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Thor’sLinks: Halos Cahilled Back to Anaheim

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Trevor did him implosion thing. Ohtani had a miserable day.

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Timing is everything. Trevor Cahill’s time is not up? Really? Did we see that game yesterday? The Cahill Inning (you know, yesterday it was the 5th). What we need to do is demote Cahill to Opener. Minimize the number of innings per outing in which he can do damage. And make sure to get him off the field before he is called upon to actually try and make any plays on defense.

Interesting strategy. Bases loaded and clinging to a late lead and having to face Mike Trout without a place to put him. You still try to pitch around him. And you do it so badly you just flat out hit him. Except for the fact that you held that At Bat to only one run, that’s an embarrassing fail.

But Shohei Ohtani, man, wow. 1 for 6 and stranded 9 runners on base? That is not in the plan. If we could get Justin Upton back (not too close there, actually), and have those three clicking, this roster could be scoring 16 runs a game.

Instead, just short. Again. 8 to 7 loss while the bases were loaded, no less.

But we got No-Less-HaloLinks:


A Little Bit Of Angels News

Welcome to Major League Baseball Jared Walsh. 3 for 5 AND he can play 1B AND he can play outfield AND he can pitch?..........And Kaleb Cowart, another developing two-way player (maybe not as a 3-hit game two-way player, but whatever...) is moving up to AAA............

The Angels did not ‘tentatively’ pull the plug on Justin Bour ($$)...........No, They pulled the plug decisively. All the way to Salt Lake City..............

Tommy LaStella with a 4-hit game? Including a home run? This kid is destined to make my pre-season forecasting look become humiliatingly bad. And me look like a fool. And I love it..........It’s almost like LaStella and mike trout have switched bodies............

Brian Goodwin had a 4-hit game, as well. Another gem that Billy Eppler pulled out of the spare parts bucket............

Griffin Canning auto alert. San Diego County Credit Union in Laguna Niguel NEXT Saturday. The 25th............

Andrew Heaney is getting closer. I suppose I should be excited, what with our current starting rotation and all. But which Heaney will we get back? The 2015/2018 Heaney who racked up innings and more than held his own? Or the 2016-2017 Heaney who was broken?.............


Everywhere In Baseball

We did get a golden moment in the game yesterday. C.J. Cron got totally punked out of receiving an easy infield toss from his pitcher by a deke from his second baseman. Hard to even type that. It sounds too unpossible. But that is Halo DNA. My mind races at the possibilities had we had Cron at 1B when we had vintage Jeff Mathis behind the plate............

The Rays are still one step ahead of the rest of us. Last season it was the hard press on the Opener. This season, it’s the Leadoff. The idea is that they are rotating the leadoff spot at the top of the order between Austin Meadows, Yandy Diaz, and Brandon Lowe based on which one is on a hot hitting streak. It works to get their hot bat the most Plate Appearances possible as many games as poossible. You can track their flipping here. The only problem with this tale is that the Rays are 20th in Runs Scored, 13th in hits, 11th in Batting Average, 12th in Slugging. Stuff like that. I guess the moral is that had the Rays not instituted this plan, they wouldn’t rank as high as high as they do............

It’s time to start the June Draft Countdown. First point is know the date. June 3 through 5. 2 12 weeks..............

The Yankees got the 35-year old Kendrys Morales because they know he was pretty dangerous back when he was just 32? Ok.............

Tanking is no fun for the players, by the way..............

Let’s do us some soap opera dance, shall we? Ben Zobrist is suffering major marital problems. It seems that Zobrist is of the belief that his wife has behaved in ways that defy their entire belief system. This is so disruptive that Zobrist is undergoing a major, and quite public, divorce that is forcing him into a leave of absence from his role as starting 2B of the Cubs...............

Chris Paddack is supposed to be the guy who I root for to torment the Dodgers. He’s got that Rocket Racoon attitude that is supposed to annoy LA for a baseball generation.....So he goes and faces the Dodgers and has his first suck eggs outing of his career. Damn.............

This story should have held for Halloween. We all know that Minor League Baseball pays mice nuts. And sometimes Mother Nature can take mere misery and push it to whole new levels of hell. Players have to be resourceful to survive. Getting housing in a funeral parlor is very resourceful, indeed..........

Bryce Harper will stabilize. But along the way there will be these stretches where Phillies fans go WTF????............

Baseball scouting is hard enough. A scout doesn’t have to be a dick about it. That never works out well...........

It keeps coming. Gambling keeps coming. And the first ones to sell their souls....no....stop that.....ESPN has no soul. The first ones to sell their shriveled up little raisin of public interest would be ESPN.............


The Duffle Bag

Because franchise tanking does pay. Big Time.............Bruce WIllis. Die Hard. Or just die. Like his swing. Or his weak-ass pitching arm..............Grown adult brings glove to game. Home run ball comes directly his way. He is all alone and unimpeded to make his glorious catch in full public view. Doink!................Inside The Park Home Runs are supposed to be the most exciting play in baseball. Getting home standing up kinda takes all the fun out of it...........

Sorry I missed National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day yesterday, people. I tend to always overlook the special days.............But I. Am. Stirrups. And I do not overlook Taco Tuesday!