Found June 12, 2012 on
Monkey with a Halo:
Mike Trout & Friends (33-29) @ Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles (39-23)
Pitching Probables: LAA – Jerome Williams (6-3, 4.02 ERA) LAD – Aaron Harang (5-3, 3.95 ERA)
Game Info: 7:10 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West, Prime Ticket; Radio - KLAA 830, 570 Fox Sports LA
First off, I just want to rub this in the face of all the non-Angel fan haters that immediately discounted them after the first two weeks of the season saying that the Angels would never catch up to the Rangers. Well now they're 2.5 games back, so all you guys who flipped flopped on the Angels so quickly after being on their jocks the whole offseason can really suck it hard.
Oh, and don't think that you Angel fans who said the Angels wouldn't catch up to the Rangers when they were 7 games back in the first month of the season, saying' they'll have to battle for the wildcard instead. I've never seen a fan base panic and doubt their team so quickly, so yeah you guys who did that should be ashamed of yourselves. Moving on....
So yup, here the Angels are going for an 11 game road win streak after a rocky victory against the Dodgers last night. Jerome Williams doesn't lose in LA, at all. Well maybe I should say ANAHEIM, but it's pretty much right there so yeah, this is pretty much another masterful start by Williams in the books. Besides Williams carrying the team on the mound look for Mike Trout to carry the team offensively yet again, Trout is pretty much the backbone of the offense here. Oh, and the muscle too.
and the heart.
and the skill.
and the swagger.
Mike Trout & Friends, ASSEMBLE!!!!
BEST OF MAXIM
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Every time he does something special, it becomes a challenge to describe his talent, to put into words his enormous baseball skills. He's been compared to Mickey Mantle...
For those of you who know me personally, I am not a religious man. I don't think I've actually prayed for anything since I was a little boy. However, I now have a prayer to call my own. A prayer to my personal lord and savior Mike Trout. It goes a little something like this:
Our Trout who art in center (and sometimes left or right),hallowed be thy name.Thy MVP will...
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Baseball players, no matter how talented, simply are not supposed to succeed in the Big Leagues at such young ages.
(And, for the record, baseball players are not supposed to improve as all around hitters at such an advanced age like Konerko has. So show some love for Paulie...
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There is no other way to say it: Something will be terribly wrong if the two prodigies do not represent...
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The June 12th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels ...
Each Tuesday during the fantasy baseball regular season Mike Harmon and John Halpin hop on the internet to talk all things baseball in their weekly Fantasy 15 podcast.
This week the guys chat about Mike Trout, Tim Lincecum, closer chatter, Mad Men, and Breaking Bad.
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Dodgers manager Don Mattingly rolled the dice and Albert Pujols made him pay.
The Angels had Mike Trout on second base representing the go-ahead run in the ninth inning with Pujols at the plate and first base open, but Mattingly decided against walking him and pitching to cleanup hitter Mark Trumbo.
Pujols muscled a broken-bat single into left field with two outs in the top of...
FanGraphs managing editor Dave Cameron makes his weekly appearance.
• Luck and unsustainability, the difference therein (especially as regards Tim Lincecum).
• How the Pirates are accidentally in first place; the Cardinals, accidentally in third.
• Mike Trout: early MVP candidate?
Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter...
Monday was one of those super-light days, with only four games on the schedule. If it weren't for four home runs in the Nationals/Blue Jays game, we'd have only two trots to look at today. Sadly, those four homers hit north of the border featured neither Brett Lawrie nor Bryce Harper. The Angles/Dodgers game didn't disappoint, however.
Let's get to the trots!...
Picking Trevor Bauer and Yu Darvish to win the Rookie of the Year awards seemed like such a good idea at the time. It wasn’t that I discounted the talents of Mike Trout and Bryce Harper, but I envisaged Harper crushing balls in the minors and Trout just starting to find his feet at this level y mid-June. Clearly both phenoms are outperforming all but the most optimistic of projections...
What is with the Angels getting screwed over on blown calls on tag plays involving Dee Gordon? Last June, the Dodgers stole a victory from the Halos on a bad call on a play at the plate where Dee Gordon was called safe despite the video evidence to the contrary. Tonight, it happened again, only at second base this time.
While the call in last year's game was debatable, tonight...