In essence, Dipoto inherited a burning house when he signed on to be the Angels GM. The frame of the house was still intact but most of the interior had already perished in the flames. The Angels were a decent team, but little did most people know that because of faulty management, this organization was headed for certain collapse unless something was done. The Angels lost their Latin American presence due to scandal, had a plethora of tremendous "misses" despite multiple 1st round picks and had a team talented enough to compete, but never truly challenge for a crown. If Dipoto had done nothing, the Angels would have been a decent squad fore two more years until free agency took Aybar, Kendrick, Morales, Weaver etc. Payroll would've expanded but the team itself would've rot from the inside out.no comments
Another ho-hum game. Another terrible showing from what has become a laughing stock of a baseball team. How many more ways can a blogger write about this flaming pile of hot garbage that is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim?
Let's see. They have lost two in a row to the Astros, the purportedly worst team in all of Major League Baseball. Joe Blanton did his best to keep the team in the game. The offense decided not to show up, once again. Not a surprise.
What IS a surprise, however, is that Josh Hamilton hit a home run. No, that is not a typo. After briefly falling under the dreaded Mendoza .200 average line during the game, the beleaguered slugger launched an opposite field home run. Josh Hamilton supplied all of the Angels' offense. This is not good.
-- Joe Blanton, as bad as he has been this season, is finally becoming the innings eater Jerry Dipoto signed him to be. He has delivered his third quality start in a row. Too bad the offense has decided to take its collective naptime every time this happens.
-- The Angels are now just 1 1/2 games from becoming the worst team (by record) in major league baseball. A glance at the team that has shown up in Houston this series would cause some to believe that they already are the worst team in major league baseball.
Halos A-Hole of the Game
This situation has become so very sad; who is there to blame in a game like this?no comments
The May 9th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Pujols having knee problems, Hamilton calm despite his deep slump and much more...
The Monkey Says: The same knee that took longer than expected to recover from off-season surgery. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised to find out that this new pain is actually old pain that never really went away. It sounds like Scioscia intends to manage the issue by DHing Pujols, which he should've been doing all along thanks to his foot problems. If his production doesn't pick up, the Angels might be better of putting him on the DL to see if rest can't ease some of his ailments.
The Monkey Says: Josh says he does worse when there is a sense of urgency which is amazing because it means that he can actually do worse than he is right now.
Many an Angel fan is pretty pissed off that the Angels just keep finding new ways to lose. It turns out the players aren't too pleased with it either and one of them, closer Ernesto Frieri, let his frustrations bubble over into this tweet:
This is not fun anymore!— ernesto frieri (@ernasty49) May 8, 2013
Ernie. It is a pretty tame tweet, all things considered, but to see a player pop off like that after a tough loss is unusual. Players usually exercise much more discretion than to tweet out an emoitonal response to a loss less than an hour after the game ended.
Surely some will view this as some signal that Mike Scioscia has lost control of the clubhouse and thus must be fired. He might need to be fired, but not because of this. Guys should be frustrated. Guys shouldn't be having fun and there is nothing wrong with them saying so as long as that is as far as it goes. They all care that they are losing, Frieri is just the first guy to let it bleed into social media. To his credit, Frieri responded kindly and positively to everyone who replied to his tweet and followed it up with an inspirational biblical quote, so he doesn't appear angry or disgruntled.
Keep your chin up and know that we aren't having any fun either, Ernie.
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As the baseball world patiently waits for the Angels and Mike Trout to do the right thing and agree to a lengthy and borderline ridiculous contract extension, there are other concerns that need to be addressed. In this new baseball landscape, just about every single All-Star-ish caliber player signs a contract extension that buys out at least one year of free agency.
Since the Angels went and pissed off Trout's agent by low-balling him in his contract renewal, that means they'll have to move on to a lesser target. That would be one Mark Trumbo.
Trumbo is actually the ideal extension candidate. He has made one All-Star team but is hardly a lock to ever make another one. He has some obvious holes in his game that create just enough doubt in his long-term outlook that he should be very anxious to cash in while he knows he still can. As a local boy and fan favorite, the Halos should also have a similar interest in getting him locked into a long-term deal. Besides, with their farm system the Angels need to do all that they can to secure players in their prime years rather than throwing more money after aging sluggers in decline, because that has worked out so well so far.
So what would Trumbo extension look like?no comments
The May 8th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Weaver progressing, Madson could be back in a week, what the Angels would do without Scioscia and much more...
The Monkey Says: It sounds like Weaver is still a few weeks away, but he is at least making progress.
The Monkey Says: At this point, I'm pretty sure you know the drill as far as expectations with Madson, so hoping that he could be activated in a week seems pretty foolish and maybe even like they are rushing him. I'm sure that will work out well.
When CJ Wilson unraveled during his trademark one-inning stink fest, one couldn't help but have a sinking feeling about this Angels season. While many fans have already jumped ship, the national news has begun to really converge upon the Halos like sharks around a near-dead whale carcass. The Angels aren't simply bad anymore. They are absolutely, unmitigatedly, no-doubt-about-it awful, horrendous, and terrible.
Wilson's personal catcher, Hank Conger, has continued to look awful on the field. A game after Congnam Styling it up the first base line, he committed three, that's right, three errors. A couple of them contributed to four unearned runs charged against Wilson. But the third one, a crucial seventh inning throw down to third base, looked like it resulted from J.D. Martinez's batter interference. How the umpire's didn't catch it is beyond this Angels blogger.
Side note #1: The Astros are so bad, they don't even know when to duck when the opposing catcher is trying to make a throw.
Side Note #2: Replays show that his helmet clearly gets knocked off by Conger's throw, which should have automatically resulted in an out.
Let's face it, folks. The Angels just aren't a very good team. They can't even beat the Houston Astros.
-- The Angels are terrible
-- Mark Lowe, in his return from the disable list, wasn't so terrible. The pitcher delivered a solid 1 2/3 innings of shutout work, and lowered his ERA to a sparkling 9.00. Oy.
-- The Angels are now only 2 1/2 games ahead of the worst team in baseball. When is Spring Training over?
Halos A-Hole of the Game
Would have to give it to Conger. Without his sloppy play behind the plate, Wilson would've delivered yet another scary-but-good start to win it.no comments