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Every Mariners game so far has been in Washington. This is the last set there.

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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Baltimore Orioles Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Thanks, MLB. This next series are games 7, 8 and 9 against the Mariners, and games 7, 8 and 9 in Seattle. The final 10 games will all be in Anaheim, but by this point will that help? I hope so. I hate seeing the random pasty-faced emerald-clad transplant smirking from the club seats in Angle Stadium as if we are all clueless schmucks.

Whilst away, a couple of news tidbits showed up on my radar that show why it may be a good thing that the MSM overlooks the LAA.

One data point is that the Orioles and Royals are striving hard for an historically epic season of fail. The Angels, of course, just faced those two incomparable losers and went 2 and 2 against them.

The other data point was the Yankees clobbering David Price, and the Price fallout thereafter. Both from the media, and from Price himself. The only ‘drawing board’ that David Price needs is the LAA batting order.

Nobody seems to be pointing out that the Angels, who should have been playoff contenders, are constantly face-planting where others are supposed to succeed.

Well, here we are back in Seattle. This would be a good time for some positive surprises.

In the meantime, slurp on these Hanging-In-There-At-Five-Games-Out-Of-Last-Place-Links:


A Little Bit Of Shohei Ohtani News

Ohtani has been batting in simulated games, and is looking good. Yeah, a fresh and active bat would be nice.............

A Little Bit Of Mike Trout News

Trout no longer has SoCal to himself. Now we just need Jared Goff to grow into his talent.............

Major League Baseball continues to waste Mike Trout. We already saw him jobbed for AL Player of the Week honors after posting one of the best weeks any player ever enjoyed. Instead, the award went to Evan Gattis in large part because Evan Gattis plays for a team that has lots of baserunners beyond Evan Gattis. Now, MLB has tabbed fellow Astro Alex Bregman as MLB AL Player of the Month in large part because Evan Gattis plays for a team that has lots of baserunners beyond Alex Bregman. But compare Bregman to Trout. As in, uh, not quite, pal..............

In this month, Mike still crawled past some Hall Of Famers in career bWAR. Most notably, Vlad Guerrero and Harmon Killebrew............

The Angels might be seeing repeating years of massive injuries plaguing Trout’s post-season chances. And people cannot help themselves writing about it. I always counter that Trout’s good and bad stretches show just how much of an impact he has on the Halos good and bad stretches, proving that the Angels are, indeed, leveraging the hell out of him. Without him, they would be the Orioles. But, anyway, who is writing about the Rockies wasting Nolan Arenado? And who is writing about the Mets wasting Jacob DeGrom?..........

A Little Bit Of Angels News

Ian Kinsler used to be really, really good. Much gooder than history has recognized..............He is far less gooder now, which sucks for us and sucks for him...........

We might see Garrett Richards tomorrow night...........We know that Mike Scioscia juggled his rotation to put his best arms forward in this Seattle series (are we finally to those games that count?).............I wonder if Richards will be at least as effective in his first time back out as Deck McGuire?...........

It’s the International signing period and Billy Eppler is busy. How fresh. We seem to be the front-runner to sign Alexander Ramirez, who is an OF, 15 years old, and 24th-ranked............And did we really also sign a SS and RHP?.............

Tyler Skaggs came out of the Saturday game in Baltimore, down 1 run after 5 innings of work, because he was exhausted.............Randy Johnson says that GM’s are pulling pitchers too soon these days, doing them a disservice............I just put those two stories together for the sheer fun of it.............

Eppler is waiting to see how thing go over the next couple of weeks to see how he is going to handle the trade deadline. One might assume that the proper way to interpret this is that Eppler is waiting to learn whether he will be a buyer or seller. I, a foolish mortal, might have mistakenly chosen to make some trades by now so that we could be more assured of exploiting the next few weeks leading up to the trade deadline............Eppler isn’t totally checked out. Here comes Matt Harvey Joe Hudson from the Reds............


Everywhere In Baseball

Woah ho! The current Dodgers regime used crooked dealings to purchase the franchise away from the past Dodgers regime known to be engaged in crooked dealings? Whatcha gonna do ‘bout THAT, Commish?.............

Bryce Harper is open to making himself less valuable as an MLB player. He is taking grounders at the position of 1B. It would be interesting to see how Scott Boras spins the resultant lower metrics for a less premium defensive position when pitching his guy in the FA class this upcoming winter............

In fact, the guys we were expecting to blow up the off-season - and the ones I expected to restore bloated contract glory to the Players Union - are all working themselves right out of any such mega-gogory.............

If Mets GM Sandy Alderson fails to return to his post, among the options to replace him one Billy Eppler is not being mentioned.............

What the hell. We got guys with arms falling off, and we go and get other guys to replace them and those other guys have their arms falling off. The Reds take Matt Harvey off the hands of the Mets and Harvey goes and actually gets healthier...........

Yeah, this makes more sense to me. I did write last week how the Rangers looking to trade a 39-year old Adrian Beltre for any value was an odd on for me. Well, it was odd for all the reasons to which Beltre himself speaks............

Professional sports is a harsh business. If one fails to perform, everybody knows it. And no team franchise in any team sport can afford to let an ongoing bad performance drag the whole effort down. But that does not allow for anybody to say such things out loud. Nothing makes a participant more sympathetic in the eyes of the media than to have The Man state the obvious, that a player is not delivering as they had hoped..............

Does anyone think that Lyle Spencer wants to interview ex-ballplayer-turned-Front-Office-and-Clubhouse-stat-maven Sam Fuld?.............

Right now, Alex Rodriguez is right. Betts and Martinez area better combo than Judge and Stanton. But an ex-Yankee shouldn’t outta be saying those kinds of things. (Neither of those tow pairings can match the LAA duo of Trout and Simmons for fWAR, however.)...............

Jorge PEDs Polanco is back on the field............

Keep an eye on this pissing contest between DISH and UniVision. It could have Over The Top streaming implications down the road..........


The Duffle Bag

Meet Tim Tebow, the .257/.329/.390 “All Star”.............Toronto fans are good at paste crafts...........I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, just based on his 2018 season health profile, Yu Darvish should have all the signs he needs that he should have signed with the Halos instead of the Cubs.............I get it why the Mariners went sleeveless. They still lament to the loss of the Sonics..............Something I missed. OSA won the National Championship on a call where the umpire goes all fancy pants, by missing the call and claiming ball 4 was strike 3............

Damn. Brazil cost California a lot a free beer.............