>>LET’S GO TO ANAHEIM FOR THE TIGERS AND THE ANGELS. YOU CAN SEE THAT GAME ON YOUTUBE. THAT IS DRILLED TO DEEP LEFT CENTER FIELD.>>WHAT AND WELCOME TO THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE PREGAME SHOW. IT IS A PICTURESQUE EVENING AT THE BIG A. ANGEL STADIUM IN ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA. THE HALOS ARE GOING TO HOST THE DETROIT TIGERS HERE ON YOUTUBE, THE THIRD EVER INSTALLMENT. WHEREVER YOU ARE AROUND THE GLOBE, YOU GET TO WATCH A BASEBALL GAME EXCLUSIVELY AND FOR FREE. I’M STEPHEN NELSON. IT IS A TREAT FOR EVERYBODY INVOLVED BECAUSE WE GET TO WATCH MIKE TROUT TOGETHER. NUMBER ONE ON THE PLANET. TWICE SEVEN IN THE PROGRAM. HE MIGHT NOT BE FROM THIS LANDED. DAN PLESAC, HE COULD BE AN ALIEN. DAN: COULD BE? MIKE TROUT IS THE MICKEY MANTLE OF 2019. HE LEADS THE LEAGUE IN HOME RUNS, R.B.I.’S, AND HE IS SITTING .297. EVERY MODERN METRIC YOU WANT TO LOOK AT THAT RATES A PLAYER OFFENSIVELY, ON-BASE, SLUGGING PERCENTAGE, HE IS AT THE TOP OR NEAR THE TOP OF EVERY SINGLE MAJOR CATEGORY. HE IS THE BEST PLAYER WE HAVE SEEN SINCE MICKEY MANTLE.>>HE IS A PERFECT PLAYER AND ONE WE ARE GOING TO GET TO WATCH IN JUST A LITTLE BIT. TO LET YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A CLOCK. [DING, DING] I WAS A LITTLE EARLY ON THAT. I WILL TAKE THAT LOSS. I ALSO TOOK A LOSS ON THE THROW. TO WARM UP STRIKES. DAN: YOU ARE ONE OF THOSE .500 HITTERS IN BP. THEN YOU ARE A DEER IN HEADLIGHTS. STEPHEN: YOU SAVED ME. DAN: I DID. I’M 6’5″. ALL I SAID WAS THROW IT UP HIGH. YOU TOO GOOD TO AN EXTREME. I STRIKE ZONE IN BASEBALL RIGHT NOW. STEPHEN: MIKE TROUT, FOR REAL, YOU TALKED ABOUT HIS NUMBERS THIS YEAR. THEY ARE SO GOOD EACH YEAR, SOMEHOW, SOME WAY, THIS DUDE IS STILL UNDERRATED. DAN: YOU KNOW, THE BOOK ON HIM WAS REALLY GOOD LOW-BALL HITTER. WHEN THEY START GETTING THE BALL UP IN THE ZONE, THEY ARE GOING TO FIND THE HOLE IN THE SWING. THERE IS NO HOLE IN THE SWING. WHEN HE GOES ON A BAD STRETCH, IT IS LIKE FOUR GAMES. HE WILL GO 1-14 WHEN — LOOK AT THE NUMBERS. TIE FOR SECOND IN HOME RUNS. 85 R.B.I.’S. WE ARE NOT EVEN INTO AUGUST YET. THE BEST PLAYER IN THE GAME RIGHT NOW. STEPHEN: HE IS ON PACE TO SHATTER HIS CAREER-HIGH IN HOME RUNS OF 41. 34 RIGHT NOW. YOU MENTIONED THE R.B.I.’S. O.P.S. IS THE BEST EVER IN HIS CAREER. HE IS ALSO STELLAR IN THE OUTFIELD. PEOPLE SAY BEST PLAYER OF THE GENERATION. ALBERT PUJOLS, MIGUEL CABRERA, ALSO PLAYING IN THIS GAME ON YOUTUBE, THEY ARE FIRST BASEMAN, IT IS A DIFFERENT BEAST. DAN: MIKE TROUT HAS TAKEN HIS PLATE TO CENTER FIELD. THE ONLY KNOCK ON THIS GUY WOULD BE HE DOES NOT HAVE THE STRONGEST THROWING ARM, BUT HE IS AN ACCURATE THROW HER. THAT IS THE ONLY KNOCK ON HIS GAME. STEPHEN: AT THAT POINT, WE ADMIT, WE ARE SPLITTING HAIRS WITH MIKE TROUT. BEST PLAYER ON THE PLANET AND YOU ARE PROBABLY GOING TO HAVE TO RENAME THE M.V.P. TROPHY. HE IS SLOTTED AT SECOND IN THE LINEUP BEHIND DAVID FLETCHER AND IN FRONT OF SHOHEI OHTANI, ONE OF THE MOST DYNAMIC ATHLETES IN THE WORLD. DAN: LAST YEAR, WHEN HE BURST ONTO THE SCENE AS A PITCHER, I THOUGHT HE HAD AS GOOD A STUFF — HE LOOKED LIKE ANOTHER VERSION OF DWIGHT GOODEN. HIS START AGAINST THE OAKLAND A’S. THIS IS WHAT HAS SURPRISED ME. EVERYBODY TALKED ABOUT HIM HITTING AT THE BIG-LEAGUE LEVEL. HE IS GOING TO HIT FOR POWER. I WATCHED THEM IN SPRING TRAINING, HE DID NOT PITCH OR HIT WELL IN SPRING TRAINING OF 2018. THE SEASON STARTED AND HE NOT ONLY DID IT ON THE MOUND, HE DID IT IN THE BATTER’S BOX. HE IS A UNIQUE KIND OF GUY. HE IS KIND OF A LONG, LENGTHY GUY. HE GETS OUT IN FRONT, YOU THINK HE GETS FOOLED, HE CAN HIT THE BALL TO LEFT FIELD. HE CAN HIT IT OUT TO RIGHT FIELD. HE IS KIND OF A LITTLE BIT, HE IS A WATERED-DOWN VERSION OF ICHIRO. HE HAS THESE KEEN BASKETBALL SKILLS. THE SWING MAY NOT LOOK PRETTY, BUT HE GETS TO THE BALL. STEPHEN: HE HITS, HE PITCHES, HE IS COMING BACK FROM AN ELBOW SURGERY. YOU LOOK AT HIS NUMBERS, YOU ARE LIKE, OK, 15 HOME RUNS, 42 R.B.I.’S, IT IS NOTHING GREAT. IT IS BECAUSE HE HAS BEEN HURT AND HE DOES NOT HIT EVERY SINGLE DAY, BUT WHAT HE HAS PROVEN IN THE SHORT TIME WE HAVE SEEN HIM, HE HAS BECOME A STEADY PRESENCE AS A BAT AND MAKES YOU WONDER, HOW DO WE GET THIS BAT INTO THE LINEUP EVERY SINGLE DAY? DAN: IT SCARES ME EVERY SINGLE TIME I WATCH HIM. RIGHT-HANDED THROWER, LEFT-HANDED BATTER. HE WEARS THE ARMOR ON THE RIGHT ELBOW, BUT THIS IS THE MONEYMAKER AND THAT IS THE ELBOW THAT IS EXPOSED WHILE HITTING. VERY RARELY DO YOU SEE A LEFT-HANDED HITTER AND A RIGHT-HANDED THROWER. THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW TIMES, BECAUSE HE DOES MAKE QUITE A BIT OF MONEY. STEPHEN: HE CAN GET IT UP TO 100. DAN: YOU GOT TO BE CAREFUL. I ALWAYS CRINGE, PARTICULARLY WHEN YOU SEE PITCHERS THROWING A FASTBALL AND. JUST DON’T HIT THAT RIGHT ARM. DON’T HIT THE RIGHT ARM. STEPHEN: HE IS BATTING THIRD. BATTING SIXTH, PLAYING FIRST BASE, ALBERT PUJOLS, THE MACHINE. JUST BECAME THE SIXTH PLAYER IN MLB HISTORY TO HIT 650 HOME RUNS. DAN: 650 BOMBS. YOU LOOK AT THE FEW FIRST YEARS HE HAD IN THE ST. LOUIS CARDINALS UNIFORM, HE WAS FAST TRACKED FOR COOPERSTOWN AND HE IS STILL GOING TO COOPERSTOWN. HE HAS HAD SOME INJURIES, PARTICULARLY TO THE LOWER PART OF HIS BODY. SOME KNEE AND FOOT ISSUES. HE DOES NOT RUN QUITE LIKE HE USED TO BE ABLE TO. THIS IS A GUY COMING HE WAS NEVER LOOKED AT AS A BURNER, A BASE STEALER, BUT A GREAT BASE RUNNER. IF YOU DID NOT PAY ATTENTION TO HIM, HE COULD STEAL SECOND OR THIRD. THAT IS NO LONGER PART OF HIS GAME. WHAT IS PART OF HIS GAME IS BARRELING IT UP. HE HAS A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A DIFFICULT TIME. HE HAS TO CHEAT TO GET TO THE FASTBALL. AS FATHER TIME CATCHES UP WITH YOU, HE IS A LITTLE BIT MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO THE OFF-SPEED PITCH, BUT HE IS STILL — WHEN YOU WATCH HIM, YOU CAN SEE WHY HE IS ONE OF THE BEST RIGHT-HANDED HITTERS WE HAVE SEEN THE LAST 100 YEARS. STEPHEN: HE IS ROLLING. YOU TALK ABOUT RIGHT-HANDED HITTERS, HIM, TROUT, MIGUEL CABRERA FOR THE TIGERS, THREE OF THE BEST DID GAME — THE GAME HAS EVER SEEN. THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO FACE TWO PITCHERS TRYING TO FIND THEIR WAY IN 2019. JORDAN ZIMMERMANN FOR THE TIGERS, JAIME BARRIA FOR THE HALOS. ZIMMERMAN, 7.57 E.R.A., THE WORST AMONG STARTERS RIGHT NOW. SO. LET’S START WITH JORDAN ZIMMERMANN. JUST A HANDFUL OF YEARS AGO — IT DOES NOT SEEM LIKE THAT LONG AGO HE HAD NO-HIT STUFF. HE DOES NOT HAVE A WIN HIS LAST 17 TIMES. DAN: SINCE SEPTEMBER OF LAST YEAR. $100 MILLION FREE-AGENT CONTRACT. THIS IS YOUR FIVE. THE TIGER HAVE NOT GOTTEN BACK MUCH. HE HAS NOT WON A GAME SINCE SEPTEMBER. YOU THINK ABOUT WHERE THIS GUY WAS. AT ONE POINT, A BIG PART OF A VERY GOOD WASHINGTON NATIONALS STARTING ROTATION. NOW WE ARE ALMOST INTO AUGUST AND HE IS SEARCHING FOR HIS FIRST WIN OF THE YEAR. STEPHEN: WHAT IS THE BIGGEST ISSUE? DAN: COMMAND ISSUES. ONE OF THE THINGS I MARVELED ABOUT ZIMMERMAN WHEN HE WAS GOOD, HE WAS DOWN IN THE ZONE. I GET IT. WE ARE IN THIS ERA WHERE WE WANT FASTBALLS UP IN THE ZONE, BUT LOOK AT THIS LOCATION. IT IS KIND OF FLAT. IT IS MOVING AWAY. IF YOU DON’T HAVE LOCATION, WATCH THIS BREAKING BALL RIGHT HERE. KIND OF IN THE INNER THIRD OF THE PLATE UP. ANOTHER BALL HIT OUT OF THE BALLPARK. THEN YOU START TO LOSE YOUR MOJO. THERE IS ANOTHER BREAKING BALL, KIND OF IT BACKED UP SLIDER THAT C.J. CRON HITS OUT OF THE BALLPARK. HIS COMMAND IS NOT GOOD. HIS STUFF HAS NOT BEEN AS GOOD. AND HE IS NOT ABLE TO HIT THE GLOVE. ANOTHER BREAKING BALL THAT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE DOWN AND AWAY THAT ENDS UP ON THE INNER THIRD OF THE PLATE. WHEN YOU OUT ALL OF THESE THINGS UP, IT LOOKS LIKE A GUY AND IT IS A GUY THAT IS STRUGGLING LIKE WE HAVE NEVER SEEN A GUY OF THIS CALIBER STRUGGLE BEFORE. STEPHEN: YOU SAID, I’VE BEEN THERE BEFORE, I CAN EMPATHIZE WITH JORDAN ZIMMERMANN A LITTLE BIT. DAN: THERE IS A FINE LINE BETWEEN BEING ON AND BEING DOMINANT AND BEING NORMAL AND THERE IS A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A LINE WHEN YOU CAN’T GET ANYBODY OUT. THE GUY THAT YOU ARE LOOKING AT RIGHT THERE, HIS CONFIDENCE HAS TO BE DEFLATED. TWO, THEN YOU START TRUSTING YOUR STUFF. — THEN YOU START NOT TRUSTING YOUR STUFF. THREE, WHEN YOU ARE HITTING — PITCHING WELL, WHEN YOU HAVE AN E.R.A. OVER 7.00, NUMBER ONE THROUGH NUMBER NINE ALL LOOK LIKE BABE RUTH. STEPHEN: YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE ANY WAY THAT THE LOSING CULTURE THAT EXISTS RIGHT NOW IN DETROIT WANT TO EXIST FOREVER HAS AN IMPACT. THEY ARE HUMANS WITH EMOTION AS WELL. WHEN YOU ARE GOING THE WRONG WAY LIKE HE IS AND ON TOP OF THAT YOU ARE NOT WINNING BALLGAMES, IT IS TOUGH. ON THE OTHER SIDE, JAIME BARRIA, STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT EXACTLY WHO HE HAS. DAN: HE IS TRYING TO FIGURE OUT WHAT AREA CODE HE WANTS TO BE. UP AND DOWN. SEVEN TIMES. SEVEN TIMES HE HAS BEEN UP AND DOWN FROM THE MINOR LEAGUES TO THE BIG LEAGUES. HIS BEST OUT PITCH IS HIS HARD SLIDER. VELOCITY IS GOOD. HE NEEDS COMMAND OF THAT BREAKING BALL. IF HE HAS IT, HE HAS A CHANCE TO BE VERY SUCCESSFUL. A GUY THAT IS FROM PANAMA. SEVEN TIMES. STEPHEN: HOW TOUGH IS THAT? DAN: IT HAS TO BE. YOU THROW WELL, YOU COME BACK, YOU GET SENT BACK DOWN. HE HAS BEEN THE YO-YO FOR THE ANGELS. STEPHEN: JAIME BARRIA, JORDAN ZIMMERMANN GOING TO TRY TO PUT IT TOGETHER FOR YOU WATCHING LIVE ON YOUTUBE. LUCKILY FOR JAIME BARRIA, HE HAS ONE OF THE BEST SHORTSTOPS IN THE GAME PLAYING BEHIND HIM IN ANDRELTON SIMMONS, WHO WAS WITH J.P. MOROSI RIGHT NOW.>>WHAT IS MORE CHALLENGING? BEING A WINEMAKER AS YOU ARE NOW, OR TURNING A DOUBLE PLAY?>>DOUBLE PLAY, I’VE BEEN DOING IT FOR A WHILE, SO I’M GOING TO SAY DOING THE WIND THING WOULD BE A LITTLE MORE DIFFICULT. J.P.: WHAT IS NEXT IN THAT AREA, BY THE WAY?>>NEXT? I DON’T KNOW. THAT IS A TOUGH ONE. I’M GOING TO STICK WITH THOSE TWO FOR NOW. J.P.: WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT YOUR CAREER, YOU ARE COMING UP ON YOUR 30TH BIRTHDAY, WHAT ARE GOING TO BE THE KEY THINGS TO KEEPING THIS AMAZING LONGEVITY, YOUR INCREDIBLE ATHLETICISM GOING INTO THE NEXT DECADE?>>WELL, ALWAYS ADAPTING, LEARNING, GETTING BETTER, TRYING TO GET BETTER AS A HITTER, MAINTAINING THAT AGILITY, TRYING TO MAINTAIN MY SPEED. PERFORMING. IF I CAN PERFORM AND THEN COME UP WITH THE BIG HITS, I’M SURE I WILL FIND A WAY TO STICK AROUND. J.P.: YOUR MANAGER SAID YOU — THE CLOCK YOU HAVE IN YOUR HEAD ON A GROUND BALL IS THE BEST HE HAS EVER SEEN. BRAD AUSMUS HAS BEEN AROUND THE GAME A LONG TIME. WHERE DOES THAT COME FROM?>>I DON’T KNOW, I THINK I PAY A LOT OF ATTENTION TO HITTERS. IF IT IS SOMEBODY I DON’T KNOW, I TRY TO ASK THE COACHING STAFF HOW THEY MOVE. AFTER THAT, I POSITION MYSELF OFF OF THAT. FROM DOING IT OVER AND OVER AND PAYING ATTENTION TO WHO IS HITTING AND HOW HARD THEY ARE HITTING THE BALL, YOU KIND OF KNOW HOW MUCH TIME YOU HAVE. FOR THE MOST PART, I DO WELL IN THAT DEPARTMENT. J.P.: FINALLY COME YOU THINK ABOUT THIS SERIES. FIVE GAMES OUT OF A PLAYOFF SPOT. THERE IS STILL TIME. IF YOU WERE GOING TO WRITE A SCRIPT FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS, WHAT HAS TO HAPPEN FOR YOU GUYS TO GET BACK IN THE RACE?>>THE BULLPEN HAS BEEN DOING GREAT. THE STARTERS, HAVE BEEN DOING OK SOMETIMES NOT THAT GREAT. IF THEY CAN GIVE US A CHANCE, THE OFFENSE HAS BEEN SWINGING THE BAT BETTER AS THE YEAR HAS PROGRESSED. I THINK WE SHOULD GIVE OURSELVES A REALLY SOLID CHANCE OF BEING IN THE PLAYOFFS. STEPHEN: THANKS TO JON PAUL MOROSI. LET’S GET YOU CAUGHT UP ON SOME OF THE GAMES GOING ON. A NATIONALS PARK IN D.C., JUAN SOTO, THE CHILDISH BAMBINO, DRIVING IN A RUN IN THE FIRST. BUT THE NATS WERE NOT DONE.>>THERE IT GOES! A NO-DOUBTER! SEE YOU LATER! ANTHONY RENDON SLAMS HIS WAY TO A SIX-TO NATIONALS LEAD — 6-2 NATIONALS LEAD. STEPHEN: HARD TO BELIEVE THE BASEBALL WORLD WITH LIKE THEY ARE GOING TO TRADE MAX SCHERZER, THEY ARE OUT OF IT. THE WASHINGTON NATIONALS AND THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS, ONE OF THE BIGGEST FORM REVERSALS WE HAVE SEEN IN YEARS FROM MAY TO JULY. DAN: ANTHONY RENDON IS MAKING HIMSELF SOME MONEY. STEPHEN: STARLING MARTE. MARTE PAR-TAY! THAT BREAKS THE ICE FOR PITTSBURGH. THEY JUMP OUT IN FRONT OF CINCINNATI. BEHIND 2-1. DAN: SWINGING THAT MAGIC WAND. THERE WAS MORE TO THIS GUY THAN JUST HITTING FOR POWER. GREAT CONTACT. KEEPS ONE FAIR INSIDE THE BAG. STEPHEN: WE SAW ONE SLAM, HOW ABOUT ANOTHER? JOSE IGLESIAS. WHAT A FIND! DAN: THE KNOCK WAS GREAT GLOVE, NO STICK. HE HAS HIT FOR THE REDS. STEPHEN: A SLAM OF HIS OWN IN CINCINNATI. POURING IT ON PITTSBURGH. COLIN MORAN. NEPHEW OF B.J. SURHOFF, FORMER BIG LEAGUER. KYLE MORAN — HAVING A GOOD YEAR. HELLO, BO BICHETTE, MAKING HIS BIG-LEAGUE DEBUT. THERE IS HIS FIRST NOT. DAN: HIS FIRST BIG-LEAGUE KNOCK. I PLAYED WITH HIS FATHER. THERE HE IS! NEVER SEEN ANYBODY LIKE DANTE BICHETTE. DRESSED ON THE FIELD AT 4:00. FULL UNI BY 3:59. STEPHEN: HE MADE SURE TO BE THERE ON TIME TODAY TO WATCH HIS BOY. YOU KNOW WHIT MERRIFIELD CAN HIT THE BALL. OSCAR HERNANDEZ CAN LAUNCH A BASEBALL. DAN: BLUE JAYS FUTURE LOOKS REALLY BRIGHT WITH THEIR POSITION PLAYERS. THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO FIND OUT HOW TO GET THINGS GOING ON THE MOUND. BIG TRADE SENDING MARCUS STROMAN TO THE METS. STEPHEN: RANDAL GRICHUK OUT OF THE YARD. HE HAS POWER. THAT IS NOT BREAKING NEWS. RANDAL GRICHUK AND THE HOME RUN. LET’S FLY ON TO COORS FIELD. THE MILE HIGH CITY. DODGERS, ROCKIES. DAN: A VERY DISAPPOINTING 2019 FOR THE ROCKIES. LOOKED LIKE THEY WERE GOING TO TURN THINGS AROUND LATE MAY INTO JUNE. THEY FIND THEMSELVES IN THE BOTTOM OF THE N.L. WEST. THEY CERTAINLY WERE NOT EXPECTING THAT WHEN THE SEASON STARTED. STEPHEN: EVEN JUST A FEW WEEKS AGO WE WERE LIKE, THE GIANTS ARE GOING TO BE SELLERS, AT THE CELLAR IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE WEST, BUT NOW THE ROCKIES ARE THERE. IT HAS BEEN A WEIRD YEAR IN A WILD WEST THAT HAS BEEN CONTROLLED BY L.A. FOR THE MOST PART. YOU SEE THE SCORES AS WE GET CLOSER TO FIRST PITCH IN ANAHEIM FOR THE THIRD EVER MLB GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE. THE DETROIT TIGERS AND THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS OFF THE 57 FREEWAY. DAN: THAT IS YOUR NECK OF THE WOODS. STEPHEN: IT IS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. THAT IS MY HOMELAND. THAT IS WHERE WE WILL CHECK IN WITH MARK LANGSTON AND TOM VERDUCCI IN THE BOOTH TONIGHT.>>THANKS. IT IS THE TIME OF YEAR WERE NOT JUST US, WORKING THE PHONES, PLAYERS ARE CHECKING THEIR PHONES TO SEE WHAT IS GOING ON WITH TRADE RUMORS, LET’S START WITH THE ANGELS. THIS IS A TEAM STILL IN THE WILD-CARD HUNT. WHAT ARE THE CHANCES THAT THEY WILL BE AGGRESSIVE AND WITH A DIFFICULT SCHEDULE IN THE SECOND HALF AND ABOVE AND ADD TO THE ROTATION? MARK: I THINK IT IS SOMETHING THE ANGELS ARE DEFINITELY LOOKING TO WORK IN. THEY ARE LOOKING FOR SOMETHING THAT WILL ACCOMMODATE THEM THIS YEAR, NEXT YEAR, THE YOUR PAST. IT IS NOT GOING TO BE A QUICK COME IN FOR A POSSIBLE RUN OF THE WILD-CARD. IT IS GOING TO BE SOMEBODY THEY WANT TO HAVE FOR FUTURE GAMES AND THE NEXT COUPLE YEARS. TOM: TAKE ME INSIDE THE ANGELS CLUBHOUSE, WHAT THEY ARE THINKING, ESPECIALLY MIKE TROUT. NEVER WON A PLAYOFF GAME IN HIS CAREER SO FAR, THE BEST PLAYER IN BASEBALL. HOW MUCH DOES SOMEONE LIKE MIKE TROUT REALLY WATCH WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE ANGELS? MARK: CERTAINLY, MIKE TROUT WANTS TO GET IN THE POSTSEASON. HE REALLY FEELS THAT ARTE MORENO, THE OWNERSHIP, EVERYBODY HERE, THAT IS THEIR GOAL, TO PUT A REALLY GOOD TEAM TOGETHER. THEY DO SPEND MONEY AND THEY ARE ALL ABOUT WINNING AND WANT TO DO IT. THEY JUST HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DO IT. INJURIES HAVE PLAYED A BIG FACTOR INTO THAT. THEY PLAYED A FACTOR IN 2019. IF THAT DOOR OPENS UP AND THERE IS A NEW ARM THAT ARRIVES, MIKE TROUT MIGHT BE THE FIRST ONE TO RUN OVER AND HUGGED HIM. IT IS GOING TO BE A PIECE FOR THE ANGELS TEAM. THEY NEED ROTATION HELP. TOM: I’VE GOT AN IDEA. DETROIT TIGERS. THEY’VE GOT MATTHEW BOYD, ONE OF THE BEST YOUNG STARTING PITCHERS, CONTROLLABLE FOR THE NEXT FEW YEARS. HE HAS REALLY BECOME A BIG STRIKEOUT GUY THE SEASON. THAT SLIDER HAS BECOME A WEAPON FOR HIM. IS THERE A POSSIBLE MATCH UP WITH THE TWO TEAMS WE HAVE TONIGHT ON YOUTUBE? MARK: NO QUESTION. I THINK THAT IS A GREAT MATCHUP. THAT IS EXACTLY THE TYPE OF PLAYER THE ANGELS ARE LOOKING FOR. THEY HAVE ALREADY SEEN MATTHEW BOYD EARLIER THIS YEAR, THE ANGELS HAVE, AND HE WAS DOMINANT. I THINK HE FITS THE MOLD EXACTLY THE KIND OF PITCHER THE ANGELS ARE GOING TO GO AFTER. ROBBIE RAY, MATTHEW BOYD. THAT WOULD BE EASY. I THINK HE FITS THE MOLD EXACTLY. TOM: IF I MAY TEAM, A GENERAL MANAGER, I’VE GOT THE TIGERS ON SPEED DIAL. I MIGHT NEED STARTING PITCHING, MATTHEW BOYD. POWER BAT, NICHOLAS CASTELLANOS. I NEED A RELIEF ARM, THERE IS SHANE GREENE AVAILABLE. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT TO SEE FROM DETROIT BETWEEN NOW AND 4:00 P.M. ON WEDNESDAY? MARK: I EXPECT THEM TO BE ACTIVE. I THINK SHANE GREENE AND NICOLAS CASTELLANOS WILL NOT BE HERE FOR THE WEDNESDAY GAME HERE AT THE BIG A. MATTHEW BOYD, THEY ARE GOING TO HAVE TO LISTEN HARD AND BE BLOWN AWAY TO MAKE THAT MOVE. THE OTHER TWO GUYS I DON’T EXPECT TO SEE HERE IN THE STARTING LINEUP COME WEDNESDAY. TOM: A LOT OF DRAMA IN BASEBALL THESE DAYS. THE ANGELS STILL PUSHING FOR THE PLAYOFFS. STEPHEN: THANK YOU, TOM AND MARK. BOY, THE HAIRSTYLES AND WARDROBES FIT PERFECTLY IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. YOU SEE WERE THE ANGELS AND TIGERS FIT IN THE STANDINGS RIGHT NOW. THE HALOS ARE THIRD IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST, BUT ONLY FIVE GAMES BACK IN THE WILD-CARD. DETROIT, ONE OF THE TEAMS ON THE STRUGGLE BUS IN 2019, CERTAINLY MARCHING FOR THE FUTURE. YOU HEARD BOTH MARK LANGSTON AND TOM VERDUCCI DISCUSSING DETROIT. THEIR PLANS AS THE TRADE DEADLINE NEARS. IT IS A FEW DAYS AWAY. THEY DO HAVE PIECES THAT ARE GOING TO BE SAW AFTER AROUND THE BIGS. DAN: THEY MIGHT HAVE THE MOST ATTRACTIVE STARTING PITCHER IN MATT BOYD. WITH MARCUS STROMAN BEING OFF THE BOARD, NOW PART OF THE METS. THERE ARE SEVERAL TEAMS. THE YANKEES, THE ASTROS, THE ANGELS, THE CUBS MIGHT BE. TEAMS ARE LOOKING FOR A CONTROLLABLE PITCHER. HIS STRIKEOUT RATE IS THROUGH THE ROOF IN 2019. STEPHEN: FILTHY. DAN: 28 YEARS OLD. NOT A YOUNGSTER. YOU WOULD THINK HE HAS KIND OF FOUND HIS WAY. FORGET ABOUT THE WIN-LOSS RECORD. YOU LOOK AT THE E.R.A. 3.94. I THINK HE COULD HELP SOMEBODY. IN MY OPINION, HE IS THE MOST ATTRACTIVE PITCHER LEFT ON THE MARKET BECAUSE I DON’T THINK THAT THE TIGERS ARE LOOKING BACK — THEY WOULD LIKE TO GET OPTIMUM VALUE, BUT I DON’T THINK IT IS GOING TO TAKE A BLOCKBUSTER MOVE TO GET MATTHEW BOYD. STEPHEN: HE IS NOT GOING TO BE A FREE AGENT UNTIL 2023. 