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Never Cahill drags down the Angels once again.

As Jacob deGrom proves, a team losing games is not necessarily the consistent fault of the starting pitcher. But then, the Angels have lost 8 of Trevor Cahill’s 11 Game Starts. They have lost a Cahill start when the failed to score at all. They have lost when they have scored only 1 run, and only 2, and only 3. That happens. deGrom again. But losing when the Angels score 5, or score 7, or score 5 again, or score 7 again...well...that’s been all Cahill.

Trevor was fairly respectable for the first 3 innings. Unfortunately, we didn’t get any rain to end the shiny start to his latest outing. We had a 4th inning. And we had a 5th inning. And we went from a 3-1 lead to a 6-3 deficit. It would end up as an 8-5 loss.

The meat of the batting order did very well yesterday. Mike Trout, who has of late been hitting again (and is feeling really good these days), tossed out his third 0-for-4 in his last 7 games.

I hate losing to the A’s. I hate seeing the A’s show up in the schedule when they are hot. And I hate seeing them show up int he schedule when the Angels are playing soft. And I hate it when those two things are happening at the same time. But most of all, I hate it that the Angels fail to understand my hatred of these things and buck up and keep from losing to those green meanies.

Here we go with a smattering of I-Need-To-Send-Another-Memo-HaloLinks:


A Little Bit Of Angels News

So here comes Nick Tropeano. Now, for all I know Trop is a great human being, worshiped by all who cross paths with him. But we hundreds of thousands of Halo fans don’t get to know that Nick. We only get to know Nick the MLB pitcher. And that version of Nick remains mystery meat. He has pitched in portions of 4 seasons over 5 years, but always just sparingly. He showed up for 4 starts as a late call-up in 2014 (4.57 ERA). In 2015, it was a game in April, a game in July, a game in August, and 5 more September games (3.82 ERA). 2016 was 4 April games, 6 May games, 3 July games, and UCL blow-up (3.56 ERA).No 2017 games. 2018 was 3 games in April, 5 in May, 2 in June, 2 in July, 2 in August, adios again (4.74 ERA). This year it’s been rehab at SLC, 7.66 ERA over 5 starts. It doesn’t look promising, but when you have a Matt Harvey and Trevor Cahill barfing up 40% of your games how could Tropeano be anything worse? Tropeano has had moments, but to me he is the poster child for medical lawnmower that has chewed up the last 5 years of our starting pitching rotation. I expect nothing..........And you should not be expecting Suarez.............

JC Ramirez is coming...........

And Justin Upton is committed. Traveling with the team to get some work in with the coaching staff..............

Take all the time you need, HazMatt............

Justin Bour, still Jablashing his way through the PCL..........


Everywhere In Baseball

Bill Buckner died yesterday, felled by dementia. I watched my mother-in-law succumb to dementia and I can speak from first-hand experience just how brutal that journey can be. Of course, Buckner is most known for his World Series error that opened the door for a host of other Red Sox flubs - all leading to a a Mets WS title. But there was a lot more to Buckner than that............Just look at some of his career accomplishments. “Four times Buckner led the league in at-bats per strikeout, peaking at 32.1 in 1980, and had six other top-three finishes. In fact...Buckner had 10,037 plate appearances and struck out just 4.5 percent of the time.” 32 AB’s per K??? To put that into perspective, Mike Trout strikes out about once every 3.9 times At Bat. And don’t go whining about different times, different game. Nobody re-wrote the rule book and mandated more strikeouts...........And we care, not just because Buckner was a pretty damned good MLB player, but also because he once played under the Halo...........

Dustin Pedroia is coming to grips with the probability that he might not play again. At least with the Red Sox......The truth is that the Red Sox don’t need him, anyway...............

The College Baseball Tournament is upon us, and UCLA has the #1 overall seed.............The SEC is well represented, but not the West. Defending Champ Oregon St. is back , but Cal State Fullerton is missing the tournament for the first time since 1991..........

Bartolo Colon is back!......Correction. No he is not!................

The bottom line here is that Mark Canha has found a way to circumvent the MLB slide rule. It’s all about how quick you are while advancing from first base to get onto the infield grass and establish a running lane that will also be the takeout lane...........

Over the weekend UniWatch hit his 20th anniversary on the Internet. (I wonder how long I have been doing Links?)...........While browsing UniWatch, did you notice that MLB players were wearing a poppy patch for Memorial Day? Is this a move to tone down the camo?...........

I forgot this one yesterday. FanGraphs has tabled up a chart of comparison between all teams for the current cost of doing business with Dallas Keuchel. For Billy Eppler, at $7.8MM, the Angels are in the 7th-worst shape.............

After more than 100 years of baseball, which has not fallen completely apart because the check swing is not absolutely defined well enough for some people, don’t we have more important things to worry about?............


The Duffle Bag

It poured buckets of rain in Chicago, yesterday, postponing the Tigers/White Sox game. Yolmer Sanchez had himself a great time, anyway..........And that was well after his mud angels............Does the pitch clock include exceptions for the pitcher suffering from missing cleats?.............Really, Cleveland fans? Coors Light?............Knowing that it is morally wrong to be a Yankees fan should be on the Citizens Exam............