Turks Teeth

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Marrying the sabermetric tendency with the exotic of true fan bitterness.

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On Pujols, Pique & Pitch Framing


Jeff Sullivan pens a good one, attempting to quantify which teams have benefited the most from pitch framing this season. The narrative framing device he uses to kick it off is the ejection of Mike Scioscia and Albert Pujols last night due to the peculiar permissiveness of Andy Fletcher's strike zone in Boston, aided by expert pitch-framer Christian Vazquez. Definitely worth the read.

Huston Street, 2014's Best Reliever; Ernesto Frieri, Fifth Worst


According to this leverage-weighted analysis, Huston Street has been this season's most valuable reliever. Ernesto Frieri is of course near the bottom. Also among the best and worst are two old friends, respectively, Darren O'Day and Jerome Williams.

Tyler Skaggs to Undergo Tommy John


The lefty hurler with all the upside goes down with the MLB's new young man's blight. Tommy John likely never anticipated his name would be a curse on a whole generation of twentysomething talent.

More Halos Heaven on the Phil Naessens Show #999


Phil brought Turk's Teeth back for round 2 this week to talk trade deadline rumors, ex-Angels, the upcoming Rays series, and tough love for Josh Hamilton.

A Week on the Street: Turk's Take


The "proven closer" – what's the value on the Street? A week after the acquisition of the former Padres stopper, the question of what we bought with Huston Street still vexes, perplexes and divides...

Fab Friday: Newcomb Signs, Huston Street Arrives


Angels front office making moves. They've signed their 2014 first-round draft pick Sean Newcomb mere hours before the deadline (Houston may have a problem, but we escaped one). Now Jim Bowden...

Lots of action on Angels farm tonight


Tonight is the first night every Angels minor league farm affiliate is in action. Interesting pitching across all levels, and the premiere of Arizona rookie league action with some of the...

Angels Admit Blame, Welcome Back Wade LeBlanc


It's do-over time for the soft-tossin' lefty last seen down the chutes and ladders of the waiver wire.

Angels Re-Sign Joel Pineiro, Ditch Jarrett Grube?


He came from somewhere back in the long ago ... Tryin' hard to recreate What had yet to be created ... and no wise man has the power to reason away / What seems to be / What Jerry D believes...

Open Thread: Draft Day #1 (Picks 1-74)


Snark the future.

Who will the Angels select at 15th and 53rd?


Tonight begins the 2014 MLB First Year Player Draft. Rounds one and two, plus competitive and compensatory sandwich rounds, with the Angels choosing at #15 and #53. Who are some of the likely...

McGowin & Smith promoted to AA, Sappington dives


A wobbly Mark Sappington gets zapped, while two 2013 draftees make it to AA less than a year after being drafted. A new guard is arriving on the Angels farm.

Hold the Mayo, Cinco is Enough: Angels Take Game 1


Five consecutive walks in the eighth inning tell the tale. Three runs later, the Angels broke open a theretofore tight game and give a scrappy, resilient Weaver the win.

Randal Grichuk Gets the Call


The hidden gem of the Bourjos-Freese trade takes his spot on the Cardinals' bench sooner than anyone imagined. Will Jerry Dipoto rue the day he traded six years of this LHP-mashing slugger to the...

Miggy Cabrera, MVP, in One Screencap


Old-school pundits and umpires know how to "work the count". Bottom of the first, as Miggy "walks", Brian Knight calls balls and strikes behind the plate.

Contemplating the cost of untimely retrospection.


"You know who I am," he said / The speaker was an Angel / He coughed and shook his crumpled wings / Closed his eyes and moved his lips / "It's time we should be going"

Angels fill their 40-man with cruft...and Grichuk.


Who will the Angels protect in the upcoming Rule-5 draft, and who will they serve up to the number crunchers and scoutlings of 20 other front offices?

Lookout Landing Has Plans for Peter Bourjos


And they ain't half bad. Usually trade proposals from rival fanbases grossly overestimate the value of their own players at the expense of the target, but in this case, Lookout Landing's managing...

The Three Sins of Arturo Moreno: Taking Stock


As the Angels faithful await decisions on the team's GM and field manager, a fan-based audit of the cost of one owner's transgressions.

The Great Vladimir Guerrero Has Left the Stadium


It is with great sorrow that we report that the best free agent acquisition of this Angels' century has retired. Vladimir Guerrero, this most unique and preternatural talent and most enjoyable player to watch (and root for), has bowed out of the big game owing to bad knees and that inevitable thwack from time's arrow. In memory, a sweet valentine from the inimitable Sam Miller:

Calhoun cleans up while Trumbo slows down.


It's Kole Calhoun at Cleanup, Day #2 – Are Mark Trumbo's days also numbered?

The Most Incredible Baseball Name of All Time


Grant Green and Kole Calhoun, sit your asses down. At this very moment, the Burlington Bees are playing the Kane County Cougars, whose DH and cleanup hitter goes by the name of... wait for it... ROCK SHOULDERS!!!

Kole Calhoun Wins Another Game for the Bees


Kole Calhoun has made it on base nine consecutive times. After a 4-for-4 night with three home runs, Calhoun went 2-for-2 with three walks, and drove in the game-winning run on a walk-off...

Rottin' Richards: The Premature Demise of an MLB Prospect


Yahoo's Bill Peterson takes the Angels to task for self-destructive misuse of the Garrett Richards in favor of expensive washed-up vets. I can't say there's anything here I disagree with. Just one more instance in a busy stretch of Dipoto's dreadful errors, and one more demonstration of how Scioscia has mismanaged his available assets.

Our Leadoff Hitter, Erick Aybar, Doesn't Walk


Yeah, we know that. But did you know that he has the fourth-lowest walk rate of all MLB players with at least 100 plate appearances? Two of the other three are catchers, and the third bats 8th for the White Sox. This, more than almost anything else, tells us what Mike Scioscia thinks about the walk: only catchers should do it.

Sale Nearly Perfect, CJ Not: White Sox Nix Sweep


It was a battle of frontline lefties, and through six scoreless innings, the matchup thrilled. But in the end, CJ Wilson's wildness and a terrifically effective Chris Sale wrote the tale. Sale...

Zach Borenstein Steps Out of the Background


In an Angels farm system bled to the turnip-bone, one scrub stands alone in the foothills of San Bernardino. His name is Zach Borenstein, he swings some surprisingly mean timber, and you wouldn't...

Dave Cameron's "Coolest Baseball GIF of All Time": Darvish v Pujols


The GIF is mesmerizing, but the outcome disheartening. MLBTR, March 21, 2012: "The Angels didn't bid on Yu Darvish and Moreno said he was never approached by his baseball staff about the Japanese right-hander, guessing it was due to the size of the required posting bid." Darvish makes $9.5 this year, the second on a six year contract with the Texas Rangers.

Freedom's just another word for: Michael Cisco.


Los Angeles Angels get Mike Cisco, diminutive swingman, from the prodigal Phillies. The price: a wink and a flight to Disneyland.

As Wells Rises, So Weaver Falls: Angels Lose Again


As the Angels' offense disappears for a second night in a row, Jered Weaver suffers just his second loss of the season. Vernon Wells goes 0-3 in his consecutive start as a red-hot Kendrys Morales...

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