28 YEARS OLD. THIS IS THE FIRST YEAR HE HAS PUT IT ALL TOGETHER. I UNDERSTAND THERE IS A LOT WITH HIS CASE WHEN YOU ARE CONSIDERING A TRADE. WE ALSO HAVE TO CONSIDER THAT HE HAS BEEN THE STEADY PIECE IN THE STARTING ROTATION AND A GUY WHO LOVES THE COMMUNITY IN DETROIT. HE AND HIS FAMILY HAVE FOUND A HOME, THEY WANT TO BE THERE. HE IS LOCKED UP. IS THERE A PROBLEM WITH KEEPING HIM AROUND, IF YOU ARE DETROIT? DAN: IF I’M THE TIGERS OR RUNNING THE TIGERS RIGHT NOW, IT IS GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE AN OFFER THAT IS REALLY GOING TO MOTIVATE ME, THAT I FEEL LIKE I’M GETTING YOUNGER PLAYERS BACK IN RETURN. HE IS WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR. A GOOD PITCHER, CONTROLLABLE FOR A FEW MORE YEARS, IN YOU CAN’T JUST GIVE THOSE KIND OF PITCHERS. THE TIGERS ARE SITTING IN A REALLY GOOD SPOT BECAUSE I THINK WE BOTH AGREE MARCUS STROMAN WAS GOING TO BE ON THE MOVE AT THE TRADE DEADLINE. SHOCKED EVERYBODY THAT IT WAS SUNDAY BEFORE THE TRADE DEADLINE AND NOW I THINK BOYD OR BAUER — I THINK BOYD IS THE MOST ATTRACTIVE STARTER RIGHT NOW. STEPHEN: YOU WOULD BE STUNNED IF NICK CASTELLANOS OR SHANE GREENE , WHO STARTED UP A PODCAST TOGETHER, IF THEY BOTH STICK AROUND IN DETROIT? DAN: I THINK THEY HAVE A MUCH BETTER CHANCE OF BEING MOVED BEFORE THE DEADLINE THAN VOID. — MATT BOYD. STEPHEN: THAT MAKES TOTAL SENSE. I UNDERSTAND THAT DETROIT IS A LITTLE BIT AWAY FROM WINNING, BUT AT SOME POINT, YOU’VE GOT TO SAY, WE ARE DONE COLLECTING ASSETS, LET’S TRY TO START WINNING BALLGAMES. MAYBE MATT BOYD, WITH ALL THE YOUNG PITCHERS THEY HAVE IN THE SYSTEM, CAN HELP THEM DO THAT. DAN: MOST OF MORE LYSING THING FOR A TEAM THAT IS LOSING IS NOT HAVING QUALITY STARTING PITCHING. YOU GO INTO THE BULLPEN BY THE THIRD INNING, THREE OR FOUR NIGHTS A WEEK. IT DEMORALIZES YOUR TEAM. IT DEMORALIZES YOUR ORGANIZATION. MORE IMPORTANTLY, IT DEMORALIZES YOUR FAN BASE WHEN YOU ARE DOWN 6-0 IN THE SIXTH INNING FOR FIVE TIMES A WEEK. STEPHEN: LET’S LOOK AT THE ANGELS. THEY ARE FIVE GAMES OUT OF THE SECOND WILD-CARD SPOT. THEY WANT PITCHING. THEY NEED PITCHING BADLY. DAN: THAT IS THEIR ACHILLES HEEL. IT IS REALLY WHAT HAS BEEN THERE ACHILLES HEEL. YOU LOOK AT ALL OF THE REALLY GOOD ANGELS TEAMS THAT MIKE SCIOSCIA — YOU GO BACK TO THE WORLD SERIES — THEY HAD GUYS LIKE JOHN LACKEY. THEY WERE AN AMERICAN LEAGUE TEAM THAT WAS TRAPPED IN AN N.L. BODY. [LAUGHTER] STEPHEN: I LIKE THAT. DAN: THEY COULD PITCH AND CATCH AND THROW. NOW THEY HAVE TO LIVE BY IT. ALBERT PUJOLS, MIKE TROUT, KOLE CALHOUN. THEY NEED TO OUTSCORE MEDIOCRE STARTING PITCHING. STEPHEN: WITH THE HALOS HAVE DONE OVER THE LAST MONTH AS THEY HAVE GONE THROUGH SOMETHING THAT GOES WELL BEYOND BASEBALL, LOSING A TEAMMATE AND BROTHER IN TYLER SKAGGS, AND THEY HAVE MANAGED TO COLLECT THEMSELVES AND WIN SOME BALLGAMES, AND THEY ARE STILL IN THE THICK OF THE POSTSEASON RACE. YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOOK FAR DOWN THE STANDINGS. YOU DON’T HAVE TO LOOK FAR IN OUR BROADCAST TO FIND J.P. MOROSI. HE HAS ANOTHER GUEST, NIKO GOODRUM. J.P.: AN EMOTIONAL TIME OF THE YEAR WITH THE TRADE DEADLINE COMING UP. IT OPENS UP A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRACTICAL JOKES. HAS ANYBODY HAD A GOOD ONE ABOUT SOMEONE GETTING TRADED?>>NOT YET. THIS IS MY SECOND TIME DEALING WITH THE TRADE DEADLINE. YOU HAVE BACK AND FORTH SAYING COMING YOU ARE GOING HERE, YOU ARE GOING HERE, BUT I CAN’T THINK OF ONE YET. J.P.: YOU ARE HERE FOR EARLY HITTING AFTER A FLIGHT IN FROM SEATTLE AND THE WHOLE TEAM IS HERE. WHAT DOES THAT SAY ABOUT THE ENERGY YOU STILL HAVE IS A CLUB EVEN AT THIS TOUGH STAGE OF A SEASON?>>EVERYONE IS TRYING TO GET BETTER EVERY DAY. THAT IS WHAT IT IS ABOUT. YOU DON’T SEE THE RESULTS THE NEXT DAY WHEN YOU WANT TO MAYBE, BUT YOU KEEP THAT GOING DAY IN AND DAY OUT AND RESULTS WILL COME. THAT IS A TOUGH THING. YOU EXPECT THE RESULTS THE NEXT DAY OR THE NEXT WEEK, AND SOMETIMES IT TAKES A LITTLE LONGER. WE ARE WORKING EVERY DAY AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO STOP. STEPHEN: YOU HAVE PLAY BEHIND MATTHEW BOYD TWO SEASONS. WHAT IS IT LIKE TO PLAY BEHIND HIM? WHAT DOES HE BRING TO YOUR CLUB?>>THE COMPETES. HE IS TOUGH. OFF THE FIELD, HE IS THIS KIND DUDE, BUT ON THE FIELD, HE GETS AFTER IT AND HE DOMINATES. USUALLY, IT IS A ONE-TO-THREE INNING WHEN WE GO OUT THERE BEHIND HIM — 1-2-3 INNING WHEN WE GO OUT THERE BEHIND HIM. J.P.: I WANT TO ASK YOU ABOUT YOUR FAVORITE MOMENT OF THE WHOLE SEASON, YOUR FIVE-HIT GAME IN YOUR HOME CITY OF ATLANTA. WHAT DID IT MEAN TO DO THAT IN FRONT OF YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY? 30 MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY THERE. WHAT DOES THAT THEY NEED TO YOU?>>IT WAS RIGHT ON WITH GETTING DRAFTED. GETTING DRAFTED IS THE HIGHLIGHT . DOING IT IN FRONT OF FRIENDS AND FAMILY THAT HAVE NOTHING TO PLAY SINCE HIGH SCHOOL. BEING ABLE TO DO THAT IN MY HOME STATE AND PUT ON A SHOW FOR THEM , IT WAS PRETTY AMAZING. STEPHEN: OUR THANKS TO NIKO GOODRUM AND J.P. MOROSI. STORYLINES AHEAD OF THE AND A LEAGUE IN THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE, MIGUEL CABRERA — MLB GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE, MIGUEL CABRERA ONE OF THE BEST RIGHT-HANDED HITTERS EVER. HE HAS NOT BEEN FULLY HEALTHY. THE POWER NUMBERS HAVE NOT BEEN WHAT WE HAVE COME TO EXPECT OUT OF MIGUEL CABRERA. USED TO THINK BACK TO SEVEN YEARS AGO, HE AND TROUT HAD THAT EPIC M.V.P. BATTLE. HE WON THE TRIPLE CROWN. FATHER TIME IS UNDEFEATED. DO YOU THINK IT HAS FINALLY BEATEN MIGUEL CABRERA? DAN: IT IS BEATING THEM DOWN. IN ANY SPORT, WHETHER IT IS BASEBALL, BASKETBALL, FOOT, ALL FIGURE SKATE — FOOTBALL, FIGURE SKATING, HE DOES NOT HAVE THE BASE IN HIS KNEES THAT YOU NEED. WHEN YOU WATCH HIM SWING, FIVE HOME RUNS IN THE YEAR. THIS IS A GUY THAT CAN HIT FIVE HOME RUNS IN A WEEKEND SERIES WHEN HE WAS ON A ROLL. ALBERT PUJOLS, THERE IS A LOOK AT KING ALBERT. TWO GUYS THAT OVER TIME THE WEAR AND TEAR OF PLAYING EVERY DAY, BEING THE MAN IN THE LINEUP — GIVE ALBERT PUJOLS CREDIT. A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN SHOTS AT HIM. ALL THE NEW METRICS SAYING HE IS THE WORST POSITION PLAYER IN BASEBALL. THAT IS A CRIME. HE IS PRODUCTIVE WITH THE BAT. HE IS A LEADER. HE IS STILL BEING PRODUCTIVE, BUT HE IS NOT THE SAME PLAYER FROM SEVEN OR EIGHT YEARS AGO. STEPHEN: BUT WHAT HE HAS DONE IN HIS EVOLVING ROLE, HE HAS SHOWN US HE IS NOT DONE YET. IT HAS GIVEN ME HOPE FOR 2020 AS THE ANGELS DEFINITELY WANT TO COMPETE. DAN: LISTEN, HE IS WHAT HE IS. THEY TRY TO KEEP HIM OFF THE FIELD, OFF FIRST BASE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. HE HAS HAD SOME ISSUES WITH HIS KNEE AND HIS FEET. IT IS A DH PRIMARILY AT THIS POINT IN HIS CAREER, BUT HE CAN STILL HIT. MIGUEL CABRERA ON THE OTHER SIDE, IT IS HARD IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE, HE JUST PHYSICALLY IS NOT ABLE TO DO MECHANICALLY WITH HIS SWING WHAT HE USED TO BE ABLE TO DO. IT IS HARD TO WATCH AT TIMES BECAUSE AS A FORMER PITCHER, I’VE FACED BOTH OF THESE GUYS AND I KNOW WHAT IT IS LIKE TO LOOK 60 FEET, 6 INCHES AWAY FROM THEM. THAT IS NOT THE GUY MOST PITCHERS HAVE SEEN. STEPHEN: THIS IS A TOUGH QUESTION TO ANSWER. MAYBE IT IS EASY. MIGUEL CABRERA IS STILL OWED IT CRON OF MONEY — A TON OF MONEY FROM 2023. DO YOU THINK YOU WOULD BENEFIT FROM PLAYING IN AN ATMOSPHERE WHERE YOU ARE COMPETING FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP? DAN: PROBABLY. BUT I DON’T KNOW IF HIS BODY IS LETTING HIM COOPERATE TO BE THE PLAYER HE WANTS TO BE. SOONER OR LATER, MY FEAR IS HE IS GOING TO LOOK UP AND SAY, I HIT 8 HOME RUNS FOR THE YEAR. HE IS PLAYING EVERY DAY, BUT THE PRODUCTION IS NOT THERE. I HOPE HE DOES NOT GET DOWN ON HIMSELF. STEPHEN: THIS IS THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE SCHEDULE. YOU HAVE SO MANY GAMES, SO MANY DIFFERENT MARKET, TEAMS, FRANCHISES, PLACES IN THE STANDINGS. THAT IS WHAT WE LOVE ABOUT THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BE TOGETHER WITH YOU LIVE ON YOUTUBE. THE ONLY GAME ON THE WEEK LIVE. THE TEAM HAS THE CALL. ENJOY IT. ♪>>HERE IS THE PITCH.>>DRIVES IT!>>WHAT A PLAY!>>ARE YOU KIDDING ME? OH MY!>>IT IS A WARM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SUMMER NIGHT. PERFECT FOR BASEBALL. THE BIG A IS READY. SO ARE WE. WELCOME. THE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK ON YOUTUBE. MIKE TROUT AND THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS HOST THE DETROIT TIGERS. AND THIS OPENS A THREE-GAME SERIES. I’M RICH WALTZ, WELCOME TO SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. TWO TEAMS IN VERY DIFFERENT SPOTS, THE DETROIT TIGERS ARE IN YEAR TWO OF A DEEP REBUILD. THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS SCRATCHING AND CLAWING AND TRYING TO STAY IN THE A.L. WILD-CARD RACE. ALL OF THIS IS HAPPENING FROM 48 HOURS — 48 HOURS FROM THE TRADE DEADLINE. IF YOU ARE BRAND-NEW TO MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL ON YOUTUBE, HERE ARE A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER. WE ARE STREAMING LIVE GLOBALLY ON THE MLB YOUTUBE CHANNEL AND IT IS ALL FOR FREE. WE HAVE A GREAT SCHEDULE STILL IN AUGUST AND IN SEPTEMBER. 1.8 MILLION FANS ARE SUBSCRIBING TO THE MLB YOUTUBE CHANNEL. CLICK ON THE BELL ICON, GET YOURSELF SOME NOTIFICATIONS. YOUTUBE TV CUSTOMERS CAN STREAM LIVE IN THE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL POP-UP WINDOW. I’M JOINED BY AN ALL-STAR CAST TONIGHT. TOM VERDUCCI OF MLB NETWORK AND MARK LANGSTON OF THE ANGELS BROADCAST TEAM. LET’S DIG RIGHT INTO IT. IF THEY ARE GOING TO GET TO THE POSTSEASON, THEY ARE WRITING MIKE TROUT RIGHT NOW AND HE IS DOING IT WITH EVERYTHING. MARK: 2019, CAN THE BEST PLAYER IN BASEBALL RAISES GAME A LITTLE BIT MORE? APPARENTLY SO. MIKE TROUT CAN DO IT ALL. NOBODY GETS A BETTER JUMP ON THE BASEBALL THAN MIKE TROUT. HE CAN GO AFTER ANYTHING IN THE HELP FIELD. IF IT IS IN THE AIR, IT IS GOING TO END UP IN HIS GLOVE. GREAT PLAYS OVER HIS HEAD, HE CAN CLIMB THE WALL. NOW THE ARM STRENGTH. THIS IS SOMETHING HE HAS WORKED HARD ON THIS YEAR, BEING ABLE TO THROW GUYS OUT AT THE PLATE AND ALLOW GUYS NOT TO TAKE THAT EXTRA BASE. YOU SEE THE 98.6 MILES PER HOUR. HE IS STILL TALKING ABOUT THAT. AS FAR AS THE SPEED FACTOR, HE IS A GUY THAT CAN STEAL 20 BASES IN HIS SLEEP. HE CAN STEAL BAGS THAT WILL. GOING DOWN TO FIRST BASE, HE PUTS THAT ADDED PRESSURE ON THE DEFENSE EVERY TIME HE PUTS THE BALL IN PLAY. THEY KNOW HOW FAST HE IS. POWER, HE HAS A LOT OF IT. THIS YEAR, MORE BALLS WITH THE EXIT VELOCITY OF AT LEAST 114 THAN ANYBODY IN THE GAME OF BASEBALL. HE HAS THE POWER, THE SHORT, COMPACT SWING. IT IS FUN TO WATCH ON A NIGHTLY BASIS. THE BEST PLAYER IN BASEBALL AND HE CERTAINLY IS PUSHING THE BALL UP HIGHER. RICH: IF YOU WANT TO PROJECTS THE 2019 NUMBERS, HE IS ON PACE FOR 51 HOMERS. THESE ARE VIDEOGAME NUMBERS. HE HAS PUT THESE NUMBERS ARE CONSISTENTLY IN HIS CAREER. MARK: HE CERTAINLY HAS. HE HAS TIED HIS CAREER HIGH AS FAR AS HOME RUNS. 12 HOME RUNS IN THE MONTH OF JULY. 28 R.B.I.’S IS A NEW CAREER HIGH FOR MIKE TROUT. RICH: ALL RIGHT, TOM VERDUCCI. LET’S DO THE TIGERS. THE TRADE DEADLINE IS ON WEDNESDAY. TOM’S PHONE HAS VIBRATED THREE TIMES SINCE HE HAS COME ON CAMERA. TOM: WILL THE DEEP REBUILD GET ANY DEEPER FOR THE TIGERS? TOM: I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I LOVE DINERS. THEY HAVE EVERYTHING IN THE MENU. THAT IS WHAT THE TIGERS HAVE. YOU WANT A STARTING PITCHER WITH SWING AND MISS STUFF? THEY HAVE MATTHEW BOYD. WITH THAT SLIDER, HE HAS BECOME ANOTHER PATRICK CORBIN. HOW ABOUT IF YOU NEEDED POWER BAT IN THE MIDDLE OF YOUR LINEUP? NICHOLAS CASTILLO’S IS YOUR GUY — NICO CASTELLANOS IS YOUR GUY. IF YOU WANT A CLOSER, EVEN AN EIGHTH-INNING GUY TO GET YOU TO THE NINTH, SHANE GREENE IS YOUR GUY. ALL-STAR SEASON, LOWEST E.R.A. AMONG RELIEF PITCHERS. THE DETROIT TIGERS, MAYBE IT IS NOT THE RECORD THEY WANT, BUT THIS IS A TEAM THAT HAS SOME OF THE MOST VALUABLE TRADE CHIPS AT A REALLY IMPORTANT TIME OF THE YEAR. BOYD IS CONTROLLED THROUGH 2022. CASTELLANOS AND GREENE ARE MORE IN PLAY. CASTELLANOS IS A FREE AGENT AT THE END OF THE SEASON. THE NEXT TWO DAYS WILL BE A BUSY TIME FOR THE DETROIT TIGERS. WE GET TO 4:00 ON WEDNESDAY, IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHO IS HERE AND WHO IS NOT. RICH: BECAUSE TOM IS CALLING THE GAME TONIGHT, HE CANNOT WATCHES IPHONE THE ENTIRE NIGHT, THAT IS WHY WE HAVE THE PRIDE OF MICHIGAN HERE, JAVY MOROSI. J.P.: THANKS. A LOT OF INTEREST IN MOUND THE MAJOR LEAGUES IN MATTHEW BOYD. THE QUESTION NOW COMES, AT WHAT PRICE? WE MAY HAVE GOTTEN A BIT OF AN INDICATION YESTERDAY WITH THE SURPRISING TRADE OF MARCUS STROMAN TO THE NEW YORK METS. HERE WERE THE DETAILS. THAT RIGHT THERE, THE RETURN FOR STROMAN IS IMPORTANT. THE BLUE JAYS DID NOT GET ANY OF THE TOP PROSPECTS IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES. WHAT THAT SAYS IS THAT MAYBE THE GOING RATE FOR A TOP STARTING PITCHER IS NOT QUITE AS HIGH AS THE TIGERS HAD HOPED. MAYBE A COUPLE MORE DAYS OF SHOPPING FOR G.M. AL AVILA AND HIS STAFF. THE TIGERS, NICO CASTELLANOS, THE SPOT I’M HEARING FOR HIM RIGHT NOW IS THE CHICAGO CUBS. WE WILL SEE IF THAT IS WHERE HE ENDS UP. BACK TO YOU. RICH: WE WILL CHECK IN WITH YOU ALL NIGHT LONG. HERE ARE THE TIGERS. THERE ARE SOME FAMILIAR NAMES STRUGGLED IN. YOU HAVE NIKO GOODRUM. MIGUEL CABRERA STRUGGLING, ESPECIALLY WITH THE RIGHT KNEE. CASTELLANOS, CHRISTIN STEWART. THE VETERAN JORDY MERCER IS IN THE NINTH SPOT. STARTING PITCHING DEPTH HAS BEEN AN ISSUE FOR THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS. JAIME BARRIA TAKES THE MOUND. MARTIN LANGSTON — MARK LANGSTON, WHAT WILL WE SEE TONIGHT? MARK: THIS YEAR, IT HAS BEEN BACK AND FORTH FROM TRIPLE-A SALT LAKE. HIS LAST THREE STARTS HAVE BEEN REALLY GOOD. 2.40 E.R.A. IN HIS LAST THREE STARTS. THEY HAVE NOT BEEN QUITE IN A ROW THE WAY THE ANGELS HAVE USED HIM. WHEN HE GETS THE OPPORTUNITY TO ACTUALLY JUST BE A STARTING PITCHER, THE NUMBERS ARE ACTUALLY PRETTY GOOD. HE IS COMING OFF HIS BEST START OF THE SEASON AGAINST THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS, THE BEST TEAM IN THE GAME OF BASEBALL. HE GOT A WIN, FIVE INNINGS, THREE HITS, JUST ONE RUN ALLOWED AGAINST THE DODGERS LAST WEDNESDAY. RICH: THAT WORD JUST HAS BEEN A POPULAR ONE AROUND HERE. AS IN, IF THE ANGELS JUST HAD SOME PITCHING OVER THE LENGTH OF THE MIKE TROUT ERA, THEY WOULD HAVE A LOT MORE POSTSEASON APPEARANCES. THEY CAN SCORE RUNS, IT IS ON THE MOUND THAT THEY ARE STRUGGLING. TOM: NO DOUBT. NEVER IN THE TOP HALF IN THE LEAGUE IN E.R.A. SINCE MIKE TROUT GOT HERE. INTERESTING TO SEE HOW LONGORIA CAN GO — JAIME BARRIA CAN GO. THIS IS A TEAM THAT GETS THE FEWEST INNINGS OUT OF THEIR STARTERS OF ANY TEAM IN BASEBALL. HE COULD HELP TONIGHT. MARK: CERTAINLY A GUY COME YOU GOT TO REMEMBER, HE IS ONLY 23 YEARS OLD. STILL, A REALLY YOUNG PLAYER AT THE MAJOR LEAGUE LEVEL. RICH: JACOBY JONES IN THE BOX. NIKO GOODRUM AND MIGUEL CABRERA SCHEDULED TO APPEAR IN THE FIRST. BARRIA STARTS WITH A FASTBALL. BOTH OF THESE TEAMS WERE INVOLVED IN WALKOFFS YESTERDAY. THE TIGERS WERE WALKED OFF IN SEATTLE. THE ANGELS THEMSELVES WALKING OFF WITH A WIN HERE YESTERDAY TO SALVAGE ONE OF FOUR AGAINST THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES. THAT ONE FOULED BACK TO THE SCREEN. MARK: THAT WAS A VERY DIFFICULT SERIES FOR THE ANGELS. THEY JUST CAME OFF AN EMOTIONAL TWO-GAME SWEEP OF THE DODGERS IN DODGER STADIUM. HAD A TON OF MOMENTUM AND THEY RAN INTO A 16-INNING GAME ON THURSDAY NIGHT. THEY HAD TO USE THEIR NEXT A STARTER AND THEY PAID THE PRICE FOR IT THE ENTIRE SERIES. TOM: THAT IS A GOOD TAKE RIGHT THERE. THE TIGERS SWING OUTSIDE THE ZONE MORE THAN ANY TEAM. BARRIA IS GOING TO THROW A TON OF SLIDERS TRYING TO GET CHASE SWINGS. DISCIPLINE IS HUGE FOR DETROIT. RICH: STRIKE THREE CALLED. WHAT IS YOUR SCOUTING REPORT ON THIS RIGHT-HANDER? MARK: JAIME BARRIA USED HIS FASTBALL A LOT MORE THAN WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST IN HIS LAST START. HE IS SLIDER-HAPPY. CLOSE TO 50% AS FAR AS SLIDER USAGE. HE HAS TO ESTABLISH THAT FASTBALL EARLY. FINISH HIS SLIDER. GET OUT IN FRONT AND EXECUTE. CERTAINLY, YOU DON’T WANT TO LEAVE THAT BALL OF THE MIDDLE OF THE PLATE. THEN PICK UP WHERE HE LEFT OFF IN THAT START AGAINST THE DODGERS. RICH: SWITCHHITTING NIKO GOODRUM, WHO IS HOT RIGHT NOW — AN EIGHT-GAME HIT STREAK. CABRERA ON DECK. GOODRUM IS ONE OF THE YOUNG PLAYERS GETTING A CHANCE TO PLAY, GETTING A LOT OF AT-BATS. HE HAS HAD SOME MOMENTS THIS YEAR. WHAT WAS IT RON GARDENHIRE TOLD US BEFORE THE BALLGAME? THERE ARE SOME TOOLS HERE. THERE ARE SOME GUYS THAT CAN PLAY AT THIS LEVEL. GOODRUM WAS ONE OF THE NAMES HE MENTIONED. TOM: HE IS A VALUABLE CHIP BECAUSE HE CAN PLAY ALL OVER THE FIELD. AS A HITTER, HE HAS EXTREMELY FAST HANDS. VERY QUICK TO THE BASEBALL. NUMBER TWO IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES AGAINST HIGH VELOCITY FASTBALLS. BARRIA IS NOT GOING TO FLASH 95-PLUS. BUT YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO THROW A TON OF SLIDERS ANYWAY BECAUSE THIS GUY CAN TIME A JET PLANE. RICH: RIGHT NOW, THE TIGERS ARE IN THE THROES OF A REAL SLUMP IN A SEASON THAT HAS FELT LIKE A SLUMP. THE TIGERS HAVE DROPPED 12 OF THEIR LAST 13, 2-17 THIS MONTH. THEY WERE SWEPT IN SEATTLE. FOUR-GAME SERIES. TOM: BIBLICAL. 40 DAYS AND 40 NIGHTS, THEY HAVE WON FOUR TIMES. NOT A LOT OF HANDSHAKING AFTER GAMES. MARK: THAT IS VERY HARD TO DOMARK:. RICH: GOODRUM FIGHTS THAT PITCH OFF. MARK: AGAINST THE A.L. WEST, THE A.L. WEST IS STILL THE BEST DIVISION IN ALL OF BASEBALL, THEY HAVE FOUR TEAMS THAT ARE .500 OR BETTER. WITH THAT BEING SAID, THE A.L. WEST HAS DOMINATED THE TIGERS THIS YEAR. THEY ARE 1-15 AGAINST THE A.L. WEST THIS YEAR. THEIR ONE WIN AGAINST THE ANGELS BACK IN DETROIT AND MATTHEW BOYD WAS ON THE MOUND FOR THE TIGERS. RICH: THERE IS THE BAT SPEED YOU TALKED ABOUT. TOM: YES, YOU GOT A GOOD LOOK AT THAT. