The best baseball team in Los Angeles area is neither the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
It was only the other day when Angels owner Arte Moreno defended his actions to USA Today baseball columnist Bob Nightengale.
Remember when the Dodgers and Angels would be the teams that would take the West divisions in their leagues, respectively? What happened there?
The Angels are sitting at a 34-43 record, which places them 3rd in the AL West and 10 games back of the Texas Rangers. Sluggers Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton got off to a rough start and neither are hitting above .270 this season despite having 10 home runs or more. Mike Trout, the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year, is following up just well in his second full season. He’s not dealing with the sophomore slump that many rookies undergo.
The Angels are doing Joe Blanton zero favors. Blanton signed as a free agent and is 1-10 this season. Awfully depressing.
The Dodgers are just as horrible with a 34-42 record in the NL West. They are sitting in last place, 7 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Yasiel Puig may be the best thing to happen to them but it’s awfully telling when only two players on the roster currently qualify for batting average. In 16 starts, staff ace Clayton Kershaw is 5-5. That’s not the Cy Young caliber pitcher that we know and love.
Meanwhile, at the collegiate level, the UCLA Bruins won the College World Series on Tuesday night. It is their first CWS championship in program history and the second consecutive win for a team in the PAC-12 conference. Amongst the players on John Savage’s roster, there were seven players drafted in the June draft:
*Nick Vander Tuig (6th round, 192nd overall – Giants)
*Zack Weiss (6th round, 195th overall – Reds)
*Patrick Valaika (9th round, 259th overall – Rockies)
*Adam Plutko (11th round, 321st overall – Indians)
*Brenton Allen (20th round, 616th overall – Nationals)
*Kevin Williams (29th round, 862nd overall – Marlins)
*Ryan Deeter (32nd round, 962nd overall – Brewers)
Savage’s recruiting class contained 8 draft picks. Some of them have already decided to start their professional baseball career such as 11th round draft pick Stephen Farinaro, who has already signed on with the Cardinals.