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Halos expose Chacin’s worts, Brewers offense pales in comparison.

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Milwaukee Brewers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

It’s good for me when the Angels play the Brewers. The puns just write themselves.

Quite a solid night. The Brewers are the real deal. This is the team that took the Dodgers to Game 7 in the NLCS. And they came into the night 8 and 2 atop the NL Central, tied with those Dodgers with the best record in the National League and only a half game behind the best MLB record of the Mariners. Top 10 MLB offense, top 10 BA against pitching staff. As I said, solid. This wouldn’t be some game against a random upstart with no real playoff chance that happens to be hot out of the gate. It’s a good test for the Halos to show up and show us something.

They did. That Game 7 that they lost in the NLCS to the Dodgers? That losing pitcher was one-time Halo Jhoulys Chacin (he had won Game 3). Chacin was run out to the mound last night and battled hard against the LAA lineup. But surprise! Home runs by Tommy La Stella, Andrelton Simmons and Justin Bour tripped up the Milwaukee advanced scouting guides. And the LAA pitching retinue of Trevor Cahill + Hansel Robles + Ty Buttrey with a slam-the-door appearance by Cody Allen was brilliant: 2 runs on 6 hits with only 1 walk against 10 K’s. Killer.

And there in the middle of all that was Lifetime MVP Mike Trout robbing reigning NL MVP Christian Yelich of a home run, with Yelich and Trout playfully tipping to one another.

About the only down side to last night was Bour’s timing. Sitting here in Santa Ana with the windows open on a warm Spring evening, just a couple of miles away from the stadium, Bour’s fireworks were drowned out by those of Disneyland. I doubt he minds.

Halos win, 5 beers to 2.

(Before we begin, please note that I have chosen to defer to the balance of the masthead, and to all of you throughout the HH community, to fill our day with Nick Adenhart memorials. Just as the Angels must go on, so for we.)

Have some Pitching-Kicks-Ass-While-Offense-Comes-From-Sneaky-Places-HaloLinks:


A Little Bit Of Angels News

Mike Trout was AL Player of the Week. Sadly, due to being overlooked during many particularly brilliant weeks in recent years, it’s been 4 years since Mike has actually been so recognized. Last season we had one brutally bad MLB miss. So good job MLB but, no, you are still a bunch of idiots who do this part of your job poorly Case in point: Cody Bellinger was NL Player of the Week. But compare Bellinger’s week to that of the Nationals’ Anthony Rendon. Rendon crushes Bellinger, but Rendon doesn’t play for a team that is 8-2 over its last 10 games with 4 wins in a row.............

Trout Porn: Is Mike Trout improving?.....Yes, Mike Trout keeps getting better...”......”Mike Trout Absolutely Wore Out The Rangers”..........ZIPS projections for Mike will get changed a lot this season, I predict.....”Mike Trout is ‘the best player on the planet’ and keeps getting better”.....”Mike Trout is off to an absurd start, even by Mike Trout standards”.....

Mike Trout Mondays are back! “...arguably the greatest 10-game stretch of Trout’s entire career should come in the first 10 games of 2019...”.........

Angels Prospects Stats from the first week. Because small numbers are so informative. (I am doing this more so that I hopefully do this every week. That could end up being a cool tracker.)..........


Everywhere In Baseball

[Hallelujah! The boneheads in control of MLB media, who truly are boneheads by the way, finally have completed their upgrades to their web site and we have a video search once again. Normal IT professionals realize that all of this should have been completed well before the season kicked off.]

One step forward, two steps back. Yesterday, April 7th, marked the 44th anniversary of Frank Robinson becoming the first black American to manage an MLB game. And it was the 32nd anniversary of Al Campanis being fired after being caught out saying stupid shit about black American.....It also marked the end of of One Day Of Special Stupid by the Cubs media relations people. (To be clear, this sign was not posted to proclaim any current policy. it was selected to honor Wrigley history, and this WAS the policy in Chicago up until the 70’s when the law intervened. But, still to choose THAT sign to honor history??)........And there is still at least one MLB organization that holds pretty archaic views on minority hiring. It’s just that Alex Cora is not naming names.........

