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The May 1st, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Hamilton's worsening struggles, numbers from the marathon game and much more...
The Story: Josh Hamilton is swinging himself into oblivion.
The Monkey Says: I just don't see how it is going to get better for him. His approach is only getting worse and obviously nobody can talk him out of it. Yet teams now clearly know that all they have to do is just bury him in breaking balls low and away and he will just keep whiffing or rolling over and grounding out to the right side. The parallel is being drawn to Pujols last season, but this seems to be a much more systemic problem with Hamilton.
The Story: All the crazy numbers from Monday's marathon Angels-Athletics game.
The Monkey Says: It was a fun game and all, but let's not forget that the Angels gagged away a five-run lead and then choked away a one-run lead in extras.
The Story: The Angels placed Peter Bourjos on the disabled list and activated Erick Aybar.
The Monkey Says: No word on how long Bourjos will be out. Let's hope it isn't too long because he was one of the team's best players thus far and you'd hate to see his season derailed because of injury once again.
The Story: The Angels demoted Michael Roth and added Scott Cousins to the active roster.
The Monkey Says: Roth flashed promise, but it seems the league caught up to him pretty quickly. He should be back someday. Cousins should be mostly depth at this point. In all likelihood J.B. Shuck will get most of the playing time with Bourjos out. It would be preferable if the Angels could find someone who is more of a hitter to come up and bring some additional offense to the table.
The Story: Josh Hamilton signed a ball in a very peculiar way.
The Monkey Says: I'm just surprised he was able to make enough contact with the ball to write that much.
The Story: A's fans threw Butterfinger bars to Josh Hamilton on Monday and he happily ate them.
The Monkey Says: They were just showing their appreciation for his dropped flyball at the end of the 2012 season that basically gave the A's the division. Glad to see he has a good sense of humor about it. I hope he has the same sense of humor when Angel fans throw "Season of the Whiff" Head and Shoulders shampoo bottles at him at the next homestand.
The Story: Sean Burnett's tests revealed no structural damage in his arm.
The Monkey Says: That bodes well for a speedy return, but the Angels might be cautious with him given that he got dinged up during the spring as well.
The Story: The Angels may have found a keeper in Dane De La Rosa.
The Monkey Says: All the beat writers cranked out a similar story, regrettably it came right before DDLR was the main culprit in blowing the first Angel lead in the marathon game. De La Rosa does appear to be a solid reliever, but he is a long ways away from being that go-to guy in high leverage situations.
The Story: A look at the intentional ball to Pujols on Monday that was almost a strike.
The Monkey Says: Yes, this was a very weird game.
The Story: Which MLB teams should be worried after the first month?
The Monkey Says: I'm done standing up for the Angels. I am very worried. I'm not totally ready to write them off, but I am very, very close.
The Story: The Battle of Los Angeles featuring a rant about the poor food selection and quality at the Big A.
The Monkey Says: I haven't been to the Big A in a few years, but yeah, it isn't good. Safeco, however, is amazing. I went to several games when the Angels were in town and I think every food/beer stand had an an entirely different selection of craft beers. Yes, they were expensive, but $4.50 beers don't mean much to me when they are swill. No thanks, I'll have my Mac and Jacks' African Amber to wash down my garlic fries and BBQ brisket sandwich while you "enjoy" your Bud Light and hot dog.
BEST OF MAXIM
Josh Hamilton might have been disappointed that he was booed in his return to Arlington earlier this month.
He had to be downright puzzled by what happened in Oakland Monday.
Hamilton was the lone Los Angeles player who was cheered during the marathon 10-8 Oakland win in 19 innings.
The logic behind the cheering was simple it was Josh Hamilton Appreciation Night.
The Angels' Mark Trumbo has tremendous power, and the 27-year-old put that talent on display in Oakland on Monday night in an AL West divisional battle against the A's. Watch Trumbo absolutely destroy an offering from Oakland's Dan Sally to give the Angels a 2-0 lead in the top of the second: Your browser does not support iframes. CRUSHED. The bomb was estimated...
Josh Hamilton may be struggling at the plate, but at least he’s still a good sport.
