Game 81: Indians-Angels …

Angels (45-35)

Mike Trout, CF
Torii Hunter, RF
Albert Pujols, 1B
Kendrys Morales, DH
Mark Trumbo, LF
Alberto Callaspo, 3B
Howie Kendrick, 2B
Erick Aybar, SS
John Hester, C

Pitching: RH Dan Haren (6-7, 4.53 ERA)

Indians (40-39)

Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Jason Kipnis, 2B
Jose Lopez, 2B
Michael Brantley, CF
Carlos Santana, C
Casey Kotchman, 1B
Shelley Duncan, LF
Jack Hannahan, 3B

Pitching: RH Zach McAllister (2-1, 3.82 ERA)

Some pregame notes …

  • Trout (right pinkie) and Pujols (left shoulder) are basically game-time decisions. As long as they get out of BP OK, they’ll be in there.
  • In case you hadn’t noticed, Game 81 marks the midway point of the Angels’ season. And Cleveland marks their lowest point, when they tied a franchise-worst 16-20 start, released Bobby Abreu, called up Trout and rolled — posting what is now the best record in the Majors (39-21) ever since. More on that later.
  • Ernesto Frieri is currently fourth among AL Final Vote candidates. Yu Darvish leads (shocker!), followed respectively by Jason Hammel, Jake Peavy, Frieri and Jonathan Broxton.
  • In case you hadn’t noticed, Jered Weaver (2.13) now has the lowest ERA in the AL. All-Star Game starter a second straight time? Quite possible. More on that later, too.

Some links from Monday …

  • Weaver spins a gem; Angels win
  • Notebook, on Trout’s pinkie, Pujols’ HR Derby request, Jordan Walden and other stuff
  • Frieri ‘honored’ to be a Final Vote candidate
  • Preview, on the Haren-McAllister matchup

Some AL West links …

And Ray Allen is set to visit with the Heat. I hope they get him.



I’m enjoying these daily updates a lot. Keep up the great work!

I agree . You do a nice job. I am a Tiger fan , but love the Angels. So surprising not to see passionate and crazy posts from Angel fans. Maybe your team is just doing too well?

Or you just have a more effective suicide hotline? Maybe got some tips from Yankee fans?

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