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO SEE THE HIGH VELO FROM BARRIA. FILLING INSIDE AFTER A STEADY DIET OF SLIDERS, STILL WAS NOT ABLE TO GET THAT BY NICO — NIKO. MARK: AS A PITCHER, THAT IS WHAT YOU HAVE TO SHOW. YOU HAVE TO SHOW THEM INSIDE. AS QUICK AS HE IS, YOU ARE PRETTY MUCH GOING TO GET A FOUL BALL OFF OF THAT. RICH: GOOD CHANGEUP. A PAIR OF STRIKEOUTS. MARK: THAT IS WHAT THAT DOES. YOU SPEED THAT BAT UP. THE PITCH BEFORE, HE HITS IT HARD. YOU SEE THE BAT UP. BEHIND IT, YOU COME BACK WITH THE CHANGEUP. IT GETS GOODRUM WAY OUT IN FRONT. RICH: FOR THOSE OF US THAT HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WATCHING MIGUEL CABRERA THROUGHOUT HIS HALL OF FAME CAREER, THIS YEAR HAS BEEN FRUSTRATING TO WATCH. HARD TO WATCH AT TIMES BECAUSE YOU KNOW HE IS NOT HEALTHY. IT WAS A TRICEP INJURY LAST YEAR THAT KEPT HIM OUT. WHAT IS HURTING HIM RIGHT NOW ARE CHRONIC INJURIES IN THAT RIGHT KNEE. HE JUST HAS NO POWER. THE INABILITY TO LOAD. HE STILL IS A GREAT CONTACT HITTER. THAT WORD DOES NOT BELONG IN THE SAME SENTENCE. CABRERA TO CENTER. HE DRIVES IT OUT TO CENTER FIELD! HOW ABOUT THAT? MARK: YOU COULD NOT HAVE TEED THAT AT ANY BETTER. CABRERA SAYING, I’M NOT JUST A SINGLES HITTER. THIS IS A FASTBALL AT 92. THIS LOOKS LIKE A LITTLE BIT MORE TOWARD THE END. TROUT, SO MANY TIMES WE HAVE SEEN HIM PULL THESE BALL THAT. HE WAS UNABLE TO DO IT. PUTS THE TIGERS ON THE BOARD. RICH: HE LET EVERYBODY KNOW AROUND THE BASES THAT HE HAS STILL GOT IT. TOM: THIS IS DOUBLING UP ON THE FASTBALL AWAY. NOT DRIVING THROUGH THE BASEBALL IS WHERE THE LACK OF POWER COMES FROM. HE IS STILL SO QUICK TO THE BASEBALL BUT HE CAN STILL GENERATE ENOUGH POWER, NOT NEARLY THE SAME. RICH: ONLY HIS SIXTH HOME RUN. HE HAD GONE 58 AT-BATS WITHOUT A HOME RUN. HIS SLUGGING PERCENTAGE OPENED THE NIGHT AT .363. MARK: HE IS REALLY UPSET ABOUT SOMETHING. IT WAS NOT POLITE CONVERSATIONS GOING AROUND THE BASES. HE WAS JAWING TO GARNEAU. RICH: CASTELLANOS BACK TO THE MOUND. BARRIA FLIPS TO FIRST. MIGUEL CABRERA FLASHING THE POWER OF OLD. GOES TO DEAD CENTER. THE TIGERS OPEN UP THIS THREE-GAME SERIES. HE IS STEAMED RIGHT NOW. 1-0, DETROIT LEAD. LET’S SEE IF WE CAN CATCH SOME OF THE DIALOGUE FROM CABRERA WHEN HE CROSSED HOME PLATE. TOM: HE IS A GUY WHO LIKES TO HAVE FUN WHEN HE PLAYS THE GAME. IT IS HARD TO TELL WHEN HE IS PLAYING WITH PEOPLE AND WHEN HE IS ACTUALLY A LITTLE PERTURBED. THERE IS A LITTLE CONVERSATION. I THINK IT WAS A ONE-WAY CONVERSATION. GARNEAU SAYING, WHAT? MARK: ARE YOU TALKING TO ME? YOU CAN SEE HE HAS A SMILE ON HIS FACE. THEY CAN BE — MAYBE CABRERA KNOWS THAT BARRIA IS A GUY WHO CAN GET HIS OUTS WITH SLIDERS. THEY CHALLENGED IN WITH FASTBALLS. CERTAINLY ABLE TO HIT THE SECOND ONE OUT TO DEAD CENTER. RICH: HE IS A VERY PROUD MAN. 471 CAREER HOME RUNS. TOM: TO ME, HE AND ALBERT PUJOLS , I WANT TO SAY THEY ARE THE MOST REPRESENTATIVE HITTERS THAT THEIR POSITION. MAYBE AN EARLY ALBERT, TAKING FASTBALLS AND HITTING TO RIGHT FIELD AND THEN PULLING BREAKING PITCHES. IT IS A GREAT APPROACH TO TAKE. RICH: LATER ON IN THE SHOW, WE WILL HAVE THEM BOTH TOGETHER SITTING DOWN AND TALKING ABOUT EACH OTHER. TOM: CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR THAT. RICH: DAVID FLETCHER IS HAVING A NICE YEAR. MIKE TROUT IS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE GAME. SHOHEI OHTANI IN THE THREE SPOT. JUSTIN UPTON IS BACK FROM AN INJURY. KOLE CALHOUN IN THE FIVE SPOT. PUJOLS IS DOWN AT SIX. INTERACTION SIMMONS AT SEVEN. MATT THAISS, THE PRIDE OF VIRGINIA, THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WALKOFF HOMER, AND TWO HOMERS YESTERDAY. GARNEAU IS IN THE NINTH SPOT. JORDAN ZIMMERMANN, TALK ABOUT TRYING TO RECAPTURE YOUR PAST. THAT IS WITH ZIMMERMAN IS TRYING TO DO, FIGHTING THROUGH WHAT HAS BEEN AN INJURY-FILLED RUN IN DETROIT. POPS IN A FASTBALL AT 90 TWO DAVID FLETCHER. FLETCHER ARRIVED IN THE BIG LEAGUES LAST YEAR, 80 GAMES. THIS HAS BEEN SOMEWHAT OF A BUST OUT YEAR. THERE IS ONE OUT. MARK: YOU TALKED ABOUT DAVID FLETCHER. ONE OF THE REASONS MIKE TROUT IS DRIVING IN AS MANY RUNS AS HE IS THIS YEAR IS BECAUSE OF THE PERSONNEL AROUND HIM. FLETCHER IS A BIG PART OF THAT. TROUT HAS HAD MORE HOME RUNS WITH GUYS ON BASE THEN IT ANY OTHER JUNCTURE IN HIS CAREER. HIS TEAMMATES ARE A BIG PART OF WHY MIKE TROUT IS HAVING THE MONSTER YEAR THAT HE IS. RICH: TROUT FOULS IT BACK. WE SAW THE –WE SAW THE SCOUTING REPORT. TOM: I LOOKED UP MARK’S EIGHT TRACK COLLECTION. SOME OF THE BIGGEST ROCKERS OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. THE GREAT TIM BUCKLEY FROM SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. ONCE I WAS. JUST ONCE IN MY LIFE, AS THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS HANG, JORDAN ZIMMERMANN ONCE A WIN. RICH: TROUT INTO LEFT FIELD AND THAT IS A BASE HIT. TOM: 17 STARTS IN A ROW WITHOUT A WIN FOR JORDAN ZIMMERMANN. NOT ONCE IN HIS LIFE, BUT IT SEEMS THAT WAY. MARK: IN THAT WEARS ON YOU AS A STARTING PITCHER. WHEN YOU ARE SCUFFLING. CERTAINLY, YOU ARE ALMOST EXPECTING THINGS TO GO WRONG AND HAYWIRE. INJURIES HAVE PLAYED A BIG PART OF WHAT YOU TALKED ABOUT. THIS IS A GUY THAT USED TO BLOW 97 MILES PER HOUR. DOES NOT HAVE THAT VELOCITY ANYMORE. THAT IS THE ADJUSTMENT YOU HAVE TO MAKE WHEN YOU GET A LITTLE LONGER IN THE TOOTH AND YOU DON’T HAVE THAT POWER FASTBALL. YOU’VE GOT TO LEARN TO BE A LITTLE MORE EFFICIENT ON CORNERS. JORDAN ZIMMERMANN IS IN THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO FIGURE THAT OUT. RICH: LANGSTON TOOK US THROUGH ALL THE TOOLS. TROUT IS 8-10 IN STOLEN BASES. BY STATCAST, HE IS THE 15TH FASTEST PLAYERS FOOT SPEED. SHOHEI OHTANI FOULS THAT ONE BACK.>>WE HAVE BEEN DYING FOR A RACE. I DON’T KNOW WHICH ONE IS QUICKER. THAT QUICK STEP. ONCE THE BIG, LONG LEGS OF SHOHEI GET ROLLING, HE IS INCREDIBLY QUICK. RICH: I WOULD PAY TO WATCH THAT. THAT IS BETTER THAN PHIL AND TIGER. TOM: GO TO VEGAS OR SOMEPLACE. RICH: LISTEN, TROUT AND OHTANI ARE HEADACHES FOR MANY PITCHERS, BUT FOR JORDAN ZIMMERMANN ESPECIALLY BECAUSE YOU NEED VELOCITY UP. THE DIALOGUE CONTINUES. [LAUGHTER] RICH: JORDAN DOES NOT REALLY HAVE VELOCITY PERIOD, ESPECIALLY UP IN THE ZONE. TWO EXCELLENT BREAKING BALL HITTERS DOWN IN THE ZONE BACK-TO-BACK FOR THE ANGELS. JAVY MOROSI IS DEPTH — J.P. MOROSI IS DOWN IN THE TIGERS BULLPEN –DUGOUT. J.P.: WE ARE TALKING ABOUT HOW HE IS HOLDING HIM ON TROUT. OH. RICH: GOODRUM, MERCER, AND A BULLET OF A DOUBLE PLAY. J.P.: HOW ABOUT THAT? SO, TO CONTINUE, MIGUEL, WHEN HE CAME OVER AFTER THE HOME RUN, HE SMILED AT ME AND HE SAID THAT WOULD BE THE THIRD OUT IN DETROIT. [LAUGHTER] J.P.: OF COURSE, THEY HAVE AN EXPANSIVE CENTER FIELD. 420 TO CENTER FIELD. IT HAS BECOME A CONVERSATION TOPIC IN RECENT DAYS. QUITE LITERALLY, HE IS CORRECT. IT IS 396, JUST OVER THE WALL. 420 IN DETROIT. HE IS HAVING A GOOD TIME. THE CONVERSATION YOU SAW WITH ALBERT AROUND FIRST BASE, WE HAVE BEEN WATCHING MIGUEL PLAY FOR A LONG TIME, THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT HIM WHEN HE IS AROUND THE OTHER GREATS OF HIS GENERATION, HE BECOMES MORE ANIMATED. HE GETS MORE EXCITED. I THINK FOR MIGUEL CABRERA, IN THE MIDST OF A TOUGH YEAR, BEING ON THE FIELD WITH A MAN THAT HE GREW UP IDOLIZING IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN MANY WAYS, ALBERT PUJOLS, AND THE MAN HE BATTLED FOR M.V.P.’S WITH, MIKE TROUT, IT HAS A WAY OF BRINGING OUT THE VERY BEST IN HIM. IT IS A VERY FUN-LOVING COMPETITION. I DON’T THINK IT WAS MEAN-SPIRITED. I THINK IT WAS MIGUEL ENJOYING THE GAME AND SPEAKING WITH SOMEONE HE HAS KNOWN FOR MORE THAN A DECADE. RICH: GOOD STUFF. PUJOLS, CABRERA. WITH TROUT, WE HAVE SEVEN M.V.P. AWARDS IN THIS GAME. HOW OFTEN DO YOU HAVE THREE M.V.P.’S IN THE SAME BALLGAME THESE DAYS? MARK: YOU HAVE THREE POTENTIAL HALL OF FAMERS. ALBERT IS A SHOO-IN. I THINK CABRERA IS A SHOO-IN. TROUT IS DEFINITELY WELL ON HIS WAY. SO, THREE FIRST BALLOT HALL OF FAMERS ARE INVOLVED IN THIS GAME HERE. TOM: MIKE HAS NOT STOLEN A BASE IN A LITTLE MORE THAN A MONTH. HE SLIPPED HIS FIRST STEP AND LOST HIS FOOTING. HE WOULD HAVE HAD A GOOD JUMP TO GET THE BAG ON A BALL THAT TURNED INTO A DOUBLE PLAY. RICH: SHOHEI HIT THAT BALL HARD. TIGERS HAVE THE ONLY RUN HERE. MIGUEL CABRERA HOME RUN TO STRAIGHTAWAY CENTER. A LOOK. CLEANUP. I’LL NINE. — AISLE NINE. THERE IS STILL A OVER THERE. — SPILLAGE OVER THERE. STEWART, CANDELARIO, AND CASTRO FOR THE TIGERS. AGAINST JAIME BARRIA. STEWART, THE 25-YEAR-OLD. TERRIFIC COLLEGE PLAYER AT TENNESSEE. CLIMBED THE LADDER IN THE TIGER ORGANIZATION, WINNING PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD A COUPLE TIMES IN THE MINORS. HE HAS BEEN IN LEFT FIELD SINCE HE HAS BEEN CALLED UP. TOM: YOU TALKED ABOUT TROUT BEING A COMPENSATION PICK. STEWART WAS A COMPENSATION PICK FOR THE TIGERS LOSING MAX SCHERZER. RICH: A COUPLE OF HOPS. PUJOLS WON A GOLD GLOVE AT FIRST BASE. HE FLIPS IT TO BARRIA FOR THE FIRST OUT. MARK: ALBERT DOES NOT HAVE THE ABILITY OR MOBILITY THAT HE USED TO HAVE WHEN HE DID WIN THE GOLD GLOVES, BUT IF IT IS IN THE VICINITY, ALBERT WILL CATCH IT EVERY TIME. HE ALWAYS GIVES THAT PERFECT FLIP TO THE PITCHER COMING OVER. IT IS CHEST HIGH. YOU WANT THAT GOOD FEED. ALBERT ALWAYS DELIVERS IT WITH GOOD PACE AND MAKES IT SO EASY FOR THE PITCHER GETTING OVER THERE. RICH: AS LONG AS WE ARE DOING TV PROGRAMMING. TOM: I WANT A TALK SHOW WITH PUJOLS AND CABRERA. THEY HAVE BEEN GOING AT IT ALL GAME SO FAR. ONGOING CONVERSATION. RICH: WE DON’T HAVE THE LIVE ONE, BUT WE WERE ABLE TO GET THEM TOGETHER FOR A NICE CONVERSATION. MARK: I’M SEEING IT WITH ALBERT MORE AS HE GETS CLOSER TO THE FINISH LINE OF AN ABSOLUTE ONE OF THE GREATEST CAREERS EVER IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME, A LITTLE MORE RELAXED, A LITTLE MORE ENGAGING INTO SOMETHING LIKE THAT. BEFORE, NO WAY, YOU WOULD NOT PENETRATE ALBERT PUJOLS AND HIS FOCUS. NOW, I’M SEEING HIM. MAYBE HE WILL GOOF AROUND WITH SOME OF THE STAR PLAYERS THAT HE HAS KNOWN AND RESPECTS TO THE GAME OF BASEBALL. EARLIER IN HIS CAREER, NO WAY. RICH: CANDELARIO WITH THE 3-0 COUNT. FASTBALL ON THE CORNER. 3-1. SORT OF A SOPHOMORE SLIDE BACK FOR CANDELARIO. HE HAD SOME MOMENTS LAST YEAR IN HIS FIRST FULL MAJOR LEAGUE SEASON. 19 HOMERS, 28 DOUBLES. LIFTS THAT ONE IN THE AIR. OUT OF PLAY. ANAHEIM STADIUM OR THE BIG A. 77 DEGREES AT FIRST PITCH. TYPICAL NIGHT. THIS IS MARK LANGSTON’S HOME BALLPARK. YOU ARE USED TO THIS. MARK: OH YEAH. NOTHING BETTER. THIS IS ONE OF THE GREATEST PLACES TO PLAY THE GAME OF BASEBALL. YOU DON’T HAVE THE WEATHER EVER AS A FACTOR. IT IS A FUN PLACE. IT IS USUALLY A PRETTY GOOD ATMOSPHERE EVERY NIGHT. THEY PACK THEM IN. OVER 3 MILLION PEOPLE COME THROUGH THE GATES I THINK FOR THE LAST 16 STRAIGHT SEASONS. IT IS A PLACE THAT IS VERY DESIRABLE. OBVIOUSLY, MIKE TROUT THOUGHT THAT THROUGH BEFORE HE SIGNED IN THE OFF-SEASON, GOING, THIS IS THE PLACE I WANT TO SPEND THE REST OF MY CAREER. RICH: IN THE AIR. 3-2. THE INFIELD SHIFTED. TROUT COMES IN AND MAKES THE CATCH. LET’S CHECK IN WITH MOROSI. J.P.: AS YOU WERE POINTING OUT, THE CONVERSATION BETWEEN MIGUEL AND ALBERT AFTER THE FIRST AT-BAT OF THE INNING, THE CRITIQUE FROM MIGUEL IN THE DUGOUT WAS SIMPLY [SPEAKING SPANISH] — WHICH IS SIMPLY, “GOLD GLOVE.” MIGUEL HAS ALWAYS ADMIRED ALBERT’S DEFENSE. THE EXAMPLE THAT THEY CITED FOR MIGUEL TO EMULATE WHEN HE STARTED PLAYING FIRST BASE WAS THE GREAT ALBERT PUJOLS. RICH: THANK YOU, J.P. BARRIA GOES TO WORK ON CASTRO. CASTRO, A 25-YEAR-OLD VENEZUELAN. FOR THAT ONE BACK — FOULS THAT ONE BACK. 0-2. SOLO HOMER BY MIGUEL CABRERA. ONLY RUN OF THE BALLGAME. CASTRO A GOOD CONTACT GUY. ANOTHER INTRIGUING PIECE FOR THE TIGERS. MARK: THIS IS THE TYPE OF YEAR FOR THE TIGERS, THEY ARE GOING TO TAKE PEAKS THAT EVERYBODY — PEEKS AT EVERYBODY IN THEIR ORGANIZATION, THAT THEY PROBABLY WOULD NOT HAVE LOOKED AT HAD THEY BEEN IN THE RACE. THIS IS A LOOK AT WHO YOU WANT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH. CASTRO IS ONE OF THOSE GUYS, HOW DO YOU FIT AT THE MAJOR LEAGUE LEVEL. RICH: BARRIA IS FROM PANAMA. HE SAID HIS SWING REMIND SOME OF ROD CAREW. TOM: SMOOTH AND EASY. BUT THERE WAS ONLY ONE ROD CAREW. RICH: BARRIA STRIKES OUT HAROLD CASTRO. THE TIGERS HAVE A RUN ON THE CABRERA HOME RUN. THE ANGELS SEASON HAS BEEN A VERY DIFFICULT ONE AT TIMES. THE TRAGIC DEATH OF TYLER SKAGGS ON JUNE 12. THE ANGELS HONORED THEIR FALLEN TEAMMATE. THE MOST APPROPRIATE WAY WITH ONE THEY NEVER COULD HAVE SCRIPTED.>>ANGELS FANS HONORING TYLER SKAGGS ON THE FIRST HOME GAME ANGELS HAVE BEEN BACK AT THE BIG A.>>CONSOLED BY THE REST OF THE ANGELS PLAYERS. GOING TO BE AN EMOTIONAL NIGHT.>>WHILE THE GRIEVING CONTINUES, THE ANGELS AND MARINERS JOIN FANS ACROSS THE BASEBALL COMMUNITY IN REMEMBERING THIS YOUNG MAN.>>A WELL HIT BALL. LEFT CENTER FIELD. GOODBYE, BASEBALL.>>LOOKING UP, SHOWING HIS LOVE.>>THE BALLGAME IS OVER! THE ANGELS HAVE NO-HIT SEATTLE TONIGHT. 13-0.>>ON A NIGHT WHERE THE ANGELS HONORED TYLER SKAGGS.>>THAT IS ONE OF THE MOST SPECIAL MOMENTS I’VE BEEN A PART OF ON A MAJOR LEAGUE FIELD IN 25 YEARS.>>LIKE I SAID, THIS IS FOR HIM, HIS FAMILY. CAN’T MAKE THIS STUFF UP. WE OBVIOUSLY LOVED HIM. IT IS JUST A VERY EMOTIONAL NIGHT FOR ALL OF US. RICH: MARK LANGSTON, YOU CALLED THAT GAME. JUST A SURREAL NIGHT HERE AT THE BIG A. MARK: CERTAINLY WAS. I CANNOT EVEN WATCH THAT VIDEO. IT IS STILL EMOTIONAL. IT IS AN OPEN WOUND FOR THOSE GUYS DOWN IN THE DUGOUT. THEY ARE PLAYING ON SOME SERIOUS EMOTION AT THE MOMENT. I HAVE SO MUCH RESPECT FOR THIS TEAM. IT HAS DRAWN THIS TEAM A LOT CLOSER. TYLER SKAGGS IS ONE OF THOSE GUYS ON THIS BALLCLUB THAT HAD THE INFECTIOUS SMILE AND THE ABILITY TO MAKE EVERYBODY FEEL GOOD WHEN YOU WALK BY. NO LONGER HERE AND IT HAS CERTAINLY BEEN VERY DIFFICULT FOR THE TEAM TO MOVE FORWARD. AGAIN, TO WATCH THESE GUYS GO OUT, IT TAKES PERFECT FOCUS TO BE ABLE TO PLAY THE GAME AT THIS LEVEL, AND THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY DISTRACTIONS. THAT OBVIOUSLY THE BIGGEST ONE. THAT IS ONE OF THOSE MAGICAL NIGHTS THAT YOU WILL NEVER FORGET. EVERYBODY WHO WAS AT THIS BALLPARK. IT IS SOMETHING THAT THEY WILL NEVER, EVER FORGET. IT WAS SO EMOTIONAL ALL THE WAY AROUND. RICH: JUSTIN UPTON TAKES A KNEE HIGH FASTBALL FOR A STRIKE. A BALL AND A STRIKE. JUSTIN UPTON, KOLE CALHOUN, ALBERT PUJOLS IN THE SECOND. JORDAN ZIMMERMANN, NOW 33. HIS FOURTH YEAR WITH THE TIGERS. BACKS HIM OFF THE PLATE. 2-1. THE ANGELS HAVE HAD A REALLY NICE JULY. AND THEY HAVE DONE IT IN OBVIOUSLY TOUGH CIRCUMSTANCES, HAVING LIVED THROUGH IT IN 2016 WITH JOSE FERNANDEZ, THE MENTAL TOLL AND THE TOLL IT TAKES ON YOUR PSYCHE, FOR THEM TO HAVE A WINNING RECORD IN JULY AND DOING WHAT THEY ARE DOING RIGHT NOW, IS TO ME PRETTY INCREDIBLE. TOM: THERE IS NO DOUBT ABOUT IT. BRAD AUSMUS TALKED ABOUT IT. THE ROLLER COASTER OF EMOTIONS THEY HAVE GONE THROUGH. DON’T FORGET, THEY LOST TYLER SKAGGS RIGHT BEFORE THE BREAK. THAT NO-HIT NIGHT WAS THE FIRST HOME GAME AFTER THE BREAK. GUYS WENT HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES , NOT THAT THEY EVER WOULD FORGET ABOUT TYLER, BUT THE EMOTIONS BEGAN TO SETTLE A LITTLE BIT, BUT THEN THEY ALL CAME BACK UP TO THE SURFACE AT THE GAME. THIS WILL CONTINUE NOT JUST THIS YEAR, BUT BEYOND THIS YEAR, NOT JUST A TEAMMATE, BUT A LOVED ONE. RICH: INCREDIBLE LEADERSHIP SHOWN BY A NUMBER OF ANGELS, INCLUDING ANDREW HEANEY, WHO JOINS US FROM THE DUGOUT. WELCOME TO THE SHOW. HOW HAVE YOU GUYS BEEN ABLE TO PUSH FORWARD, PLAY GREAT BASEBALL, WITH ALL THE TRAGEDY THAT YOU FACED. ANDREW: THANKS FOR HAVING ME ON. MAN, I THINK, SOMETHING LIKE THAT HAPPENS, YOU REALLY FIND OUT HOW CLOSE YOU ARE WITH THESE GUYS. WE ARE PLAYING FOR EACH OTHER, WE ARE PLAYING FOR SKAGGSY, FIZZLE FAMILY, JUST TRYING TO MAKE THEM PROUD — HIS WHOLE FAMILY, JUST TRY TO MAKE THEM PROUD AND DO SOMETHING SPECIAL. TOM: I WAS THERE WOULD YOU MAKE YOUR FIRST I — START AFTER WE LOST TYLER. I WAS AMAZED AT YOUR FOCUS. HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO TAKE THE BALL? TELL ME ABOUT THAT FIRST PITCH TRIBUTE TO TYLER? ANDREW: YES, I THINK FOR US, GETTING OUT ON THE FIELD AND FOR ME PERSONALLY GETTING ON THE MOUND IS REALLY AN ESCAPE. IT IS OUR WAY OF EXPRESSING OURSELVES. SO, FOR ME PERSONALLY, IT WAS JUST GOOD TO GET BACK OUT THERE AND PLAY. YOU KNOW, THE FIRST PITCH JUST KIND OF CAME AROUND. ANYBODY THAT NEW SKAGGS KNEW THAT THAT WAS HIS CALLING CARD. THAT IS SOMETHING THAT KIND OF MADE SENSE. TOM: THE BIG OVERHAND CURVEBALL. YOU PROBABLY THROUGH ONE LIKE THAT — THREW ONE LIKE THAT LAST IN HIGH SCHOOL? [LAUGHTER] ANDREW: IT HAD BEEN A WHILE FOR SURE. RICH: YOU GUYS ARE IN THE RACE RIGHT NOW. THE TRADE DEADLINE IS A COUPLE DAYS AWAY. IF YOU’RE STARTING ROTATION CAN GET HEALTHY, YOU ARE SCORING PLENTY OF RUNS. YOU HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF MOMENTUM COMING OUT OF THIS MONTH. ANDREW: YES, OUR OFFENSE IS REALLY DOING WHAT THEY NEED TO DO. IT IS UP TO US AS THE STARTING STAFF TO REALLY — I DON’T KNOW IF YOU CAN HEAR ME — TO REALLY COME AROUND AND COME INTO OUR OWN. WE HAVE SOME YOUNGER GUYS, SOME NEWER GUYS, WE’RE TRYING TO INCORPORATE SOME NEW ROUTINE, SOME NEW THINGS TO TRY TO GET IS GOING, GET IS JUMPSTARTED. WE KNOW THAT WHEN WE GO, THIS TEAM IS GOING TO GO. IT IS UP TO US TO PROVE TO PEOPLE WE CAN CARRIER WEIGHT. RICH: ALBERT PUJOLS NOW WITH TWO OUTS. MARK: MARK LANGSTON. ANDREW: WITH THAT, MARK. — WHAT’S UP, MARK. MARK: I SAW YOU THROWING ASIDE DAY TODAY. HOW IS THE SHOULDER? ANDREW: A LITTLE SHOULDER IMPINGEMENT. SOMETHING IS TRYING TO FIGHT THROUGH. COULD NOT GET THROUGH IT. I’M GETTING CLOSE. THROWING NOW AND I WILL BE BACK SOON AND HOPEFULLY I CAN HELP LEAD THESE GUYS. RICH: GOOD LUCK TO YOU AND GOOD LUCK TO THE ANGELS. ANDREW: THANK YOU, GUYS. RICH: ANDREW HEANEY OF THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS. THEY WOULD LOVE TO GET HIM BACK IN THEIR ROTATION. THEY HAVE HAD A LOT OF INJURIES. IT IS LESS THAN 48 HOURS BEFORE THE TRADE DEADLINE. 