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Toronto came into Anaheim rolling. In time to give the Halos a much-needed boost.

Toronto Blue Jays v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

This is better. Toronto came into Anaheim having won 7 of 9, and 10 of 14. As good as anybody in MLB not named the Cardinals. The Angels were us the opposite, losing 10 of their last 14 games. The Halos needed a boost. Thankfully, the Blue Jays have been delivering.

LAA has won both of the first two games, guaranteeing a series win. Odd as it may seem, the Angels are now tied for 2nd most wins in the AL West with 14. They still rank in the lower half of the AL, but they are a lot closer than you might suspect.

The offense is firing. The pitching is hanging in there. Mike Trout had a happy night and, yeah, he has now reached base 28-straight games. And a 6-3 win sets up a Tyler Skaggs versus Aaron Sanchez pitching duel tonight with a chance for a sweep. And, oddly, this tees up the Angels for a rare Friday night off. Necessary for some reason as the Angels fly to Mexico for a weekend series in Monterrey versus Houston.

Enjoy some Can-We-Break-Out-The-Brooms-HaloLinks:


A Little Bit Of Angels News

This Blue Jays scouting report on Griffin Canning must have been left in the clubhouse until the 5th inning..........

The Grif, hometown hero..........”Bluntly, that’s one of the best debuts I’ve ever caught.” - Lucroy..........Go to the 10:15 mark of “Recapping Griffin Canning’s Debut” to hear Mike tout’s observations from center field..........

Big Daddy Vlad is a Very Good Daddy Vlad...........He is also a very good ex-Halo...........But, no, Big Daddy Vlad was not cut from any cloth that would absorb the ink of modern analytical batting data..........

The Angels are off to a D+ start. I’d say that is close to accurate. But as they say in college, “D” stands for “Don’t have to re-take”..........

BUT...the Angels have a K-BB rate that is off the charts. Literally. They have to change the max values on the y-axis in order to even show them.....Which makes them a warping factor in this whole “Hitters Are Fighting Back Against Rising Strikeouts” study..........

Mike & Jessica Trout, high school sweethearts..........Mike Trout, center fielder for MLB’s Team of the Month..........Mike Trout porn..........Just a question for my own edification, something for a stathead out there. Does this heatmap tell me what I think it does, that Mike Trout suffers pitches called as strikes at double-digit percentage rates even though they are outside the zone? (Looking to do some player comparisons.)..........

Ok, this bugs me. Tim Kurkjian is calling out the success at the plate of Zack Greinke. But when he does, why does he have to go out of his way and dismiss Shohei Ohtani as if Ohtani is in some special non-pitcher category?..........

With Baby Vlad now in the Bigs, all the prospect in MiLB move up one spot. Except for Kevin Maitan. Oof..........

John Curtiss, DFA. Wait, what’s a John Curtiss?...........


Everywhere In Baseball

Enjoy every moment of every play from every player you adore and/or admire. Because you never know when a bad thing can happen. Last night, by way of example, Corey Kluber suffered an arm fracture from a line-drive come-backer. Of all the possible outcomes, one is that Kluber is done for the season.............

In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king. MLB is evolving away from pitchers relying on fastballs. So if you are an up and coming kid looking to create leveraged value, by the time you come of age your fastball might be the rare and unique thing that makes you unique. As for hitters, well, I was clearly born 50 years too soon. I never struggled with off-speed stuff. My eyeball saw movement and projected flight path pretty well. My deadly weakness was the high fastball. And the low fastball. Not to mention the fastball tailing away. And the fastballs in on my hands? Let’s not open THAT wound..........

Honeymoon over. Bryce Harper getting booed in Philadelphia..........It doesn’t help that his last two weeks have been .196/.327/.413...........

Congratulations, Jerry Dipoto, the clock just struck midnight on your 25.man. And 14 of your next 16 games are against Cleveland, the Yankees, Boston and Minnesota..........

