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  1. 14 points
    Matt Joyce: I made a mistake and slept in. I feel bad about it and it definitely won't happen again. Josh Hamilton: I set my phone to wake me up on time and it didn't, there's nothing I can do about that. MLB made the mistake of scheduling us for a day game when we didn't even have a travel day. My hands are clean.
  2. 8 points
    For those who didn't want to read tdawg's long post I'll sum it up for you He wants to get rid of Santiago because he hates Mexicans.
  3. 4 points
    tomsred

    Matt Joyce Needs a New Alarm Clock

    ...and Joyce isn't taking Arte's calls, he's sleeping.
  4. 4 points
    He self reported his sleeping in. Maybe he has some sleep disorder disease. It's probably not his fault. When do we trade him back to TB?
  5. 4 points
    For people who actually are productive at their job this is a perfectly reasonable reaction. But this is the dude who comes in and watches porn on his laptop all day and does absolutely nothing to help the company coming in late for that meeting.
  6. 3 points
    I happen to be going to the midwest for a wedding this weekend where I will be in Chicago Thurs night. Just picked up tickets to game 3 for me and my sister (damn those are much more expensive than in Anaheim). So stoked! First time going to Chicago for me, hopefully I will see a Ducks victory!
  7. 3 points
    John Taylor

    That high quality Toronto Turf

    What is up with it? I could lay carpet in my house better than the turf at the Skydome Rogers Center. Not to mention every time the ball hits the turf it releases some black crap that looks like the lost souls of every HR Joe Blanton allowed.
  8. 3 points
    Prediction 3 - life for those making minimum wage doesn't really improve and they still blame and vilify the "rich."
  9. 3 points
    Ohtaniland

    Why is CJ Cron still on this team

    Arte now has his call blocking list up to 24 players.
  10. 3 points
    Dick B Back

    That high quality Toronto Turf

    I think I've heard them used together in a Tull song.
  11. 3 points
    first time I've ever seen grass blades and erection used in the same sentence
  12. 2 points
    So I guess it would perhaps be in the team's best interests to sell high on Hector to get a bat. He's pitching like an ace right now, but given his peripherals, there is almost no way he can continue this current rate of success. Or is there? Probably not. A couple stats that not many people on Angelswin are fans of are BABIP and FIP. These stats are generally used as indicators for future success of pitchers. To spare you the boring details that even I myself am admittedly not all too familiar with, I'll simply summarize these stats: BABIP is the average of balls in play that go for hits excluding homeruns, with .300 being the average. FIP is essentially what the pitcher's ERA would be if they experienced league average results on balls in play and league average defense. There are other indicators, such as xFIP (which is exactly the same as FIP but it takes out homeruns and adds a big fat assumption on how many homeruns they SHOULD have allowed given their flyball rate. I'm not a fan of this stat personally) but I'll just use BABIP and FIP for this thread. While it is true that pitchers will often pitch above or below their expectations given the two aforementioned statistics (Santiago has been one of them, Weaver is another), there is absolutely a correlation between these stats and what actually occurs on the field. If you look at the top 10 performers in FIP so far this year, you will not see any ERA's that stick out like a sore thumb. Conversely, if you look at the bottom 10, you will fail to find the same. Hell, look at the bottom 30. There are really just a handful of ERA's that are not anywhere near their FIP levels. Mike Pelfrey has the largest difference, with a 3.23 ERA as opposed to his 4.89 FIP. However, you'll also notice his BABIP has been favorable, at .275. That's a career low (or high), well below his career average of .310. Back on the top 30, I took a screenshot to show the biggest standouts and the correlation I am trying to make. You'll see Kluber pitching worse than his FIP expectations, however you'll also see a .344 BABIP which is much higher than average and a bit higher than Kluber's career average. You'll find these same things with Kershaw, Gonzalez, Carrasco, and Bucholtz. Chris Sale does not have a necessarily unsustainable BABIP, however it is quite a bit above his career average. Miller, you will see, has an ERA much better than his FIP and also an absolutely ridiculous .183 BABIP. The only outlier I found in this top 30 is Burnett. I will say this is simply a small sample size to fit my argument. "But tdawg, you can't just do that!". Fine, look at the top 30 and bottom 30 in FIP last year and the year before. All those names look familiar? Do you see many (or any) guys that are more than 1.00 points different between ERA and FIP? Do you see the correlation and point I am trying to make here? Generally speaking, FIP and BABIP are pretty damn good indicators of what to expect from a pitcher. There will always be outliers, but they are fewer than most probably realize. Which brings us to Santiago. Before today's start, Hector had a 2.41 ERA versus a 3.98 FIP. He also has a career low .263 BABIP. Now, Hector has always outperformed his FIP and has always had a low BABIP, but never by this much. Not even close. So, given his BABIP being what it is, and his FIP being what it is, it is logical to assume he will regress. In this case, by quite a bit. That isn't to say he will end up with bad numbers, quite the contrary. It's just to say that he is currently pitching way above his head. You're probably assuming that most, if not all GM's in baseball are aware of this. Or at least, they can become aware of it if they ask the right people. But as we saw with the Trumbo trade, as well as the Joe Saunders trade, this isn't always the case. So should the Angels sell high on Hector to get a bat? Or should they keep him and trade from their minor league wealth of arms? In my opinion, Hector is more valuable to the team than he would be in trade. However he should absolutely be made available. If someone is willing to offer up a Justin Upton type player for Hector and a prospect or two, then you certainly have to be open to it. If the best you can do is Ben Revere, I say keep him. Despite me spending all this time trying to prove that Hector will regress quite a bit this season, I do believe he is an extremely valuable asset: He's a lefty, he's young, he's versatile, and quite frankly he's a pretty damn solid pitcher. While he won't keep up what he is currently doing, he will still provide the team with 170+ innings of sub 3.75 ERA pitching, as well as the versatility to pitch out of the pen if needed. You have to remember that while the Angels have a wealth of pitching prospects, they are still just that: Prospects. Hector has proven to be good at the major league level, and given his age and low mileage, should be good well into his 30s. In my opinion, the Angels should be looking to lock up Santiago long term, especially with Wilson and Weaver's contracts being up after next season. So then who should the Angels trade to land a bat? The answer is obviously CJ Wilson. Wilson is pitching very well, and it appears that 2014 was more of an outlier. Despite that, we have obviously seen the best years of CJ go by and the time to trade him is now. It is likely the Angels would have to include at least some cash in any deal involving Wilson, but given his performance this year so far it would not need to be too significant. Hector Santiago is, essentially, a younger version of CJ. And if you include this year, he is a better version of CJ as well. Why trade the younger, less expensive guy when you can dangle the older one and get a contender in desperate need of pitching to give up a similar return? I believe CJ can block trades to 8 teams, but my guess is teams like Boston and New York are not on that list. San Diego is another team unlikely on the list. To summarize, Hector Santiago is obviously pitching well above his head. But he is still a good pitcher and a valuable asset to the Angels not only short term, but long term as well. CJ Wilson is only an asset short term, and should be the main pitcher the Angels look to trade this year.
  13. 2 points
    Inside Pitch

