Daily Links for the LA Angels including Weaver is both good and lucky, Pineiro aims to return on Saturday, Izturis not likely to play before Friday and much more...
The Monkey Says: This article drew the ire of Angel fans yesterday, but it really shouldn't. Neyer isn't saying that Weaver isn't good, he is simply pointing out that nobody is that good without a fair amount of luck. The real question is how much of Weaver's success is based on luck. I see no reason he can't continue to best his career averages as he really looks to be a much smarter pitcher even compared to last year. I can't find the link right now, but someone over at Halos Heaven pointed out how on Weaver's ten strikeouts last night, the velocities of the strikeout pitch were all over the map, showing how Weaver is beating guys by keeping them off-balance and guessing rather than dusting them with an "out" pitch like so many other pitchers.
The Monkey Says: Joel says he is ready to go but the Angel coaching staff is not going to sign off on his return until he has a clean between starts bullpen session. That seems like an easy hurdle to clear, so expect Pineiro back on Saturday which will likely spell an end to either Matt Palmer's time in the rotation for now, though they could choose to demote Chatwood and simply push Palmer back a few days into Chatwood's spot.
The Monkey Says: Ladies, get yourself checked out and Save the Boobies.
The Monkey Says: Man, I almost forgot we even have Downs. Hopefully he can finally avoid all these freak ailments and stay on the field.
The Monkey Says: Hmmm, that sounds like the plan of ignorant people, eh, Maicer?
The Monkey Says: He sure can and we all saw that last night. What the Angels need to figure out is how to best use him in the lineup. He has the speed to hit at the top of the order, but not the patience. He has enough power to hit towards the middle of the order, but not the situational hitting skills. He has too much hitting ability and versatility to be buried at the bottom of the order. Hmmm, I think I might need to explore this more in a full post later today.
The Monkey Says: First Takahashi and then Palmer. It has been a bad year for Angel pitchers and natural disasters.
The Monkey Says: I get promoting a guy for All-Star votes, but Kendrick is kind of a lost cause because he is never going to beat out Robinson Cano or Dustin Pedroia. Then again, I don't know any other Angel position player is worthy of All-Star stumping. Maybe Peter Bourjos or Maicer Izturis, but there resume isn't as good as Howie's right now. I guess what I am saying is don't expect the Angels to have a position player starting in the Mid-Summer Classic.