I have plans to visit Wrigley Field this September. First time. It’s a bundle where I also take in a Notre Dame game and hit Three Dots and a Dash. But maybe, just maybe, I should not be taking my wife to that Cubs game. Statistically in terms of crime and emergencies, Wrigley Field makes Dodger Stadium look like Mr. Rogers neighborhood.........

$$ - Three true outcomes are on the rise. Some of that (home runs) is due to the baseball drag coefficient and the warmer weather. Some of that (including home runs) is due to hitters and pitcher evolving. “We’re about to see a 20-year high in walk rate, and batters are reaching at pitches outside the zone less this year than they have in the last five. Looks like batters are trying to have their cake and eat it too, by getting the ball out in front selectively so that they can get all of the nice hard high contact without any of the weak ground balls. Pitchers have noticed, too, as the percentage of fastballs thrown in hitters’ counts is at an all-time low. Put it all together and you get more walks, strikeouts, and homers than ever before.”...........

Jurickson Profar has the yips. This always has me torn. One the one side my heart aches at the psychological struggles a player goes through as he tries to overcome some hidden internal demon in the most public, embarrassing, humiliating way. After all, he is failing to do what half the fans in the stadium could easily do. On the other side, it is pretty funny to watch the outcomes.............

A.J. Pollock of the Dodgers has an infected elbow. So infected, in fact, that he may need surgery. How the hell does that happen? We are not talking about some recent scratch that went untreated. We are talking about an internal screw and plate that was installed nearly 3 years ago, now deciding that it doesn’t want to be OK..........

Come June, post-draft, Craig Kimbrel ain’t gonna be signing no one-year deal, y’all. So for all practical purposes, Kimbrel is melding the 2018-2019 Free Agent season into a 2018-2020 Free Agent season. He’s a Free Agent until he gets his deal. Period..........

(h/t reddit) MiLB charity fund-raising promo turns fan attendance into a game of audience participation. For a donation, fans get to choose stadium tunes for things like walk ups. Now, if they made an app for this, and fans could bid in real time, this would convert form a board game to a video game and Rob Manfred would have an example as to how to connect with future fans..........

I didn’t do the whole C.C. Sabathia reaches 3000 strikeouts thing because I didn’t want to feed the MFY beast. I would not be surprised if there were not one or two MFY fans as lurkers here and I don’t want to give them the satisfaction. They can go get their own Linkage shit together. But I bring this up because the BBR Play Index tool still frustrates the hell out of me. Why does it have to be so hard to get the tool to show how many of those K’s came at the expense of Mike Trout??? Don’t those people at BBR know how to build a query UI into their own DB?.........(To inform, by the way, Sabathia struck out Darin Erstad and Troy Glaus 7 times each. Tim Salmon 2 times. Mike Trout 4 times (6/16/2013, 6/7/2015, 4/29/2018, 4/24/2019)..........

Another MiLB prospect, this one for the Giants, suspended for PEDs violations..........

Hmmm. The Mets/Phillies beef is reaching down to their respective AAA teams. This could create one of those historic rivalries, ala the Dodgers/Giants of the 60’s..........So I go and do some google searching for more hits on this topic. I find what reddit found, that this beef runs deep, and is seems to be eternal..........

George Springer just learned what I just learned. That a certain swear word is actually a hate crime?..........

Once Upon A Time SportsIllustrated was the gleaming white tower of Camelot high on the hill, above the plains of global sports. Turns out that this tower was made of sugar, and the Internet brought the rain...........


The Duffle Bag

These are all the people showing up to watch Major League Baseball, because Rob Manfred is so good at marketing............(h/t UniWatch) The NBA playoffs are in full swing. The Milwaukee Bucks are squared off against the Boston Celtics. Playing center for the Bucks is Brook Lopez. Lopez arrives at the arena as my hero..........That Babe Ruth rookie card found hidden inside a $25 piano? $130,054 at auction..........Hey Kirby Yates, you better learn to duck better than that. That was close..........Michael Chavis learns that the gods of baseball giveth, and the gods of baseball taketh away..........I think John Gant is pitching with a wiffle ball..........The Missouri Tigers know that baseball is supposed to be fun..........This guy is a Dodger fan. He could lose an entire week’s worth of sustenance and I wouldn’t feel sorry for him. If he lost a beer, though, I would feel sorry for the beer...........