Daily Links for the LA Angels including Scioscia names Walden the new closer, Downs could head out on rehab very soon, defending Jeff Mathis' infamous place in history and much more...
The Monkey Says: Sosh framed this move as if it might be temporary, saying Rodney will pitch in low leverage innings until he works out his issues. But make no mistake, the job is now Walden's to lose. Scioscia may be loyal to veterans, but if Walden succeeds as a closer, there is no way he will get demoted just so Rodney can get a third chance at showing that he just isn't closer material.
The Monkey Says: Great, great news. Downs is exactly what this team needs right now, so the sooner he returns, the better.
The Monkey Says: Let me just say this, I think Mathis is overrated defensively and we all know he can't hit, but those six basestealers weren't all his fault. Relievers were on the mound for almost all of that game and most relievers are terrible at holding baserunners, so Mathis didn't really have much of a chance.
The Monkey Says: That is both encouraging and discouraging at the same time. We all worried that the top of the Angel order would be a problem, but Izturis, Kendrick and Abreu have started strong. The problem is that the middle of the order isn't taking advantage and driving in all of those baserunners.