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ALCS Game 7 Gamethread

ALCS Game 7 Gamethread

Do or die. CC Sabathia. Charlie Morton.
Oct 20, 2017
Astros Elimination Day Gamethread

Astros Elimination Day Gamethread

This is for what they paid Verlander. Verlander @ Severino
Oct 20, 2017
Quiz: Can you name the Angels pitchers who pitched in 2017?

Quiz: Can you name the Angels pitchers who pitched in 2017?

Okay, so you’ve followed the Angels all year. You should know who pitched for them, right? Put all that knowledge to the test with the quiz below and see if you can name the Halos pitchers who pitched this season. No cheating! Here’s a direct link to the quiz, if the embedded one below does not work. All data courtesy of Fangraphs.
Oct 20, 2017
The Angels have many priorities this offseason, but starting pitching doesn’t appear to be one

The Angels have many priorities this offseason, but starting pitching doesn’t appear to be one

The 2017 Angels had flaws that were apparent from the very beginning, but supernatural forces held the squad together until the bitter end. Not all of these flaws were out of their control, such as numerous doom-spiral injuries that one can only shake their head at for the second year in a row. A juiced baseball, fly ball revolution, and higher strike zone not only led to pitchers giving up a higher number of home runs than ever before, but also it meant less balls in play for defenses to field, rendering the very strategy Eppler and the Angels front office pursued in building the ballclub...
Oct 20, 2017
Arizona Fall League Update

Arizona Fall League Update

Future MLBers are playing in the Phoenix area right now - how are they doing? If lived in Arizona, I might not get much else done other than watching baseball. Pitchers and catchers report for spring training in late February every year. Once the MLB season starts you not only have Diamondback games but extended spring training to watch. June comes along and you have the rookies playing ball. Finally, you have Fall Instructional League and the Arizona Fall League starting up in October and running up toward Thanksgiving. This pretty much leave you with December and January as the only...
Oct 20, 2017
WeekEnd HaloLinks: LADs Kiki Cubs to curb

WeekEnd HaloLinks: LADs Kiki Cubs to curb

Dodger win NL Pennant behind the mighty power of Kiki Hernadez’ 3-homer night. Yesterday was a sports person’s dream. A rare Sporting Equinox where we had meaningful Baseball, Football, Basketball and Hockey contests all on the same day. No soccer, though, but soccer no longer counts. Leading it all, of course, is THE American Pastime of Baseball, Pennant Playoff Baseball, no less. Just a reminder that all the sports can suck it. If you are a fan of empires, it was a PERFECT dream. The Dodgers have fulfilled the economic destiny they embarked upon immediately after booting Frank...
Oct 19, 2017
Cubbies Elimination Day X2 Gamethread

Cubbies Elimination Day X2 Gamethread

Will the Dodgers blow a 3-0 lead? Kershaw tries to put the Cubs away. Quintana has other ideas.
Oct 19, 2017
Thor’sLinks: LADs fall into the Cubbie hole

Thor’sLinks: LADs fall into the Cubbie hole

We are inching ever closer to the two of the most expensive payrolls meeting in the World Series. An MSM slobber-fest, actually. Wouldn’t that be a kick in the pants? Quick hit for those who have never known, and now may never know, what it is like for the World Series to consume an entire nation. Far, far too many competing distractions for entertainment turned extremely personal.............. Do the Day Seventeen of Playoff-Links: A Little Bit of Angels News Forget it. The Angels ain’t doing anything of interest at the moment Well, except for Matt Thaiss, who is drawing a few walks...
Oct 18, 2017
Positional Standpoint Pt. I: Catcher

Positional Standpoint Pt. I: Catcher

A series of position-by-position looks at where the Angels stand, today, catcher. What's up, Angels fans? Actually, I'm guessing not much since there's no Angels baseball going on and we're stuck watching the young, talented corps of teams like the Astros, Yankees, Cubs, and Dodgers. This is the worst time of the year if you're not a playoff team. No baseball, the offseason still doesn't officially start for a few more weeks, and even then, it takes another month or so for the offseason activity to heat up. So we've got some free time. There's been plenty of debate and ideas tossed around...
Oct 18, 2017
Cubbies Elimination Day Gamethread

Cubbies Elimination Day Gamethread

The two underdogs try to claw their way back into their series. Keuchel vs. Tanaka. Wood @ Arrieta. Bonzo.
Oct 18, 2017
HumpLinks: LCS Boxcars!

HumpLinks: LCS Boxcars!

Dodgers win with 6, Yankees win with 6. Angels fans think “crap!” Two games. Two 6-run winners. Boxcars. Houston has put the bull in bullpen and because of that the Yankees think they have all the momentum. They don’t, they just have a lot of it. The balance of the mo still lay in the hands of Keuchel and Verlander. The Yanksters still have to win the hard way. (But, still, I have to wonder whether the Houston Astros have caught a case of that same Texas Poop-step that the Rangers choked on when their window finally opened?) Meanwhile... Chicago? Not enough fire. Winning out might be...
Oct 17, 2017
NLCS Game 3, ALCS Game 4 Gamethread

NLCS Game 3, ALCS Game 4 Gamethread

The two underdogs try to claw their way back into their series. McCullers @ Gray. Darvish @ Hendricks. We’re back into ace-land.
Oct 17, 2017
TuesdoLinks: Astros offense takes a Sabathia

TuesdoLinks: Astros offense takes a Sabathia

The Astros got a dose of their own juggernaut juice I have decided that I hate playoff dates with only a single game. Which, I know, means I am going to hate a lot of upcoming days. Fortunately, I am about to check out of 2017 Baseball completely. I have a long overdue vacation coming up, and will be absolutely ignoring things as of Game 3 of the World Series. My plans for the Angels to be holding the home field advantage in the WS and doing the road Games 3 & 4 at Citi Field have fallen through, but pre-paid airline tickets being what they are, well, you know... I’ll give you more info...
Oct 16, 2017
Game 3 ALCS Doldrums Gamethread

Game 3 ALCS Doldrums Gamethread

That time when you send out the non-aces to throw. Back at Short Porch Field. CC Sabathia vs. Charlie Morton. Aaron Judge looks to break out of a slump.
Oct 16, 2017
MondoLinks: Cubs Lackeying roadkill instinct

MondoLinks: Cubs Lackeying roadkill instinct

Anybody who thinks this year’s playoffs are boring, has just voted themselves off the Island of Sport. This was a great weekend for fun times. Sure, we ain’t in it. But you read these words all the damned time from me: in a couple of weeks the season will be fully over and we will be months away from any form of live baseball, and it will suck. But here, while we still have any form of live ball at all, we are getting treated to mega-fun games. Even if you don’t have a rooting interest it’s still very cool to watch the excitement and see players and fans (and biased announcers)...