The August 13th, 2013 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trout wants PED users banned for life, tension between Scioscia and Dipoto and much more…
The Monkey Says: That is a big statement as Trout is one of the young stars and burgeoning leaders of the game. Clearly the tolerance of cheating is beginning to erode amongst players. I don't really agree with Trout's stance as I think you need to give guys a second chance in the case where they honestly did accidentally take something they thought was OK (which does happen, believe it or not). I would not be at all surprised if the union works with the league to institute harsher punishments this off-season.
The Monkey Says: Did anyone think it was going to get better during yet another disappointing season? These reports of tension are nothing new, but they do speak to the apparent disconnect between the roster Dipoto provided and the way Scioscia wants to play. There is little doubt that at least one of them, probably Scioscia, will be let go after the season.
The Monkey Says: I really don't buy the argument about the lawsuit creating more publicity. Pujols is pretty famous and this story got plenty of attention. Lengthening the news cycle probably isn't a great idea, but there is a payoff if Albert can actually win the case. However, it doesn't sound like he can. I imagine half the idea of the lawsuit is to intimidate Clark into backing down from his statements, but he has instead doubled down on them, almost daring Pujols to go through with the lawsuit.
The Monkey Says: Hanson has been terrible, but this is pretty shocking. it doesn't seem like spending two weeks in the minors is really going to do much to fix what is wrong with him nor has Jerome Williams been any better than Hanson to deserve to stay in the rotation himself. It seems the team just didn't want to bury him in the bullpen and demote a reliever that they might actually have real use for. Surely Hanson will be called up no later than when rosters expand, but this is as sure a sign as anything that he will be non-tendered this winter.
The Monkey Says: The strikeouts are up for Trout in the second half, but on the season his whiff rate is down quite a bit, so this is nothing to worry about. it is really just a fun anomaly.
The Story: Mike Trout is tightening his strike zone.
The Monkey Says: See, I told you not to worry. If anything, his increased discipline is causing more strikeouts because he can be guilty of taking a borderline pitch for strike three more than he should. He also is just taking so many pitches that he ends up in a lot of two-strike counts which obviously lead to strikeouts even for a great contact hitter like Trout.
The Monkey Says: How surreal must it be to have your entire hometown revere you like a golden god at the age of 22?
The Monkey Says: Even with that criteria, the Angels bullpen is still pretty lousy.