I dunno what’s worse. Chris Davis and his new title as King of Futility, or the Orioles fans and their distinct lack of interest. Davis went down in flames again last night, now at 0 for his last 49 AB’s. Ignominy, you have a new face. For the Orioles, they opened at home over the weekend against the Yankees, always a good road draw. So in Camden they had 44K, then 27K and finally 33K in the series. Clearly, these were almost all Yankee fans. Last night they hosted Oakland, not a great road draw. Left to their own devices, the announced paid attendance was only 6,585. That was the worst in the history of Camden Yards. Best stadium in America. Home team within 2.5 games of 1st place. Live baseball.........

Your takeaway of this study should not be that plate umpires are wrong 20% of the time, as the article states. Your takeaway should be that robo umps will disagree with plate umps 20% of the time using technology up to this point. That is a meaningful difference. Most of the data incorporated includes pitches from a time when even the tech operators would admit that the robots were not ready. And there are still some things that go unmentioned, such as the way that the upper and lower ends of the zone are not robotized (they are still manual). Also, the point plotting is adjusted vertically (‘normalized’, they call it) because the upper/lower boundaries of the zone are different for different batters - leading to a misunderstanding by the viewer that needs to be recognized. And, of course, the actual round orb of the baseball is rarely indicated at proper scale, something that can make a different on the edges. Finally, the cartoon records show where the baseball was before it reaches the strike zone. Everything past that is implied...........

Adam Ottavino is off to a fantastic start. He has gone 5.2 innings so far in relief and has yet to give up a hit (only 3 walks). Recall that this is the guy who bragged that he could have struck out Babe Ruth.....Well, Hollywood steps in and fixes that problem that Ruth was supposed to have against Ottavino..........

It’s Opening Home Day for the Red Sox, where they come into town with one of the worst records in MLB, but they get to host a special celebration to hand out championship rings. Talk about confusing. Should we cheer? Should we boo?............

If the Cubs seemed to be operating on the cheap during this past winter, that was the call of the GM Theo Epstein, for whatever reason..........

When a player retires from the game, “It’s almost like a part of you dies.” I link to this because, officially, I am officially now less than 1000 days from my own retirement. I can’t wait to feel that part of me die off............

Wow. This is a long one about the risk of accidental positive PEDs testing. Much of the article is about eating foods or taking supplements or medicines that are contaminated. Yes, it is possible. But the REAL reason to read the article is to learn about the risks of testing positive as a consequence of kissing and/or sex! There is actually case history of this. Being an athlete sucks..........

Dayn Perry gives us 8 Rules of Baseball Uniforms and he is pretty close to spot on. For special reasons that shall go unmentioned, we all should pay particular attention to his rules concerning stirrups. (You guys are noticing that Albert Pujols is going high-cuffed pants, right?). I just disagree with #8. The classic 70’s/80’s Angels throw-backs in bright white (not cream) look their very very best when on the field in Anaheim...........

More fun. Dan Szymborski over at FanGraphs looks into the very poor plate discipline of the Reds (compared to the much-improved discipline of the Dodgers - Yasiel Puig, anyone?). But, more to my point, he makes a run at Cincinnati Skyline chili. As a person who cooked professionally for years in a past life, who has been cooking family-sized meals since he was 8-years old, who cooks like a demon still, who is NOT a food snob in any way, and who has multiple go-to chili recipes, I know well that there is no such thing as THE chili recipe. It pretty much is supposed to end up as ‘brown stuff with a tomato base and some derivative of chilies incorporated’. Everything beyond that is personal taste. That said, when you start adding chocolate (as with Skyline Chili) you are moseying over into mole territory............

They pick on us here at SBN, so...Deadspin and their fellow sites got sold once again. Univision dumped them off to a private equity firm at a huge discount. If this keeps up we might one day find a site or two for sale at Dollar Tree..........


The Duffle Bag

Totally expected. The current Federal government has put the kibosh on the MLB-Cuba agreement.............Baseball is back, and so is Baseball Nun..........Silly injury report of the week: strained left quad during home run trot..........The world is less fun learning that ARod did not really have a portrait of himself as a centaur hanging in his bedroom..........The Tigers plan to host up to 17 games this season where their broadcast team is zero more than a bunch of ex-jocks chatting on the phone while the game is ongoing. It includes Jack Morris finally being granted a mic to vent against clouds. What could possibly go wrong?..........Gary Sanchez is nuts. Or maybe he isn’t anymore..........Javy Baez channeling his inner Vladdie..........