4:00 ON WEDNESDAY EASTERN TIME. 1:00 HERE AT MARK LANGSTON’S HOUSE. J.P.: A LOT OF CONVERSATION AROUND THE GAME ABOUT THE STARTING PITCHING MARKET. MARCUS STROMAN GOING YESTERDAY AFFECTS THIS MARKET A LITTLE BIT. HERE IS INNING STILL OUT THERE. MADISON BUMGARNER PROBABLY GOING TO STAY PUT IN SAN FRANCISCO. THEY ARE NOW ABOVE .500. HE PROBABLY STAYS RIGHT WHERE HE IS. GREINKE, A LOT OF MONEY LEFT ON HIS DEAL. NOT CLEAR IF HE IS GOING TO GO. NOAH SYNDERGAARD, I’VE HEARD A LOT OF CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE METS AND THE PADRES ABOUT NOAH SYNDERGAARD. MIKE MINOR COULD BE A FIT AS WELL FOR THE TEXAS RANGERS POTENTIALLY. HOUSTON I BELIEVE IS GOING TO GET A STARTING PITCHER. JUST A QUESTION OF WHO IT IS GOING TO BE. BILLY EPPLER, THE ANGELS G.M. MATTHEW BOYD PITCHED WELL IN HIS HOMETOWN IN CATTLE. THE BEST STRIKEOUT TO WALK RATIO IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE. THE ANGELS ACTUALLY COULD BE A FIT FOR MATTHEW BOYD. I’M NOT GETTING THE SENSE ANY SERIOUS TALKS RIGHT NOW. BOYD COULD BE A FIT FOR THE HOUSTON ASTROS, I WAS TOLD TODAY. RICH: ALL RIGHT, SOME HEADLINES AS THE TRADE DEADLINE GETS CLOSER. YOU CAN FOLLOW IT ON MLB NETWORK , 24 HOUR COVERAGE. TOM VERDUCCI AND J.P. MOROSI DO NOT SLEEP, ESSENTIALLY. MARCUS STROMAN IS THE HEADLINER. ERIC SOGARD. JASON VARGAS ACQUIRED BY THE PHILLIES. TOM, I WILL START WITH YOU. WHEN YOU SAW THE MARCUS STROMAN DEAL AND THE NAMES THAT CAME BACK TO TORONTO AND THE FACT THAT HE WENT TO THE METS AND NOT A TEAM THAT IS REALLY CONTENDING, WHAT WAS YOUR REACTION? TOM: LIKE A LOT OF PEOPLE, I THOUGHT HE WAS WINDING UP IN NEW YORK, I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE THE BRONX, NOT CLEANS. I THINK IT GOT PEOPLE IN BASEBALL BY SURPRISE. ESPECIALLY SINCE THE METS HAVE MADE IT REALLY OBVIOUS THAT WHEELER AND SYNDERGAARD ARE IN PLAY. THIS IS A TRADE MARKET WE THOUGHT WAS GOING TO GO THROUGH THE GIANTS. THE GIANTS PLAYING REAL WELL, SO BUMGARNER AND WILL SMITH, THEY ARE ALMOST OFF THE TABLE. SO NOW, THE SHIFT IN WHERE THE TRADEMARK IT GOES THROUGH IS THE NEW YORK METS WITH THOSE CHIPS. WHEELER AND/OR SYNDERGAARD WILL BE MOVED BY 4:00 ON WEDNESDAY. RICH: A MIGUEL CABRERA HOMER TO STRAIGHTAWAY CENTER IS THE ONLY RUN OF THE BALLGAME. BARRIA BOUNCES IN BREAKING BALL. THE COUNT IS 1-2. WE WERE AT THE BALLPARK WATCHING THE ANGELS, J.P., AND WHEN YOU TOLD ME THE NEWS, I SAID, DO YOU THINK THEY ARE GOING TO FLIP HIM? WHERE DO YOU THINK THIS ENDS? DO YOU THINK OTHER STARTING PITCHERS ARE GOING TO LEAVE THE METS TO BRING OTHER PIECES IN? J.P.: YOU THINK ABOUT WHERE THE METS ARE RIGHT NOW IN THEIR WINNING WINDOW — THEY THOUGHT THEY OPENED IT WITH THE CANO AND DS TRADE, BUT IT DID NOT WORK OUT FOR THEM FAR. I DO THINK WHEELER WILL GO. SYNDERGAARD WILL GO. STROMAN, BY ALL ACCOUNTS, WILL STAY PUT. THERE WAS THE THOUGHT MAYBE YESTERDAY THAT THE METS COULD FLIP HIM AND BRING BACK MORE PROSPECTS. IT DOES NOT APPEAR THAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. HE IS GOING TO BE WITH THE METS. HE IS FROM LONG ISLAND ORIGINALLY, SO WE GOOD FIT FOR HIM GOING BACK TO HIS HOME AREA, BUT YOU SEE MATTHEW BOYD THERE — THE FACT THAT HE IS THERE WITH THREE MORE YEARS OF CONTROL BEYOND THIS ONE, THERE IS TREMENDOUS VALUE. THERE IS ALSO VALUE FOR THE TIGERS TO KEEP HIM. TIGERS FANS KNOW THE NAMES WELL — AND HAVING BOYD WITH WHAT A TREMENDOUS HE IS OFF AND ON THE MOUND, A GREAT VALUE FOR THE TIGERS IN THAT RESPECT. RICH: THANK YOU. JORDY MERCER AT THE PLATE. WHEN THE TIGERS WENT TO TRAINING CAMP, THEY THOUGHT THEY HAD A VETERAN MIDDLE INFIELD WITH MERCER AND JOSH HARRISON TO HELP WITH THE TRANSITION WITH A LOT OF YOUNG PLAYERS. HARRISON HAS BEEN HURT. MERCER HAS BEEN BANGED UP. HE IS IN THE NINE SPOT. JACOBY JONES IS ON DECK. BARRIA HAS ONE PITCH YOU WOULD LIKE TO HAVE BACK. THAT IS THE ONE THAT CABRERA HIT ABOUT — OUT TO CENTER FIELD. MARK: THE LEGS OF MIGUEL CABRERA, WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE THE LEGS AND YOU TRY TO GET THE BALL ON THE OUTSIDE PART OF THE PLATE — CABRERA HAS MADE HIS LIVING GOING THE OPPOSITE WAY — CAN HE STILL DO IT? BARRIA CHALLENGED HIM AND HE SAID, YES I CAN. HE HIT THE BALL OUT DEAD CENTER. RICH: BARRIA IS JUST 23 AND HE IS MOBILE. SEVEN TIMES HE HAS GONE FROM TRIPLE-A TO THE BIG LEAGUES WITH THE BIG LEAGUES BACK TO TRIPLE-A THIS YEAR. ON THE SALT LAKE CITY SHUTTLE, I GUESS THEY CALL IT. HIS LAST START, 93 PITCHES, THAT IS A SEASON-HIGH FOR HIM. MARK: THEY HAVE BEEN VERY CAUTIOUS. 23 AND HE JUST TURNED 23 A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO. HE IS STILL A YOUNG GUY. AGAIN, THE ANGELS TOP WINNER LAST YEAR, 10 GAMES LAST YEAR. HE IS UNFAZED AT THE MAJOR LEAGUE LEVEL. THAT IS ONE OF THE THINGS I LIKE ABOUT BARRIA. HE JUST WANTS TO GO OUT THERE AND PITCH. THEY NEED HIM IN THE ROTATION. THAT IS HIS BREAD AND BUTTER PITCH, THAT SLIDER. YOU CAN SEE SOME SWINGS AND MISSES RUN BARRIA WHEN HE GETS IT WORKING. THEY TALKED ABOUT HIS LAST THREE STARTS. 2-0, WITH A 2.40 E.R.A. RELIEVER, 2-2, 8.10 E.R.A. TOM: IT IS A VERY UNIQUE SLIDER. IT REMINDS ME OF BACK — BRAD LIDGE BACK IN THE DAY. HE DOES NOT HAVE A LOT OF SIDE TO SIDE MOVEMENT ON THE SLIDER. IT IS MORE OF A DOWNWARD MOVEMENT ON THE PITCH. THAT SLIDER THAT HE THROWS IS IN THE STRIKE ZONE FOR A LONG TIME UNTIL IT IS NOT AT THE END. BACK WHEN YOU WERE PITCHING, MARK, IT WAS IMPOSSIBLE TO THINK OF A STARTING PITCHER THROWING 32% FASTBALLS. THE GAME WAS ABOUT ESTABLISHING THE FASTBALL, ESPECIALLY DOWN AND AWAY. THE GAME HAS MOVED SO FAR AWAY FROM THAT THAT NOW WE HAVE SOMEONE LIKE BARRIA, WHO TONIGHT HAS SHOWN A GOOD CHANGEUP AS WELL — SECONDARY PITCHES ARE IMPORTANT AS PRIMARY PITCHES. MARK: A LOT OF IT IS TO DO WITH HOW DEEP YOU ARE GOING TO GO IN THE GAME. THEY WANT THESE GUYS TO UNLOAD THEIR HOLSTER AS QUICKLY AS THEY POSSIBLY CAN. THEY WILL GET AS MUCH OUT OF THEM AND THEN GO TO THE BULLPEN. EVERY TEAM IS STARTING TO GO TO BULLPEN-HEAVY. THAT BEING SAID, YOU DON’T WANT TO SAVE ANY BULLETS. YOU ARE ONLY GOING TO GO TO A CERTAIN POINT IN THE GAME. IT IS USUALLY AROUND THE FIVE-INNING MARK. BACK IN THE DAY, YOU WOULD SAVE PITCHES. TOM: YOU HAD TO GET THEM OUT THREE TIMES. MARK: THE THIRD TIME, YOU WANT TO GET THE FASTBALL ESTABLISH THE FIRST TIME THROUGH THE LINEUP. RICH: LLOYD MCCLENDON ADJUSTED JONES’ HANDS IN MADE. HE WENT TO A LOWER STEP. — LOWER SET. HE HAD THE BEST SIX WEEKS OF HIS CAREER. YOU CAN SEE WHERE HE SETS HIS HANDS, EVEN BELOW HIS SHOULDERS. 3-2. FOULS THAT OF THE PLATE. TOM: SLIDER COUNT. YOU ARE NOT GOING TO SEE A FASTBALL 3-2. RICH: STARTING PITCHERS, 16 OF THEM USED. YOU HAD MATT HARVEY WHO WAS RELEASED. SHOHEI OHTANI HAD TOMMY JOHN SURGERY AREA THE SKAGGS TRAGEDY. HEANEY IS ON THE INJURED LIST RIGHT NOW. MARK: TREVOR CAHILL IS THE OPENING DAY STARTER, NOW OUT OF THE BULLPEN. THEY HAVE HAD A LOT OF MOVEMENT IN THE ROTATION AND IT IS REALLY SOMETHING THAT THEY HAVE STRUGGLED TO ESTABLISH. RICH: THAT IS A LIDGE-LIKE SLIDER. TOM: DOWN! RICH: BOTH SIDES OF THE PLATE. MARK: THIS IS THE BREAD AND BUTTER. THIS IS THE BACKDOOR SLIDER. THIS IS THE ONE THAT HE DOES NOT FINISH. IT STILL GETS THE RESULTS. GUYS LOOK FOR THE SLIDER OUT OVER THE PLATE. WHEN IT DOES NOT GO THERE, THEY GIVE UP. THEY THINK IT IS NOT GOING TO CATCH THE INSIDE PART OF THE PLATE. RICH: MLB FOOD FEST GIVES FANS AN OPPORTUNITY TO TAKES — TASTE SPECIAL MENU ITEMS FROM EVERY BALLPARK. LET’S HAVE A LOOK AND A TASTE!>>HEY, GUYS. HERE AT THE MLB FOODFEST. LOOK AT THIS. CHICKEN AND WAFFLES! WE ARE HERE IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA. ALL MAJOR LEAGUE TEAMS HAVE SIGNATURE DISHES. I’M GOING TO SEE IF I CAN FIT ALL 30 IN MY TUMMY. LET’S GO! THAT IS SPICY. THAT DELICIOUS PHILLY CHEESESTEAK MELTS RIGHT IN YOUR MOUTH. GUYS, I’M GOING TO BILL AND MOLLY. YOU GUYS HAVE A LOT OF STUFF GOING ON RIGHT HERE. WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVORITE DISH SO FAR?>>THIS IS REALLY GOOD. THIS IS FROM SAN FRANCISCO. IT IS ALMOST LIKE TOO HEALTHY. I’M GOING TO PUT THAT BACK.>>I’M DOING THE BURRITO CORNDOG.>>THE CHICAGO DOG.>>I’M IN NEW YORK FAN. I WOULD GO BACK TO BOSTON. I HATE TO SAY.>>WHAT SHOULD I TRY NOW?>>RIGHT NOW. YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE A GRASSHOPPER. HERE WE GO. [LAUGHTER] [GAGGING]>>IT IS SO BAD! ♪>>NOW, WE ARE GOING TO TAKE IT BACK TO THE GAME! RICH: FROM TOASTED GRASSHOPPERS TO ANDRELTON SIMMONS, THAT IS A DIFFICULT TRANSITION TO MAKE. MATT THAISS AND GARNEAU WILL FOLLOW. TOM: ♪ TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME, BUY ME SOME PEANUTS AND TOASTED GRASSHOPPERS! ♪ THAT IS HOW IT GOES? RICH: THEY BROUGHT THOSE TO THE BOOTH WHEN WE DID A GAME AT SAFECO. MARK: THEY DID. RICH: NOT GOOD. NO BUENO. NOT GOOD. ZIMMERMAN BURIES ONE TO SIMMONS. TOM: MARK, I DID NOT HEAR ANYTHING FROM YOU. MARK: BELIEVE ME, CRICKETS FROM MY END. I WAS NOT GOING TO TRY THOSE AT ALL. RICH: APPARENTLY, THAT WAS IN MY CONTRACT, THAT I HAD TO. THAT LOOKS MUCH BETTER THAN WHAT WE HAD. SIMMONS, A CHOPPER. RIGHT OF THIRD. FIVE HOMERS. SIMMONS GETTING ON BASE AT A .310 CLIP. WALKING HAS NEVER BEEN A STRONG SUIT. IT IS USUALLY EARLY ACTION WHEN HE IS AT THE PLATE. MARK: HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN ONE OF THE TOUGHEST GUYS WHO STRIKE OUT ALSO. HE ALWAYS PUTS THE BALL IN PLAY. HE HAS DONE A MUCH BETTER JOB OF NOT CHASING A LOT OF PITCHES. RICH: CHOPPER TO THIRD. CASTRO IN TIME TO GET HIM. MARK: ULTRA AGGRESSIVE AT THE PLATE, WHEN YOU ARE A PITCHER, YOU TRY TO EXPAND, GET HIM TO CHASE SOMETHING THAT HE NORMALLY WOULD NOT. SIMMONS HAS DONE A BETTER JOB OF TRYING TO DIAL IT MORE TOWARD THE PLATE. RICH: THIS GUY IS A FASCINATING GUY. MATT THAISS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA WHO HIT TWO HOMERS YESTERDAY AND HIS LAST FOUR HIT SEVEN HOME RUNS. THE POWER. GETTING A TASTE OF THE BIG LEAGUES. GIVE NUMBER 13 FOR HIM. TOM: THE BEST COP I CAN GIVE YOU — COMP I CAN GIVE YOU IS COREY SEAGER. INTERESTING STORY GOING BACK TO THE DRAFT IN 2016. RICH: HIT HARD. SLIDING STOP. CANDELARIO FLIPS. ZIMMERMAN GETS OVER. TOM: BILLY EPPLER SENT THEIR THIRD BASE COACH, WHO WAS AN ADVISER THAN, TO TAKE A LOOK AT MATT THAISS IN VIRGINIA RIGHT BEFORE THE DRAFT. MATT WAS A CATCHER. HE SAID, I WANT TO FIND OUT IF HE CAN PLAY FIRST. MIKE WORKED HIM OUT AT FIRST. HE GOT BACK TO ANAHEIM AND BILLY SAID, HOW DID IT GO? HE SAID, I THINK HE CAN DO IT. BILLY SAID, OK, DO YOU THINK HE CAN PLAY IT ENOUGH THAT WE COULD TAKE THEM IN THE FIRST ROUND? MIKE SAID, THAT IS A DIFFERENT EVALUATION. BUT DRAFT TODAY, BILLY CALLED HIM UP AGAIN, MIKE, AND HE SAID, DO YOU THINK HE CAN PLAY FIRST BASE? IF YOU SAY YES, WE ARE TAKING IN WITH THE FIRST ROUND 16TH OVERALL. MIKE SAID, YES, PULLED THE TRIGGER.AND THEY DID . AND NOW HERE HE IS WORKING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FIELD AT THIRD BASE. RICH: GARNEAU IN THE AIR TO LEFT CENTER. JONES AND STEWART. STEWART IS UNDER IT AND MAKES THE CATCH. JORDAN ZIMMERMANN LOOKS SHARP TONIGHT IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. TOM: HE HAS GOT HIS LIGHTER TONIGHT. UP UNTIL NOW, IT IS LIKE SUPERMAN WITHOUT HIS ABILITY TONIGHT — TO FLY. TONIGHT HAS BEEN MUCH BETTER. MARK: THEY WORK A LOT ON THE COUNTS. HE HAS WORKED AHEAD. THAT IS PITCHING 101. IF YOU CAN WORK AHEAD AND YOU ARE ABLE TO LOCATE THE SLIDER IN A BETTER LOCATION, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE BETTER RESULTS. CERTAINLY TONIGHT, SO FAR, SO GOOD. RICH: LET’S GO DOWN TO J.P. MOROSI. J.P.: YOUR THOUGHTS ON BARRIA AND HIS OUTING SO FAR?>>SO FAR, SO GOOD, OTHER THAN THE HOME RUN. I KNOW MIGGY WAS PROBABLY SAYING , IF IT WASN’T COMERICA, THAT BALL WOULD HAVE BEEN CAUGHT. [LAUGHTER] J.P.: THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS SAYING.>>BARRIA LOOKS PRETTY GOOD. UNFORTUNATE FOR US, ZIMMERMAN LOOKS GOOD. IF PITCHER’S DUEL SO FAR. J.P.: HOW MUCH DO YOU WATCH MIGUEL CABRERA AND ALBERT PUJOLS AND SMILE?>>MIGGY IS LIKE A KID WHEN HE IS ON THE FIELD. ENJOYING HIMSELF, SMILING. ALBERT IS A LITTLE MORE SERIOUS ABOUT HIM. HE WANTS TO GO ABOUT HIS JOB PROFESSIONALLY. HE DOES THAT AND HE HAS FOR ALMOST TWO DECADES AS ONE OF THE BEST PLAYERS EVER. J.P.: HOW MUCH COULD THE TRADE DEADLINE CHANGE THE LOOK OF YOUR TEAM GOING FORWARD?>>I DON’T KNOW, THAT REMAINS TO BE SEEN. I HAVE NOT SEEN THE FRONT OFFICE TODAY, SO ANYTHING COULD BE HAPPENING. J.P.: THEY ARE WORKING HARD. THANKS FOR YOUR TIME.>>THANK YOU. RICH: HE SAID PITCHERS DUEL. WE TALKED ABOUT ZIMMERMAN AND HIS SLIDER. BARRIA, HOW HAS HE BEEN GETTING IT DONE? MARK: HE HAS DEFINITELY BEEN GETTING IT DONE WITH THE SLIDER. HE IS ALSO SHOWING THE FASTBALL. WE TALKED ABOUT JORDAN ZIMMERMANN WORKING AHEAD. BARRIA IS SHOWING THE SAME PATTERN. HE CAN GET THE STRIKEOUTS AND HE CAN LOCATE. HE HAS GOT TO FINISH THE SLIDER, GET IT OUT IN FRONT. IT HAS THE LATE, SHARP BREAK TO IT. TONIGHT, HE LOOKS ON POINT. RICH: FOUR OF THE FIVE STRIKEOUTS WITH THAT SLIDER. THE TIGERS GO BACK TO WORK. NIKO GOODRUM, CABRERA AGAIN, NICHOLAS CASTELLANOS. IN THE FOURTH ON A PERFECT NIGHT IN ANAHEIM. GOODRUM FOULS IT BACK. TOM, YOU POINTED OUT THE GOODRUM CAN PLAY EVERYWHERE AND HE HAS PLAYED EVERYWHERE THIS YEAR. TOM: YOU GET A LONG RUN AT SHORTSTOP WITH JORDY MERCER OUT. IT WAS A LITTLE BIT OF TOO MUCH EXPOSURE AT THAT POSITION BECAUSE I THINK HIS VALUE IS IN MOVING AROUND. RICH: DID NOT GET MUCH ON THAT. TROUT WANDERS OVER TO MAKE THE CATCH. NOW HERE COMES MIGUEL CABRERA. WE WENT THROUGH AND DETAILED THE LOWER BODY INJURY, THAT RIGHT KNEE — HE PLAYS WITH A BRACE ON IT. TOM COMING YOU DIAGRAMMED THE SWING BEAUTIFULLY. THE FACT THAT HE HIT A BALL BEAUTIFULLY 400 FEET WITHOUT ANY PUSH OR TORQUE ON THE BACKSIDE SHOWS YOU THE STRENGTH THAT HE STILL HAS. TOM: IT IS SO IMPRESSIVE. A LOT OF FANS WILL WATCH THE GAME AND THINK ABOUT A GUYS HANDS AND ARMS, THE LOWER HALF IS THE KEY TO HITTING. THAT WAS ANOTHER GOOD EXAMPLE OF A SWING WHERE HE JUST CANNOT GET THE BACKSIDE ALL THE WAY THROUGH ON THE SWING. HE IS STILL A GIFTED HITTER. YOU PUT RUNNERS ON BASE, HE KNOWS HOW TO GET PEOPLE IN. RIGHT HERE, THAT IS A 0-2. SEE HOW SIMPLE THE SWING AS? BACK IN THE DAY, HE IS GOING TO DRIVE THAT BACKSIDE THROUGH AND THAT BALL IS GOING TO BE WAY GONE. HE SAID TO ALBERT, HOW DID YOU LIKE THAT SWING? AND THE CONVERSATION CONTINUES. RICH: HE HAS MUCH MORE TIME FOR CONVERSATION IS THE DH. HE IS FAMOUSLY ONE OF THOSE FIRST BASEMEN THAT WILL NOT LEAVE YOU ALONE WHEN YOU GET ON BASE. HERE IS CASTELLANOS. CASTELLANOS AT 27, ANOTHER ONE OF THE SOUTH FLORIDA GUYS THAT HAVE BEEN POPULAR WITH THE TIGERS. MARK: ONE THING WITH MIGUEL CABRERA, I USED TO LOVE TO WATCH IS BATTING PRACTICE. I DON’T THINK I EVER SAW HIM PULL IN BASEBALL THE ENTIRE ROUND IN BP. HE WENT TO RIGHT CENTER, DOWN IN THE RIGHT CORNER, HIS PULL WAS DEAD CENTER WHERE HE HIT THAT BALL OUT IN THIS. GAME HE LOVES TO LET THE BALL TRAVEL AS DEEP AS IT POSSIBLY CAN. RICH: CASTELLANOS — DIVING STOP! THAISS THROWS WILD INTO THE CAMERA WELL. THAT IS GOING TO COST AN EXTRA-BASE. MARK: THIS SHOULD GO DOWN AS A HIT. MATT THAISS DID A NICE JOB OF LAYING OUT TO IT, GETS DIRTY ON THIS BALL. HE IS LEARNING THIS POSITION BASICALLY AT THE MAJOR LEAGUE LEVEL. HE IS BEING TESTED AND THIS ONE IS A NICE CAP LIKE REACTION. THAT IS WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE IS A THIRD BASEMAN. PLENTY OF ARM STRIKE — STRENGTH. THIS BALL JUST A LITTLE OFF TARGET AND THE TIGERS WILL TAKE ADVANTAGE. TOM: YES, HE WILL GET THE ERROR ON THE THROW. ERROR ALL THE WAY. IT LITTLE SURPRISED AT THAT. RICH: AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE TIGERS. HERE IS CHRISTIN STEWART. HE BOUNCED OUT BACK IN THE SECOND. TOM: THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE ARE GOING TO SEE BARRIA IN A STRETCH POSITION. THIS IS WHERE HE HAS COME INTO PROBLEMS. HE HAS BEEN MUCH BETTER OUT OF THE WIND UP. BASES EMPTY, GUYS ARE HITTING .256. GUYS ARE ON BASE, IT GOES TO .359. LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE IN THE O.P.S. WE ASK BRAD AUSMUS ABOUT THAT. SOMETIMES OUT OF THE STRETCH, THE DELIVERY IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT. I’M NOT SURE THE SAMPLE SIZE IS BIG ENOUGH TO THINK THAT THERE IS SOMETHING THERE WITH BARRIA, BUT AT THE PITCHING COACH, THAT WILL GRAB YOUR ATTENTION, THAT KIND OF SPLIT. MARK: IT BRINGS ME BACK TO WHEN I WAS PLAYING. I HEARD THIS WITH GREG MADDUX. HE SAID, MY MOST IMPORTANT PITCHES ARE GOING TO COME WHEN I’M OUT OF THE STRETCH. HIS BULLPEN SESSION HE WOULD WORK EXCLUSIVELY OUT OF THE STRETCH. I NEVER DID. I ALWAYS WORKED OUT OF THE WIND UP. UNTIL I HEAR THAT, GREG MADDUX, WHO YOU WANT TO EMULATE AND DO ANYTHING THAT HE IS DOING, TALKED ABOUT AND IT IS SO TRUE — THE MOST IMPORTANT PITCHES YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE IN A GAME ARE GOING TO COME OUT OF THE STRETCH, SO WHY NOT WORK ON THAT AND PUT THE TIME IN OUT IN THE BULLPEN SO YOU CAN EXECUTE WHEN THESE TYPE OF SITUATIONS OCCUR? TOM: I NEVER UNDERSTOOD THAT EVEN DURING AGAIN. YOU WATCH GUYS IN BETWEEN INNINGS THEY WILL THROW WARM-UP PITCHES, THE LAST PITCH THEY WILL THROW OUT OF THE STRETCH. EVERYTHING ELSE IS IN THE WIND OF. ROGER CLEMENS USED TO SAY BEFORE HE WENT TO BED THE NIGHT BEFORE HE STARTED, WHAT HE WOULD THINK ABOUT WAS NOT THROWING THE PERFECT GAME, BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT GOING TO DO THAT, YOU THINK ABOUT MAKING PITCHES WHEN YOU ARE IN TROUBLE. HOW ARE MY GOING TO GET GOOD HITTERS OUT WHEN I’M IN TROUBLE? THAT IS WHAT HE BEGAN WITH BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT WILL DECIDE A GAME. RICH: STUART WITH A RUNNER AT SECOND AND TWO OUTS HELD HIS SWING ON THE BARRIA BREAKING BALL. CASTELLANOS AT SECOND. TIGERS HAVE A 1-0 LEAD ON A MIGUEL CABRERA HOME RUN BACK IN THE FIRST. THE ONLY RUN OF THE BALLGAME. IT IS DOWN LOW. CHRISTIN STEWART IS A GUY THAT HIT FOR POWER IN THE MINOR LEAGUES. HIS MINOR LEAGUES HAVE TWO REALLY GOOD THINGS GOING. A HIGH ON-BASE PERCENTAGE AND A SLUGGING PERCENTAGE OVER .500. .5 HOMERS — 25 HOMERS HIS LAST THREE YEARS IN THE MINORS. THE TIGERS HOPE HIS POWER DEVELOPS IN THE BIG LEAGUES. SOMETIMES IT TAKES A YEAR OR TWO FOR THAT TO EMERGE ONCE YOU HIT THE MAJORS. HE HAS HIT SEVEN THIS YEAR. DRIVES THAT ONE TO LEFT CENTER FIELD. UPTON AND TROUT. IT LANDS BETWEEN THEM! UPTON HAS IT. IT WILL SCORE CASTILLO IS EASILY. IN WITH AN R.B.I. DOUBLE IS CHRISTIN STEWART. THE TIGERS STRETCH THEIR LEAD TO 2-0. MARK: FOR BARRIA, BOTH RUNS IN THIS GAME HAVE COME WITH TW OUTSO. HE WORKED AHEAD ON CHRISTIN STEWART. HE WAS THE HEAD 0-2 AND THEN TRIED TO GET HIM CHASE OUT OF THE ZONE. HE DOESN’T. THEN THIS SLIDER AND YOU KNOW THAT IS BARRIA’S M.O. HE SITS ON THE SLIDER AND HE DOESN’T NICE JOB GOING THE OPPOSITE WAY WITH IT. HE SPLITS THE GAP IN LEFT-CENTER FIELD. NOW THE TIGERS UP 2-0 IN THE FOURTH. TOM: THAT IS JUST A MISTAKE COME ESPECIALLY WITH FIRST BASE OPEN, TWO STRIKES, TWO OUTS. THE SLIDER WAS IN THE ZONE THE ENTIRE TIME. BARRIA, WHEN HE GETS IN THE STRETCH, MAKES A MISTAKE. RICH: CANDELARIO TAKES IN. WHAT IS IT WITH THESE ANGELS WHO SWEPT THE DODGERS IN THE FREEWAY SERIES, JUST BEAT THEM TWICE LAST WEEK UP AT DODGER STADIUM, AND THEN PROMPTLY LOST THREE STRAIGHT AGAINST THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES — THEY FIND THEMSELVES NOW TRAILING THE TIGERS? TOM: WE ARE GOING TO FIND OUT BECAUSE THE SCHEDULE IS GOING TO GET A LOT HARDER. THE TOUGHEST SCHEDULE FROM HERE ON OUT BELONGS TO THE ANGELS. MARK: THEY HAVE THE ASTROS 10 TIMES. TOM: I WILL GIVE CREDIT TO THE ORIOLES. THE ANGELS COACHING STAFF WAS IMPRESSED THE WAY THE ORIOLES COMPETED IN THAT SERIES. THEY RAN THE BASES TERRIFICALLY. GREAT AT-BATS. THEY FOULED OFF A TON OF PITCHES. THAT WAS MORE ABOUT WITH THE ORIOLES DID THEN WHAT THE ANGELS DIDN’T. MARK: I COULD NOT AGREE WITH YOU MARK: I WATCHED THAT ENTIRE SERIES AND THEY TOOK IT TO THE ANGELS. YOU TALK ABOUT AGGRESSIVE ON THE BASEPATHS. THEY STOLE EIGHT BASES. IT ALL STEMS BACK TO THE FIRST GAME OF THAT SERIES, THAT 16-INNING GAME WHERE IT WAS IN THE ANGELS’ HANDS. THEY HAD THEIR BEST RELIEVERS READY TO GO. TY BUTTREY HAS BEEN THEIR BEST BULLPEN BEAST. THEY HAD THE LEAD BUT IT WAS A HICCUP NIGHT AND THE ANGELS PAID THE PRICE. THAT GAME GOES 16 INNINGS AND IT’S LIKE THEY DIDN’T RECOVER FROM THAT GAME ONE. RICH: BARRIA PITCHED IN THAT FREEWAY SERIES GAME AT DODGER STADIUM AND GOT THE WIN BUT HE’S AT 65 PITCHES IN THE FOURTH TRYING TO GET THROUGH CANDELARIO WITH STEWART AT SECOND AND TWO OUTS AND A RUN ACROSS. TOM: THAT SAME SLIDER HE NEEDS TO THROW AGAIN HERE TO GET HIS TEAM IN THE DUGOUT. THIS CAN’T BE IN THE STRIKE ZONE. IT’S YOUR BEST PITCH. THIS IS YOUR GET-OUT-OF-JAIL PITCH AND THE TENDENCY IS TO MAKE IT BETTER AND YOU BOUNCE IT. THAT WILL DO, THE LAST PITCH, IF HE CAN REPEAT THAT. RICH: 2-2 IN THE AIR TO CENTER AND TROUT IS THERE. ANOTHER TWO-OUT RUN. CHRISTIN STEWART WITH AN R.B.I. DOUBLE, TIGERS A 2-0 LEAD. