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Yet another Halo starter burns down the pitcher’s mound.

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Detroit Tigers Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images

It was bound to happen. Skaggs was due. Over his career he generally produces a Quality Start roughly 40% of his starts. Going into last night’s game Tyler had 5 starts, 2 Quality. That was 40%. No way he hits 3 QS out of 6 total. That would be waaaaay out over his skis.

It didn’t help that mike trout and Shohei Ohtani went a combined 0 for 7 with 5 strikeouts.

It didn’t help that the Angels were facing a descendant of Bob Feller.

Going 2 for 7 with runners in scoring position didn’t help.

But David Fletcher helped. And Jonathan Lucroy, he helped. Both hit solo homers which kind of didn’t add to the morass.

So we have one of those quasi-unusual evenings where the Angels lose. I say quasi-unusual because it was May 8th, the 128th day of the year. And this is only the 20th time a loss has happened in 2019. This one was 10-3. I don’t know if anybody but me is counting, but that is the LAA pitchers handing out 36 runs across the last 4 games. That losing thing is about to become not unusual.

Sadly, in looking up those Quality Start numbers I was first looking over at FanGraphs.Do you know how many Qualified Starting Pitchers we have on this 2019 team? One (Matt Harvey). Do you know how many Qualified Starting Pitchers we had in 2018? One (Andrew Heaney). Do you how many in 2017? One (Ricky Nolasco). In 2016? One (Jered Weaver). What that all means is that the Angels have exactly zero starting pitchers who have given enough innings to be qualified across any multi-year period since 2015.

Off we go to our Company-Of-Misery-HaloLinks:

(I would expect that it will be mostly the HH’ers of the 951 who will get the pun in today’s title)


A Little Bit Of Angels News

We have all wondered how things would shake out with Albert Pujols and Justin Bour once Ohtani got back. Skipper Brad is still figuring it out, but has kind of a plan for now..........

$$ - Jo Adell Porn: Adell is ranked as Jim Duquette’s #1 center field prospect. “Wrestling the center-field position from Mike Trout might be difficult, but if there is one player who could do it, it would be Adell. Or, the likely scenario would be for him to move to right field, where he and Trout would form one of the most dynamic outfield duos in the major leagues, likely in the next two seasons.”...........

Trout porn!..........

Plus more Trout porn!..........

And then some Trout un-porn. Trout’s OPS is high, but of those players listed, Trout’s OPS is comprised of only 54.2% SLG - by far the lowest. The other three range from 60.2% to 61.4%..........Hopefully, Ohtani fixes some of that..........

$$ - With all the Shohei Ohtani/Griffin Canning hoopla Tuesday, I failed to remark on the fact that this is Skipper Brad’s return to Detroit, where he got his start as a new-age manager. In this article focusing on his return, one of the items being mentioned for a reason behind his termination with the Tigers was “He left on mutual terms — if such a thing actually exists — agreeing the Tigers were better off with a new voice as the veterans shipped out of town and a younger clubhouse quickly took hold.” This makes it sound as though Skipper Brad is the old guard who cannot relate to the next gen ballplayer. Ausmus was only 48 when he lost control of a Tigers team that was an average age of roughly 29 years. He now commands a Halo team that is that identical (roughly) 29-years of age. And over in the Detroit dugout is Ron Gardenhire, 16-years old..........

Let’s get you some health reports via Twitter, which remains this side of the LAT and OCR pay walls.....Andrew Heaney progressing slowly.....Kenyon Middleton and JC Ramirez not back until almost the All-Star break..........This after Middleton suffered a minor set back..........

Remember, Kevin Maitan is barely beyond high school age..........


Everywhere In Baseball

The Unwritten Rule of Using Foreign Substances on Baseballs is not that one should not violate the rule book. It’s that thou shalt not let the broadcast cameras see it being done...........

I should not be as pleased as I am to read that the Rangers might come out of their rebuild quicker than anticipated. It’s the Rangers, after all. But doing a rebuild without tanking altogether deserves props and should serve as a strong counterpoint to the cheap-assed low-brow piss-on-fans approach of some other teams..............

$$ - James Shields lives close by in San Diego. James Shields still has the ability to throw a baseball from the pitchers mound to home plate. James Shields is still unsigned, meaning that he is available. All those are true facts. So why can’t he get signed, especially by some nearby team desperate for functional starting rotation arms??? I wonder if it might have anything to do with Shields not being very good since 2014?..........

Jon Lester joins the chorus for calling on Rob Manfred to stop dissembling about the juicy baseballs..........

Historically, the difference between Bryce Harper and Mike Trout is that Harper has a ceiling equivalent to Trout, but that he rarely hits his ceiling. Nowhere near as consistent..........

I am still kinda a stunned that a guy with a 9-year career, carrying a 4.11 career ERA and a 5.48 seasonal ERA with an ERA+ of only 78, pitching in front of the most average defense in MLB, just threw the second no-hitter of his career.....(I’m not the only one who sees this.).....Oh, I know. The plate umpire called every pitch correctly......(h/t reddit)

$$ - The Athletic presents a 3-part video series on Sports Gambling: Big Bets on High Tech...........

In the board game LIFE, early on there is the decision on whether to go to college or directly to a career. (By the way, in the contemporary version ALWAYS go directly to a career and hope to pull the Police card. You simply cannot lose.) If they made a Major League Baseball version, the choice would be to become a Front Office intern or go directly into scouting. Scouting would have you fast-tracked into your baseball career but the end game, when all those college grad interns take over, woof!..........

You know that old phrase “Fire, ready, aim”? You thought it was supposed to be indicative of a mythical backwards approach to crime and punishment, did you not? Not in Wrigley, it ain’t. The Cubs have already decided to whomp an unknown fan with their lifetime ban hammer before they even get to identify and chat with the guy to make sure he was not just playing the “look at this” game. Of course, by now the event is so infamous that the guy would be an idiot to NOT claim that, no matter what. But hey, Cubs, you know...Addison Russell and all?.........

$$ - Batters are getting HBP more frequently than they have in a very long time. Why is that? Enos Sarris glues together some ideas. Looking at his data, though, it’s clear that this trend dates back to the 1930’s with a more accelerated rate climb starting back in the 80’s. I wouldn’t look for explanations that only deal with the past 5 - 10 seasons............

We are FINALLY about to get to play the Orioles and have our chance to feast on their record home-run yielding pitching staff. (I know, I know, these are the Angels we are talking about. insert your perfect game jokes here.) It would be a great time for Mike Trout to break into one of his home run smorgasbords. Because these Orioles are destined to become MLB’s all-time worst already..........

Tim Tebow “needs to make adjustments”. No shit. One adjustment would be to stop pretending to be a Major League Baseball prospect. and get your ticket-selling celebrity out of the way of some other kid who is losing time..........

Ah! Here is how Sinclair is going to try and keep distributors from fleeing their inevitable RSN rate hikes. They are going to gamify broadcasts and hook audiences into play-by-play gambling opportunities..........


The Duffle Bag

Teams that win get to have all the fun............Well, not ALL the fun. The Pirates know how to have some fun, too..........Gee, what? C.B. Buchnor is in the middle of a bad call controversy AGAIN? Who would have thought?.....And Anthony Rendon is gonna get a call from Joe Torre about this..........God bless The Onion..........From UniWatch:...Tiki jerseys???? Close enough. Count me in..........Ballplayers gotta eat..........The guy that Tim Mead is taking over for at the Baseball Hall of Fame is coming to an Inland Empire ballpark near you..........Jackie Bradley Jr. with the Play of the Day...........