The July 9th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including C.J. Wilson scratched from All-Star Game, Williams ready to return, Wells might become a distraction when he returns and much more...
The Monkey Says: Jake Peavy will take his place. This is nothing to worry about. In fact, it is entirely possible that he if lying about the blister because he would rather have the time off. Since we are talking about the All-Star Game, apparently Justin Verlander will get the start over Jered Weaver. Some Angels fans are upset about that, but given that Verlander is coming off one of the best seasons from a pitcher in 20 years, I'm more than OK with him getting the nod. In fact, I'd have been disappointed if he didn't get selected.
The Monkey Says: He had a real nice rehab start over the weekend, so he should be good to go. However, with him slumping before he suffered his asthma attack, he could find himself on a short leash, especially if Garrett Richards turns it around when he gets called back up.
The Monkey Says: Or so says the reporter trying to manufacture controversy out of thin air. I don't buy for a second that Wells is going to come back and become a clubhouse cancer because of a lack of playing time. If there is one thing we have seen from Wells since he arrived in Anaheim, it is that he is an undying optimist, like to the point that it is incredibly annoying how positive and self-assured he is. I don't see how that will all change and he will begin pouting and griping.
The Monkey Says: A performance in this game doesn't really mean much other than it might have ever so slightly damaged Pena's trade value.
The Monkey Says: What? Is that good or something?
The Monkey Says: Nor should he be. I've said it before, Trumbo's swing is already perfectly tailored for hitting homers, so he isn't going to alter his swing just for the contest.
The Monkey Says: I believe him, but this is also the same guy that downplayed the notion that the Angels would pursue Albert Pujols in free agency.
The Monkey Says: Tell me something I didn't know. The good news is that the rotation is still solid and has nowhere to go but up. Even with the current rotation, the Halos still lead the league in shutouts, so they aren't exactly hurting but that has a lot more to do with their bullpen being much better than expected.
The Monkey Says: And he is only at #43. Yuck.
The Monkey Says: Baseball is hilarious.
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Yeah...giving up eight runs in 1/3 of an inning could...possibly...have an adverse effect on one's trade value. It could also...possibly...have an effect on those who thought Pena might get an emergency start with the big club, too.
Well, we love Weaver (although I fear a sudden psychotic break where he becomes his brother) but he is no Koufax. There is no reason to mention them in the same sentence. OK, I take that back. Obviously there is a half-season statistical reason. There the comparison ends.
So Segura is the only Angels player in the top 100? I guessed that when the discussion between KLaw and Karabel used the word "horrible" and became a little bit of a joke concerning Pena. Becoming an example of why every team does not need to be represented is not good. KLaw also mentioned Pena was not a top 100 player and, from the sound of his voice, probably wanted to say "top 200 player." To paraphrase Capt. Louis Renault, I am shocked, SHOCKED!, to find there are no top players in the Angels minor league system!
Man, I love Rich Lowry and his National Review magazine!