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT JORDAN ZIMMERMANN TRYING TO RETURN TO WHERE HE USED TO BE AND A BIG PART OF THAT IS THAT SLIDER. TOM: WHEN HE’S ON, IT’S ONE OF THE BEST PITCHES IN BASEBALL AND IT HAS NOT BEEN — THE ARM STRENGTH SIMPLY ISN’T THERE. I WANT TO SHOW YOU WHAT’S HAPPENING WITH THE SLIDER. THERE’S NO TILT OR SWEEP TO THESE SLIDERS. IT’S JUST SPINNING AND HANGING IN THE ZONE. THAT’S TOO EASY. THAT PITCH IS DESIGNED TO LOOK LIKE A STRIKE OUT OF THE HAND AND WIND UP OUT OF THE STRIKE ZONE. THESE SLIDERS WHAT I CALL STRIKE TO STRIKE. THIS IS WHAT IT SHOULD LOOK LIKE, STRIKE-TO-BALL, WHERE IT LOOKS LIKE A FASTBALL. THAT ONE GOES DOWN. BUT HE CAN ALSO SWEEP IT, TOO. HE CAN GET TWO ACTIONS ON THAT SLIDER WHEN HE’S ON. THE DIFFERENCE, AS WELL, SOMETIMES HE’LL OPEN THE FRONT SIDE A LITTLE TOO SOON. THE LEFT SHOULDER IS A LITTLE BIT OPEN. THAT WILL FLATTEN THE SLIDER. WHEN HE STAYS CLOSED A LITTLE BIT LONGER, THAT’S WHEN HE’S GOT THAT SWEEP OR DOWNWARD TILT TO THE PITCH. RICH: EVEN RON GARDENHIRE AGREED WITH YOU. HE’S DOWN WITH J.P. MOROSI. J.P.: TOM VERDUCCI JUST WENT THROUGH THE EXCELLENT SLIDER ZIMMERMANN IS THROWING TONIGHT. WHAT DOES THIS STYLE SAY ABOUT HIS ADAPTABILITY?>>IT SHOWS YOU HOW HARD HE’S WORKED. HE’S WORKED THIS WAY HIS WHOLE CAREER. HE’S TRYING TO FIND HIS PITCHES. HE STARTED WORKING WITH THE SINKER, REACHING OUT BETTER AND MAYBE IT’S HELPING HIS SLIDER. J.P.: HOW CAN MIGUEL CABRERA HIT A BALL THAT FAR WITH NO LOWER HALF?>>HE’S A STRONG YOUNG MAN. THE BALL FLIES OUT HERE. IN DETROIT YOU KNOW THAT’S PROBABLY A RUNT FLY BALL BUT OUT HERE IT’S A BIG ONE. RICH: THANK YOU, J.P. DINNER HAS BEEN SERVED. TOM: NO TOASTED GRASSHOPPERS. RICH: ANGELS ARE A GOOD OFFENSIVE TEAM. WE WERE TALKING ABOUT THE STARTING ROTATION AND THE INABILITY TO REALLY HAVE GREAT STARTS WITH ANY CONSISTENCY. EVEN GOING ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF MIKE TROUT’S CAREER BUT THE ANGELS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PRODUCE RUNS, ESPECIALLY THIS YEAR. FLETCHER, IN THE LEADOFF SPOT, IS 0-1. ZIMMERMANN MISSES WITH THE FASTBALL. MIKE TROUT, SHOHEI OHTANI, APPOINTMENT VIEWING FOR THESE TWO AT-BATS AND IF ANYONE REACHES, JUSTIN UPTON, HERE IN THE BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH. IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE, THIS GUY IS STILL A SECRET. BUT BROAD AUSMUS TOLD US THAT WHEN MANAGERS COME IN, THEY WANT TO KNOW ABOUT FLETCHER. HIGH THROW AND HE’S OUT AT FIRST BASE. IN HIS SECOND YEAR, HAVING A FINE SEASON. FOR IN-DEPTH PERSPECTIVES ON THE GAME, CHECK OUT YOUTUBE LIVE’S GAME COMMENTARY FEATURING MLB, TIGERS, ANGELS AND SELECT GROUP OF YOUTUBE CREATORS AND THEIR OWN INDIVIDUAL CHATS. THEY’LL ADD THOUGHTS DURING THE BROADCAST. VIEW THE COMMENTARY FROM YOUR MOBILE PHONE, COMPUTER OR SMART TV. HERE’S TROUT. ONE OF THE COMMENTS THAT HAS COME THROUGH FROM CHAD SPORTS, THAT TROUT GUY IS REALLY GOOD. I’M NOT GOOD AT MATH BUT THOSE NUMBERS SEEM REALLY GOOD. THE NUMBERS WE PUT UP WERE HIS PROJECTED NUMBERS FOR THIS SEASON WHICH WOULD HIT 51 HOMERS AND JUST ABOUT CAREER HIGHS ON EVERYTHING ELSE. TOM: AND I THINK PART OF THAT, MARK, YOU DID A GREAT JOB EXPLAINING HOW HE GETS BETTER EVERY YEAR. TWO THINGS FOR ME. THE PLATE DISCIPLINE, IT’S ALWAYS BEEN GOOD BUT IT’S OFF THE CHARTS NOW. THAT PITCH RIGHT THERE, ONE BEFORE THAT, HIGH FASTBALL HE FOULED OFF. THAT HAD BEEN SOMETHING OF AN ACHILLES HEEL FOR MIKE TROUT. HE’S COVERED THAT TWO WAYS. HE TAKES IT BEFORE THEIR TWO STRIKES OR FOULS IT OFF. RICH: TO RIGHT CENTER, JONES AT THE TRACK, AT THE WALL AND HE’S GOT IT. MARK: HE JUST GETS UNDERNEATH THIS SLIDER. THIS ONE’S DOWN. THAT’S THE HOT ZONE, GO-ZONE FOR TROUT. IT DOESN’T MATTER IF IT’S 100 OR CHANGEUP DOWN AND AWAY, TROUT LOVES THE BALL DOWN. THE SLIDER IS RIGHT IN THE HEART OF TROUT’S COMPACT SWING AND HE JUST MISSES THAT ONE. RICH: SO, TOM, IN YOUR SLIDER COMMENTARY, WHAT SOUND EFFECT WOULD HAVE BEEN MARRIED TO THAT BREAKING BALL? WOULD HAVE BEEN THE GREEN CHECKMARK BELL OR THE WHAMMY BUZZER AND RED X? TOM: I’M GOING WITH BOTH OF THEM. FIRST YOU GO WITH THE WHAMMY, AS SOON AS IT LEFT HIS HAND. RICH: OHTANI. TOM: THE BELL. IT’S LIKE TAKING THAT LONG THREE-POINT SHOT SAYING, NO, NO, NO, YES. RICH: HE’S GOT A CHANCE TO SNAP THIS KID. HE HAS GONE 17 CONSECUTIVE STARTS. THAT’S A FRANCHISE RECORD WITHOUT GETTING A WIN. RIGHT NOW THE TIGERS HAVE A 2-0 LEAD. NUMBER OF OBSTACLES FOR SHOHEI OHTANI, NOTABLY TOMMY JOHN SURGERY BUT HE’S JUSTIFIED THE HYPE AND HE’S BACK. HE HAD A RUTHIAN DEBUT SEASON. HERE’S A LOOK AND SEASON. BRIAN: SHOHEI OHTANI GOING TO THE ANGELS. THE JAPANESE BABE RUTH. PLAYING BOTH WAYS AND EXCELLED AT BOTH. IT’S FASCINATING AND HE GOES TO PLAY ALONGSIDE MIKE TROUT.>>GONE! BIG FLY, OHTANI!>>THE INNINGS ARE A POTENTIAL LEGEND HERE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA.>>THERE’S A SWAGGER WITH HIM. I FEEL HIKE HE KNOWS HOW GOOD HE IS AND HE’S GOING TO GET THE JOB DONE.>>SWING AND A MISS, DOWN GOES OLSON.>>STRIKEOUT NUMBER 12.>>SHOHEI OHTANI HITS THE SHELF, GRADE TWO UCL SPRAIN.>>HE’LL BE ABLE TO REHAB AS A PITCHER AND BE PART OF A TEAM.>>RIPPED OUT TO RIGHT FIELD. HE’S DONE IT AGAIN.>>HOME RUN TO LEFT CENTER FIELD, HOME RUN TO RIGHT CENTER FIELD. TWO-HOME RUN PERFORMANCISM HERE COMES MIKE SCIOSCIA, THAT’S ALL FOR OHTANI TONIGHT.>>WE GET THE WORD AND DIGESTING THE INFORMATION THAT SHOHEI OHTANI IS LIKELY TO UNDERGO TOMMY JOHN SURGERY.>>HE’S NOT GOING TO PITCH PROBABLY IN 2019.>>GONE! BIG FLY OHTANI-SON. MULTI-HOMER GAME.>>TAKE THAT, HATERS.>>OHTANI HAS HIT ANOTHER HOME RUN FOR THE ANGELS ON THIS ROAD TRIP.>>SHOHEI OHTANI LIVED UP TO HIS OVERSEAS REPUTATION AND TWO-WAY ABILITY TO BECOME THE FOURTH JAPANESE BORN PLAYER TO WIN ROOKIE OF THE YEAR HONORS. RICH: HE’S BACK AS DEZ — DESIGNATED HITTER. HE IS THROWING. WE’RE IN THE FIFTH, 2-0, TIGERS ON TOP OF THE ANGELS. CASTRO, THIRD BASEMAN OF THE TIGERS. HE’S 0-1. YOU GOT JOHN HICKS AND JORDY MERCER, SEVEN, EIGHT, NINE IN THE TIGER ORDER. JAIME BARRIA. YOU KNOW THE INS AND OUTS OF TOMMY JOHN SURGERY BETTER THAN ANYBODY. WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS FOR OHTANI ON THE MOUND IN 2020? TOM: THERE’S BEEN TALK THAT MAYBE THEY OUGHT TO USE HIM AS A CLOSER. I’M NOT SURE I’M ON BOARD WITH THAT. RELIEF PITCHING IS A HUGE PART OF THE GAME BUT ALMOST LIKE A PLAYER WHO COMES UP AS A SHORTSTOP, PEOPLE ARE QUICK TO MOVE THEM OFF OF POSITION. TO ME, STAY AS A STARTING PITCHER UNTIL YOU CAN’T DO IT BECAUSE IT’S MORE VALUABLE. THE ANGELS HAVE A NUMBER ONE STARTER IN SHOHEI OHTANI AND I WANT HIM TO STAY ON HIS ROUTINE. HE’S ALWAYS PITCHED ON A SIXTH OR SEVENTH DAY. I DON’T LIKE THE IDEA OF CHANGING THAT ROUTINE AND USING TWO, THREE DAYS IN A ROW, FOR INSTANCE. RICH: CASTRO TO LEFT. UPTON HAS IT. TOM: I DON’T SEE ANY REASON WHY HE CAN’T BE A DOMINANT OFFENSIVE PLAYER AND DOMINANT PITCHER. MARK: HE’S DOING STUFF OUT OF THE BULLPEN, GETTING ON THAT PHRASE OF HIS RECOVERY BUT HE’S NOT GOING TO PLAY IN ANY GAMES AT ALL. THERE’S ALWAYS THAT NEXT YEAR BACK, WHERE IS HE GOING TO BE. IF HE’S HEALTHY, HE’S AS DOMINANT AS ANY STARTER IN THE GAME. POWER STUFF, 100 MILES AN HOUR, FREE AND EASY AND I LOVE HIS MECHANICS. IT’S SIMPLE IT’S REPEATABLE. THAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THERE IS IN BASEBALL, REPEATABLE MECHANICS. HE HAS THAT. WHEN HE SIGNED WITH THE ANGELS, THE ANGELS KNEW THERE WAS A SMALL LITTLE TEAR IN HIS UCL SO THEY KNEW THAT WAS A POTENTIAL. EVERYBODY KNEW IT SO YOU CAN’T SAY, WELL, YOU DIDN’T KNOW THAT. EVERYBODY DID HAVE THAT SAME INFORMATION. BUT I SEE HIM BACK IN THIS ROTATION NEXT YEAR. THE ANGELS NEED THAT ACE. THEY NEED A HORSE AT THE TOP PART OF THEIR ROTATION. SHOHEI OHTANI FITS THAT BILL PERFECTLY IF HE CAN COME BACK AND REALLY BECOME THE SHOHEI OHTANI THAT WE SAW LAST SEASON. TOM: THIS IS WHAT I FIND AMAZING WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT HOW SKILLED OHTANI IS. THE MOST STRIKEOUTS OF ANY PITCHER FOR THE ANGELS IN THEIR FIRST 10 STARTS IS SHOHEI OHTANI. THEN WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHO’S HIT THE MOST HOME RUNS FOR THE ANGELS UNTIL THE FIRST 162 GAMES, IT’S SHOHEI OHTANI. IT’S JUST AMAZING THAT I ACTUALLY THINK IT’S ONE OF THE MORE UNDERRATED STORIES AND REMAINS SO IN BASEBALL. I KNOW HE’S NOT PITCHING THIS YEAR BUT HIS SKILL LEVEL AT BOTH POSITIONS — HE CAN THROW THE BALL AS HARD AS LUIS SEVERINO OR NOAH SYNDERGAARD, AND HIT THE BALL AS HARD AS AARON JUDGE. RICH: FIGHTING RIGHT NOW, THE COUNT 2-2. VETERAN CATCHER. HICKS IS HOT, HE’S HOMERED THREE TIMES IN HIS LAST SIX GAMES AND THAT WAS JUST LOW. FULL COUNT, 3-2. TIGERS CATCHER THIS YEAR WAS PROJECTED TO BE GRAYSON GREINER. HE’S HAD A BACK INJURY AND HAS BEEN ON THE INJURED LIST MOST OF THE SEASON. 3-2. JOHN KNOWS THAT WE HAVE ONE MORE GRAPHIC TO GO, TOO, RIGHT? THERE IT IS. HE’S AT THE TOP OF ALL KINDS OF LISTS FOR THE ANGELS. TOM: MOST STRIKEOUTS OUT OF THE GATE IN A CAREER AND MOST HOME RUNS FOR ONE FRANCHISE, THAT’S CRAZY. MARK: IT’S SO HARD FOR ANYONE TO LIVE UP TO THE HYPE. RICH: SLIDING STOP BY THAISS. ACCURATE THROW. MARK: I DON’T THINK MIKE EYENGA VISIONED HIM AT THIRD BASE BUT HE’S DOING A GOOD JOB. WORKING WITH EYENGA EVERY DAY ON FOOTWORK AT THIRD BASE, DOES A NICE JOB RANGING TO HIS LEFT. HE’S STILL LEARNING THIS POSITION. HE ONLY HAD ONE MONTH AT SALT LAKE. HE WAS PLAYING FIRST BASE. THEY MOVED HIM OUT OF NECESSITY, NEEDING A THIRD BASEMAN SO THEY MOVED HIM OVER TO THIRD BASE AND HE’S STILL HONING HIS SKILLS AT THE MAJOR LEAGUE LEVEL. YOU DON’T SEE THAT OFTEN. TOM: PART OF THE LEARNING CURVE YOU MENTIONED IS WHERE TO POSITION YOURSELF DEFENSIVELY AND WHAT HE’S LEARNED HERE IN THIS SHORT TIME IS THAT INFIELD WILL PLAY DIFFERENTLY DEPENDING ON TIME OF GAME. THIS FIELD AS YOU KNOW MUCH FASTER IN DAY GAMES. RICH: JORDY MERCER WITH POWER, TROUT IN PURSUIT AND IT’S GONE! AND THE TIGERS GO DEEP AGAIN AND STRETCH THEIR LEAD TO 3-0. FOURTH OF THE SEASON FOR MERCER. MARK: IT’S A FASTBALL DOWN OVER THE PLATE THAT JORDY MERCER MADE HIM PAY FOR. RICH: MERCER KNOWN FOR A STEADY GLOVE. MERCER AND CABRERA WITH SOLO HOMERS IN A 3-0 LEAD. JACOBY JONES, TROUT WON’T GET IT. OVER HIS HEAD, ONE-HOPS THE WALL AND JONES HAS A DOUBLE. TWO-OUT DOUBLE. THE TIGERS HAVE SCORED ALL THREE OF THEIR RUNS WITH TWO OUTS TONIGHT. TOM: THAT BALL WAS SCALDED. THAT’S ANOTHER FASTBALL THAT THE TIGERS TOOK ADVANTAGE OF. THAT ONE GOT WAY TOO MUCH OF THE PLATE. THIS IS WHERE MARK, THE PITCHER, WHO HASN’T BEEN STRETCHED OUT ALL THAT MUCH, YOU WATCH CLOSELY, THE FASTBALL UP FOR A HOME RUN. JAIME KNEW IT AS SOON AS HE HEARD THE SOUND. MARK: UP IN THE ZONE. THIS IS WHERE BARRIA, THEY DON’T REALLY LIKE TO EXTEND HIM THE THIRD TIME THROUGH THE LINEUP AND HERE WE ARE. THEY WERE HOPING TO GET HIM THROUGH THIS FIFTH INNING AND CERTAINLY IT LOOKED LIKE HE HAD A CHANCE, GETS FIRST TWO GUYS OUT HERE IN THE FIFTH WITH THE NUMBER NINE PLAYER. MAKES THE PITCH OVER THE PLATE AND JORDY MERCER GETS HIM. THE ANGELS IN A STALL MODE TO GET THE BULLPEN CRANKING. RICH: WE SAW JUST ABOUT — JUSTIN ANDERSON GETTING READY. TOM: BARRIA HAS FACED ONLY NINE BATTERS COMING INTO THE GAME A THIRD TIME AROUND THIS YEAR. YOU KNOW WHEN THIS LINEUP TURNED OVER AGAIN, WATCH VERY CAREFULLY. MIDDLE FASTBALL RIGHT THERE. MARK: EVEN AS GOOD AS MIKE TROUT IS, HE KNEW THE BALL WAS OVER HIS HEAD AS SOON AS IT LEFT THE BAT AND CAROMS OFF THE FENCE. THESE ARE MISTAKES, WHEN YOU GET TO THAT 83, 84 PITCH RANGE FOR BARRIA, AS YOU MENTIONED. NOT STRETCHED OUT ENOUGH TO GO MUCH DEEPER INTO THESE GAMES. I THOUGHT HE’D BEEN EFFECTIVE HERE TONIGHT AND KIND OF GETTING WHAT YOU WOULD THINK OUT OF BARRIA. YOU’D LIKE TO SEE SOMETHING A LITTLE BETTER BUT THE TWO-OUT RUNS HAVE REALLY — THEY’VE AND THE ANGELS — HAUNTED THE ANGELS ON THIS HOME STAND. THEY’VE GIVEN UP A LOT OF TWO-OUT RUNS. RICH: GOODRUM RIGHT CENTER, TROUT IS THERE AND MAKES THE CATCH. THE TIGERS, ANOTHER TWO-OUT RUN. THIS TIME JORDY MERCER TO LEFT CENTER FIELD AND DETROIT, AS WE’RE HALFWAY THROUGH, HAS A 3-0 LEAD. NOW WE HAVE BEEN PROMISING YOU TWO HALL-OF-FAMERS, TWO GUYS WHO ADORE EACH OTHER, AND THEIR CONVERSATIONS. HERE WE GO, MIGUEL CABRERA, ALBERT PUJOLS, TOGETHER, SIDE BY SIDE, FROM EARLIER THIS SEASON.>>THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST RIGHT-HANDED HITTER THAT EVER SEEN WITH MY OWN EYES.>>LOOK AT THIS. HE IS THE BEST.>>NO, HE’S THE BEST.>>THAT WAS AMAZING. THE WAY HE HIT, THE WAY HE PLAY THE GAME. WE SAY WE WANT TO BE LIKE THIS GUY.>>WE SHARE AT THAT TIME THE SAME FEELING WHEN HE WAS WITH THE MARLINS, TOO, THIS BIG KID.>>INTO CENTER. GOING BACK, GONE!>>HE WAS JUST A BABY. BABY IN A GROWN MAN BODY. I KNEW THAT ONE OF THESE DAYS HE WAS GOING TO BE ONE OF THE BEST HITTERS, IF NOT THE BEST HITTER IN OUR GENERATION AND THAT’S WHAT HE HAS BECOME.>>EVEN THOUGH HE LOOK UP TO ME THE WAY I PLAY THE GAME, I LOOK UP TO HIM.>>I REMEMBER MY FIRST YEAR IN THE BIG LEAGUES, HE TELL ME, WHAT YOU DOING? YOU GOT TO SWING THE BAT AND I KEEP IN MY MIND EVERY TIME.>>YOU CAN’T GIVE OUR SECRETS, BRO. WE’RE STILL PLAYING.>>THE GAME CHANGED SO MUCH, LIKE THEY PITCH DIFFERENT NOW.>>BIG BROTHER, LITTLE BROTHER. WE BONDED. WE RESPECT THE GAME BUT WE ALSO TRY TO HAVE FUN.>>3,000 HITS, 600 HOME RUNS. OH, MY GOD. SO, LIKE, I MEAN, RIGHT NOW SITTING NEXT TO HIM IS A DREAM. I’M DREAMING RIGHT NOW. HE’S ONE OF MY HEROES. RICH: ONE OF THE COOL THINGS ABOUT MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND YOUTUBE AND THE FORMAT WE HAVE IS WE GET TO SEE AND HEAR THINGS YOU DON’T GET ON A REGULAR BASEBALL TELECAST AND THAT IS REALLY, REALLY COOL TO SEE MIGGY AND PUJOLS TOGETHER. TOM: I ENJOYED LISTENING TO THEM TALK SHOP. INSIDE STUFF, MIGGY GIVING AWAY SECRETS ABOUT FIRST PITCH. RICH: UPTON PULLS ONE, CASTRO WAITS AND THOSE — THROWS HIM OUT. OF COURSE, IF YOU MISSED IT, THIS WAS CABRERA WHO HOMERED TO CENTER. TALKING A LITTLE TRASH. MARK: I DON’T THINK ANYONE HAS MORE FUN ON THE FIELD THAN MIGUEL CABRERA. HE IS A STRESS-FREE PLAYERS AND SOME OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS ARE. THEY ARE STRESS-FREE. I HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY WITH MANNY RAMIREZ IN CLEVELAND AND YOU TALK ABOUT ONE OF THE MOST STRESS-FREE PLAYERS. MANNY, HIS AT-BAT COULD BE A HORRIBLE AT-BAT AND ONE OF THE GREAT STORIES WITH MANNY, I SAW HIM COME UP WITH THE BASES LOADED IN CLEVELAND, THE CROWD’S CHANTING HIS NAME. HE COMES UP AND STRIKES OUT WITH THE BASES LOADED. I’M SITTING ON THE BENCH. YOU LIKE TO SEE HOW PEOPLE HANDLE ADVERSITY. HE PUTS THE BAT IN THE BAT RACK, PUTS HIS HELMET IN THE HELMET RACK. I STARE AT HIM. HE GOES, “IS OK, SOME TIME HE GET ME, SOME TIME I GET HIM.” I’M GOING, THAT’S WHY HE’S THE GREATEST PLAYER IN THE GAME. HE BLEW THAT AT-BAT UP AND HE WAS READY TO ATTACK HIS NEXT AT-BAT AND A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER, HE GOES, SOME TIME I GET HIM. THAT’S KIND OF MIGUEL CABRERA. THOSE AT-BATS DON’T DRAG ONE AFTER ANOTHER. RICH: KOLE CALHOUN TO LEFT. STEWART AND IT’S GONE. STIMULATOR HAMMERED INTO THE WALL, STILL ON THE TRACK. LET’S HOPE HE’S OK. KOLE CALHOUN WHO’S HAVING A BIG YEAR WITH THE BAT HAS HIS 24TH HOMER. THE ANGELS ARE ON THE BOARD IT’S 3-1. MARK: JUST TWO AWAY FROM HIS CAREER HIGH WHICH IS 26. THEY’RE GOING TO GO OUT, TAKE A QUICK PEEK ON THIS. THIS ONE ACTUALLY HITS THE VERY TOP OF THE WALL THERE IN LEFT FIELD. RICH: GREAT EFFORT BY CHRISTIN STEWART. TOM: THE BALL AND THE LEFT FIELDER HIT THE WALL ABOUT AT THE SAME TIME. MARK: KOLE CALHOUN, A REALLY GOOD AT-BAT TO GO THE OTHER DIRECTION. TOM: WATCH HIM WAIT ON THE THIS. MARK: HE GOES THE OTHER DIRECTION. CALHOUN CAN DO THAT, THERE’S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, THE HOME RUN TOTALS WILL CONTINUE WITH THEM AND THIS BALL RIGHT ON TOP OF THE WALL. STEWART — TOM: HE HIT THE STANCHION. RICH: DID IT HIT HIS GLOVE? THERE’S A BETTER LOOK FOR THAT. MARK: ALMOST LIKE THE WALL STOPPED HIS MOMENTUM. RICH: TOP OF THE WALL. MARK: LIKE HE JUST MISTIMED HIS JUMP A LITTLE BIT TOO EARLY AND THE BALL — RICH: HE’S COMING OUT OF THE GAME. TOM: WATCH THE LEFT SHOULDER. THAT TAKES THE BRUNT OF THAT. IF HE HITS THE NETTING ON EITHER SIDE OF THAT PADDED STANCHION, HE’S FINE. BUT JUST BAD LUCK THAT HE HIT THE STANCHION. FELT THE FULL FORCE ON THE LEFT SHOULDER. KOLE CALHOUN, THE BOOK ON HIM IS TO THROW HIM OFF-SPEED STUFF. HE’S HITTING .171 AGAINST OFF-SPEED STUFF AND 100 POINTS HIGHER AGAINST THE FASTBALL. RIGHT PITCH BUT GIVE KOLE CREDIT, ALMOST LIKE A SOFTBALL PLAYER, SINKS INTO HIS LEGS AND KEEPS THE HANDS BACK TO BE ON TIME ON THE BREAKING BALL. WHEN YOU HIT THE BREAKING BALL THE OTHER WAY WITH POWER LIKE THAT, THAT IS A GOOD SIGN THAT YOU ARE SEEING IT WELL AND STAYING ON TIME. RICH: HE’S HAD A GREAT JULY. SEVEN HOME RUNS IN JULY NOW. HE’S DRIVEN IN 17. TOM: JORDAN ALL NIGHT HAS DONE A GREAT JOB GETTING ROLLOVER GROUND BALLS ON HIS BREAKING STUFF. HE’S TRYING TO GET THERE WITH KOLE CALHOUN WITH THE SHIFT ON THE RIGHT SIDE. HE DEFEATED IT. WATCH HIM KEEP THE HANDS BACK, WAIT. THAT’S A HOT HITTER. YOU SEE A SWING LIKE THAT ON A BREAKING BALL, YOU’RE SEEING IT WELL. MARK: THIS BALL DOES END UP MORE TOWARDS THE MIDDLE OF THE MANIPULATE, THE — PLATE. THE TARGET WAS DOWN AND AWAY. DIDN’T GET IT QUITE TO THE SPOT HE WAS LOOKING FOR. BUT CALHOUN, THAT BALL UP, LET IT GET DEEP, GOES THE OTHER DIRECTION. CALHOUN IS STRONG. HE HAS POWER ALL OVER THE FIELD. RICH: THE SOFTBALL COMPARISON AND THAT SWING REMINDED ME OF A GUY WHO SWANG LIKE THAT EVERY TIME, MATT STAIRS. THAT SQUATTY BODY WITH A LOT OF POWER. STEWART IS OUT. BRANDON DICKSON WITH THE SCOUTING REPORT IN HIS POCKET, ARRIVES IN LEFT FIELD, WILL TAKE OVER. 3-1 TIGERS. ZIMMERMANN AT 91 WITH THE FASTBALL. PUJOLS SWINGS THROUGH IT. 650 HOME RUNS FOR PUJOLS. HE HIT THAT YESTERDAY. THIS ONE WILL STAY IN THE YARD. JACOBY JONES IS THERE, MAKES THE CATCH. TOM: ANOTHER GOOD SLIDER FROM ZIMMERMANN. HE CAME IN ALLOWING .375 ON A SLIDER, SECOND HIGHEST IN BASEBALL. WE’VE SEEN A LOT OF SLIDERS WITH GREAT LOCATION AND THERE’S THE DOWNWARD TILT, MOVES OFF THE BARREL ENOUGH TO GET THE OUT. RICH: SPORTS HERNIA OR CORE SURGERY IN THE OFFSEASON FOR A GUY WHO — I WANT TO GO BACK TO THE DROP AND DRIVE OF TOM SEAVER DAYS BUT A GUY WHO CERTAINLY GENERATED A LOT OF POWER WHEN HE WAS IN HIS PRIME IN TWO ALL-STAR GAMES WITH THE NATIONALS, TO NOT HAVE THAT CORE STRENGTH, THAT’S A TOLL. TOM: BACK INBACK IN THE DAY, INS IN WASHINGTON, JORDAN WILL TELL YOU, HIS M.O. ON THE MOUND, HE’S GOING RIGHT AFTER PEOPLE EVERY PITCH WITH EVERYTHING HE’S GOT. HE CAN’T DO THAT NOW AND I’M SURE, MARK, THERE WAS A POINT IN YOUR CAREER WHERE YOU HAD TO BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF AND SAYING GOING AFTER PEOPLE OVER THE MIDDLE OF THE PLATE WILL NOT WORK. MARK: NO DOUBT. WHEN YOU LOSE THE POWER VELOCITY — YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH MISTAKES WITH VELOCITY. IT ALLOWS YOU A LOT OF TIMES THE FREEDOM TO MAKE A MISTAKE AND GUYS CAN’T CATCH UP TO IT. WHEN YOU START TO LOSE THAT, YOU DON’T HAVE THAT ABILITY AND THAT MISTAKE IS COVERED SO YOU HAVE TO BE A LITTLE MORE PRECISE WITH CERTAINLY YOUR FASTBALL, LOCATION. YOU HAVE TO STAY AWAY FROM THE HEART OF THE PLATE AND THOSE GOOD SLIDERS, YOU’RE SEEING, THOSE ARE THE ONES THAT ZIMMERMANN — ANOTHER GOOD ONE TO FINISH OFF THIS AT-BAT TO ANDRELTON SIMMONS WHO DOESN’T STRIKE OUT AT ALL. RICH: GREAT ILLUSTRATION, YOU HAVE TO BE PRECISE WITH THE SLIDER. THE 1-1, A PERFECT PITCH TO SIMMONS. TOM: THERE’S FINISH ON THOSE SLIDERS. WE TALKED TO RON GARDENHIRE ABOUT THAT. HE DID HAVE AN ELBOW ISSUE EARLIER THIS SEASON AND WHETHER PHYSICALLY OR MENTALLY, HE WASN’T FINISHING IT LIKE HE IS TONIGHT. NOW YOU SAW THE EXTENSION ON THE SLIDER AND FINISH THE PITCH. RICH: WE ARE IN ANAHEIM, LOS ANGELES ANGELS AND DETROIT TIGERS, THE MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GAME OF THE WEEK ON YOUTUBE. MARK LANGSTON, TOM VERDUCCI, JON MOROSI IS WITH US — J.P., AS HE’S KNOWN AROUND THE GREAT STATE OF MICHIGAN. I’M RICH WALTZ HERE AT ANGELS STADIUM. 