New York Yankees (31-23) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (29-29)
Pitching Probables: NYY -- Ivan Nova (4-3, 4.67 ERA) LAA – Jered Weaver (6-4, 2.10 ERA)
Game Info: 7:05 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
I use to despise the Yankees with all the venom in my heart. I couldn't stand the smug nature of their owner. I hated the pinstripes and the arrogance of he Yankee fans. I hated the fact that when the Yanks were in town the Big A felt like a road game. But something has changed over the past few years. I have transferred that hatred to the Red Sox, rendering the Yankees slighlty less significant a series in my mind. Not sure if that is shared by all Angel fans but I for one feel less enthused to see the Yankes then I used to.
Howie Kendrick and Vernon Wells are eligible to come off the DL very soon, with Howie's return scheduled for this Saturday. This poses a problem for the Angels however, with the signing of Russell Branyan what happens to the other spot currently occupied by an unlucky Angel? Who is going to be riding the pine for the forseeable future?
Branyan's arrival on this roster means more shakeups for this team. Oh joy!
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Erstad named the head coach at Nebraska, Trout could be called up now and avoid being a Super Two, Ric Wilson discusses preparation for his first draft and much more...
The Monkey Says: My boy is all growns up. Erstad, my favorite player ever and a Nebraska alum (one of these points is pertinent to the conversation, one is not, I'll let you decide), always seemed destined to manage at some level and it is really impressive that he was able to ascend to the top job with the Cornhuskers so quickly.
The Monkey Says: That is actually a pretty big deal, because if he qualified as a "Super Two" he could hit free agency a year early. It is kind of an academic point though as it seems unlikely that the Halos will call up Trout anytime soon, if at all, in 2011.
The Monkey Says: This will be a big draft for the Angels as Wilson is already under pressure to perform since he is replacing the well-regarded Eddie Bane. As for strategy, it sounds as if he will be similar to Bane, but wants to be more "physical" which is kind of a weird statement. It doesn't sound like he is talking about athleticism and might be talking about focusing on power hitters, but we won't really know what he means or if he is even being straight with the media until after the draft unfolds.
As you may have heard, the Angels had to make an emergency landing on their flight home from Kansas City. I think we've learned from movies like Almost Famous that near-death experiences often lead to spontaneous declarations being made by the airline passengers. As always, the Monkey With a Halo quadruple top secret, totally not pretend as far as you know microphones were conveniently in place to capture the panic during this near disaster, allowing us to present you with the top ten comments we overheard during the emergency landing.
No, we can't die now! We never got to see Mike Trout play!!!!
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Haren tweaks his back, Kendrick will return Saturday, Angels are all lagging in All-Star balloting and much more...
The Monkey Says: Let's hope that is as severe as it gets because the description of him getting hurt sounds like it could be worse.
The Monkey Says: The question is whether or not he can pick up where he left off before he got hurt.
The Monkey Says: Aybar and Izturis are fifth in voting at their positions and that is as good as it gets. There is still plenty of time left to vote, but I seriously doubt any Angel position player can be voted into a starting spot.
Back at the .500 club so soon? But you just left! Did you miss the sweet aroma of mediocrity? I bet you sure did! Why don't you go bring some of your buddies like Texas back with you? If it's good enough for you it might as well be good enough for them
Angels 0 Royals 2
Los Angeles Angels Anaheim (29-28) @ Kansas City Royals (24-30)
Pitching Probables: LAA – Tyler Chatwood (3-2, 4.13 ERA) KC – Felipe Paulino (0-4, 5.68 ERA)
Game Info: 1:10 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
Ah, dammit. The Angels are totally boned. Really, they should just forfeit this game and get the guys an extra day of rest. Why you ask? Because Felipe Paulino is starting.
Who is Felipe Paulino, you ask? Exactly. I have no idea and that's the problem.
What I do know about Paulino is that he hasn't made a start all season long and has been generally ineffective pitching in relief. In other words, he is the exact kind of pitcher that has been making fools of the Angels all season long.
The only remaining question is whether Paulino will merely shutout the Halos or if he will be the pitcher who finally no-hits them?
It's the most wonderful tiiiiiiiime of the year! Ladies and gentlemen, with the calendar turning to the month of June, we can declare trading season officially open. But before the real rumors start churning out of the speculation mill, I must perform my annual public service of crafting the definitive (according to me) 2011 Angels wishlist.
I wish the Angels hadn't already blown their wad on Vernon Wells.
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Vernon Wells expected to start rehab this weekend, checking the Angel mock drafts, Segura is climbing the prospect rankings and much more...
The Monkey Says: Even if Wells continues to stink the joint up, the Angels will be better off having his glove in left and without having their depth streched so thin.
The Monkey Says: Most of the drafts I've seen have the Angels selecting a high school pitcher, but it doesn't seem like they've locked in on one specific player like they have in the past.
The Monkey Says: Segura is still years away from the majors, but him climbing the prospect rankings is always worth getting excited about.