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Kinsler and Upton power the Halos to a sweep of the Royals after Shohei exits early with another finger blister.

Kansas City Royals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Tuesday night’s Complete Game decision by Mike Scioscia in favor of starter Andrew Heaney was brought to by last night’s Justin Anderson adventure. Unless Eppler gets real busy and finds a couple of reliable bullpen arms, strong performances by Shohei Ohtani, Ian Kinsler and Justin Upton will go for naught.

Ohtani fought the larger seam baseballs last night (see below) and defeated the Royals, but was defeated himself by another blister attack. He lasted only 4 innings, forcing Sosh to lean into the pen. For 3 innings it kinda worked, too.

The Halos built a 4-1 lead on the efforts of Kinsler - 2 for 5 with a 2-run homer in the 6th - and Upton - solo homer in the 7th, making him 8 for 11 with 2 home runs in the series. Anderson took the stage in the 8th and we witnessed the following: fly out, walk, walk, K, wild pitch, single, single, hello Blake Parker. in all that the Royals scored 2 runs, and the lead was back own to 1 run, 4-3. Parker showed up, run through a 4-out ‘save’ and the Angels won 4-3, sweeping the Royals and finishing the home stand 5 - 1. Good job.

I should be thrilled, but I’m always a little sad face when Mike Trout doesn’t do anything at the plate in a game. I was left alone to watch these last two games in full and Trout was 1 for 7. Bummer to be me. Oh well, 9 road games now, Minnesota to Seattle to Oakland. Today is an off day. Time for Ohtani to heal.

Have some Three-Games-Out-Of-The-Wild-Card-Links:


A Little Bit Of Shohei Ohtani News

Shohei is, apparently, going to try and learn American football...........

A Little Bit Of Mike Trout News

Trout is still in the lead in extremely early MVP polling...........

A Little Bit Of Angels News

Andrelton Simmons with the bad sprain. One more reason to put faith in Billy Eppler, as we have a solid defender to step right in at SS for a few games...........

Ian Kinsler. Not quite what we were hoping for. At least he hasn’t flown into a scoreboard or anything...........

Hat tip to reddit: Look at this chart and thank Andrew Heaney..........A team gets there by doing this over the past month..........

Jeff Fletcher focusing on the financial angle of drafting so many college seniors in the later rounds. It’s a valid point. What with the LAA track record, however, I worry about how many innings those guys got on their arms through all those years in college............

Add our 5th round pick, William English, to the list of verbal commits...........Here is your 11th round pick, Connor Van Scoyoc..........And our 3rd round pick, Aaron Hernandez, is a baller...........And, finally, here is what I could find on the 40th round pick, Mr. 1201, Samuel Stoutenborough..........


Everywhere In Baseball

More Baseball Science, to repudiate the MLB Baseball Science-Lite. It turns out that The Athletic figured out what the MLB could not. Recall that the very recent MLB study finally admitted that the baseballs in use were somehow different and had a major part to play in escalating home run rates. But the MLB scientists could not say how they were different. Thankyouverymuch The Athletic scientists. It’s the thicker lacing on the seams..........

Every generation of baseball fans will have some set of names which are to be respected even though they never actually saw those players in uniform. For some of you, it might be a Rod Carew or Nolan Ryan or Bert Blyleven. For me, that list included Red Shoendienst. The guy had some pretty fine seasons, and an overall excellent career. When I became a fan, he was merely a name that instilled reverence. But he didn’t resonate. Not with me. Over time, though, a worthy baseball fan learns history, learns the players who came before, and discovers wave after wave of lore and excitement as a result. Our cabinet is full. And guys like Red Shoendienst are the reason why. Rest In Peace, Mr. Shoendienst..........

Dan Le Batard is back at it. Maybe we can get a run-off campaign going versus Kole Calhoun?.........

In general, yes, the way that athletes consume drugs that are proscribed by a sports league (in our case, MLB) will be done in a way that is also against the laws of the land............

Yes, here is where I am at. A great deal of the rise in strikeouts can be attributed to superior pitching. Greater use of bullpens sure helps that statement. That’s why I have written several times now that the easiest thing for MLB to do to alter the K rate is to do what they know has worked in the past: lower the mound a couple of inches. Just make sure to also fix the damned baseball, too, Ok?..........

Tim Lincecum may still be on life support..........

Dallas Keuchel has given up 17 runs across his last 4 starts (all earned). He thinks he has figured out why. Yu Darvish Disease. Keuchel thinks he has been tipping pitches. Not that it would do us any good. We won’t see Houston until July, and already missed facing Keuchel twice..........

The Yankees, already...one of...the best...pitching staffs...in the AL, are looking to greedy. Because they can afford to be..........

Jung Ho Kang regrets that he was not a trustworthy person to be believed at this word. Just take his word for it..........

Bo Jackson has some sage advice for Kyler Murray. Don’t try to be Bo Jackson. Today’s athletes - in BOTH sports - are far too good to be able to pull off what Bo knew back in his day..........While on the subject of Kyler Murray, I think the title of this FiveThirtyEight article is asking the question all wrong. Instead of “Would You Rather Be An Outfielder For The A’s Or A Quarterback For The Sooners?”, I think it should read “Would You Rather Stand Alone In The Outfield Of A Sewage Dump In Front Of Tarp-Covered Empty Seats For Hours On End Or The Idol Of Thousands Of Nubile Coeds All Of Whom Are Locked Away From The Rest Of America In The Middle Of Nowhere?”..........

Yeah, now that the MFY/ESPN feud is over, why could they not both lose?..........

Something to keep an eye on would be this lawsuit ongoing in Boston, filed by a woman struck by a foul ball. I am well aware that I am being an insensitive ass when I file this story in the folder labeled “Coffee Is Hot”..........

Department of Beer Protection: This dude is our daily reminder of Beer Protection Fail...And this dudette is our heroic example of Beer Protection Illustriousness..........And here is our hero..........

Kyle Koster of TheBigLead has the audacity to suggest that corn dogs are not a culinary delight? This food snob needs to get his ass to the corn dog cart at Disneyland. Pronto. That’s like arguing that steaks taste terrible after eating at Denny’s.........

Luke Heimlich did not get drafted. “I’m afraid of the backlash,” a GM said before the draft started. “I like the player. I just can’t rationalize it.”............


The Duffle Bag

Bryce Harper’s cool hair is Bryce Harper’s enemy. At least Bryce Harper looks cool while failing so embarrasingly..........No amount of robots can fix stupid..........This is one particularly disturbed human. Thankfully, baseball stadiums are mostly concrete and grass...........Manny Machado IS Zorro!..........Baby Vlad is such a tasty promise for more MLB fun that any little bit of less than positive news is catastrophic..........One of these names is not like the others. (Notice the lack of Mike Trout comparisons any more).........Now pitching, Derek LASTNAME. Derek now has a great idea as to what to put on his jersey for Player’s Weekend. Expect a fair number of new jerseys in AT&T Park sporting a great new NOB.........Here is Kris Bryant punishing the Phillies for not knowing how to play the shift. This is why we have Spring Training, people............The reason we mock security guards is because TV won’t show us security guards clocking knuckleheaded Red Sox fans..........

Finally.....I have no words..........