3-1, TIGERS ON TOP OF THE ANGELS. TERRIFIC GAMES ON YOUTUBE NEXT WEEK. ON WEDNESDAY, WE’LL BE AT DODGER STADIUM FOR THE CARDINALS AND THE DODGERS, AN AFTERNOON START HERE IN LOS ANGELES AND 3:10 START ON THE EAST COAST. THURSDAY NIGHT, THE PHILLIES IN SAN FRANCISCO, WHAT AN INCREDIBLE RIDE IT’S BEEN FOR THE GIANTS. EYE — A 9:45 EAST COAST START, 6:45 ON THE WEST COAST. THE GIANTS, AS YOU SAID IT TO TM VERDUCCI, YOU FELT MOST OF THE TRADES WOULD GO THROUGH THE GIANTS. WHERE DO YOU THINK THE GIANTS ARE HEADING HERE? THAT’S BEEN A QUESTION — ARE THEY GOING TO BE SELLERS AND WITH THIS RUN WILL THEY BE BUYERS? TOM: I THINK MADISON BUMGARNER IS NOT GOING ANYWHERE. IT’S POSSIBLE THEY COULD MOVE A BULLPEN PIECE. I THINK THEY COULD MOVE ONE OF THOSE GUYS AND STILL BE IN THE MIX FOR A WILD CARD. THE GENERAL MANAGER KNOWS HE HAS TO RESTACK THAT SYSTEM BUT IN TERMS OF BACKING UP A TRUCK OR MOVING BUMGARNER, DON’T SEE THAT. THAT’S A FAN BASE THAT’S SPOILED OUT THERE. THEY SUPPORT THE TEAM VERY WELL ATTENDANCE-WISE. AND OH, BY THE WAY, BRUCE BOCHY, THE MANAGER, IT’S HIS LAST SEASON. YOU THINK HE WANTS TO TEAR ANYTHING DOWN IN HIS LAST YEAR? MARK: I HAD BOCH IN 1998 WITH THE PADRES, HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY IN A WORLD SERIES AGAINST THE YANKEES. ONE OF THE GREATEST MANAGERS IN THE GAME OF BASEBALL. WHAT A TREMENDOUS COMMUNICATOR. I HAD A CHANCE TO TALK WITH BOCH DURING THE OFFSEASON WITH THAT FUNCTION FOR TREVOR HOFFMAN, HALL OF FAME FUNCTION. BOCH WANTS TO GO OUT ON A POSITIVE NOTE. AND I THINK THE GIANTS WANT THAT. THEY’VE CAUGHT A LITTLE BIT OF FIRE AND EVERYBODY’S COMING BACK TO THEM SO THAT’S THE KEY TO GET BACK INTO A RACE IS YOU GET HOT AND EVERYBODY ELSE COMES BACK TO YOU AND NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU LOOK UP AND MADISON BUMGARNER, YOU’RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE. PUT THE TAPE ON MADISON BUMGARNER AND DON’T SAY, HE’S NOT GOING TO LEAVE THIS BALLPARK. RICH: JUSTIN ANDERSON COMES OUT OF THE BULLPEN TO TAKE OVER FOR JAIME BARRIA. MIGUEL CABRERA WHO HOMERED AND FLIED TO CENTER DIGS IN. ANDERSON LAST WORKED ON FRIDAY. DESPITE THE 16-INNING GAME TO OPEN THE FOUR-GAME SERIES, BRAD AUSMUS TELLS US HIS BULLPEN IS IN GOOD SHAPE. HE’S GOT A FULL ARSENAL GOING INTO TONIGHT, GAME ONE OF THE THREE-GAME SET. TOM: I’M FASCINATED BY THIS MATCHUP BECAUSE JUSTIN WILL TRY TO GET HIM OUT AT SOME POINT WITH THE SLIDER. WATCH HIM SIZE HIM UP. I THOUGHT HE WOULD GO THE OTHER WAY AND HE DIDN’T QUITE GET IT DONE. RICH: FLETCHER THROWS CABRERA OUT, THE FIRST OUT. MARK: THAT SLIDER STAYS ON THE INNER HALF OF THE PLATE. SO MANY TIMES MELKY CABRERA INSIDE-OUT, THAT BALL HIT IT THE OTHER DIRECTION. THIS IS WHERE THE LEGS ARE A FACTOR, THE BALL THAT JAMS YOU. DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH TORQUE? IT’S ALL UPPER BODY STRENGTH FOR CABRERA. COULDN’T HIT IT HARD ENOUGH UP THE MIDDLE. TOM: HE WAS TRYING TO GO THE OTHER WAY, PULLING THE HANDS IN. COULDN’T GET AT THIS TIME THERE. RICH: NAK LAS CASTELLANOS — NICHOLAS CASTELLANOS. CASTELLANOS REACHED ON AN ERROR AND SCORED IN THE FOURTH. CHASES A BREAKING BALL. J.P. MOROSI? J.P.: REGARDING THE GIANTS, TOM WAS SPOT-ON. THERE’S A REPORT TODAY FROM KEN ROSENTHAL, OUR COLLEAGUE, THAT DREW POMERANZ, THE LEFT-HANDER, HAS GENERATED INTEREST FOR THE GIANTS, AS WELL. AND WITH THE TIGERS PLAYING AND CASTELLANOS AT THE PLATE, WE TOUCHED ON THE FACT THAT CASTELLANOS HAS A BETTER THAN 1.000 O.P.S. AGAINST LEFT-HANDED PITCHING IS REALLY CRUCIAL HERE BECAUSE YOU THINK ABOUT THE NATIONAL LEAGUE AND THE DODGERS, THE ROAD TO THE PENNANT IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE GOES THROUGH DODGER STADIUM WITH RYU AND KERSHAW AND RIOS AND HILL, ALL THE LEFTY ARMS, YOU WOULD THINK THAT CASTELLANOS HAS VALUE TO A TEAM LIKE THE CUBS THAT MAY MATCH UP WITH THE DODGERS IN OCTOBER. TOM: I CAN SEE WHY HE HAS VALUE TO A LOT OF TEAMS, ESPECIALLY AS A LEFT-HANDED MASHER, MATCHING WITH LEFT-HANDED PITCHING BUT I DON’T THINK THE TIGERS SHOULD EXPECT A LOT FROM HIM. WE SAW J.D. MARTÍNEZ GET TRADED A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO FOR REALLY NOT MUCH AT ALL. I JUST THINK THE WAY THE GAME IS NOW, THERE’S NOT A PREMIUM ON BAT-FIRST HITTERS. DEFENSIVELY, HE’S PROBABLY BELOW AVERAGE IN THE OUTFIELD. GETTING BETTER. BUT I THINK WHAT THE TIGERS SHOULD BE ASKING FOR A FUTURE FREE AGENT AT THE END OF THE SEASON, YOU CAN’T ASK FOR THE MOON AND THE STARS FOR THIS GUY. MARK: THE MIDDLE GROUND IN BASEBALL CAN BE QUICKSAND IF YOU’RE A GENERAL MANAGER. THIS IS A DEEP REBUILD. YOU IDENTIFIED THREE PLAYERS — FOULED BACK TO THE SCREEN — THREE TIGERS THAT WERE NOT TRADE BAIT, BUT GUYS THAT WERE POSSIBLY MOVING IN THE NEXT DAY AND A HALF. SO IF CASTELLANOS IS NOT A GUY THAT CAN BRING A BIG HAUL, THE OPPOSITE END OF THE SPECTRUM IS MATTHEW BOYD. TOM: HE’S CONTROLLED THROUGH 2022, HAS HAD A BREAKOUT SEASON, COMPARED TO PATRICK CORBIN. I THINK HE’S WHAT EVERY CONTENDING TEAM WANTS. I’M TALKING ABOUT FIRST PLACE TEAMS. YOU GET TO THE POSTSEASON, YOU BETTER HAVE PITCHERS WITH SWING-AND-MISS STUFF AND MATTHEW BOYD’S GOT SWING-AND-MISS STUFF. RICH: AND THE QUESTION YOU HAVE TO ASK YOURSELF IF YOU’RE THE TIGERS IS, ALL RIGHT, THIS IS A DEEP REBUILD, WILL WE BE CONTENDING IN TWO YEARS? DO WE WANT BOYD PART OF THAT? YOU SAY HE’S GOT THREE MORE YEARS OF CONTROL. OR CAN WE GET TWO OR THREE GUYS THAT WILL BE BIG PIECES IN TWO YEARS WHEN WE FEEL LIKE WE’LL BE GOOD? THAT’S A HARD THING FOR A GENERAL MANAGERRING TO WRESTLE WITH. TIM: YOU PUT A HIGH PRICE AND DON’T HAVE TO MOVE OFF OF THAT. THE DOWN SIDE IS YOU HAVE MATTHEW BOYD, NOT A BAD THING. YOU IDENTIFY AN IMPACT EVERYDAY PLAYER. THAT’S WHERE THAT TRADE HAS TO START. THINK ABOUT JOSE QUINTANA GOING FROM THE WHITE SOX TO THE CUBS OR CHRIS SALE IN THAT TRADE. YOU HAVE TO GET AT LEAST THREE PLAYERS. ONE HAS TO BE THE BEST POSITION PLAYING PROSPECT FROM THE OTHER ORGANIZATION AND DON’T COMPROMISE. RICH: PITCH OUTSIDE. IN A GLANCE AT THE TIGER PROSPECTS, IN THEIR MINOR LEAGUES, THEY ARE ARM-HEAVY SO THEIR CLOSEST PROSPECTS ARE PITCHERS SO THAT MAKES SENSE THAT IF YOU WERE GOING TO DEAL A GUY LIKE THAT, YOU BETTER GET THE NEXT J.D. MARTÍNEZ OR THE NEXT GUY THAT CAN BE A CORNERSTONE THAT YOU CAN REALLY BUILD AROUND AND CAN BRING EVERYBODY ALONG WITH THEM. SWING AND A MISS, ANDERSON GETS THE STRIKEOUT. CASTELLANOS. SO WHO’S AVAILABLE AS POSITION PLAYERS? J.P. MOROSI ANSWERS. J.P.: IT’S NOT THAT DEEP OF A GROUP AMONG THE BATS THAT ARE AVAILABLE RIGHT NOW. CASTELLANOS ONE OF THE BEST. DAVID PERALTA. DIAMONDBACKS HAVE TRENDED TO BE A SELLER. THE CUBS WE’VE MENTIONED AS A POSSIBILITY FOR HIM. HUNTER RENFROE, HE’S BEEN TALKED ABOUT AS IF THE PADRES ARE LOOKING TO BRING IN A BIG ARM LIKE A MATTHEW BOYD, MAYBE RENFROE IS ONE NAME THAT MOVES AS PART OF THAT DEAL TO GIVE THE OTHER TEAM A RIGHT-NOW TYPE OF HITTER. TO YOUR POINT, RICH, ABOUT THE TIGERS IN GENERAL, YOU’RE RIGHT. IT’S AN ARM-HEAVY SYSTEM AND HAS BEEN TRADITIONALLY. THE LAST TIGERS DRAFTED AND DEVELOPED OR SIGNED POSITION PLAYER TO MAKE MULTIPLE ALL-STAR APPEARANCES FOR THE TIGERS WAS TRAVIS FRYMAN. RICH: BACK WHEN YOU WERE A YOUNG LAD. J.P.: I WAS 8 YEARS OLD WATCHING THE TIGERS IN BAY CITY, MICHIGAN. MARK: I PLAYED AGAINST TRAVIS FRYMAN AND WITH HIM. RICH: BRANDON DIXON, HIS FIRST AT-BAT. HE CAME IN IN LEFT FIELD FOR CHRISTIN STEWART AFTER HE CRASHED INTO THE WALL ON THE CALHOUN HOME RUN. DIXON HAS BEEN A BRIGHT SPOT, GETTING A CHANCE TO PLAY EVERY DAY IN THE BIG LEAGUES AND HE HAS IMPRESSED. TOM: I WAS TALKING TO MIKE GEIGO BEFORE THE GAME. THE TIGERS ONLY HAVE THREE TRUE OUTFIELDERS IN THE ROSTER. THAT’S A PUSH TO HAVE HIM IN LEFT FIELD RIGHT NOW. MIKE DOES A GREAT JOB SCOUTING OPPOSING OUTFIELDERS. YOU HAVE TO KNOW THEIR STRENGTHS. DO THEY GO BETTER TO THE LEFT, TO THE RIGHT. AS A THIRD BASE COACH, ARM STRENGTHS, WHEN TO SEND A RUNNER IT’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’T REMEMBER HIM MAKING A MISTAKE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PLATE. HIGHLIGHTS SHOWING HIM GETTING IT ON THE EDGE OF THE PLATE. THIS IS MORE LUKE IT THAT, SLIDER THAT STARTS IN THE ZONE AND BREAKS OUT OF THE ZONE. HE HAS BEEN ON POINT. NO WALKS SO FAR, TYPICAL AGGRESSIVE JORDAN ZIMMERMANN CONTROLLING THE PITCH COUNT. FIVE INNINGS, 52 PITCHES, EXTRAORDINARY EFFICIENCY. RICH: ALWAYS BEEN KNOWN AS A BLUE COLLAR STARTER, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN STEVENS POINT, NOTHING FLACHY ABOUT THAT. TERRIFIC WEAVER — WIDE RECEIVER IN HIGH SCHOOL. ALSO A BASKETBALL PLAYER. TOOK THE BALL A LOT FOR THE NATIONALS, TWO ALL-STAR TEAMS. TOM: 17 STARTS WITHOUT A WIN, THAT’S TIED FOR THE FRANCHISE RECORD FOR THE TIGERS. ADAM VERNARROW, A COUPLE OF STRUGGLING TIGER TEAMS IN 2002 AND 2003. RICH: PLAY BALL MAKING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE AND FUN FOR EVERYBODY. TO FIND A YOUTH ORGANIZATION NEAR YOU, GO TO PLAYBALL.ORG. LINER TO RIGHT FIELD AND MATT THAISS IS HAVING A NICE TWO DAYS AFTER THE TWO HOME RUNS YESTERDAY, LEADOFF SINGLE HERE IN THE SIXTH. TOM: CAN I TELL YOU MY VERNIERO STORY. HE WAS UNDRAFTED COMING OUT OF THE BASEBALL POWERHOUSE OF ARMSTRONG ATLANTIC STATE. IT’S NOW GEORGIA SOUTHERN. HE PITCHED A GAME AND AFTER THE GAME HE GOES TO A RESTAURANT TO EAT. A TIGER SCOUT FOLLOWS HIM TO THE RESTAURANT AND SAYS WE WANT TO SIGN YOU AS A FREE AGENT, THE DRAFT HAS ALREADY PASSED. RICH:GARNEAU, CHECKED SWING. THERE WAS AN OUT AT FIRST. TOM: ONE PROBLEM, THE SCOUT FORGOT TO BRING THE CONTRACT WITH HIM SO HE PULLED OUT A PEN AND WROTE THE CONTRACT OUT ON A NAPKIN AND ADAM VERNIERO SIGNED ON THE NAPKIN FOR THE CONTRACT. RICH: WASES IT ENOUGH TO PAY FOR DINNER? TOM: MAYBE NOT THE TIP. RICH: THAT’S A GREAT STORY. ANGELS BULLPEN IS ACTIVE. DAVID FLETCHER DIGS IN. MARK: CAM BEDROSIAN GETTING LOOSE IN THE ANGELS BULLPEN. RICH: ZIMMERMANN WITH THAT SLIDER GETS A STRIKE. FLETCHER HAS BOUNCED OUT TO THE LEFT SIDE TWICE. TOM: BOTH TIMES ON SLIDERS. GREAT POINT. HE’S GOT TO BE MORE RIGHT FIELD ORIENTED HERE AGAINST THE ZIMMERMANN SLIDER. RICH: FLETCHER TO LEFT CENTER FIELD WELL HIT. JONES IN PURSUIT AT THE WALL AND HE CAN’T MAKE THE CATCH. IT’S OFF THE WALL. GOOD READ BY THAISS AND HE’LL SCORE EASILY. IT’S 3-2. TOM: SO MUCH FOR RIGHT FIELD. THAT’S WHAT YOU DO WHEN YOU HANG THE SLIDER. MARK: IF YOU SEE IT ENOUGH, YOU KNOW IT WHEN THE MISTAKE COMES, YOU’LL JUMP ALL OVER IT. THIS IS MORE OVER THE HEART OF THE PLATE. DAVID FLETCHER DOES NOT MISS IT. SCALDS THE BALL INTO LEFT CENTER FIELD. ALMOST A GREAT PLAY BY JACOBY JONES WHO CRASHES INTO THE WALL AND DAVID FLETCHER, YOU COULD SEE THE HANGING BREAKING BALL. HIS EYES GOT REAL BIG ON THAT ONE AND HE’S LUCKY THE BALL STAYS IN THE BALLPARK. DAVID FLETCHER OFF THAT LEFT CENTER FIELD WALL, GETS THE ANGELS A LITTLE CLOSER. TOM: THAT’S THE FIRST SLIDER I CAN REMEMBER THAT HE LEFT UP IN THE ZONE. THAT, TO ME, AND AGAIN, THIRD TIME AROUND, THAT’S A BIG WARNING SIGN. RICH: HERE’S TROUT. HOW DO YOU APPROACH TROUT, FIRST BASE IS OPEN, BUT, OF COURSE, YOU’VE GOT PROTECTION WITH OHTANI BEHIND HIM. TOM: HE’S TRYING TO GET HIM ON FASTBALLS UP, CHASING SLIDER AWAY. HE GO THE UNDERNEATH THE FASTBALL. LAST TWO PITCHES FOR ME TELL ME HE’S IN TROUBLE RIGHT NOW. RICH: THAT’S A KNEE-HIGH STRIKE IN THE BOX BUT NOT BY A CALL AND IT’S 2-0 AND RICK ANDERSON, THE PITCHING COACH OF THE TIGERS, IS ON HIS WAY OUT. TOM: THIS IS A GOOD VISIT. MARK, YOU PROBABLY HATED TO SEE THE PITCHING COACH COME OUT BUT THIS IS LIKE IN BASKETBALL, THE OTHER TEAM HAS A RUN, YOU CALL TIME-OUT AND CHANGE THE MOMENTUM. THE LAST TWO PITCHES FOR ME DIDN’T HAVE A LOT OF CONVICTION OR FINISH TO THEM. THIS IS WHAT COACHES LOOK FOR THIRD TIME AROUND. MARK: CERTAINLY, YOU HAVE A GAME CHANGER AT THE PLATE. MIKE TROUT, YOU CAN’T MAKE THOSE MISTAKES OR THE ANGELS WILL HAVE A QUICK LEAD. THIS LAST ONE JUST BELOW THE STRIKE ZONE AND DOESN’T GET THE CALL. MIKE TROUT HAS SUCH GREAT PLATE DISCIPLINE AND HE’S HAD IT FROM DAY ONE AND THAT’S USUALLY SOMETHING THAT IT TAKES YEARS AND YEARS TO ACQUIRE BUT HE’S HAD IT FROM THE GIT-GO AND IT SEEMS TO IMPROVE. HE HONES IT IN. I TALKED TO HIS DAD ABOUT THAT AND ASKED WHAT HE DID AS A KID FOR HIM TO ACQUIRE THAT AND HE SAID I HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH IT. I USED TO THROW HIM B.P. AND TELL HIM TO SWING THE BAT BUT HE WAS THAT PATIENT AS A KID. TOM: HIS FIRST YEAR IN THE MINOR LEAGUES, HE REFUSED TO SWING THE BAT UNTIL HE HAD A STRIKE. RICH: I DON’T THINK HE’S GOING TO GET A STRIKE IN THIS AT-BAT. THE 2-0 PITCH WAS HIGH. SLIDER, PERFECT SPOT. TOM: HE DOESN’T SWING 3-0. AND HE’S NOT SWINGING 3-1 UNLESS IT’S EXACTLY WHAT HE’S SITTING ON. MARK: HE’S GOING TO SIT SLIDER AND DOWN IN THE ZONE IF IT GOES DOWN THERE. RICH: HIT HIM, LEFT HAND. THE HOPES OF EVERYBODY IN ANGELS NATION ARE IN THEIR THROATS RIGHT NOW. MARK: THAT FASTBALL, 89 MILE-AN-HOUR FASTBALL. THEY WERE COMING IN ON MIKE TROUT. THEY WERE NOT GOING WITH THE SLIDER. ZIMMERMANN TRIED TO TIE HIM UP ON THE INSIDE PART OF THE PLATE AND THIS ONE GETS AWAY AND YOU ARE CORRECT. TOM: THIS LOOKED LIKE THE TWO-SEAMER, HE’S ELEVATING IT IN. WATCH IT KEEP RUNNING IN ON MIKE. RICH: IT’S NOT THAT FAR IN. TOM: A SITUATION WHERE HE’S PROBABLY THINKING SLIDER AWAY. SO VULNERABLE TO ANYTHING IN LIKE THAT. WE HAVEN’T SEEN JORDAN THROW MANY FASTBALLS IN TONIGHT. MARK: THAT ONE RIGHT THERE, IF HE EXECUTES THAT, HE WOULD HAVE TIED TROUT UP BECAUSE OF WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT. HE WAS DIVING, LOOKING FOR SOMETHING OFF SPEED, OUT OVER THE PLATE. THAT FASTBALL WOULD HAVE TIED HIM UP BUT HAD TOO MUCH MOVEMENT AND TROUT, TO ME, THIS IS ANOTHER THING I’VE BEEN SO IMPRESSED WITH HIM. HE’S USUALLY, I THINK, THE BEST I’VE SEEN AT GETTING THE IMPORTANT PIECES OUT OF THE WAY. KEEPS HIS HANDS OUT OF THE WAY, HIS HEAD OUT OF THE WAY, FIRST MOVEMENT. THIS ONE, HE WAS NOT ABLE TO DO IT. TOM: OBVIOUSLY THERE’S CONCERN HERE. MARK: I’D BE SHOCKED IF HE STAYS IN THIS GAME. RICH: BLAINE HARDY COMING IN FROM THE TIGERS BULLPEN. ONLY 61 PITCHES FOR ZIMMERMANN. HE EXITS HERE IN THE SIXTH. THERE’S A LOOK AT TROUT AS THEY LOOK AT THE OUTSIDE ALMOST THAT KNUCKLE OF THE PINKY. MARK: I DON’T GET THIS. THE TRAINERS GO OUT AND HE JUST GOT THUMPED AND THEY START SQUEEZING THE SPOT. BUMPING IT WITH THEIR FINGER. TOM: ONLY HURTS WHEN YOU PUSH ON IT, MAN! MARK: I DON’T EVER GET THAT. YOU CAN SEE THE BRUISE. THIS IS THAT TWO-SEAM FASTBALL THAT RUNS RIGHT IN AND TROUT CAN’T GET OUT OF THE WAY OF THIS ONE. THAT IS THE 12TH TIME TROUT HAS BEEN HIT THIS YEAR. IT’S A SPOT PITCHERS TRY TO GET TO, TRY TO PITCH HIM IN AND MANY GUYS DON’T HAVE THE ABILITY TO DO IT SO THAT’S WHY TROUT GETS HIT A LOT. TOM: YOU’RE RIGHT. YOU HAVE TO PITCH MIKE TROUT UP AND IN. HE HITS EVERY PITCH WELL AND THE ONLY PITCH HE DOESN’T DESTROY IS THE PITCH UP AND IN. NOT MANY HITTERS DO ESPECIALLY WITH ANY VELOCITY BUT THAT’S A CASE OF A HITTER LOOKING AWAY FOR A PITCHER WHO HASN’T COME IN MUCH AT ALL FOR FASTBALLS AND GETTING SOMETHING HE WASN’T LOOKING FOR. MARK: TROUT HAS BETTER NUMBERS AGAINST RIGHTIES THAN LEFTIES. THE GOOD LEFTIES WITH THE ANGLE COMING IN, IT’S BETTER FOR THE LEFTY THAN A RIGHTY TO GET THAT BALL INTO THE SPOT THAT GIVES TROUT PROBLEMS. JAMES PAXTON HAS NOTORIOUSLY GIVEN TROUT A TON OF PROBLEMS BECAUSE HE CAN HIT THAT THE SPOT ONE AFTER ANOTHER AND TIE TROUT UP. RICH: WAYNE HARDY, THE LEFTY, 6’2″, 218 POUNDS, NORTHWEST GUY, BORN IN SEATTLE. HAD A REALLY NICE RUN MID-SEASON FROM MAY 21 TO JULY 7, HE HAD A 1.80 E.R.A., ONE OF THE BEST IN THAT RUN BY ANY MAJOR LEAGUE RELIEVER, CALLED UPON TO FACE SHOHEI OHTANI. MIKE TROUT AT FIRST. YOU SAW FLETCHER AT SECOND. ONE OUT IN THE SIXTH. OHTANI BACKS UP, BALL GETS AWAY. FLETCHER SAW IT. TAKES THIRD. TOM: HARDY’S BEST PITCH IS THE CHANGEUP. AS A CATCHER, YOU ANTICIPATE THIS WILL BE IN THE DIRT AND IT JUST HITS OFF THE HEEL OF THE GLOVE AND BOUNCES TOO FAR AWAY. MARK: WHEN YOU’RE ON SECOND BASE, THIS IS A MUCH EASIER READ THAN ANY OTHER PLACE ON THE BASES. YOU’RE LOOKING DIRECTLY IN TOWARDS HOME PLATE. YOU CAN JUDGE HOW FAR AWAY THAT BALL GETS. THAT’S WHY FLETCHER’S AT THIRD BASE AND TROUT’S STILL AT FIRST BASE. RICH: 79 MILES AN HOUR. OHTANI IN FRONT. THE ANGELS DID NOT GET OFF TO A GOOD START BUT THEY’VE PLAYED WELL AND IT COINCIDES WITH OHTANI RETURNING TO THE LINEUP. THEY ARE 40-32 SINCE OHTANI RETURNED, BRAD AUSMUS’ CLUB. TOM: GOT TO KEEP AN EYE ON TROUT. GOOD SITUATION TO RUN. HARDY CURVEBALL-CHANGEUP GUY. AS A BASE RUNNER, THOSE ARE THE PITCHES YOU WANT TO PICK. MARK: I JUST DON’T SEE TROUT RUN AGAINST LEFTIES OFTEN AT ALL. TOM: HE DOESN’T HAVE MUCH OF A LEAD OVER THERE. RICH: HARDY’S CHANGEUP, AS TOM POINTED OUT, HIS BEST PITCH, AND NOT AFRAID TO GO LEFTY-ON-LEFTY WITH THE CHANGEUP. TOM: THAT’S THREE IN A ROW. FOUR FOR A QUARTER? I DON’T KNOW IF I’D GO FOUR TIMES TO OHTANI. MARK: IF TROUT STAYS AT FIRST BASE, IT CREATES A LITTLE EXTRA SPACE BECAUSE THEY’RE HOLDING HIM ON. RICH: THAT ONE ALMOST GOT HIM AND MISSES IN. OHTANI ON HIS WAY TO FIRST. MARK: THIS IS WHAT RON GARDENHIRE WAS TALKING ABOUT BEFORE THE GAME. HE SAID THEY’VE HAD LEADS AND HAVE BEEN ABLE TO PLAY SOLID BASEBALL BUT CAN’T FINISH. THEY HAD IT YESTERDAY, A GREAT START OUT OF MATTHEW BOYD AND UNABLE TO CLOSE OUT THAT GAME. TODAY THEY GOT A REALLY GOOD START OUT OF ZIMMERMANN. THEY HAVE TO BE PLEASED WITH WHAT THEY’VE SEEN FROM ZIMMERMANN IN THIS GAME BUT NOW THE DOOR OPENING UP FOR THE ANGELS. RICH: DANGEROUS HITTER IN UPTON WHO HAS MISSED A GOOD CHUNK OF THIS SEASON AFTER AN ODD TOE INJURY AT THE END OF SPRING TRAINING. TOM: HARDY HAS TO THINK ABOUT HITTING THE BALL TO THE MIDDLE PART OF THE FIELD KNOWING CHANGEUPS ARE HARDY’S BEST PITCH. YOU CAN’T GET THE ROLLOVER. RICH: THE CHANGE WITH THE GREAT ARM SIDE ACTION AND HE WAS ROLLING OVER ON THAT. IT’S 0-2. MARK: YOU LOOK AT THE MONTH OF JULY FOR JUSTIN UPTON. HE HAS NOT GOT HIS GAME UP AND RUNNING. FANS KNOW WHEN HE’S HOT HE CAN CARRY A CLUBHOUSE BUT .203 IN JULY WITH A COUPLE OF HOME RUNS. TOM: YOU HAVE TO HIT SOFT HERE. I KNOW MOST MAJOR LEAGUE HITTERS, VIRTUALLY ALL, SIT FASTBALL, REACT TO OFF-SPEED. HARDY WON’T BEAT YOU WITH HIS FASTBALL. YOU CAN SIT SOFT AND STILL