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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Houston Astros

If you are a fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Angels, or Los Angeles Dodgers, holding onto belief that your team still has time to make an impact in the playoff races, you don’t care much for projection systems and playoff odds. Cold arithmetic isn’t going to heal your wounded heart, nor will it temper your excitement should your chosen franchise string together a few wins, infusing said heart with valuable hope.

If you aren’t a fan of one of those teams, you can look at Fangraphs new projected standings/depth charts feature and laugh until your sides hurt. Because, according to “the numbers”, it’s all over but the crying.

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The Week That Was

LAA

Please click on this whilst reading what follows: 2-4

LAD

Please click on this whilst reading what follows: 1-5

Southern California’s Burgeoning Pissing Contest: The Leader In The Clubhouse

Nobody? Successful small market teams like the A’s, Rays and Braves? Entropy?

God, this is depressing.

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The Week That Was

I’m instituting a bit of a change in protocol here, as I feel that it might be wiser to look at what the two teams have done since we last spoke, rather than posting the overall records that I’ve been redundantly typing into the “AL & NL West Standing Update” section below. Like I said when we started this epic journey, we’ll hone this thing as we go.

LAA

We have a $142.1MM payroll and whoa, hey … this isn’t what we paid for: 2-5

LAD

Luis Cruz! Justin Sellers! Nick Punto! Juan Uribe! Skip Schumaker!: 4-3

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The Week That Was

LAA

Third Week Record That’s Not Exactly How They Drew It Up: 7-11

LAD

Third Week Record That’s Also Not Exactly How They Drew It Up: 8-10

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The Week That Was

LAA

2013 Record That Caused The Interminably Frustrating Glorious Rebirth of Scioscialism*: 4-9

The 12 Tenets of Socialism

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Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

Well this just isn’t good news for the Angels. Already running with a very thin starting rotation, it looks as though the Angels will be without their ace for some time. Ken Rosenthal reports Weaver is out for close to a month with a broken left elbow. The lanky righty injured his arm pitching against the Rangers on the weekend after a line drive back through the box forced an awkward fall.

With Weaver out, the Angels turn to…I dunno, honestly. They called up Dane De La Rosa from Triple-A but will he start? The rest of the LAA depth chart is a little grim. Jerome Williams? Garrett Richards? Roy Oswalt, pick up that phone! Things aren’t so bad for the Angels but, as mentioned in today’s Battle of LA, digging out of deep hole doomed the Angels in 2012. Without their ace, it looks a lot like they will be in the same situation again in 2013.

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Ed. Note: This week’s Battle of LA went up moments before the severity of Jered Weaver’s left elbow injury went public. Which is to say, this is the final BoLA. (Not really.)

The Week That Was

LAA

First Week Record That Is Apparently Enough Of A Sample To Freak Some People Out: 2-4

LAD

First Week Record That Is Apparently Enough Of A Sample To Encourage Some Folks: 4-2

Southern California’s Burgeoning Pissing Contest: The Leader In The Clubhouse

The Dodgers. Their team ERA is 1.00 (totally sustainable) and their bullpen has been absolutely lights out through the first six games of the season (0 ER in 14 appearances). The outstanding start by their pitching staff has made the slow starts by Matt Kemp (2-for-20) and the three-headed pile o’ futility that is the left side of their infield (hitting a collective .026) a little bit easier to swallow.

That said, three of the Dodgers’ four wins came against the Pittsburgh Pirates, who have been nothing short of awful to start the 2013 campaign. The Angels got stuck with the shit-end of the stick by opening with the Reds and the Rangers, and their record reflects it.

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