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|Mike Trout - Was anyone else shocked that Trout homered in three straight games for the first time in his career last week? I know he has had a short career, but I am always taken aback when I find out he did something for the first time.|
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|C.J. Wilson - You know, I honestly don't know why it took me so long to move Wilson in front of Weaver, but it is high time I went ahead and did it.|
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|Jered Weaver - So that forearm tightness is back, eh? Mild or not, this continues to plague Weaver and it isn't going to get better as he gets older.|
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|Garrett Richards - Another big growth area for Richards this year is that he isn't nearly as susceptible to left-handed batters with his wOBA against lefties just 47 points higher that righties (as opposed to a 90 point gap in 2012).|
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|Howie Kendrick - Ready yourselves, folks. This might be the very last week of Howie Kendrick's Angel career.|
The September 23rd, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Wilson wins Adenhart award, Angels game delayed by a swarm of bees and much more...
The Story: C.J. Wilson won the Nick Adenhart award.
The Monkey Says: That is the award for best Angels pitcher of the season. Personally, I think Joe Blanton got screwed. This never would've happened had they passed those voter ID laws.
The Monkey Says: What is weird is that I think this was the second Angels game to be delayed by bees this year. This can't be a good sign. I fear that the bees are plotting a takeover. I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.
Can the misery just end already? Today the Angels were officially eliminated from post season contention. I guess we should applaud that it took this long to happen. Most of us gave up on the playoffs months ago, but the team kept trudging along and has played sginificanty better in the past month. But now it's over. We can all move along and look towards next year. Hopefully it will be better than this one.
Matt Shoemaker is slated to make his first major league starting appearance against the lowly M's. Then again, he is starting for the lowly Angels, so there's something to be said for that. People aren't really too high on this move due to Shoemaker's underwhelming season, but this has less to do with him and more to do with the Angels lack of depth. There really is no other move besides Shoemaker to make, so you can't really blame the Angels. Lucky for him he's breaking into the majors against the Mariners with this resurgent offense behind him.
Joe Saunders used to be quite the pitcher as an Angel, having a stellar win-loss record for the first few years as an Angels. We all know how useless this stat is now and it's shown on the winded Saunders, who has shown little in his time with the Mariners. Unfortunately for the Angels, Saunders still manages to kill them every time out, so they'll look to an Angel who used to be somewhat good to battle back for the team. Williams might have hit a real bad rough patch, but at least he's showing signs of what he could do.
The Angels are slated to face King Felix, and while he is one of the best pitchers in baseball he always manages to choke against the Angels. He's givien up 5+ run leads, he's given up decisive home runs in clutch time, he just generally does not perform well against the Angels. C.J. Wilson, on the other hand, is a ticking time-bomb on the mound, generally. He's prone to cruising through most of a game before completely falling apart. This can be expected to happen when going up against a big time ace for C.J., even if the opposing offense is nothing to be afraid of. Expect this to be one of those games for C.J..
The index reading for this series is: What is pain?
At this point I'm confident that most of us are pretty much numb to the rest of the season, much like Pink Floyd would want you to be. There's not much to be done for the rest of the season besides test out some rookies and whatnot, but it's all just keeping us on our toes going into next season. Next season will be a real treat for Angel fans, not because we'll be having more "big money" players coming to the Angels; but because we'll be having our own impactful rookies playing in the big leagues.
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Who is ready for a desperate playoff run for the red hot Halos? Yeah, that's right, I said it. The Angels are the hottest team in baseball and they still have a chance to win a Wild Card spot. Keep hope alive!
OK, no, not really. The Angels are still technically alive, but they aren't making the playoffs. I just think it is fun to pretend as if it is within the realm of possibility. Sorry, but running through playoff scenarios is just too much fun for me to pass up, especially when it prominently involves a Texas Rangers collapse. All the Angels need to do is win the rest of their games and hope that everyone else just completely falls to pieces. No problem, right?
So here is how that scenario would really play out. First, the Rays need to get on a huge roll. They have Baltimore and New York coming up on their schedule, so they could help the Halos out by sweeping those seven games. In that case we will have to "allow" the Rays to win the first Wild Card.
Next, the Rangers need to completely implode. That isn't as hard as it sounds because they are already 80% imploded. They then have the feisty Royals this series and the Angels as their final series. The tough part is the three-gamer against Houston which is where they can win their one and only game.
The real impediment to all of this is the damned Indians. They can only win once more to give the Angels a chance and have the Astros, White Sox and Twins remaining on their schedule. Call me crazy but I don't envision them going 1-9 the rest of the way. Drat, my dreams have been smashed to smithereens on the rocky shores of false hope.
The September 20th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Jered Weaver scratched with forearm tightness, Mike Trout discusses his approach and much more...
The Monkey Says: They are saying this is precautionary due to some forearm tightness, but that tightness began two starts ago when his velocity conspicuously tailed off again, so there might be some legitimate concern here. It also is a convenient way to give Shoemaker a start to see what he is capable of. As many others have noted, Tommy Hanson was passed over for the spot start, so he should probably go right ahead and put his house on the market.
The Monkey Says: This is fantastic. It gives a lot of insight into Trout's process and how little preparation there actually is. With his famed ability to make adjustments, I just assumed he studied up on pitchers beforehand, but it turns out he doesn't at all. He just adjusts on the fly because he is a mental baseball savant in addition to being a physical freak of nature.
The nonsense has died down, thankfully, because I really was starting to get annoyed with a few websites a few weeks ago. There were numerous suggestions that the Angel’s, their season all but over, should essentially lay down and play dead in the hope of improving their Draft position in 2014.
Since then, the Angels have shown the team they could, and should, have been all year. They’ve won at home, they’ve dominated on the road, they’ve played complete baseball, and amazingly, they’re still not, mathematically, out of the wildcard race at the time of writing.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not optimistic enough to think they’ll really be in the post-season. However, what these last few weeks, and the week or so left to go, can do is restore some pride.
Think of the last game of last season. Whilst all the attention was on the A’s and Rangers, the Angels were quietly getting eviscerated by Seattle, 12-0. What that means to a fan like me, is that for the entire offseason, whenever I checked for Angels news online, MLB At Bat or any other site, the first thing I saw was that scoreline. What that means to a player is that at the end of a disappointing season, your lingering memory is of being totally outclassed by a team you should have beaten. There was a danger of that happening this year, too, when they were finally, inevitably, mathematically eliminated from the division by, fittingly enough, the Astros. This is a team they should have crushed, but ended up dropping 10 games to over the season. Considering they’re currently only 8.5 games out from the Wildcard, that has to prey on the mind. If they can leave this year on a comparatively high note, then they can reasonably look back on the injuries, the bad calls and tough luck that plagued them all year and think “maybe it’s not us who suck.” And then they can regroup next spring refreshed, healed, and with the confidence that they can play the type of baseball that their payroll and stats suggest they can.
There’s also another factor in wanting to keep going, which CJ Wilson summed up perfectly after the rout of Oakland earlier this week:
“…even though we’re not in the playoff race, the other teams are that we’re playing. We have to give it everything we have to make it fair.” *
The Angels can still have an impact on the playoffs, and in doing so they can stay relevant. Which is a better end to the season than most, myself included, could ever have predicted.
*Quote via Alden Gonzalez, MLB.com
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