    Josh Hamilton so far

    AA in a park with a run index of 110. Coors Field is 105.
  14. 2 points
    Chuckster70

    Josh Hamilton so far

    I'm sure he'll blame Arte, his wife and the fans in Anaheim for his failures here when he rakes for the Rangers.
  15. 2 points
    nando714

    2015 offense = 1992 offense

    I was 5 yrs old during the 92 season. I don't remember much I do however remember psycho sid screwing hulk hogan at the 1992 royal rumble. Then ric flair winning the rumble and wwf title.
  16. 2 points
    I don't think any solutions exist within the organization.
  17. 2 points
    i think brandon and nate will enjoy this: https://vid.me/pcVw
  18. 2 points
  19. 2 points
    OregonLAA

    Santiago, trades, and advanced stats

    I was just watching his pitching highlights of the game tonight and came here. Santiago is very undervalued here and while he doesn't pitch late in games, he has done a great job for us. I also think he is a good dude who had a competitive edge to him. I love guys like that. I hope he's on this staff for a while.
  20. 2 points
    tomsred

    Why is CJ Cron still on this team

    Green - .344, Kubitza - .312, Navarro - .356, Marte - .325 Packages for shipment: Krauss, Cron, Featherston, and Cowgill.
  21. 2 points
    Stradling

    Los Angeles $15 Minimum Wage

    Increased minimu wage is not the answer.
  22. 2 points
    Stradling

    Josh blaming more people....

    Around here we call that sneaky fluted
  23. 2 points
    I bet Curtis Pride was late to a few games in his career.
  24. 2 points
    Dick B Back

    That high quality Toronto Turf

    Dick Allen, a name from the past. Man, that guy could hit! I don't care how old he is, bring him in to DH and would be better than what we've got.
  25. 2 points
    Ugh, 6 more years or whatever it is.
  26. 2 points
    Not the most sensitive choice of words I have ever seen. Armed corpses are the biggest menace to society today. And you believed that they weren't making a difference. And here is proof of the progress. Must have sent their top guys in on this one. Don't you just hate it when that happens? Obvious copycat crime. Now, that's what I call maximizing use of your equipment. Great choice of title, too. Or maybe about six years before that. Must not have been any blondes around. Now even the fish have lawyers.
  27. 2 points
    The Ghost of Bob Starr

