The headlines have the Angels trading Josh Hamilton to the Texas Rangers. I guess that’s correct technically, but the truth is the Halos are literally giving the troubled outfielder away. In return for saving a small percentage of Hamilton’s remaining salary, the Angels are receiving nothing in return. No prospect, no fringe Quad-A organizational guy, nothing.
So ends what was clearly a fractured relationship between Hamilton and Angels owner Arte Moreno. The contract proved to be an utter disaster for the Halos, and Moreno wanted him out of Anaheim at any cost.
I have no idea what Hamilton has left in the tank, if anything. My guess is he could look good in brief spurts, but that’s certainly not a likelihood long term. The simple fact of the matter is that Hamilton has a brittle body and the way I see it, his only chance to stay in the lineup is as a designated hitter. Put Hamilton in the outfield and he’s a big favorite to break down physically.
Regardless of whether the guy can still play at a big league level, he was a sight to behold for a short time. Hamilton is one of the most gifted talents you’ll ever see, and the proof of that is what he was able to accomplish in spite of missing all that time with his addiction issues before his career ever really got started.
I guess it’s a win/win for the teams involved. The Angels wanted him gone and the Rangers have nothing to lose as they’ve basically gotten Hamilton for free. I hope he can somehow stay healthy for a bit and can also find the strength to avoid another relapse. I wouldn’t bet on either to be perfectly honest, but aside from making lots of money, Hamilton has had some terrible luck and I figure he’s got a good break coming. Maybe this is it.
(One quick add here. I already know there are some readers who will say Hamilton made his own bed, so let him lay in it. Maybe so, but let’s not forget this whole addiction issue started with pain killers prescribed following an accident. And let’s also not forget that harrowing incident a few years back where Josh tossed a baseball to a dad and his kid attending a game. The toss was a little off, the fan toppled over a railing trying to catch it and got killed in the process. I don’t know how I’d handle something like that, and I’m not an addict.)
An improvement here on Friday with a net gain of +1.55. That was in spite of another extra inning loss, so the luck bitch is still laughing her butt off at me. The best news for me is I’ve now got enough current data to be working for actual accrued stats rather than projections, and that’s a good thing.
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Free play winner Friday as Carlos Martinez pitched the Cardinals past the somewhat hapless Brewers. I’m staying on the diamond for the Saturday comp as well.
(961) GIANTS at (962) ROCKIES
Take: (962) ROCKIES -115
It’s the Jorge De La Rosa at Coors Show! The debut of the 2015 edition was a major flop, but I’ll be back on JDLR today as the Rockies attempt to record another win against the Giants.
De La Rosa was bombed out on Monday as the Padres simply annihilated almost everything he threw. But there didn’t appear to be anything wrong with De La Rosa. In fact, he might have been a little too strong as his velocity was up from his norm, and that could well have impacted his command. In any event, I’m chalking it up as just one bad start. Even with the loss, the Rockies are now a mind boggling 48-10 at Coors when De La Rosa starts, and that’s about the most insane putting trend I’ve ever seen.
Tim Hudson draws the assignment for the defending champs. I see some red flags for Huddy in spite of his putting up acceptable numbers in his first three starts. One of those alerts regarding Hudson is his velocity dip. This guy is as crafty as it gets, and that’s how he’s flourished for so long in spite of never having blow away stuff. But now Hudson is down to an 87.5 average with the #1 and his other offerings have also shown some decline.
If Hudson is able to locate and generate his usual quota of ground balls, he should be okay in most parks. But there’s not much room for error in this ballpark and Coors has never been heaven on earth for Hudson. He’s made eight starts at this stadium and has yet to record a win, while compiling an unattractive 7.29 ERA in 42 innings of work.
The Rockies have had the Giants number so far this season and I have to believe that it’s too soon to bail on the De La Rosa home express. No bargain on the price as the Rockies have opened as the favorite, but it’s certainly not a severe impost, so I’ll be backing the Rockies tonight.