Jered Weaver should buy Wednesday afternoon's line-up dinner.
Angels 11, Royals 6
It's not often that Weaver owes his offense a pat on the back for giving him some leeway during a game, but after five innings of uncharacteristic control issues, his offense came through with a plethora of runs.
The Angels managed to score eight runs in the first four innings with the help of just about everyone in the line-up (sans Albert Pujols, who was not in the game due to soreness.)
So far this season, the Halos have become known for the famous (infamous to some) "T-N-T" made up of Mike Trout and Mark Trumbo. But after Torii Hunter went 4-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs, and three runs scored, the one-two punch at the beginning of the line-up deserves some recognition.
In the beginning of the season, Hunter struggled at the plate, giving critics and fans reason to believe he was headed for his decline period. Now that Hunter has secured a spot in the two-hole following Trout, he is hitting over .300 and is accumulating more RBIs.
The fact that the Angels' line-up chemistry has been evident for a couple of months now, it's comforting to know that this team can put up over 10 runs in a game. I never thought I'd see the Halos offense put up numbers like these this season.
There are still two months left in the season and our newest one-two punch is just getting warmed up.
Jered Weaver should buy Wednesday afternoon's line-up dinner.
The Angels may or may not make a trade at the coming deadline (apologies to Barry Enright, but you don't really count). It looks like they will likely make a deal, but we can never know for sure because none of us are Jerry Dipoto and he may not even know if he will definitely make a trade because he is not psychic.
What we can attempt to do though is determine how everyone will react if the Halos to consummate a deal. While we don't know what JeDi has in mind, I'm pretty sure that spending several hours per day talking about potential trades with other people has given me a good read on how the masses of Angels fans will react if one of the hypothetical deals go down. Let's take a look at a few, shall we?
The July 25th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including the Angels in deep talks on a James Shields trade, Halos showing interest in lefty relievers Mijares and Rzepczynski, Josh Johnson scouted by Angels and much more...
The Monkey Says: This may have died on the table by the time this posts. This deal is very complicated as their is monetary considerations involved in addition to the possible inclusion of Santana. Based on that, I consider this deal unlikely because if it is already considered complicated and already been in the news for this long, history suggests it isn't going to come to fruition. If it does, this would be an interesting deal since the Angels would get a pitcher under contract through 2014 but also a guy whose performance is volatile. To some, that is not worth giving up an asset like Bourjos. Expect a divisive set or reactiosn should this go down. With all that said, the details of this suggest to me that the Angels are shying away from rental pitchers like Greinke and Hamels, so expect them to look to other pitchers with long-term deals after Shields. Also, the fact that the Angels might be getting money in the deal might indicate that they are unable to take on much salary this season and possibly beyond.
The Monkey Says: Once again, these are non-rental players. Personally, I'd prefer Mijares since he would be the cheapest though Rzepczynski does have more upside, but I also really don't want to have to type his name all the time.
Did the Angels just get punked on by Will Smith of the Royals?
You gotta be kidding me, that was absolutely f'ing pathetic. This is a guy who posted a freaking 7+ ERA with the Royals so far, a guy who had OBVIOUS TROUBLE throwing consistent strikes in tonight's game. Yet the Angels hitters, in key situations, saw fit to swing wildly at the absolute worst pitch possible.
Tonight's game was a replay of all last season all over again, the Angels have been one of the best teams at eating up left handed starters yet today they got made to look like fools at the hands of scrub.
I probably wouldn't be so damn frustrated if it wasn't for the fact that the Angels routinely crap themselves every single the time the Rangers open up a shot for the Angels to close ground in the race. Oh, and now the Angels are tied for 2nd in the AL West by the Oakland A's.
How f***ing grand.
Angels 1 Royals 4
In his first year as general manager of the Angels, Jerry Dipoto has proven to be aggressive and effective on the trade and free agency market. He's also shown that he is an ever-smiling fountain of energy and positivity. But underneath that facade, it turns out he is a cagey bastard who deftly uses his charm to give interview after interview of nothing but empty platitudes.
Since Jerry seems hellbent on not tipping his hand and thus not providing us fans with the juicy trade tidbits that we all salivate over, the least we can do is try and derive some entertainment from all of his lack information. As such, I introduce to you the Jerry Dipoto Trade Deadline Quote Drinking Game!
(Uh, drinking of orange juice, because this blog in no way endorses binge drinking, that would be wrong, or so says my lawyer friend who made me put this disclaimer in here)
The July 24th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Ron Washington says Mike Trout is 'not Willie Mays,' Angels awaiting further test results on Aybar's foot, the Angels recently scouted James Shields and Josh Johnson and much more...
The Monkey Says: Rabble! Rabble! Rabble! This quote got everyone worked up, but Washington didn't actually mean any harm. If you read the entire statement, he is simply trying to say that it is stupid to compare a 20-year old who has yet to play a full season to anyone, which is completely and totally true. But still... Rabble! Rabble! Rabble!
The Monkey Says: I'm no doctor, but a line in the foot where bone should be is not a good thing. The Angels are in no rush to put Aybar on the DL since they seldom ever use their full bench, but one would think they'll make the call in the next day or two.
To be fair did anyone really expect anything other than a victory from tonight's game? I mean, if the Angels are going to be playing to gain some ground on Texas these are the kind of games they need to win. A struggling pitcher on the mound, especially when given the fact that he's a lefty which the Angels have absolutely smashed on this season, really didn't give way to any doubt that the Angels would keep this home stand rolling on the right note.
Every side of this team contributed greatly to end up victorious over the Royals, the pitchers pitched well enough to keep the Angels just ahead of the Royals while the hitters collected clutch base hits to give the Angels the eventual win. A pretty good night in Angels land if you ask me.
and holy crap did you guys see Ichiro is a Yankee now??
Angels 6 Royals 3