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On any given April 23rd, Tyler Skaggs is tougher than Gerrit Cole. Just check the scoreboard.

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Houston Astros
This Just Up. Justin hath spoke in Houston.
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Tyler Skaggs bests a Gerrit Cole that was running a perfecto through 4.1 innings. THE Gerrit Cole. The one backed by MLB’s 3rd-most prolific offense. A team that had not been shutout this season prior to last night. It was just as good a game as the score indicates. Brilliant pitching (9K’s and only 3 BB’s between both staffs. Only 8 hits and 2 runs, both earned.), Rattle-imposing multi-base stealing by Mike Trout (something he has not been doing for a long time), key hits by Kole Calhoun and Justin Upton, and a game-ended third out at third base picked up on an easy challenge that for whatever reason 3B ump Cory Blaser refused to call correctly even with all his eyeballs pinned to the play just 5 feet distant.

Thou Shalt Not Rest Easy, Mr. Cole.

Have some Welcome-Back-To-The-Mayhem-Captain-Josh-Links:


A Little Bit of Angels News

Blake Wood goes to the DL, officially. It’s more of this ‘impingement’ stuff....And Parker Bridwell is hurt, but without noticeable structural damage......

So coming up to replace wood - and starring last night - is Houston native Justin Anderson. How does it feel to face Cy Rookie, Houston??.............The kid has skills.............And he has left Dodger media flummoxed at the potential stories lurking in that other LA farm system............Griffin Canning, the trail out of Mobile has been blazed............

Trout Porn: Mike Trout keeps getting fucking better. As his O-Swing% plummets due to self-discipline, opposing pitchers are trapped............On Mike Trout Monday, amid the gushing comes the realization that his 2018 HR could result in an epic non-PEDs conclusion...........And we are now far from the only ones (here on HaloLinks) that are noticing how much better Trout is becoming.....Recall Cody Bellinger studying Mike Trout slides on TV. Bellinger is not the only MLB guy enamored with The Meteor.............And in The Department of Impossible Comps, Mike Trout needs TWO. And the two are Bryce Harper AND Manny Machado. Combined. In a little more than half the games. Un-freaking-believable............


Everywhere In Baseball

This is what I was saying when the season opened. In this bold new tanking sports league, the road to the playoffs will require feasting on those who choose not to compete. Like, for example, Derek Jeter.........

Some people need to relax on the Dodgers, Cubs, Nats and Yankees. It’s only about 20 games. For some leagues, 140 games is an entire season.............

Major League Baseball is striking out gloriously. Remember that we have also had a record number of rainouts............Here is a more in-depth look at our K times..............

Because you have not gotten near enough MFY entitlement here on HaloLinks, see the Yankees faithful assuming that Patrick Corbin in pinstripes is destiny.......And again.......By the way, we are talking about the Patrick Corbin of the 2nd round in the LAA MLB draft of 2009 (Grichuk, Trout, Skaggs and Richards coming prior). Jerry Dipoto sending him to Arizona (with multiple others) for Dan Haren was one of the first things Dipoto did after assuming the role of interim GM for Arte in 2010...........

Danny Farquhar is improving.............

Congratulations Jenny Cavnar. Sorry that you had to start out by calling this............

Lots and lots off teams are reset for their luxury tax penalties next offseason............

The MSM is on the verge of finally getting on board with modern content delivery services, because the laws are on the verge of legalizing their ability to suck up fresh mega billions in revenue during broadcasts............


The Duffle Bag

If Rob Manfred Weather returns in October, we could be seeing an NFL game instead of the World Series..........Thanks, again, Jerry Dipoto..........Trout, a phenom at all hours of the day or night............I don’t always watch my Astros lose, but when I do..........The athletic needs of a third baseman are clearly not what they used to be.............If an Immaculate Inning is one frame on 9 pitches, all strikes, what is it called should a pitcher get all three outs on only 3 pitches?...........The Reds might not be drawing many fans, but the ones they do draw know how to use their equipment...........Keep your shirt on Yankee fan. Eventually you will be right...........Pete Rose? Gambling debts?? Who would have guessed???..........