Kansas City Royals (27-36) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (30-334
Pitching Probables: KC -- Jeff Francis (2-6, 4.52 ERA) LAA – Ervin Santana (3-5, 4.30 ERA)
Game Info: 7:05 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
I have this sinking feelng in the pit of my stomach that things are not going to get any better. Something dark and foreboding is happening in the land of the Halo and right now and I can't seem to see the bottom of the pit. The Angels can't score runs and it seems that the defense is starting to fail them on a nightly basis. The bullpen has been a travesty and lord help up if the starters give up more than two runs. If the Angels don't turn this around and quickly we might be stareing at a very long summer. Not that I am a pessimist or anything...
Good news, Angel fans! I've finally found an offense more unclutch and pathetic than the Halos' offense!!!
I thought it was an impossible task to unearth something even more inept than the Angels' batting order, but lo and behold I turned on the NBA Finals and... BINGO! I never imagined that I would have to watch another sport to find even worse execution in the clutch, but sure enough, there were the Miami Heat bricking shot after shot, running unimaginative plays and seeming generally frightened of the ball in the final minutes of the game.
Heck, the Heat even have a ring leader of their awfulness. Much like Torii Hunter sets the standard for sucking for the Halos with all of his untimely GIDPs, LeBron James hamstrings the Miami offense by hiding from the ball down the stretch and launching long two-point jumpers instead of attacking the rim in the rare instance that the ball does actually find its way over to him cowering in the corner.
Thanks, LeBron. I don't feel so bad now, especially since you and the rest of the Heat somehow managed to make it this far despite such glaring deficiencies. I think I might just go ahead and buy my World Series tickets now.
Hey, I think I've seen that look before. I bet you if he lowered the jersey a little we would all see... THE SCIOSCIA FACE!!!
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Angel frustrations boiling over, Kazmir has another wild outing in minor league rehab, Pirates rumored to have interest in trading for an Angel catcher and much more...
The Monkey Says: None of the quotes are actually all that eye-catching, but supposedly you "had to be there" to get the true sense of ire in Scioscia's voice. The question is what is he going to do about it besides spouting more cliche-riddled rhetoric?
The Monkey Says: New quotes, but made a day later and dripping with the same ire. It sounds as if Sosh is planning on doubling down on baserunning and situational hitting, which is being made in response to the team's lack of power, but the problem with this strategy is that their situational hitting blows goats right now. In fact, one could argue that this has been the offensive philosophy all season long, so I really don't see how anything is going to change outside of a few extra stolen base attempts.
He's tried canceling batting practice. He's tried batting Hunter second. He's even let Callaspo hit clean-up. What other crazy ideas does Mike Scioscia have up his sleeve as he tries to do anything and everything to get the Angel lineup to show some signs of life.
Sosh seems to be getting pretty desperate with his moves now, which makes me worry that he might be running out of ideas. Never fear, The Monkey is here to help with some ideas of his own!
I'm all out of ideas, you got any?
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Angels continue raiding the college ranks on the final day of the draft, the Halos draft Scioscia's son, the 2011 Angels are just like the 1976 Angels (and not in a good way) and much more...
The Monkey Says: That's 41 out of 49 picks coming from the college ranks. You'vs got to hand it to them, they sure picked a direction and committed to it. I actually think this is an interesting way to approach the amateur draft. The Halos have a much better track record of developing young international talent, so it does seem wise to complement that collection of more raw prospects with some more polished American products.
The Monkey Says: No way!!!! That never happens. And by never, I mean all the time. I know this will prompt some to make the inevitable Mike Piazza comparison as he was also drafted late as a favor to Tommy Lasorda, but those kinds of things are one in a million (one in ten million if you account for the persistent steroid rumors that plagued Piazza).
What are you gonna do guys?
What are you gonna do?
I felt no emotion after that final strike call on Howie Kendrick, it's almost as if I've been...desensitized to losing. That makes me shudder just thinking about it, what have I become? Is this what being a Mets fan is like? Now I'm scared.
Angels 3 Rays 4
Tampa Bay Rays (32-29) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (30-33)
Pitching Probables: TB – James Shields (5-4, 2.77 ERA) LAA – Jered Weaver (7-4, 2.14 ERA)
Game Info: 7:05 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
My mother always taught me (and by my mother teaching me, I mean the cartoons she had me watch when she just sat me in front of the TV), that if you can't say anything nice, you shouldn't say anything at all. So, I'll just say one thing about the Angels and that is-
I'll think of something...
Can I pass?
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Amarista demoted to make room for Wells, the Halos go heavy on college players in Day 2 of the draft, watch CJ Cron find out he got drafted and much more...
The Monkey Says: We know this already since Wells played last night, but I list this more to discuss Amarista. Alexi pretty much fell on his face in his brief time in the majors, but he had been tearing up Triple-A prior to his call up. What will be interesting now is to see if Amarista can heat right back up or if maybe his rough time in the majors might have hurt his confidence.
The Monkey Says: This is a departure from the Bane days of the draft since Eddie preferred to go with more high risk-high reward high schoolers. Clearly Wilson, likely at the behest of Tony Reagins, wanted to continue restocking the farm with college players that are both surer bets and also likely to reach the majors faster. Obviously, we won't know if this strategy will pay off for years to come yet.
When I first made the decision to move up here to Seattle, one of my biggest concerns was that I was no longer going to have easy access to the Angels on TV. But aren't I lucky because in the three games the Angels have played since I arrived in the Pacific Northwest, they have been completely and totally unwatchable with tonight being no exception.
Sure, I could spend a little green and get the MLB Extra Innings package or the MLB.tv package but what is my incentive to do soe when all I would be doing is paying to watch the Halos get their butts handed to them by the likes of Alex Cobb. Alex Cobb doesn't even know who the hell he is! Sorry, but I'd much rather spend the $100 (or whatever) on having the homeless guy outside my building punch me in the balls once. I'd suffer the same amount of pain as watching the Angels but at least it would only eat up a few minutes of my night instead of three hours.
I'll tell you what, I'll make deal with the Halos. If they can win three games in a row and score five or more runs in all of those games, then I will bit the bullet and drop the dinero on an MLB package. I figure that I won't have to make good on that bet until some time in late August, so it should be a real bargain by then.