REACT TO FASTBALL. RICH: DAVID FLETCHER WITH AN R.B.I. DOUBLE, KOLE CALHOUN IS ON DECK. THE 2-2. TOM: TAKES RIGHT THERE ON THE CHANGEUPS. THAT’S GOT TO GET HARDY THINKING. YOU SEE UPTON ON BALANCE. WATCH, THERE’S NO DRIFT HERE, NO LEAN. ON BALANCE. WHEN YOU HAVE TO THROW A CHANGEUP FOR A STRIKE IN THE ZONE, THAT CAN BE A DANGEROUS PITCH. RICH: 3-2 AND HE CHASED AND HE JUST GOT A PIECE. SEE WHERE THAT PITCH WAS, THAT’S A GOOD 10 INCHES OUTSIDE. HE GOT TO THE BALL BUT BARELY. MARK: WHAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT, TOM, IF YOU’RE THINKING RIGHT FIELD, THAT ONE IS SERVED UP TO YOU. THAT CHANGEUP IS A MISTAKE UP AND OUT OVER THE PLATE. IF YOU THINK THAT WAY, YOU LET IT GET DEEP AND DRIVE IT THAT DIRECTION. RICH: FLETCHER, TROUT, OHTANI, BASES LOADED. UPUPTON CALLING TIME. TOM: IT’S A TEST OF DISCIPLINE ON HARDY’S PART BECAUSE HIS BEST PITCH IS THE CHANGEUP OUT OF THE ZONE. UPTON, YOU CAN TAKE THE PITCH ON A FULL COUNT, THE CHANGEUP THAT WILL DROP OUT OF THE ZONE. RICH: 3-2, GOT HIM. GORGEOUS CHANGEUP. UPTON TRIED TO PULL IT AND HARDY WINS THE BATTLE. TWO OUTS. TOM: MORE DISCIPLINED PLAYER WAS HARDY, HE WON THE BATTLE. IT TAKES CONVICTION TO THROW THAT PITCH. WHEN YOU GET IN A SITUATION WHERE YOU NEED TO THROW A CHANGEUP FOR A STRIKE, IT CAN BE HAIRY. BUT THIS IS THE SAME PITCH OVER AND OVER FOR THE MOST PART KEEPING THE CHANGEUP DOWN AND AWAY. HERE UPTON STARTS TO ADJUST AND HAD A COUPLE OF GOOD TAKES IN THE SEQUENCE. YOU THINK MAYBE HE’S SEEING IT OUT OF THE HAND BUT NOW TWO STRIKES, THE ANXIETY TAKES OVER AND FOUL BALL AND THEN THE PUT-AWAY PITCH. MARK: WHEN YOU’RE HARDY, THAT IS YOUR BEST PITCH SO CONVICTION IS AN EASY ONE FOR YOU. RICH: KOLE CALHOUN WHO HORMDS TO TO — HOMERED TO LEFT IN THE FIFTH, A COSTLY HOME RUN FOR THE TIGERS. IT PUT A RUN ON THE BOARD FOR THE ANGELS AND IT ALSO COST CHRISTIN STEWART HIS NIGHT AS HE SLAMMED INTO THE WALL AND CAME OUT OF THE GAME. MARK: SHOCKINGLY, THE ANGELS HAVE STRUGGLED AGAINST LEFTIES FOR YEARS, HAVING PROBLEMS AGAINST LEFTIES. KOLE CALHOUN SHOCKINGLY LEADS THEIR BALL CLUB WITH 10 HOME RUNS AGAINST LEFTIES SO IT’S KOLE CALHOUN, NOT MIKE TROUT, NOT JUSTIN UPTON OR ALBERT PUJOLS, GUYS YOU WOULD EXPECT TO DOMINATE LEFTIES AS FAR AS DRIVING THE BALL OUT OF THE BALLPARK. IT’S THE LEFTY CALHOUN AND FOR THAT ARE TO HAPPEN, CALHOUN HAS TO KEEP THAT FRONT SHOULDER IN AND HE USUALLY DOES A PRETTY GOOD JOB WITH THAT. RICH: 1-1 IN THE DIRT, SMOTHERED BY JOHN HICKS. HE HAD ONE SQUARED AWAY THAT ALLOWED FLETCHER TO MOVE UP 90 FEET. TOM: WE SAW A SHOT OF JORDAN ZIMMERMANN. HE HASN’T WON A GAME IN 17 CONSECUTIVE STARTS. AT THE MOMENT HE STANDS ON THE WINNING SIDE OF THE DECISION. IT’S BEEN ALMOST A YEAR, GOING BACK TO LAST SEPTEMBER, SINCE HE WON A BALL GAME. RICH: 2-1. CALHOUN PULLS IT FOUL. TOM: HIS FATE IS IN THE HANDS OF BLAINE HARDER. BLAINE HARDY. CAN HARDY EXECUTE ONE MORE CHANGEUP TO KEEP JORDAN ON THE WINNING SIDE. MARK: IT WAS CALHOUN’S HOME RUN THAT GOT THE ANGELS ON THE BOARD IN THE FIFTH INNING AND IT WAS AN OPPOSITE FIELD HOME RUN. HE WILL HAVE TO HAVE THAT SAME APPROACH RIGHT HERE. RICH: 2-2. PULLS IT FOUL. STILL 2-2, FLETCHER’S DOUBLE SCORED THAISS. TROUT WAS HIT ON A FASTBALL, THE LAST MAN TO FACE ZIMMERMANN. OHTANI WALKS. UPTON STRUCK OUT AND HARDY NOW IS 2-2. HE’S GONE CURVEBALL, CHANGEUP, CURVEBALL AND THAT LAST PITCH WAS A FOUR-SEAM FASTBALL AT 89. SEE WHAT HE GOES WITH. 2-2. BREAKING BALL AND A STRIKEOUT AND JORDAN ZIMMERMANN CAN EXHALE. HARDY HOLDS THE LEAD. THE TIGERS GIVE UP A RUN BUT THROUGH STARBUCKS INNINGS — SIX INNINGS IN GAME ONE OF THIS THREE-GAME SET IN ANAHEIM. TIGERS HOLD ON TO THEIR 3-2 LEAD. MARK: GOOD, WELL EXECUTED BREAKING BALL RIGHT THERE AND HE PUT IT IN A GOOD SPOT. CALHOUN SWINGS OVER THE TOP OF IT. THAT’S WHAT PITCHING’S ALL ABOUT. IF YOU CAN EXECUTE AND HIT YOUR SPOTS, YOU CAN GET YOUR OUTS. IT’S THE MISTAKES THAT THESE GUYS ARE READY TO POUNCE ON AND THIS WAS A REALLY GOOD CURVEBALL. RICH: GOOD SIGN FOR THE ANGELS AND FOR BASEBALL, FOR THAT MATTER. TROUT ON HIS WAY INTO THE OUTFIELD AFTER GETTING HIT ON THE LEFT FIELD. HE SEEMS TO BE OK. MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL IS ALWAYS LIVE WITH MLB AT-BAT. FOLLOW YOUR FAVORITE TEAM, GAME TRACKING, HIGHLIGHTS, STATS, STANDINGS, NEWS, MORE. THE NUMBER ONE APP FOR LIVE BASEBALL. MLB AT-BAT. ONE OF THE COOL THINGS WITH THE YOUTUBE GAMES, WITH MLB ON YOUTUBE, IS THE FACT THAT WHEN YOU LOG ON TO MLB AT-BAT THIS IS A LARGE BANNER OR BILLBOARD AND WITH ONE PRESS OF THE SCREEN, THE GAME POPS UP. TOM: EVEN YOU CAN DO THAT, RICH. RICH: I TRIED EARLY BUT NOW I’VE GOT THE GAME ON. FOR IN-DEPTH PERSPECTIVES ON THE GAME, CHECK OUT YOUTUBE’S LIVE GAME COMMENTARY FEATURING TIGERS, ANGELS, YOUTUBE CREATORS, ADDING TO OUR THOUGHTS WITH A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE. VIEW THE GAME LIVE AND LIVE COMMENTARY ON YOUR DEVICE AND SMART TV. TOM, IS YOUR TV SMART? TOM: IT’S SMARTER THAN ME. RICH: WE’LL KEEP AN EYE ON THE DISCUSSIONS THROUGHOUT THE TELECAST. CAM BEDROSIAN IS IN FOR THE ANGELS. BEDROSIAN IS SECOND TO WORK OUT OF THE BULLPEN. JAIME BARRIA WENT FIVE, JUSTIN ANDERSON HAD THE SIXTH. CAM BEDROSIAN WHOSE FATHER WAS A WELL-KNOWN RELIEVER IN THE BIG LEAGUES. HE AND TROUT ARE THE LONGEST TENURED ANGELS. MARK: THAT IS CORRECT. RICH: BEEN HERE A WHILE. HE’LL JUMP RIGHT IN IN THE SEVENTH INNING IN A 3-2 BALL GAME. THE TIGERS ARE IN A DEEP REBUILD RIGHT NOW. THIS IS YEAR TWO FOR THEM. THEY’RE STRUGGLING TO WIN GAMES. THEY’VE HAD AN AWFUL TIME WINNING OUT WEST. THEY WERE SWEPT BY FOUR IN SEATTLE. DROPPED 24 OF THEIR LAST 25 GAMES AGAINST THE AMERICAN LEAGUE WEST GOING BACK TO LAST YEAR. THE ANGELS, ON THE OTHER HAND, OF ALL THAT, THEY ARE STILL ALIVE IN THE WILD-CARD, SCRATCHING AND CLAWING, TRYING TO IMPROVE THEMSELVES. THEY HAVE PLAYED WELL THIS JULY. RICH: HERE IS JEIMER CANDELARIO TO LEAD IT OFF OF THE TIGERS IN THE SEVENTH. TOM: HE’S ONE OF THOSE GUYS THE TIGERS WILL TRY TO FIGURE OUT, IS HE AN IMPORTANT PIECE GOING FORWARD? GETTING OFF TO A TERRIBLE START, HAS PLAYED MUCH BETTER RECENTLY. THAT IS OUT NUMBER ONE.>>EN JOSH BELL OR LIKE TO HAVE THE ONLY GUYS YOU TALK TO ABOUT SWITCHHITTING WHO DON’T HAVE A NATURAL SIDE, BECAUSE THEY HID FROM THE TIME THEY PICK UP THE PAT — PICK UP THE BAT FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE PLATE. I ASKED WHAT IS THE STRONGER SIDE, AND HE SAID IT DEPENDS HOW I’M GOING. LEFT SOMETIMES, SOMETIMES IT IS RIGHT SIDE. HIS DAD WASN’T GREAT BASEBALL INSTRUCTOR. HE HAS NO WEAK SIDE.>>MAKES IT TOUGH FOR THE OTHER MANAGER.>>YOU DON’T HEAR THAT VERY OFTEN.>>JOSH BELL WAS THE ONLY ONE I TALK TO. AS YOU SAID, MOST GUYS HAVE A NATURAL SIDE. GETTING READY AT FIRST BASE, CANDELARIO. HAD TO BORROW BRANDON DIXON’S GLOVE. HE HAS ONE ON ORDER, THOUGH.>>HE WAS A TRAINING DEADLINE GUY. HE CAME OVER, CANDELARIO DID, IN THE WHITE SOX TRADE. CASTRO HOOKS ONE INTO CENTER FIELD, AND THAT’S A BASE HIT.>>I THINK THAT BALL GOT THROUGH HIS LEGS.>>THAT WAS CRICKET LIKE, THROUGH THE WICKED.>>YOU ARE RIGHT. THAT IS THE HARD WAY, IT WAS TURNED SIDEWAYS.>>AS A PITCHER, YOU RELEASE THE BALL AND YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A FIELDER, BUT THAT IS KIND OF THE LAST THING ON YOUR MIND, YOU WANT TO GET THE EXTENSION, GET THROUGH THAT. NEXT THING YOU KNOW THE BALL IS COMING BACK QUICKLY. BUT ROSIE AND’S BALL IS HIT SO HARD HE JUST HAD TIME TO REACT — CAM BEDROSIAN’S BALL IT WAS HIT SO HARD.>>RON GARDENHIRE PORTED THIS OUT TO US, WINNING GAMES, IT’S ONE THING TO DEVELOP TALENT AND GUYS HAVE A GOOD YEAR, GET THEIR FEET WET IN THE BIG LEAGUES. HE SAID WE HAVE GUYS THAT ARE CAPABLE OF PLAYING WINNING BASEBALL, BUT WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO WIN GAMES. THIS IS THE TYPE OF GAME WHERE THE TEAM THAT DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO WIN IS UP A RUN IN THE SEVENTH INNING, ON THE ROAD, HOW DO YOU WIN IT?>>SOUNDS LIKE YESTERDAY’S GAME FOR THE TIGERS IN SEATTLE.>>THEY HAD OPPORTUNITIES IN SEATTLE, IN MORE THAN JUST YESTERDAY’S GAME. RICH: SWINGS AND MISSES.>>ON THE FLIPSIDE, THE ANGELS ARE FIGHTING TO STAY IN THE WILD-CARD RACE. THIS IS A SERIES THEY CAN’T GIVE UP. THIS IS ALMOST EIGHT MUST SWEEP SERIES FOR THE ANGELS TO CONTINUE THEIR PATH. TOM TALKED ABOUT EARLIER, THEIR SCHEDULE IN THE SECOND HALF IS HARDER THAN ANYBODY ELSE IN BASEBALL. THE GAMES AGAINST THE TIGERS ARE GOING TO DISAPPEAR. RICH: SIMMONS, FLETCHER TO SIMMONS TO PUJOLS IN A GORGEOUS DOUBLE PLAY, INS THE TIGER SEVENTH.>>THAT WAS SWEET. THAT WAS BASEBALL CHOREOGRAPHY AT ITS BEST.>>LECTURE DOESN’T HAVE THE TIME TO REALLY GET IT TO HIS HAND, FLIPS IT OUT OF HIS GLOVE. ANDRELTON SIMMONS COULD BE THE BEST IN THE GAME OF BASEBALL. JUST TO THROW RIGHT ON THE MONEY TO PUJOLS, A BEAUTIFUL DOUBLE PLAY. NOBODY HAPPY THEN CAM BEDROSIAN ON THAT DOUBLE PLAY RIGHT THERE. SLICK.>>ONE OF THE SEVERAL THINGS ABOUT THAT PLAY, YOU MENTIONED SIMMONS, THE TIMING TO GET TO THE BAG, TO CATCH THAT FLIP, WITHOUT HURRYING, TO MAKE SURE HE CAUGHT IT IN RHYTHM ON STRIDE. SOME SHORTSTOPS WILL HURRY TO THE BACK BUT NOW THEY ARE NOT POSITIONED TO CROSS THE BAG TO MAKE THE RELAY THROW.>>A GUY THAT BROUGHT THAT INTO THE MAJOR LEAGUES AND MAKE IT LOOK SOUPY SMOOTH WAS A SHORTSTOP WITH MARK LANGSTON IN SEATTLE. THE INCREDIBLE FOOTWORK THAT MANY COMPARE SIMMONS TWO.>>HE WILL ALWAYS BE THE GOLD STANDARD SHORTSTOP. I KNOW OZZIE SMITH ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE. THAT IS WHO I HAVE TO BASE MY OPINION ON. WITH THAT BEING SAID, AND I HAVE TALKED WITH OMAR ABOUT ANDRELTON SIMMONS BUT THIS GUY CAN SEE YOU, HE’S GOT VISUAL CONTACT ON YOU. HE IS MY MAN CRUSH, BECAUSE I ALWAYS WANTED TO BE A SHORTSTOP. I WAS LEFT-HANDED, AND I WANTED TO BE A SHORTSTOP SO BAD. SO I LOVE A GOOD SHORTSTOP PLAY. PLAYING WITH OMAR AND PLAYING AGAINST OMAR, I SEE SO MANY SIMILARITIES. THESE GUYS COULD PLAY THE TAPE FORWARD SO MUCH BETTER THAN ANYBODY ELSE. THEY HAVE ALREADY CALCULATED IN THEIR HEAD BEFORE THE BALL IS EVEN PITCHED BUT THEY WANT TO DO WITH THAT. YOU HAVE TO DO THAT TO BE ELITE FIELDERS.>>YOU SAW SIMMONS WITH THAT IPAD. HE WAS CHECKING OUT THE YOUTUBE SCHEDULE FOR NEXT WEEK. HE WANTED TO SEE THE CARDINALS AND DODGERS, THEY ARE ON WEDNESDAY. THAT’S A TERRIFIC MATCHUP. THE NEXT NIGHT, THE PHILLIES AND GIANTS. HOW GOOD ARE THE GIANTS? TERRIFIC MATCHUPS, TWINS AT BREWERS IS A GOOD ONE. ACTUALLY, WHEN HE WAS WATCHING WAS BUCK FARMER. YOU CAN WATCH VIDEO ON YOUR IPAD IN YOUR DUGOUT. ONE OF THE THINGS THAT HAVE CHANGED OVER THE LAST THREE OR FOUR YEARS IN THE GAME. FARMERS FIRST PITCH TO AVERT PUJOLS IS STRIKE ONE. SIMMONS WILL HIT SECOND AND MATT THAISS IS DUE UP THIRD. SLOW CHOPPER. THAT DESCRIBES PUJOLS ON HIS WAY DOWN TO FIRST AS WELL. J.P.: BUCK FARMER ON THE MOUND TONIGHT. HE IS SOMETHING OF AN UNDER THE RADAR TRADE CANDIDATE FOR THE TIGERS. A VERY EFFECTIVE SEASON FOR THEM. THERE’S NO URGENCY TO TRADE FARMER, UNLIKE WITH SHANE GREENE. THE DODGERS, NATIONALS HAVE LOOKED AT BOTH. THE DODGERS HAVE A SCOUT HERE TONIGHT. WHEN WE THINK ABOUT TRADES, MARK LANGSTON TRADED IN MAY OF 1989 FROM THE MARINERS TO THE EXPOS. I BELIEVE THERE WAS A FUTURE HALL OF FAME LEFT-HANDER GOING THE OTHER WAY IN THAT DEAL.>>YES, THERE WAS. I WAS TRADED FROM SEATTLE TO MONTREAL. NICHOLAS CASTING HONORS NAME HAS BEEN THROWN AROUND — NICHOLAS CASTELLANO’S NAME HAS BEEN THROWN AROUND. THEY TOLD ME GO PACK YOUR BAGS, YOU HAVE BEEN TRADED TO THE METS. SO I WENT HOME, PACKED ON MYSELF, SHUT UP THE NEXT DAY AND THEY SAID THE DEAL FELL THROUGH. SO THIS LITTLE THING START PLAYING IN YOUR HEAD THE ENTIRE TIME. I KEPT HEARING THE METS, THE RED SOX, ALL THESE NAMES. THEN I GOT TRADED AND THEY TELL ME IT IS MONTREAL. UNLIKE, WAIT A MINUTE, WHERE IS MONTREAL? IN THAT DEAL WAS A LITTLE LEFTY NAMED RANDY JOHNSON. QUICK SO HE WAS COMING BACK FROM THE METS, WAS IT GOODEN?>>THAT MOVE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN MADE, RANDY, WHAT A PITCHER. WE HAD MANY BATTLES AGAINST EACH OTHER, AND WHAT A COMPETITOR, HALL OF FAMER, AND PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST LEFTIES THAT HAS EVER PLAYED IN THIS GAME.>>I HEARD A GREAT STORY THAT EDGAR MARTINEZ TOLD, AFTER RANDY JOHNSON LET THE TEAM, APPARENTLY EDGAR SAID SOMETHING IN A NEWSPAPER STORY THAT JOHNSON TOOK UMBRAGE WITH. WHEN HE SAW EDGAR, HE SAID, WHAT WAS IS YOU TOLD A REPORTER IN THE NEWSPAPER? EDGAR SAID I DIDN’T REALLY MEAN IT, I DON’T KNOW IF I REALLY SAID IT. I THINK IT WAS OUT OF CONTEXT. JOHNSON SAID, WELL, IT’S ONLY GOING TO HURT FOR A LITTLE BIT. [LAUGHTER] RICH: INTO THE BAT AND IT’S GOING INCH — TO NESTLE INTO CENTER FIELD FOR A HIT.>>I REMEMBER ONCE VISITING RANDY IN SEATTLE. I WAS WRITING A STORY FOR SPORTS ILLUSTRATED. IT’S LIKE I HAD CLIMBED THE BEANSTALK, BECAUSE THE HOUSE WAS BUILT FOR HIM. EVERYTHING WAS EXTRA HIGH.>>DID HE SHOW YOU THE DRUMS?>>YES, VERY GOOD DRUMMER. VERY GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER AS WELL.>>VERY ACCOMPLISHED. PROBABLY TOOK A FEW PICTURES OF YOUR BUDDY MARK LANGSTON PAYMENT>>THE LAST SEMI SAW HIM WAS AT A RUSH CONCERT AND HE HAD MAYBE 100 DIFFERENT LENSES SCATTERED OUT ALL OVER THE PLACE. HE WAS IN THE PHOTOGRAPHY PIT RIGHT UP FRONT. HE SAID YOU BETTER GET THAT BIG BODY DOWN LOW. DOWN IN FRONT.>>FARMER IN, TIGERS TRYING TO WIN A BALLGAME HERE IN THE SEVENTH. SOMETHING THEY HAVE REALLY STRUGGLED TO DO, WHEN ON THE ROAD IN THE WEST. AND STOP THAT RUN OF 17 CONSECUTIVE WINLESS STARTS. IT HAS TIED A FRANCHISE RECORD THAT JORDAN ZIMMERMANN IS ON. 2-0 PITCH, AND IT’S UP. QUICK SETS AN INTERESTING PITCHED CHOICE RIGHT THERE. TWO OUTS TOWARDS THE BOTTOM OF THE LINEUP, YOU DON’T WANT TO MOVE THAT RUNNER UP TO SECOND BASE. 3-0 IS IN, AND HE LOST HIM. IT TURNS THE LINEUP OVER AND BRINGS UP FLETCHER WHO HAD THE R.B.I. DOUBLE BACK IN THE SIX. QUICK SETS ALWAYS JUST A LACK OF FOCUS RIGHT THERE, KNOWING WHERE YOU ARE IN THE LINEUP, WHO IS HITTING. YOU HAVE TO BE IN ATTACK MODE WHEN YOU SEE A GUY LIKE D’ARNAUD AT THE PLATE.>>ESPECIALLY NOW WITH MR. ALL WORLD ON DECK IN MIKE TROUT. YOU KNOW FLETCHER IS GOING TO GET FASTBALL TO HIT HERE. IT’S A GREAT PLACE TO HIT, RIGHT? IN FRONT OF TROUT.>>THIS IS A BIG PART OF MY TROUT IS HAVING A BIG YEAR. THEY HAVE HAD PRODUCTION THAT’S FEEDING THE TOP SIDE OF THE ORDER. TROUT HAS HAD A LOT MORE R.B.I. OPPORTUNITIES THAN HE HAS HAD IT HAS MANY SEASONS AS I CAN REMEMBER.>>REDEEM SPECIAL CHECK-IN OFFERS, ACCESS EXCLUSIVE CONTENT AND MUCH MORE. DOWNLOAD THE MLB BALLPARK APP TODAY. RICK ANDERSON OUT FOR ANOTHER MOUND VISIT. LONG AND SUCCESSFUL RUN WITH RON GARDENHIRE, THE PINCH RUNNER.>>HE BECOMES THE TYING RUN AT SECOND BASE.>>FARMER GOING TO COME RIGHT AFTER FLETCHER. FLETCHER HAS A TALENTED BROTHER, DOMINIC, WHO IS THE 75TH OVERALL PICK, PLAYED AT ARKANSAS. HE TALKED ABOUT GUYS NOT STRIKING OUT. HE HAS THE LOWEST STRIKEOUT RATE IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.>>HE COULD GO SLIDER HERE NOW, AND HE DID. THAT FIRST PITCH WAS HUGE. JUST PUMPED THE FASTBALL AND CONTROLLED THE COUNT. HIS PITCH HERE WILL DEFINE THE AT BAT. NOT — NOTHING CHANGES THE AT-BAT MORE THAN THE OUTCOME OF A 1-1 PITCH PEERING WINNING THE FIRST THREE PITCHES IS WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT.>>CHASED. HE DOESN’T DO THAT ALL THAT OFTEN.>>BRAD AUSMUS HAS TALKED ABOUT IT. HE SAID IN A CLUTCH SITUATION, DAVID FLETCHER IS THE GUY HE WANTS UP AT THE PLATE BECAUSE OF HIS CONTACT, HE WILL MAKE CONTACT AND SEEMS TO ALWAYS GET THAT BIG HIT. RICH: 1-2. AS TOM POINTED OUT, FORMER IS WELL AWARE OF MY TRANCE PRESENT ON DECK. CLICKS THAT WAS A CHANGE OF FRONT THAT WAS A GREAT TAKE ON FLETCHER. FLETCHER ON THE GROUND, CASTRO, SHORT WAY TO SECOND IN TIME, AND BUCK FARMER OUT OF THE BULLPEN, SCORELESS SEVEN. 3-2, TIGERS ON TOP OF ANGELS. SEVENTH INNING STRETCH. OUR GAME SUMMARY, LET’S TAKE A LOOK AND SEE HOW WE HAVE ARRIVED AT THIS. MIGUEL CABRERA OFF HIS FRONT FOOT, TO STRAIGHTAWAY CENTER. EVEN TROUT COULD NOT HAUL IT IN. HE TOLD EVERYBODY ABOUT IT, ALL THE WAY AROUND THE BASES. BARRIA AFTER GIVING OF THAT HOME RUN SETTLED INTO THE SECOND AND THE THIRD. A LITTLE TROUBLE IN THE FOURTH, THROWING ERROR BY MATT THIGHS AND AN EXTRA-BASE FOR CASTELLANO’S — BY MATT THAISS. 2-0 LEAD FOR THE TIGERS. JORDAN ZIMMERMANN TRYING TO SNAP THIS 17 GAME START WITHOUT A WIN , AND THE SLIDER AS TOM VERDUCCI EXPERTLY DIAGRAMMED TONIGHT ON TONIGHT UNTIL THE FIFTH. JORDY MERCER NOT ONE TO THE ROCKS. BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH, KOLE CALHOUN. OPPOSITE FIELD, STEWART HIT THE BALL HARD AND CAME OUT OF THE GAME. BOTTOM SIX, JUST OUT OF THE REACH OF JACOBY JONES. THIS WAS A BIG STRIKEOUT. PARTY WITH HIS CHANGEUP GOT UPTON. GETS CALHOUN AND HOLDS THE LEAD. ZIMMERMAN IS STILL IN LINE FOR THE WIN. MLB GAME OF THE WEEK LIVE ON YOUTUBE. THREE RUNS ON FIVE HITS FOR THE TIGERS. THE ANGELS, A COUPLE OF RUNS AND FOUR HITS. YOU CAN SEE THE RECORD FOR THE ANGELS. THEY NEED TO KEEP WAITING TO KEEP THEMSELVES IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE WILD-CARD RACE. FLETCHER MOVES TO THIRD.>>ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST BULLPEN PIECES IS ON THE MOUND. THIS IS GOING TO BE SOME POWER STUFF COMING AT YOU. ANDERSON, CAM BEDROSIAN, IN RELIEF OF BARRIA. MERCER’S HOMER WAS HIS FOURTH. SHOOTS IT TO RIGHT, AND THAT’S GOING TO DROP FOR A GOOD ARM AND MERCER IS GOING TO HOLD THERE AT FIRST. THE TIGERS OPEN UP THE EIGHTH INNING WITH A SINGLE TO RIGHT.>>I DON’T CARE WHO YOU ARE, YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE MOMENTS WHERE IT DOESN’T SYNC UP. HIS LAST TWO OUTINGS HAVE BEEN SOME ISSUES. HE HAS ALLOWED FOR DRIVES AND HIS LAST TWO APPEARANCES. EVEN THE REALLY GOOD ONES HAVE MOMENTS WHERE HE DOESN’T QUITE SIZE UP. QUICKSET LIKE THE IDEA BY JONES, HE’S GOT THE SPEED TO FEED IT OUT. NOT GIVING HIMSELF UP ENTIRELY. FLETCHER HAD BEEN BACK AT THIRD BASE. HE ACTUALLY REMAINS. IF YOU WANT TO BOND, I DON’T MIND IT ON 0-1. STILL A GOOD IDEA. RICH: JOHN’S DOUBLED IN THE FIFTH, STRUCK OUT TWICE. IT’S A THREE-GAME SERIES. IN THE MIDDLE OF A LONG ROAD TRIP FOR THE TIGERS, WHO STARTED IN SEATTLE AND WERE SWEPT BY THE MARINERS, WHO HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING LATELY. CERTAINLY HAD A TERRIFIC HOMESTAND. THEY ARE FOR OVER THE TIGERS. AN OFF DAY AFTER THE THREE HERE AND THEN OFF — ON TO TEXAS TO FINISH THE TRIP FOR THE TIGERS. THE COUNT 3-1. DAVE CLARK THE THIRD BASE COACH, GOODRUM IS ON DECK. FASTBALL IS UP AND IT JUST MISSED. JOHN’S WALKS. WE SAW BOBBY GRICH EARLIER TONIGHT. HE CAME INTO THE BOOT TO SAY HI TO EVERYBODY. I’M HOPEFUL THAT IS NOT THE LAST TIME THE TIGERS WON A GAME HERE AT THIS BALLPARK. J.P.: NO, BUT IT’S BEEN A WHILE. THE GREAT JOHN LOWE IS HERE AS WELL. THE LAST TIGERS VICTORY HERE THIS BALLPARK WAS MAY OF 2017. BRAD AUSMUS THEN WAS MANAGING THE TIGERS. HE WAS THE VICTORIOUS MANAGER THAT NIGHT FOR DETROIT. ONLY TWO PLAYERS WERE IN THAT LINEUP FOR DETROIT AND ARE STILL IN THIS LINEUP TONIGHT. WE GO CABRERA AND NICHOLAS CUSTER LLANOS.