Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 11/14/14
The September 6th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Blanton vows to solve his problems, Scioscia vs. Pythagorean record and much more... The Story: Joe Blanton vows to solve his problems. The Monkey Says: He admits that he has no idea what is wrong with him, but gosh darnit, he is going to fix it! On the bright side, he is offering truckloads of excuses for why he has struggled in relief claiming he was tired, suffering from underuse and the weather was too warm. Yep, that's the problem, Joe. The Story: Mike Scioscia's Pythagorean defiance. The Monkey Says: The fact that Scisocia has beaten the Pythagorean record the last nine seasons certainly lends credence to the claim that the past three years haven't been as big of a disappointment as everyone thinks. There is still no real excuse for this season, but clearly Scioscia has been doing something right for a very long time even if it seems like he lost his mojo years ago. The Story: Mike Scioscia wants to see a limit on September call-ups. The Monkey Says: I actually kind of like the idea of capping it at 30, but really that wouldn't solve much as a lot of teams call up more than that but barely use many of them. What I wouldn't object to is the normal roster being moved from 25 to 26 since teams insist on carrying 13 man pitching staffs. That way teams can still have a stupidly big pitching staff and actually have a bench they can use. The Story: Finding reasons to watch every team in September. The Monkey Says: Mike Trout? Really? I thought for sure the answer was going to be J.B. Shuck. So gritty! The Story: Defending Chris Iannetta. The Monkey Says: People are unfairly harsh to Iannetta. For some reason people think he is Mathis-level bad on offense, but his ability to get on base at a such a high clip is very valuable even if his power has kind of disappeared. The defense is harder to defend though as he has been terrrible at framing, throwing out runners and blocking pitches. It really is shocking that Scioscia has given him so much leeway. What I can't defend at all is calling him "Iceman." [follow]
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