Hamilton and his new team, the Angels, went to Oakland on Monday for a three-game set, and the A’s used the occasion to honor the player who has found a special place in their hearts. As a member of the Texas Rangers, Hamilton blew a catch in the final game of last year’s season to help Oakland...
In a recent visit to the Inland Empire 66er's facility our own David Saltzer caught up with Angels second base prospect Alex Yarbrough. Here's both our scouting report on Alex and our seven minute video interview with him. Look for similar feature tomorrow on his double-play counterpart Eric Stamets.
AngelsWin.com Scouting Report on Alex Yarbrough
Position: 2B Bats...
Howie Kendrick made a mockery of minor league pitching as he climbed the ranks of the Angels organization from 2002-06. He flirted with .400 on occasion and never hit below .342 for a season in the minors.
Hes been a steady bat in the Angels lineup through seven big league seasons, but theres more about him than just baseball.
He learned to ride a bike at the age of two
The Angels’ Mark Trumbo launched one of the longer home runs we have seen in some time on Monday night against the A’s. Had to just watch in awe as the ball traveled an estimated 475 feet which is no easy feat. The 27-year-old stud has got some power. If accurate on the measurement, only Anthony Rizzo of the Cubbies has a long ball of that length this year.
While the Los Angeles Angels will place outfielder Peter Bourjos on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, the club will activate shortstop Erick Aybar, who's missed time due to a heel injury, according to Mike DiGiovanna of The Los Angeles Times.
Among the moves #Angels will make later today: CF Peter Bourjos will go on the DL; SS Erick Aybar will be activated off the...
Just when it looks like things can't get any worse for the Angels, Mike Scioscia goes and makes a fool of himself. This scene from last night's Angels-Athletics games features a confused Scioscia heading out to the mound with a 3-1 count on Adam Rosales. Of course Scioscia can't do that because pitching coach Mike Butcher went out for a mound visit to pitcher Nick Maronde...
The Los Angeles Angels have placed outfielder Peter Bourjos on the 15-day disabled list after straining his left hamstring. Because his asset is speed, this could be a tricky recovery and Los Angeles will want to make sure that there will be no chance at re-aggravation. Scott Cousins was called up to help fill the void. J.B. Shuck also will see some time.
The post Peter Bourjos...
The Los Angeles Angels don't seem to be having any more luck than the Dodgers when it comes to pitcher health this season. Reliever Scott Downs was forced to leave the Angels' 5-4 win over the Athletics on Wednesday night with a rib injury, which could mean the Angels will have used nineteen - yes, nineteen - pitchers this season by the end of Thursday's game against...
Measuring home runs has proven over time to be an inexact science. You would think with the modern marvels of pitch and hit tracking, that we'd have a greater knowledge of home run distance, or even technology in place in every stadium/telecast that could enhance fans' viewing experience. This clearly isn't the case in Oakland. On Monday evening, Mark Trumbo hit a bomb...
After 19 innings, 6 hours and 32 minutes, 16 runs, 597 pitches, 16 pitchers being used, awful umpiring, inconclusive home run reviews, multiple players on both sides leaving with injuries, stir-crazy fans chanting A’s broadcasters’ names (because why not in the 17th inning?), A’s pitchers going to bat without any remaining position players, Mike Trout comically missing fly...
Photo Credit: Keepers
I own zero shares of Josh Hamilton, which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise since I left him outside my top 10 in the OF edition of “Tiers, Not Fears.” Yet while I didn’t expect him to provide ample draft day value, I didn’t think he’d be this awful.
Is Josh Hamilton a lost cause? Or will God’s favorite addict pull off...
An exhausted Brandon Moss threw a pie in his own face after hitting the home run that ended the major league's longest game this season.
Moss hit his second home run of the night with two outs in the 19th inning early Tuesday, giving the Oakland Athletics a 10-8 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
The teams were on the field for 6 hours, 32 minutes in a game that ended at...
Are Albert Pujols and the Angels the "best team on paper"? (Credit)
Fans are continuously told that what a team has on paper means nothing once it takes the field. There is too much luck and uncontrollable forces for a team to be named “king” based solely on how it looks on a lineup card.
Although that may be true, what is to stop us from having some fun and determining...