The June 11th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Wilson voted most overrated, C.J. upset at CarGo's bunt hit, Hawkins activated and much more...
The Monkey Says: Man, I'd sure hate to see how good Wilson would be if he was pitching up the unjustified hype that he is supposedly getting. The thing to keep in mind is that this was an off-season poll, so players may have been a bit jealous of the big money and attention he got. Also, Texas fans were hating on him big time (and still are) so it has become somewhat trendy to bash Wilson in recent months. For his part, Wilson says the poll doesn't bother him.
The Monkey Says: Oh, right, this is why everyone thinks Wilson is a douchebag. There is absolutely nothing wrong with a bunt there. Not only was it very early in the game, but it was a 2-0 at the time.
The Monkey Says: Hawk is coming back just in time as Walden has gone into a funk again. As for Cassevah, good riddance to bad rubbish.
The Monkey Says: Amazingly, these comments were made BEFORE Trouty faceplanted into the outfield wall twice Sunday afternoon. I actually agree with Scioscia though. Letting instinct take over is almost always better than trying to get a guy to constantly think about what the right thing to do is. It is when apprehension or hesitation slip into the decision-making process that bad things happen. That being said, I don't see how Trout is going to be able to avoid the DL if he continues to play with such reckless abandon. That might work for him at age 20, but when he bounces off a wall at age 30, he may not get up so quickly.
The Monkey Says: Hopefully this doesn't turn into a larger setback.
The Monkey Says: I have the feeling this is going to be a statement the front office has to issue every two weeks.
The Monkey Says: We are dealing with very small sample sizes in those stats being shown, but it does highlight Trout's ability to make adjustments very quickly. However, sooner or later teams will adjust to Trout and stop throwing him so many fastballs.
The Monkey Says: Not swinging at everything is a good idea? Who knew?
The Monkey Says: The team is clicking right now, so it is easy to see why he says that. However, Dipoto strikes me as a shark, always moving. If he gets a chance to bring some stability to the two-hole and/or third base, I very much expect him to jump on it.
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"unjustified hype"? Yeah, that's why I only heard of CJ Wilson in fleeting mention, seems like, for years before he got a starter's job. Somewhere in my cordite-induced haze I must have criss-crossed Wilson and CJ Nitkowski because I remember thinking, "Why would they give a starter's job to a guy who must be 35, at least?" THAT's how good the Wilson hype machine was. I never again heard of him unless he faced the Angels, and his numbers always looked (unfortunately) pretty darn good *and that was pitching half his games in Arlington*! No, I'm darn happy the Angels got him. How about "most *under*rated pitcher*? Or maybe that 2.39ERA, .190BAA and 1.09 WHIP isn't good enough for them.