    A.J. Pollock

    Hell of an abstract painter too.
  28. 2 points
    Dochalo

    Gameday thread, 5/19/15 at Toronto

    Hey Albert. Please don't do what you are going to do.
  29. 2 points
    Brandon

    This is horrifying

    **** that. I'd rather run across that skyscraper.
  30. 2 points
    nate

    This is horrifying

    At some point we need to accept that the best course of action is a nuke.
  31. 2 points
    I don't like any scenario with Rondo on the team. Stay far away. Dude is injury prone and is league average at best.
  32. 1 point
    Trades that actually make sense, rarely ever go-through. Good Major Leaguer for Good Major Leaguer swaps don't happen. GM's are constantly trying to reinvent the wheel and to be honest, most of them are kind of egomaniacs. They feel like they have to win every deal, that's why you see a thousand nameless and faceless prospects being exchanged and uncounted amounts of money changing hands in almost every deal. One for one, major piece for major piece, cut and dry, reallocation of resources, it's just too simple. Neither GM gets to claim victory to the ones writing their paychecks, so they just don't do them. I'm definitely in favor of the trade on the condition that Alex Guerrero signs an extension with the Angels upon arrival. But his agent wouldn't let that happen.
  33. 1 point
    Blarg

    Santiago, trades, and advanced stats

    The idea came to Santiago after the Angels were swept by the Kansas City Royals last weekend. He, Mike Trout and Joe Smith were sitting together talking about a way to “change it up,” Santiago said. Trout suggested a reverse Mohawk, and even offered Santiago $1,000 if he would do it. Santiago said he didn’t need any financial incentive. “You must not know me very well,” Santiago said. “I will definitely do it.” http://www.ocregister.com/articles/santiago-658188-game-trout.html
  34. 1 point
    Yeah it needs to actually rain for the cisterns to fill up. But with as much roof area as those houses have, you can get a rather large supply with even the smallest rain events. Things that will happen before these Hollywood stars reduce their water use: CSULB AD will hire a basketball coach with a clue how to run an efficient offense! Jerry DiPoto will make a trade with a team other than a NL West team! Curt Schilling will tell us the truth about adding ketchup to his sock during the '04 playoffs!
  35. 1 point
    OregonLAA

    Santiago, trades, and advanced stats

    Remember the game where he pitched poorly and went and took a shower with all his clothes on then shaved his head? Dude is a nut. I love it
  36. 1 point
    CanadianHalo

    2015 offense = 1992 offense

    FreeAO The old Montreal screw job!
  37. 1 point
    TobiasFunke

    Fun fact about US military spending

    Yea, the Marines and Team America live by the same law
  38. 1 point
    I hope Towns is available at #2 for the Lakers. Towns is not an elite athlete, but he is fluid, smart, and just good at everything as a center. Kinda plays like Marc Gasol. If Towns is taken at #1, I hope the Lakers explore drafting Mudiay or Russell. Okafor scares me. Bad FT%, no jump shot right now, and more importantly his defense looks awful from some of the highlights I've seen.
  39. 1 point
    fan_since79

    Gas Prices

    How could gas cost so much more here when the refineries are so close? I would think it costs more to transport gasoline to Arizona. I'm wondering how much of this added cost is due to the new California gas tax. It's been estimated that it could add as much as $1.50 to the price of a gallon. There's hardly anything in the media about it, and there's no way to find the actual amount of tax. If gas goes to $5 people are going to start hurting.
  40. 1 point
    Lou

    Santiago, trades, and advanced stats

    racist
  41. 1 point
    The Dude

    doLOLphins

    Im not sure how closely you follow the Phins, but its my opinion that Tannehill is far from being an issue. The Oline,RB s and WRs have all been major issues the last few years. Not the mention the D falling apart in the second half of what seems like every game. Most of those problems have been addressed over the last two years. While Qbs are a huge part of the winning formula these days, its not all on them. As its been mentioned before he has improved every year and now has offensive pieces that compliment him. Don't be suprised to see him take the next step.
  42. 1 point
    I've met three women named Joyce who are better hitters than Matty IceCold Joyce. Release this washed up player already! JeDi doesn't know offense, only pitching. Santiago has come up big so far in 2015.
  43. 1 point
    Josh Hamilton at 40:
  44. 1 point
    TobiasFunke

    Los Angeles $15 Minimum Wage

    Can't wait to be on here in 2030 to see if you're right or not MP
  45. 1 point
    Tank

    This is horrifying

    Okay, I'll ask . . . What in the world are you doing that requires you to be barefoot in an area where there are rattlers? AND WHY DO YOU KEEP DOING IT?!?
  46. 1 point
    Via Piodeportes: Arte isn't taking Joyce's calls.
  47. 1 point
    Hollyw00d

    This is horrifying

    In cals' nightmare, it's raining arabs
  48. 1 point
    You know members on both sides want this. The Dems must have lost this year's rock, paper, scissors contest to go public with it.
  49. 1 point
    What's wrong with people? Don't they like flammable tap water?
  50. 1 point
    reps are stroking it to this article


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