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These will be the 7th/8th/9th games against Seattle over the last 28. 1⁄3 of the time we are just LAA vs. SEA.

MLB: Texas Rangers at Los Angeles Angels
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Here we go again. The Mariners. At least we get that extremely novel concept of playing the Mariners in Anaheim. We will go over the Chavez Ravine again later this week, then we have the All-Star break. And then the Mariners again in a couple of weeks. That would make a total of 12 matchups against each other over the course of about 40 games. It’s almost as if the other 28 MLB teams don’t exist. Thanks MLB scheduling geniuses.

Whatevs.

Feast on some Not-Enough-AL-Central-HaloLinks:


A Little Bit Of Shohei Ohtani News

I’m not even going to tell you what this is all about. It’s just unbelievably amazing. Just click. And stare in awe............

Are you over that yet? Yeah? Ok, now let’s go back to Sunday night and Ohtani’s pinch-hit home run that proved to be the game-winner. No, not that replay. THIS replay. Personally, I hope that I never get that accustomed to Ohtani home runs that I, too, sound like I am covering the tee shot of some guy 18 strokes back..........

When Ohtani squares up a ball, he literally squares it up. His BA and SLG on batted balls to CF remain tops in all of Baseball...........

A Little Bit Of Mike Trout News

Sweet find, reddit. Mike ‘Mr. Perfect’ Trout, who plays exactly half his games at home, has 226 total home runs, and exactly half of those are at home............

Mike’s ASG appearances, by age 27, has parked him into yet another rarefied altitude among all MLB players in history..........

Last week I took a look at Trout’s season, week over week, and charted it out in terms of wRC+. I expected it to show that he is highly mercurial, and I was right. But the news about his sprained finger was such an obscuring factor that I couldn’t say much about what I was looking at. Well, FanGraphs tracks Trout by rolling wRC+ going back to his beginning. It’s as mercurial as mine was, but missing the callouts for his earlier, more notorious, injuries. But it remains fair to say that, yes, Trout is mercurial. What’s astounding is that even with his pus and downs he still orbits head and shoulder above his peers. And that’s the point of the FG article. (That article also wonders about the full story behind Mike’s finger boo-boo. Yet another example of LAA medical secrecy.)..........

A Little Bit Of Angels News

#VoteSimba. Please, so that I can filter out all the VoteSimba twitter traffic that is obscuring my ability to fetch news. And so that you can possibly end up with a Mike Trout signed baseball cleat............

The Angels offense is coming around? I must be plugged into the wrong calendar year again. The one I am plugged into now says that they have only scored more than 5 runs in a game once this month. I don’t want to sound cynical, so If somebody would direct me to the nearest exit from this particular July so that I can rejoin the July being discussed in the link, I would appreciate it...........

Jaime Barria became a fixture in the LAA rotation because (A) he is a talented youngster, and (B) Mike Scioscia has lost so many of his expected choices that he is forced to start a talented youngster..........

Nick Tropeano, another baby steps update..........

Congrats to our Farm prospects! Jo Adell was named as Cal League Player of the Month, and Luis Rengifo was tabbed as Southern League Player of the Month.


Everywhere In Baseball

People are still barfing about All-Star snubs. And as the break approaches, we are already seeing multiple posts about how to fiddle with the ASG itself. So I have an idea that will fix both things: finding a way to include more obvious stars into the showcase AND satisfies so many people’s itch to do whatever it is that we are not doing now. My idea: East vs. West NL All-Star game, and East vs. West AL All-Star game. Winners only face off in the ASG Final. The All-Star break is a 3-game event held over 3 consecutive nights.....Now we have enough slots to avoid snubs. (Because we DO have enough quality players remaining to add at least one more team.) We have something new and shiny to promote and enjoy. And we no longer silly sideshow activities...........

The Derek Jeter trade that sent Christian Yelich to the Brewers had become so one-sided that it’s making Jeter look more foolish every week. Best line here: “This trade was a disaster from a baseball perspective, and it’s almost better for Jeter if you take the cynical angle that he did it to line his own pockets as opposed to believing it was a baseball decision.”...........

One of the aromas of modern baseball tropes that wafts through our rooms every now and then is that managers have practically no influence on numbers of games won/lost. If true, then why does this article about teams plummeting contain more than a mere whiff of an opposing truth?............

If you want a Shohei Ohtani of your very own, you get over to Japan and sign anything you can. Especially if there is even an hint of potential. Even if the kid is only 16. Well, that’s the news angle, anyway, but I wonder why that is such a big deal? How is that any different than what MLB teams have been doing in the International signing period with Latin players for years?..............

Sports psychologist Ken Ravizza has died. This is an angle we don’t get much vision into in our world of baseball. Too bad. Seems like it’s a big deal we should connect with...........

The TJ problem in youth baseball is as bad as it has ever been. So many great athletes destined to be drafted and signed by the Angels...........

MLB still needs to do more to own up and correct the ongoing damage being done to the youth throughout Latin America in their name...........

Madison Bumgarner, anyone? Yes, please..............The Orioles are looking to go big. They might be offering up a package of Manny Machado AND Zach Britton for a sweepstakes of return prospects. Too bad it ain’t 2016 anymore, when Britton’s ERA+ was 803. Now it’s only 83...........The Brewers are leading the chase for Machado, but now the Yankees are looking to come in and snake the deal...........If we get enough teams blowing it up at the Trade Deadline, will the saturation of available players drive down prices in Eppler’s favor? Imagine finding that teams with stars to sell might not find buyers willing to pay fair price, all attributable to the damage already done to the market by tanking teams. Activist baseball writers will still find a way to blame all the owners as if it was some sort of grand conspiracy..........The Dodgers need a 2B. I suppose to match with their pursuit of a new SS. So expect the LADs to be smack in the middle of at least one major multi-player trade in the next few weeks...........

Here is a twist. Local sports networks electing to stream MLB games via Facebook to the local market. Not sure if that’s a great thing. First, it forces viewers away from non-pay TV and over to FB, which is still a less than ideal way to follow a game. And, second, it looks like they will not allow this to be any way around the idiotic MLB blackout coverage zones...........


The Duffle Bag

The Sunday Night Prime Time LAA-LAD game this week was the highest-rated ESPN regular season game in the LA market ever recorded. Yes, that would mean higher rated than any Yankees vs. Red Sox game..........Oops. Calling the wrong game............Yet another old lion of the sports world MSM meanders off into the bush to retire...........After all this time, this is his 12th season, designated slugger Kendry Morales only NOW has 200 career home runs?..........Jon Lester gets an introduction to this millenium’s shitty web development idiocy............David Price is smack in the middle of a race to the playoffs, where the Red Sox promise to go deep. So why the hell would anybody be asking him about his opt-out clause in November?...........

We can train robots to zap weeds on the farm, but MLB?...........