The April 7th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Trout’s contract is ruffling feathers, Angels not worried about RISP struggles and much more…
The Story: Mike Trout’s contract is ruffling the feathers of other players.
The Monkey Says: Well, probably their agents’ feathers. Somehow they think Trout can’t sign for less than every cent available. That’s just unrealistic and something most non-Boras agents do all the time to get their clients (and themselves) the financial security they need.
The Story: The Angels aren’t worried about their early struggles hitting with runners in scoring position.
The Monkey Says: And they shouldn’t be for a multitude of reasons. Hitting with RISP isn’t really a skill being the foremost reason. The second big reason is that we are one week into the season. Chill out.
The Story: Albert Pujols insists that he feels fine despite his slow start.
The Monkey Says: He also insisted his foot was fine for a long time last year as well. I don’t actually think he is hurting, but you get my point. Pujols will come around eventually, or at least I hope, so let’s not overreact to one week’s worth of action. I feel like a broken record.
The Story: Garrett Richards is a breakout candidate in 2014.
The Monkey Says: I was on the Richards bandwagon for awhile, but I’m off it now. I think he’ll put up solid numbers, but I don’t see him “breaking through.” He is just too inconsistent both mentally and physically and it hasn’t gotten that much better over the years. He has that tantalizing stuff and I love that he can maintain his velocity deep into games, but until he can maintain his focus and his mechanics, that isn’t going to matter.
The Story: Tyler Skaggs appears to be throwing a harder curveball this year, with improved results.
The Monkey Says: That’s a really great find.
The Story: Don Baylor has been discharged from the hospital but still doesn’t have a return date.
The Monkey Says: He won’t be able to travel for awhile, but perhaps he can start coming around before home games in the not so distant future.
The Story: Mike Trout is working hard to improve his arm strength.
The Monkey Says: Trout is the baseball version of that kid in your math class that would complain to the teacher about the one question on the 50-question quiz that he got wrong.
The Story: Sean Burnett threw some more simulated games but still has no timetable for his return.
The Monkey Says: Can we at least get the year or century in which he might return?
The Story: The ten worst teams to watch on MLB.tv.
The Monkey Says: But… but… Mike Trout?