywhere In Baseball

You are feeling bad, right? Yeah, but you knew this was coming days ago and by now are over it. So here is some sunshine. Rangers fans are in abject misery............

There is no such thing as clutch. But if there is, Aaron Judge is the suckiest at it............

Brad Asmus, probably dead man walking as Detroit Tigers manager, has committed to pull a gimmick game and run ex-Halo Andrew Romine through all 9 positions. That would be the final game of the season, BUT ONLY IF THE TWINS HAD ALREADY CLINCHED. At that time, there was still a chance that this very game could turn out to be the very game that decides whether or not the Angels make the 2017 MLB playoffs. Except in the mind of Whitney McIntosh, who had already moved on.............

The Oakland A's, borrowing heavily from their fierce Power Ranger costumes, might turn out to be the most formidable competitor in the AL West as early as next season............

In my way of thinking, there are three kinds of owners throughout MLB who voted - unanimously - to approve the sale of the Marlins to Derek Jeter and company. First would be the few businessmen who reviewed all the paperwork and came to the conclusion that this would be a good business improvement for Major League Baseball. That might be one, maybe two. Second would be Derek Jeter fanboys. Maybe five. And the third would be the group that just wants to be rid of Jeffrey Loria. Twenty-three?............

The players in Baseball who combine the best combination of power and speed? You would expect to see a mike trout high on that list, yes? And you do, until you look more at averages rather than peaks. Then he falls off the elite..........

Not only was this year the record setter for most home runs in an MLB season, but it was ALSO the record setter for most strikeouts............And guess who features prominently on attacking that record?..........

Francisco Lindor is not necessarily "breaking" the arbitration system, but he sure is creating a peephole into where the cracks are located............

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The Duffle Bag

Ok, Angels fans, time to feel old. Y'all remember 2002. Then a mere rookie, John Lackey is possibly about to retire.............Major Hat Tip to UniWatch on this one. This could be the earliest known photograph of baseball being played in the State of California. Supposedly, this is 1860, which would be 10 years after California's admittance into the United States..........MLB has sold the ALDS to an official sponsor. Something called a "Doosan"...........

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