Found May 21, 2013 on Monkey with a Halo:
The May 21st, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Albert Pujols doesn't matter anymore, rekindling the Cabrera-Trout debate and much more... The Story: Albert Pujols doesn't matter anymore. The Monkey Says: I cannot counter any of this. Pujols just isn't a top player anymore, at least not while his body is broken down the way it is right now. The problem is that there is little reasont to believe that his body won't continue to betray him given his age and the chronic nature of his current injuries. He can still be a very good player, but only in spurts and that may not hold true for much longer. The Story: Jon Heyman rekindles the Miguel Cabrera-Mike Trout MVP and WAR debate. The Monkey Says: I'm pretty sure Heyman only brought this up to let us know that players think he is somehow the arbiter of such things. This, and similar pieces that came out after Miggy's three-homer Sunday, all directly or indirectly use Cabrera's stellar start to 2013 as some kind of justification for the 2012 MVP voting even though 2013 has nothing to do with last season by the very definition of the MVP award voting. The most irritating part though is that Heyman once again claims that the ONLY evidence that Trout was better was WAR. Statheads did call out WAR a lot in that argument, but it was just one of the many pieces of evidence in Trout's favor. No one who knows stats well would declare that WAR is the end-all, be-all. It is just a handy benchmark, not proof of anything. The Story: Jered Weaver will throw a simulated game in extended spring training on Wednesday. The Monkey Says: Extrapolating from that, Weaver should move on to pitch a rehab game in the minors early next week, meaning his earliest return date would be the first weekend of June or the end of the following week if he is asked to make two rehab starts. The Story: Scott Downs could be a trade target if the Angels become sellers at the trade deadline. The Monkey Says: I think if the Angels do sell, even a little bit, Downs is the most likely to go since he is old and declining and heading into free agency. Scioscia clearly doesn't trust him against right-handed hitters now, so any thought to re-signing him is likely out the window. Given his reputation though, he could be one of the most attractive southpaw relievers available. The Story: This week in Albert Pujols playing through pain in which Mike Scioscia admits the leg problems could be hindering Albert's hitting. The Monkey Says: Finally they admit it. Pujols did have a productive week last week, so maybe he is turning the corner health-wise, but if he really can't get power behind the ball because of his injuries, then the Halos need to think long and hard about DLing him. That would be a much easier decision if they weren't playing so poorly and had anything resembling a replacement for him though, so they may not have any choice but to keep running him out there until the moment that they decide that the season is a lost cause. The Story: Dane De La Rosa talks about the mechanical changes that saved him from arm trouble and revived his career. The Monkey Says: And now for all of his troubles he is being rewarded by Mike Scioscia routinely pitching him four times in five days so that he can start having all those arm problems that he worked to avoid. Congrats, Dane! The Story: Cam Bedrosian is showing signs of life as a reliever in Low-A Burlington. The Monkey Says: The arm has always been their for Cam, but he was simply a mess as a starting pitcher the last few years, partly due to injury. His numbers are still scary looking, but the scout types seem generally impressed with the talent he has flashed in his new role. The Story: Chris Iannetta is walking his way into usefulness. The Monkey Says: Iannetta having more walks than hits might be my current favorite stat line. That high walk rate has allowed him to carry an impressive .361 OBP even though he is only hitting .204 right now. That will always make him useful, but it doesn't give him much margin for error since he also isn't hitting for much power right now, which is why his wOBA is at just .315. [follow]

Should Trout have had cycle?

Mike Trout hit for the cycle of the Angels, but did he get the benefit of an umpire's call? Watch the replays and see whether or not he did.

Mike Trout becomes youngest player in MLB history to hit for cycle

Tweet Last season, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim outfielder Mike Trout took the major leagues by storm by putting together one of the best rookie seasons in history, and he appears to be picking up right where he left off. Tuesday night Trout became the youngest player in MLB history to hit for the cycle, [...]

Mike Trout hits for the cycle in Angels win (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Mike Trout became the sixth Angels player to hit for the cycle when he turned the trick in a 12-0 blowout win over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. Trout showcased his diverse talents while achieving the milestone. He beat out an infield single to the right side in the third, drilled a triple to center in the fourth, roped a 3-run double...

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Mike Trout Hits for Cycle in Angels 12-0 Rout of Seattle

Last year’s AL Rookie of the Year and one of the most electrifying young players in the game, Mike Trout hit for the cycle on Tuesday night in a 12-0 rout of the Seattle Mariners at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels. Trout’s cycle would start with an infield single in the third-inning, followed by an RBI triple to deep right center field in the fourth-inning. In the sixth-inning...

Mike Trout hits for the Cycle

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Mike Trout Hits For The Cycle

Courtesy of ESPN Just when we thought it was okay to give the 2013 MVP to the last year’s Triple Crown and MVP winner, Miguel Cabrera guess who decides to crash the party?  Mike Trout, the sophomore sensation who finished second in the AL MVP vote last year.  Trout had an answer to Cabrera’s recent tear by hitting for the cycle on Tuesday night against the Seattle Mariners...

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Back on Friday night, one Los Angeles Angels fan did his best to try to catch a foul ball against the Baltimore Orioles but ended up losing a full beer. Watch as an Albert Pujols foul ball claims the suds and makes a pretty big splash in the process: (Courtesy of Next Impulse Sports/@CJZero)

All Hail Mike Trout

We all know who Bryce Harper is – the guy will literally run into a wall for attention and then blame it on playing stupid hard.  And we all know that Miguel Cabrera is crushing high-AAA pitching on a daily basis.  There is another guy, though, that should be garnering way more attention than he currently is – Mike Trout. Last night, Mike Trout did his best pre-Kim Basinger...

Mike Trout hits for the Cycle, Angels trounce the Marins, 12-0

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Trot Times for May 21, 2013

Time for the trots! Your browser does not support iframes. Home Run of the Day: Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels - 20.69 seconds [video] It's hard to say this without sounding like a buzzkill, but there's no celebrated feat in baseball more worthless than hitting for the cycle. It's just a neat little accounting oddity. However, I still find it fun to see when...

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