Halo Headlines: Trumbo unsure about the Home Run Derby, Scioscia explains Angels’ lack of stolen bases

The June 19th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trumbo unsure about participating in the Home Run Derby, Scioscia explains the Angels' lack of stolen bases and much more…

The Story: Mark Trumbo will only participate in the Home Run Derby if he makes the All-Star team.

The Monkey Says: It is a little weird when a non-All-Star is in the derby but that is hardly the point. He has an outside shot at making the team though, so he could very well be back in the derby even if he is trying to back out already.

The Story: Scioscia tries to explain the Angels' lack of stolen bases this year.

The Monkey Says: He is going to have a lot more explaining to do after we all watched Josh Hamilton hit into three double plays with Mike Trout standing stationary on first base.

The Story: Michael Kohn is emerging as a bullpen standout.

The Monkey Says: And a lot of that has come from Scioscia protecting him from left-handed batters and often using him for only one or two batters.

The Story: Brendan Harris ended an 0-for-27 streak on Monday night.

The Monkey Says: I knew he was struggling but didn't realize it was that bad. Good thing he is the only righty off the bench so that Scioscia has nobody else to pinch-hit for Hamilton with.

The Story: Mike Trout thinks the best players should go to the All-Star Game regardless of how long they've been in the majors.

The Monkey Says: Not that he is biased or anything on the topic. He is right though that the best players should go, which is why fan voting should probably count for less since we live in an era where it is more about which team can conjure up the best ballot box stuffing strategies.

The Story: The Battle of Los Angeles featuring copious amounts of schadenfreude.

The Monkey Says: I really worry for Riley's health if one of these teams doesn't turn it around soon.

The Story: Joe Blanton is baseball's biggest loser.

The Monkey Says: To be completely accurate, Blanton isn't the worst pitcher in baseball, he is the pitcher in baseball still allowed to be in a rotation. And the invocation of FIP is misleading because FIP isn't just a measure of luck. Blanton defies FIP a bit because he is an exception in that he can miss a fair amount of bats but also allows a lot of good contact all while not walking many batters.

The Story: Why does Mike Scioscia tolerate the poor performance of high paid players like Hamilton and Pujols?

The Monkey Says: Because what other choice does he have? Is there some clearly better alternative out there? It isn't like Pujols can be put on the DL and Joey Votto is going to take his place. It would be Brad Hawpe. Do you really think the Angels are better off with Hawpe than keeping Pujols in the lineup hoping that he comes around? Don't be obtuse.

The Story: The Inland Empire 66ers are having "Protect and Serve Night" to raise money for the police officers wounded or killed by Chris Dornan.

The Monkey Says: This is a great cause, so please attend if you live in the area.

Garrett Wilson

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Garrett Wilson is the founder and Supreme Overlord of Monkeywithahalo.com and editor at The Outside Corner. He's an Ivy League graduate, but not from one of the impressive ones. You shouldn't make him angry. You wouldn't like him when he is angry.