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Angels score 7 runs, and get routed by their own pitching staff.

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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

If you had told the average baseball fan that the Angels would score 7 runs on offense, and send out Trevor Cahill and the best bullpen in MLB against the lowly Rangers, 98 out of 100 of them would tell you that this would be an LAA victory lock.

Those other 2 people would be random passers-by who are ignorant of baseball and who snuck through the screening process by accident, as they got lost while trying to find their way to bathroom and ended up wetting their pants. In other words, Rangers fans.

But the wet pants pair got the last laugh. Trevor Cahill and what used to be the best bullpen in MLB gave up 12 runs in only 8 innings of trying. 12 runs is more than 7 runs. Angels lose.

I take solace in the realization that civilization losing the Cathedral of Notre Dame is a real tragedy. Losing a baseball game in April to a non-entity such as the Texas Rangers is, by comparison, hardly worth talking about.

So let’s do some Forget-About-These-Texans-HaloLinks:


A Little Bit Of Angels News

Tyler Skaggs to the 10-day DL. Ankle sprain. No big deal. Right?...........

Shohei Ohtani = live pitching next week............

We have a new definition of a two-way player in baseball, and somehow it has something to do with Jonathan Lucroy..........

This was shared by Rick Souddress in the comments of yesterday’s Links, but it’s worth repeating. The 2019 edition of the LA Angels is, so far, an absolute monster when it comes to shedding K’s............

In a season when fastballs are fastier, it tells us something that Mike Trout’s hits are the fastiest of his career, too...........

Just putting this out there: Tiger Woods and LeBron James and Tom Brady and Mike Trout were all used in the same sentence by a national news outlet..............


Everywhere In Baseball

Yesterday was Jackie Robinson Day, so we had this year’s report on MLB diversity. Same as last year, B-minus, with the biggest are of concern remaining the MLB Front Office staffs.........The work continues..........And not just for racial minorities, but for women as well..........

Yasiel Puig returns to LA, steps to the plate, gets a nice ovation from the home crowd, and then blasts Clayton Kershaw into the stands. 2 zip Cincinnati. Stand there and stare. Slow trot. Bat flip. Celebrate. LA fans quickly flip from cheers to groans. Sweet............

The Astros are big in the revolution of pitching staffs and utilization. There is a lot of good stuff to be mined here, and to think about as you watch Billy Eppler organize his own pitching staffs. There is also this tidbit: “Teams want starting pitchers to miss bats two times through an order–maybe a third time if the lead is big enough. [Dallas] Keuchel’s two greatest skills–eating up innings and pitching to contact–have gone out of favor.

Rob Whalen is retiring from baseball at the young age of 25. He suffers from some mental health issues which continue to worsen. And he does not think highly of the support he got from the Seattle Mariners...........

Yahoo publishes a story from National Review which targets the folly of service time. It’s service time that is the folly, because once you agree to such a framework it’s gonna get manipulated by somebody. The NR proposal? Simple. Clean. Tie Free Agency availability to age. This encourages a team to get a player up and onto the field where they can use him ASAP and get as much out of him while they have him under control. We could have that one simple change and all move on to something else..........

Part 2 of The Hardball Times’ review of the Bo Schembechler debacle with the Detroit Tigers. What a fiasco. (By the way, when you read that article and get to the part where Ernie Harwell gets fired, you might want to know what happened to him. He would return to the Tigers in 1993 and work there until his retirement in 2002. But between, in that windows that was 1992, he was with the Angels.)........

Mookie Betts is a very good baseball player. But, yeah, Mookie, it’s tough to perform at Mike Trout levels ALL THE TIME. That’s why Mike Trout is so Mike Trouty............

That Cleveland Indians guy, Brad Miller, whom the Indians DFA’d because he wasn’t doing so good, would actually be one of LAA’s better producers at the moment. Among starters, he would have the 4th-highest BA, the 4th-highest SLG, the 3rd-highest OPS, and the 5th-highest OPS+. Oddly, he owns the 3rd-highest of each of those values for Cleveland right now...........

I wonder how often StatCast gets home run distances wrong, and they stay that way because they are not so obvious that they draw attention?..........

MLB’s Holiday Uniforms get blistered by America’s top expert on holiday uniforms. I always read stuff like that and think about the MLB internal planning committee that sat around and got excited with their holiday designs.........

Sunday Night Baseball is not off to a good start. What was un-good in 2018 is back with a vengeance in 2019. Stuff like this should be a real concern to Rob Manfred..........


The Duffle Bag

Padres manager Andy Green has only been running things there in San Diego since 2015, but he sounds more and more like 16-year vet Earl Weaver. Umpires are “literally clueless”. I’m thinking, hey, it’s 8-4 and the Padres aren’t catching up. The umpires are thinking dinner time. Just close this thing out and get outta here...........The Office was much deeper than I imagined..........Chris Davis and Zach Cozart both blew up their crappy offensive starts with 3-hit games over the weekend. For his part, Davis followed that up with a home run. Your turn, Zach............Isn’t learning to count to 4 something that you get down pat in Spring Training?...........


OT: People who have chosen to live in a place where the weather wants to kill them, wish to kill a newscaster for trying to warn them that the weather might be about to kill them. Why? Because those people also couldn’t be bothered to get up early and watch a man hit a little white ball live, choosing instead to watch a tape delayed broadcast of that man hitting a little white ball at the same time that the weather was choosing to try and kill them.