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This is the start of the final lap towards the finish line. The Mariners are the bookends to this lap, and one of the competitors for a WC slot. Time to sink their chances.

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Only two more No Baseball Days left before the season ends. Hopefully, the Angels will spark it up and we will have lots to talk about. As if I need any kind of excuse.

One way to look at this weekend is that it is the final lap of the regular season. And the Mariners are the first three strides AND the final three strides of this lap. As a primer competitor, now is the time to end their hopes. Get them out of the way, reduce the competition, and keep close to a playoff spot.

With the off day, combined with a Minnesota win, the Angels drifted to a full game out of the second WC slot. 4 games separate 7 teams, with 22 games left to sort it out. Should be fun, with every single day a quasi-playoff situation.

Have some We-Have-The-Better-Salmon-And-Trout-Than-Seattle Links:


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A Little Bit of Angels News

Albert Pujols had a bone bruise in his knee. He got a lube injection and will be back in the lineup tonight. I might be the only person wondering how a lumbering Pujols is capable of going fast enough to hurt himself? I also wonder how anybody noticed? Is it even possible for Pujols to run slower to any measurable degree?...........

The social media maven for the Chokeland A's, still pissy enough to jump to the defense of their whiny-assed Matt Chapman, jumped on the chance to pimp the A's pulling out a win to stave off a sweep. They offered up a rather lame-assed and incorrect Instagram post. To correct them, the Angels have not been "of Anaheim" for quite some time now. Probbaly since before their SM maven got their high school diploma. The A's are actually "The Philadelphia A's of Kansas City wishing to be of San Jose but looking to get stuck in Oakland after all, forever". And, yeah, these would be the people who occupy the very worst stadium experience in Baseball, populated by those considered among the worst fans in Baseball. And that's not my opinion. It's theirs...........

It's stuff like this that oozes from Cameron Maybin. He just exudes Good Guy. And here he is thanking the Angels, from Houston. Please give him a warm welcome when he returns, and THEN root for him to fail...........

If we did NOT have a first half of uber tales to create thunderous stories which echo clear out to September, what would Baseball be talking about today? Well, for one thing, they would be talking about how the Angels are in position to run away with the AL West...........

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Josh Mayhood's Library of Mike Trout Hagiography

Ken Rosenthal has been reading Josh's stuff, and is jumping on the Mike Trout bandwagon...........

Mike failed to get a single PA last night. Then again, the Angels failed to play any games. So things concerning his 'qualifying' status remain precisely as they were posted yesterday morning.

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Everywhere In Baseball

Oh, sure, it was all MFY-centric, but Gene Michael was still a Baseball guy. An important Baseball guy. Godspeed, Gene Michael...........

The Dodgers are not the only team backing into the playoffs with rising concerns. Pitching staffs are the key to playoff strength, and the Red Sox are showing some serious leaks in their pitching flotilla......... On the upside, Doug Fister is on the rise and is suddenly a real story. Wouldn't it be ironic if the Angels have to end up going through Fister in order to advance in the 2017 playoffs?...........

So the Nats have promoted one of their phenoms, Victor Robles. Always a milestone when a phenom first arrives, but eh big deal on this one is just how young is Robles. He is only 20. That would be like Billy Eppler calling up Jahmai Jones right now with roster expansions. Yahoo looks into some things older than Robles. I know, I know. The list of things older than 20 would take all of history to recite. This ain't a list for anybody but Millennials. Because the things on the list are supposed to be a surprise, as if things don't get old. ...........

Oh joy. It turns out that this Red Sox/Yankees urination contest over sign-stealing is still ongoing, and has been percolating for much longer than we knew. Oh, and MLB was happy to keep it private and just among friends until the NY Times spilled the beans. #professionalintegrity............

The Atlanta Braves are coming off as good guys here, offering up free tickets to see real baseball for Floridians fleeing incoming Hurricane Irma. (Well, except for the person who owns the stadium in-game playlist. That person needs a tad more common sense.) Cynics might focus on it as a way to provide more butts in seats to which they can sell food and merchandise in a season going nowhere for the Braves. I am not that guy. I would never say that. No, I'm the guy who - just as he pointed out that Irma was going to be a problems for MLB before anybody else did, in the first place - is going to be the one who thinks that people fleeing Florida to avoid Irma might end up being well-advised to not stop in Atlanta.............

There will be a lot of discussion in the offseason over things such as how team payrolls rise as youngsters on the roster age, and how money is tending to go in the direction of youth, and luxury tax penalties, and the value of prospects, etc. It turns out that the new CBA has a clause that touches on all of that. FanGraphs, take it away. It's a good read, a good intro for may and a good refresher for the rest of us to tune up for our winter chats..............

A minor blogosphere notice. Hardball Times, normally a sister site to FanGraphs, has been moved into FanGraphs directly. I welcome the unification, as it should lead to more consistent reading and information consumption for HBT for those of us more familiar with FG.............

A lot of effort is made within sabermetrics to put accomplishments into context, that they might be better compared across a wide variety of variables - ballparks, eras, etc. In this study of Giancarlo Stanton's impressive 2017 home run barrage, a change in perspective makes it look less impressive. The root in the article is that Stanton is benefiting from the juiced baseball jet fuel. It's an interesting POV. We chatted about this the other day, but it's also important to note that despite Stanton's massive HR output - especially in the second half, the partial-season handicapped Mike Trout has passed him in WAR. Look at Stanton's 2017 stats. Once you get beyond those 53 home runs, you have only 63 singles and 28 doubles all season. No triples, 2 stolen bases, 141 K's. It's not really fair, because Stanton DID hit those 53 home runs, but if you subtract those home run at-bats and look at what Stanton does when he DOESN'T hit a homer, his slash line is .199/.317/.260 with an OPS of .576. That's a record a National League pitcher would be Ok with.............

It's lazy to lump the Angels into an overall complaint about whiny baseball. It's certainly reasonable to tell a batter to refrain from staring into the crotch of the catcher to watch the signs. Doing so will only lead to a need for more absurd and potentially delaying mechanisms for the catcher and pitcher to communicate before each pitch. If FG can offer up a timely and effective way for them to do that which would also allow batters to pay more attention to anything other than the pitcher, we can all be happy. Until then, let the catcher do his job............

Yeah, what's this all about? Khris Davis, after moving from Milwaukee to Oakland and into a ballpark slightly more difficult in which to hit home runs, has exploded as a home run hitter. He's a League leader. And we felt it Wednesday...........

Aaron Judge is doing just as historically bad in the second half as he was doing historically good in the first half. It's being written about, kinda. Mostly because it's a lot less fun. Nobody is going to wear special costumes and gather in Yankee Stadium to celebrate a guy striking out every night............

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The Duffle Bag

Good job MLB, make it happen for Hailey Dawson. LA Angels, where are you?...........The Mets broadcast partner, SNY, has a pretty fresh opinion about the 2017 IBB rule............Ok, I used to have one rule: a free baseball is NOT worth losing your beer. Now I have TWO rules, the second one inspired by this fine gentleman: a free baseball is also NOT worth losing your BBQ...........Oh geez. Mitch Albom and Mike Lupica are re-teaming to create a sports podcast. MY guess is that their "rotating guest" list will be limited to David Ortiz, Lyle Spencer, Murray Chass and Ken Burns. And maybe Derek Jeter............Somewhere out there is one insurance actuary that is out of a job. With the 15-game winning streak, an insurance company is on the hook for paying out a $1.7MM rebate for one of their corporate customers.

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