>>WE HAVE SOME FASCINATING STRATEGY GOING ON RIGHT HERE. WE TALKED ABOUT GOODRUM, HOW GOOD HE IS AGAINST UPPER VELOCITY FASTBALLS. OBVIOUSLY THE ANGELS HAVE TO SET THEIR DEFENSE HERE TO BE PREPARED FOR AN ACTUAL BUNT, WHICH I THINK IS STILL ALLOWED IN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.>>NOT VERY OFTEN.>>TO ME, TEAMS DON’T DEFEND THEM WELL. IT’S PART OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF PUTTING THE BALL ON THE GROUND.>>WITH THAT BEING SAID, THE BUNTER’S DON’T HAVE THE SKILL TO EXECUTE THAT. CERTAINLY IT PLAYS INTO IT IF YOU HAVE A GUY WHO CAN ACTUALLY GET THE BALL ON THE GROUND.>>NIKO GOODRUM HAS NOT HAD A SACRIFICE BUNT AND HIS YOUNG CAREER. PART OF THIS, YOUR DISCUSSION ON BUNTS, COMES THROUGH THE MINOR LEAGUES. TEAMS DON’T EVALUATE IN THE MINOR LEAGUES. IS NOT PRACTICED AS MUCH OR PERFECTED.>>THIS IS SOMETHING I ALWAYS HAVE A PROBLEM WITH. IT COMES FROM THE ANALYTICAL PEOPLE THAT DON’T UNDERSTAND WHEN YOU ARE THE GUY ON THE MOUND, THERE ARE DIFFERENT PRESSURES WHEN GUYS START GOING CLOSE TO HOME PLATE THAT IS NOT ON THE SPREADSHEET. THERE’S A LOT MORE PRESSURE WHEN A GUY IS NOW STANDING AT THIRD BASE. THERE ARE SO MANY OTHER FACTORS THAT COME INTO PLAY IN THE GUYS MIND THAT IS ON THE MOUND. QUICK’S I’M SURE RON GARDENHIRE IS ALSO THINKING YOU’RE PUTTING — TAKING THE BAT OUT OF MIGUEL CABRERA’S GAME. HE IS ONE OF THOSE GUYS WHO FINDS AWAY WITH RUNNERS ON BASE.>>FASTBALL UP. THE COUNT 3-1.>>TIED REGGIE IS USUALLY — TY BUTTREY HAS HAD SOME ISSUES. THE VELOCITY IS STILL THERE, BUT IT’S THE LOCATION OF IT. HE HAS REALLY MISSED ON LOCATION. THE OTHER NIGHT HE GOT BEAT ON A SLIDER THAT JUST CATCHES THE HEART OF THE PLATE. QUICKSET BALL IS OFF THE PLATE. YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF THE COUNT AT 3-1. PICTURES REALLY STRUGGLING WITH COMMAND. JUST BAILED HIM OUT RIGHT HERE. THIS GUY IS JUST HUNTING FOR ANY KIND OF A STRIKE, AND YOU GAVE HIM THAT STRIKE. AGAIN, A YOUNGER TEAM, THEY CHASE MORE THAN ANY TEAM IN BASEBALL, DETROIT. THEY HAVE A WISE HITTING COACH IN LLOYD MCCLENDON. RICH: THAT TIME HE TAKES IT, AND IT IS OUT. NOW WE GO CABRERA COMES TO THE PLATE AND THERE IS NO PLACE TO PUT HIM. QUICK’S WE SAW BRAD AUSMUS GIVING THE SIGNALS FOR THE INFIELD DEFENSE HERE. THREE MEANING THE DEPTH, AND THEN HOME, OBVIOUSLY, GO HOME. BRINGING THE INFIELD ALL THE WAY IN. IF THEY DO COME HOME WITH CABRERA’S FOOT SPEED, THEY POSSIBLY COULD GET A DOUBLE PLAY. UP THE MIDDLE, AND IT GETS BY SIMMONS AND INTO LEFT FIELD. MERCER SCORES, JOHN’S BEHIND HIM, GOODRUM TO THIRD, AND MIGGY KNOX IN TWO. TIGERS HAVE A — HAVE THE LEAD. THE ADVICE ALBERT PUJOLS GAVE HIM AS A YOUNG PLAYER. WHAT DOES HE DO? FIRST PITCH FASTBALL. QUICK’S IT’S NOT BAD LOCATION, BUT MIGGY HITS IT HARD. DOESN’T TAKE MUCH TO GET IT BY. THE TWO WALKS PRIOR TO THIS BY TY BUTTREY HAS SET THIS INNING IN MOTION. QUICK’S SITTING ON FIRST PITCH FASTBALL, GOT IT, DIDN’T HIT IT HARD BUT ADDED TO HIS HUGE R.B.I. TOTAL.>>MIGGY SAYS MY WORK HERE IS DONE. BECKHAM, YOU CAN RUN. LOOK AT GARDENHIRE. HE KNOWS HOW IMPORTANT GAMES LIKE THIS ARE. OBVIOUSLY THE TIGERS ARE GOING NOWHERE. THEY WANT TO AVOID 120 LOSSES. THEY WANT TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO WIN GAMES. HOW DO THESE YOUNG PLAYERS ACTUALLY WIN GAMES? IS CO VETERAN WHO SHOWS THE WAY HERE. CASTELLANO’S BROKEN BAT AND A POP-UP. RUNNERS NOT TAGGING. GOODRUM HAD CREPT DOWN THE LINE IN CASE THE BALL FELL IN. QUICKSET IS GOOD BASE RUNNING RIGHT THERE. THIS BALL LOOKS LIKE IT’S GOT A CHANCE TO FIND SOME GRASS OUT IN RIGHT FIELD. THE BALL HITS THE DIRT. WITH THE ARM OF CALHOUN NEWS CLOSING IN ON IT. PROBABLY A PLAY AT THE PLATE. THE ONLY THING YOU CAN DO IS COME DOWN THAT LINE AND HOPE THE BALL GETS DOWN. QUICK’S THE ANGELS OPEN IN THEIR COMEBACK IN THEIR WALKOFF WIN YESTERDAY WAS OUTSTANDING. FOR INNINGS, TWO HITS, NO RUNS. TONIGHT, THE BULLPEN HAS COUGHED UP TO HERE IN THE A’S.>>YOU MENTIONED IT EARLIER, THEY HAVE NOT GOTTEN LENGTH OUT OF THEIR ROTATION. WHEN THAT HAPPENS, YOU ARE GOING TO POUND ON THOSE GUYS IN THE BULLPEN AND YOU MIGHT BE SEEING SOME OF THE EFFECTS OF IT.>>SAW GARCIA GETTING READY.>>THAT IS A FAMILIAR STORY AROUND BASEBALL, ASKING RELIEVERS TO PICK UP MORE AND MORE INNINGS. IS THE FIRST TIME IN 50 YEARS THAT RELIEF PITCHERS HAVE A HIGHER EARNED RUN AVERAGE THAN STARTING PITCHERS. THE WORKLOAD HAS GONE UP CONSISTENTLY TO RECORD LEVELS. A LOT OF THESE GUYS ARE FEELING THE EFFECTS OF THE WORKLOAD. QUICK’S NEXT YEAR BASEBALL EXPANDS ROSTERS TO 26. LAST I HEARD THERE WERE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT IF THERE WAS GOING TO BE A CAP. QUICK’S 13. THAT HAS BEEN DECIDED. MOST TEAMS HAVE 13 NOW. QUICK’S MY POINT IS IF THIS TREND CONTINUES LIKE THAT, THAT’S NOT EASY ON MANAGEMENT.>>I THINK THEY SHOULD DIAL IT DOWN TO 11. IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE RUN THIS WAY. NEXT YEAR AS WELL COME THE THREE BATTER MINIMUM IS STILL THERE, STILL ON THE TABLE. THAT IS A TERRIBLE RULE. IT’S LIKE TELLING AN NFL TEAM YOU CAN’T THROW ON SECOND DOWN. IT DOESN’T MAKE ANY SENSE. THE RULE WOULD AFFECT ONE MOVE EVERY OTHER GAME, OR MAYBE ONCE EVERY THREE GAMES. THERE IS NO PAYOFF TO IT. I GET WHAT THEY’RE TRYING TO DO, BUT DON’T TOUCH THE STRATEGY OF THE GAME. NOBODY ASKED ME, THOUGH. QUICK’S I’M WITH YOU, TOM. I COULDN’T AGREE MORE. THERE’S JUST CERTAIN THINGS IN THE GAME OF BASEBALL YOU’VE JUST GOT TO LEAVE ALONE. PART OF IT IS THE STRATEGY. PEOPLE WANT TO SEE THE MATCHUPS. YOU GET THESE GUYS IN FOR THE LEFTY, HE’S GOING TO FINISH THE INNING NO MATTER WHAT. IT GOES BACK TO THE POINT TO WHERE EVERYBODY IS SO WORRIED ABOUT NOT LETTING THE STARTER GET THREE TIMES THROUGH THE LINEUP. TO ME THAT IS A DEVELOPMENTAL PROBLEM. IF THAT’S THE CASE, WHY ARE THEY NOT TEACHING GUYS DOWN AT A MINOR LEAGUE LEVEL HOW TO GET THROUGH LINEUP THREE DIFFERENT TIMES. RICH: CANDELARIO THE HITTER. QUICK’S THE AMATEUR LEVEL IS DOING A TERRIFIC JOB DEVELOPING PITCHERS. YOU KEEP WRITING OUT WITH THESE GUYS THROWING 95 WITH OUR SLIDERS, MAYBE THEY DON’T PITCH MORE THAN AN INNING AT A TIME BUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF THOSE GUYS TO FILL BEHIND STARTERS. THE INDUSTRY THINK INJURIES HAPPEN A LOT BASED ON FATIGUE.>>BALL GETS AWAY, RUNNER COMING HOME AND GOODRUM IS GOING TO SCORE. 6-2 BALLGAME NOW HERE IN THE EIGHTH. QUICK’S THAT’S ABOUT BREAKER FOR A CLUB. TWO OUTS. QUICK’S THE BALL CANNOT GET THROUGH THE WEEK IT’S. WE TALKED ABOUT IT EARLIER, YOU KNOW IT IS COMING. THERE’S A CHANCE IT IS GOING TO BE OUT OF THE STRIKE ZONE AND THE BALL GETS RIGHT TO THE LEGS OF DUSTIN GARNEAU. HE GOES BACK TO WHAT I WAS TELLING YOU, THERE’S A LOT OF WAYS TO SCORE FROM THIRD BASE. THERE IS ONE RIGHT THERE, THAT LITTLE CHANGE OF A GETS AWAY AND THE TIGERS ARE ABLE TO TACK ON ANOTHER RUN. QUICK’S CANDELARIO NOW GETS A 3-1 PITCH. BECKHAM IS THAT SECOND AND IT’S FOULED BACK. THE COUNT IS FULL. 3-2. QUICK’S JOSE MOLINA DOES A GREAT JOB. WORKING ON EXACTLY THAT THING, FRAMING AS WELL. BLOCKING PITCHES, GETTING THAT BODY DOWN IN FRONT OF THE BASEBALL. YOU ARE ANTICIPATING THE BALL IS GOING TO BE DOWN. MARK: I THINK THAT ANGELS ARE ON A PATH TO BREAK AN ALL-TIME MAJOR LEAGUE RECORD AS FAR AS WILD PITCHES THIS YEAR. A LOT OF IT YOU CAN BLAME ON THE PITCHERS. WE HAVE SEEN PLENTY OF THAT WHEN BALLS ARE SPIKED DOWN IN THE DIRT. SOME OF IT, YOU GOT TO HAVE THAT GUY BACK THERE BLACKING — LOCKING THE BALL. QUICK’S THE TIGERS TACK ON THREE AND LEAVE THE BALLGAME 6-2 AGAINST THE ANGELS. MIKE TROUT APPEARS TO BE WELL ON HIS WAY TO COOPERSTOWN. LET’S REVISIT SOME OF THE SIGNATURE MOMENTS OF HIS GREAT CAREER.>>. THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS OF ANAHEIM SELECT MICHAEL TROUT.>>THE FIRST HOME RUN FOR TROUT IS A BIG ONE.>>YOU’RE GOING TO REMEMBER MIKE TROUT.>>IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE SO FAR.>>HE IS GOING TO NEED A STORAGE UNIT FOR THE AWARDS HE IS GOING TO WIN OVER THE NEXT TWO DECADES.>>HIS FIRST WALKOFF HOME RUN OF HIS CAREER. QUICK’S HE DOES IT ALL. QUICK’S WE COULD BE LOOKING AT ONE OF THE GREATEST PLAYERS OF ALL TIME. QUICK’S THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE HONOR TO BE PART OF THE ALL-STAR GAME.>>THAT’S HIS 40TH HOME RUN OF THE SEASON. YOU BET HE IS SMILING. HE IS GETTING A STANDING OVATION. IT’S HIS 1000TH CAREER HIT. MIKE TROUT HAS JUST HIT HIS 200 CAREER HOME RUN.>>DO YOU RECOGNIZE HIM AS THE BEST PLAYER IN THE GAME?>>IT WAS ALMOST ASSURED, BEING AN ANGEL FOR LIFE.>>THE FACT IS IT’S NOT EVEN QUESTION, THE BEST PLAYER IN THE GAME RIGHT NOW.>>THE RESUME IS OBVIOUSLY IMPRESSIVE. FOR TIME RUNNER UP FOR THE AMERICAN LEAGUE M.V.P., EIGHT TIME ALL-STAR. THE ONE THING YOU DON’T SEE THERE IS ONE POSTSEASON SERIES. THAT IS NOT ON MIKE TROUT. I BELIEVE KANSAS CITY BEAT HIM AND THAT IS AN ISSUE FOR THE ANGELS AND FOR BASEBALL AT THE SAME TIME. THE BEST PLAYER OF HIS GENERATION. THIS IS WILLIE MAYS, HANK AARON. AND HE HAS PLAYED IN ONE POSTSEASON SERIES. NOW HE’S GOING TO BE AN ANGEL FOR LIFE. HE SIGNED THAT ENORMOUS CONTRACT , ALMOST $400 MILLION. WHY HAVEN’T THE ANGELS BEEN ABLE TO BUILD AROUND HIM AND GET TO THE POSTSEASON MORE, AND CAN THEY DO IT IN THE NEXT TWO OR THREE YEARS WHILE HE IS SMOKING OPS AND SLUGGING PERCENTAGE? TOM: THREE REASONS FOR YOU. PITCHING, PITCHING, AND PITCHING. AS I SAID, THEY HAVE NOT BEEN IN THE TOP HALF IN E.R.A. SINCE MICHAEL ARRIVED HERE. THAT IS CLEARLY THE NUMBER ONE — YOU ARE LOOKING AT YOUNG PLAYERS WITH THE HIGHEST SCORE THROUGH THEIR AGE 26 SEASON. LAST YEAR FOR MIKE TROUT. GREAT PLAYERS GENERALLY DO WIN IN THE POSTSEASON. IT’S NOT THE NBA WHERE IT DEFINES FRANCHISE. YOU CAN ONLY TAKE YOUR TURN AT BAT. GREAT PLAYERS GET INTO THE POSTSEASON. GET IN IS THE PERFECT WORD RIGHT THERE. IT JUST HASN’T HAPPENED FOR MIKE. BASEBALL FANS FEEL LIKE THAT IS THE CHANGE. I WANT TO SEE THE BEST ON THE BIGGEST STAGE.>>GOOD TO SEE HIM SWINGING. HIS LAST AT-BAT, HE GOT POPPED ON THAT LEFT-HAND ON A JORDAN ZIMMERMANN FASTBALL.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE SAID I GUESS HE DOESN’T WANT TO PLAY IN THE PLAYOFFS, TAKING THE LONG-TERM MONEY WITH THE ANGELS. THIS TEAM IS REALLY CLOSE. RICH: SHALLOW, LONG RUN MADE THEREBY CASTELLANOS.>>A KID BY THE NAME OF JO ADELL NOT FAR BEHIND THEM. THEY HAVE THE PIECES FOR A PLAYOFF TEAM. NOW ALL THEY HAVE TO DO IS GO OUT AND SIGN GERRIT COLE THIS WINTER.>>YOU FAILED TO MENTION JUSTIN UPTON. THEY INVESTED IN HIM. HE IS A GUY THAT CAN PRODUCE. I AGREE WITH YOU, THE PIECES OF THE PUZZLE ARE IN PLACE FROM AN OFFENSE OF AND FROM A DEFENSIVE STANDPOINT. THEY HAVE HAD INJURIES THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF MIKE TROUT’S CAREER. THEY HAVE HAD SOME GOOD STARTING PITCHERS THAT HAVE HAD TOMMY JOHN, A LONG LIST OF GUYS END UP GOING DOWN TO TOMMY JOHN SURGERY. RICH: OHTANI AT THE PLATE, JIMENEZ COMING IN RELIEF. THE FASTBALL MISSES OUT. JUST TO DOCUMENT THE E.R.A., YOU DON’T SEE ANY TOP FIVE FINISHES FROM THE ANGELS PITCHING STAFF.>>THE LAST SOME THEY WERE IN THE POSTSEASON WAS THE 2014 SEASON. THEY FINISHED THE YEAR WITH THE BEST RECORD IN BASEBALL THAT YEAR. KANSAS CITY CAME IN THROUGH THE WILD-CARD AND HAD TO BATTLE BACK AGAINST THE OAKLAND A’S. THEY CAME SMOKING HOT INTO A SERIES AGAINST THE ANGELS. THE LAST ONE WAS A BLOWOUT BUT THE FIRST TWO WERE TIGHT BALLGAMES, AND THAT WAS IT, GAME, SET, MATCH ON THE TEAM WITH THE BEST RECORD IN BASEBALL.>>HE CONTINUES TO SWING THE BAT THE WAY HE HAS SWUNG IN HIS YOUNG MAJOR LEAGUE CAREER.>>A GORGEOUS PITCH. JIMENEZ BROUGHT THAT BACK RIGHT AT THE KNEES AND STRIKES OUT OHTANI.>>CLASSIC SEQUENCING, THE HIGH VELOCITY, HIGH FASTBALL FOLLOWED BY THIS CHANGEUP HERE.>>OHTANI BEASLEY TRYING TO GEAR UP FOR THE HIGH VELOCITY. YOU COME BACK WITH THAT CHANGE OF, YOU ARE GOING TO GET A LOT OF GUYS THAT ARE GOING TO SIT ON THAT.>>WE WERE TALKING BIG PICTURE WITH THE ANGELS. THE SNAPSHOT IS, THEY ARE DOWN TO THE TIGERS AND WHAT IS A HUGE IMPORTANT SERIES AFTER DROPPING THREE OF FORWARD TO THE LOWLY ORIOLES.>>THE TIMING COULD NOT BE WORSE. IF ANYTHING PERHAPS IT JUST CLARIFIES WHERE THE ANGELS TRULY ARE, THEY SIMPLY CANNOT BE A CLUB THAT’S LOOKING FOR RENTALS. TOM HAD A GREAT POINT ABOUT GERRIT COLE. HE ATTENDED HIGH SCHOOL AT ORANGE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL, 3.5 MILES AWAY FROM WHERE WE ARE RIGHT NOW. IF YOU SIGN GERRIT COLE THIS WINTER YOU’RE TAKING HIM OFF THE ROSTER OF THE DIVISION LEADING TEAM, THE HOUSTON ASTROS.>>UPTON HUSTLING, CONFUSION AT THE BAG AND AN OUT CALL FROM THE FIRST BASE UMPIRE. NICE HITTING FROM JIMENEZ IN THIS YOUNG TIGER TEAM WHO HAVE LOST SIX IN A ROW. RIGHT NOW AS THE ANGELS ARE HEADED TO THE NINTH. AS THE TRADE DEADLINE NEARS, IT’S WIN STATE FOR CLIENT EASTERN. SOME OF THE MORE NOTABLE DEALS COMPLETED — FOLLOW ALONG WITH THIS. ANGELS GOT MARK TO SHARA. INTO — MARK TEIXEIRA. IN 2008 HE HAD SOME BIG NUMBERS AND HELP THEM OUT. HODGMAN DID NOT HAVE THE SAME TYPE OF RESUME BUT THE STORY IS A LONG WAYS FROM BEING OVER. EVEN THOUGH OUR TRAINER AND PRODUCER IS A YANKEES FAN, THE COMPENSATION PICK TURNS INTO MIKE TROUT. YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE THESE TRADES MAY LEAD. THIS WAS A NOTABLE TRADE AS WELL . DOUG FISTER FROM THE TIGERS, NOW THE MARINERS FELT HE WAS FOR MANY YEARS UNDERAPPRECIATED. DOUG FISTER, 230 GAMES WITH THE MARINERS. 4.02 E.R.A., SO THAT’S A NOTABLE TIGER TRADE WITH THE MARINERS. YOU NEVER KNOW WHERE ANY OF THESE TRADES WILL LEAD. THEY COULD PUT HER TEAM IN THE POSTSEASON OR A FEW YEARS LATER IT COULD PUT MIKE TROUT IN YOUR OUTFIELD.>>YOU DON’T OFTEN SEE ANOTHER MIKE TROUT, BUT YOUR POINT IS WELL TAKEN. EVERYBODY WANTS A TRADE, BUT SOMETIMES BE CAREFUL WITH WHAT YOU GIVE UP.>>AND VICE VERSA, SOMETIMES YOU PUT A LOT OF FAITH IN THE PROSPECTS YOU ARE GETTING AND THEY DON’T PAN OUT. IT BECOMES A VERY DIFFICULT SCENARIO. THE SCIENCE OF THE DRAFT IS JUST MIND-BOGGLING. YOU LOOK AT A GUY LIKE MIKE TROUT, IN HIGH SCHOOL, YOU DON’T KNOW IF HE WAS PLAYING AS MUCH OF THE STUFF THAT IS DONE NOW. IT IS WELL DOCUMENTED, BILLY BEANE GOING OUT TO SEE MIKE TROUT. HE IS UNIMPRESSED. THEY PICK GRANT GREEN IN THE FIRST ROUND THAT SAME YEAR. HOW DO YOU JUDGE A GUY LIKE MIKE TROUT WHO IS IN HIGH SCHOOL DOMINATING A SMALLER LEAGUE. RICH: CHOPPER OFF THE BAT OF CASTRO, BAREHANDED, SIMMONS. YOU DON’T SEE THAT VERY OFTEN. SIMMONS THROWS IT AWAY. ONE OF THE GREAT DEFENDERS OF THIS ERA, ANDRELTON SIMMONS, FOR GOLD GLOVES. CASTRO IS ON HIS WAY DOWN TO SECOND BASE.>>THIS IS A DO OR DIE PLAY FOR SIMMONS. HE KNOWS IT DOESN’T HAVE TIME TO GET IT TO THE HAND, HE IS USUALLY RIGHT ON THE MONEY WITH THIS THROW, IT’S OFF-LINE AND BACK INTO THE TIGER DUGOUT. IT WILL GO DOWN AS A SINGLE, AS CASTRO IS ABLE TO GET TO SECOND BASE.>>SOMETIMES THE BALL CAN GET DEEPER IN YOUR HAND THEN YOU WANT. A PLAY LIKE THAT HAPPENS, YOU LOOK TWICE AND SAY, DID THAT ACTUALLY HAPPEN? IT DID.>>25% IS THE DEFENSIVE INDEX WHICH MEASURES A FEW OF THE ADVANCED DEFENSIVE METRICS. YOU ARE SIMMONS, HIS FIFTH GOLD GLOVE, NOT ACCORDING TO THE INDEX RIGHT NOW. YOU TAKE THAT RANKING RIGHT NOW. MARCUS SEMIEN IS THE LEADER RIGHT NOW. BETWEEN SEMIEN AND SIMMONS, IT’S WILLY ADAMES OF TAMPA BAY. 75% IS THE VOTING AND YOU WOULD THINK SIMMONS BY REPUTATION IS GOING TO DO WELL IN THOSE STATES. HICKS PULLS ONE ON THE GROUND. FLETCHER FIRES ACROSS. IT TELLS YOU IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE, SEMIEN HAS HAD ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING TRANSFORMATIONS DEFENSIVELY. YOU CAN THANK RON WASHINGTON FOR THE BULK OF THAT. YOU WANT TO SAY WASHINGTON RAISED HIM FROM A CUP BUT TOOK HIM UNDER HIS WING AND HE HAS TURNED INTO A DEFENSE — TERRIFIC DEFENDER. RICH: JORDY MERCER, ON THE DIRT. THE THROW SKIPS INTO LEFT, BUT THERE IS SIMMONS BACKING UP.>>ANOTHER ONE THAT JUST GOT TOO FAR AWAY FROM GARNEAU. HE’S NOT REALLY SQUARED UP, AND THAT’S THE ISSUE. THE BALL IS GOING TO BOUNCE. IF YOU ARE OPENED UP LIKE THAT TO THE SIDE, MAKE SURE YOU GET THOSE SHOULDERS SQUARE, CHIN DOWN TO THE CHEST, CHEST FORWARD. LET THE BALL GET DOWN RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU. THAT FORCES THE INFIELD TO COME IN. MERCER STARTED WITH AN OPEN STANCE, BUT YOU HAVE TO GET TO SQUARE TO BLOCK THE BALL. SIMMONS WILL GO TO FIRST. IT WAS GREAT TO SEE JONATHAN LUCROY IN THE ANGELS CLUBHOUSE TODAY. IT SOUNDS LIKE ALMOST ANY DAY NOW IS GOING TO COME OFF THE DL.>>HE SAID HE HAS BEEN FEELING GREAT FOR THE LAST WEEK AND A HALF.>>OBVIOUSLY WITH THOSE HEAD INJURIES, YOU’VE GOT TO BE EXTRA CAREFUL AND NOT JUST RELY ON A GAMER LIKE LUCROY TO TELL YOU HE IS GOOD. GIVE A LITTLE EXTRA TIME AND BE CERTAIN ABOUT IT.>>IT WAS A VICIOUS CRASH. JACOBY JONES HAS HAD A NICE NIGHT. WALKED AND SCORED A RUN. HE HAS DOUBLED, AND THE TIGERS HAVE LEANED ON WE GO CABRERA, SOLO HOMER IN THE FIRST ENTER TO RUN SINGLE IN THE EIGHTH. STUART, BEFORE HE LEFT THE GAME AND CRASHING INTO THE LEFT THE WALL, AND R.B.I. DOUBLE. JORDY MERCER HAS GOT TO HITS INCLUDING HOME RUN NUMBER FOUR ON THE SEASON.>>WE TALKED ABOUT A TEAM THAT IS TRYING TO WIN. SO FAR THIS GAME IS A PRETTY GOOD BLUEPRINT. YOU TALK ABOUT THE ADD-ON RUNS, HARDY AND FARMER GETTING BIG OUTS WITH RUNNERS IN SCORING POSITION, KEEPING THE LEAD INTACT. THERE HAVE NOT BEEN A LOT OF THESE KNIGHTS FOR THE TIGERS, BUT THIS IS A GOOD ONE.>>HOW MANY NIGHTS HAS GARDENHIRE BEEN ABLE TO PICK UP THE PHONE AND SAY GET SHANE GREENE READY FOR THE NIGHT. HE TOLD US TODAY, I DON’T CARE WHAT HAPPENS TONIGHT, HE IS PITCHING. IT LOOKS LIKE THEY WILL HAVE HIM FOR THE NINTH AND READY TO GO. RICH: JOHN’S TAKES A STRIKE AT 99. GARCIA HERE. 35,000 HERE. IT’S AT THE GATE. GARNEAU GOT ENOUGH OF A PIECE.>>THAT WAS A NICE JOB BY GARNEAU. WITH THE GUY AT THIRD BASE, YOU HAVE TO LEG YOUR BODY OUT, KEEP IT ANYWHERE IN THE VICINITY AND GARNEAU, AS MUCH AS WE’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT SOME OF THE ONES THAT HAVE NOT GONE HIS WAY, THIS IS A NICE JOB OF JUST GETTING OUT THERE DOING ANYTHING YOU CAN TO KEEP THIS BALL FROM GETTING BEHIND YOU. HE SACRIFICED HIS THROWING HAND JUST TO KEEP IT CLOSE ENOUGH TO HIM. NICE JOB BY GARNEAU. RICH: CHOPPER SLOWLY HIT. NO PLAY, JONES RUNS WELL. HE’S GOT A BASE HIT AND KNOCKS ON THE SEVENTH RUN OF THE NIGHT FOR THE TIGERS.>>FLETCHER KNEW HE DIDN’T HAVE TIME TO USE THE GLOVE. WE TALKED ABOUT WITH SIMMONS IT’S A SUPER DIFFICULT PLAY TO MAKE WHEN THE BALL HAS ANY KIND OF SPEED TO IT, TRYING TO BAREHAND THIS. SECOND BOUNCE, STILL MOVING PRETTY GOOD. THIRD BOUNCE, JUST CAN’T GET IT.>>ON THE WILD PITCH THAT HAPPENED, COMES BACK TO HAUNT THE ANGELS HERE IN THIS INNING.>>UP AGAINST A TEAM LIKE THE TIGERS THAT IS 4-28 IN ITS LAST 32 GAMES. YOU FEEL LIKE YOU SHOULD AND MUST, GIVEN THEIR POSITION IN THE STANDINGS, SWEEP THE SERIES, AND YOU COME OUT WITH THE GAME THAT IS NOT A CLEAN GAME FOR THE ANGELS TONIGHT. THAT’S A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT.>>ESPECIALLY COMING OFF LOSING THREE OF FOUR TO THE ORIOLES. YOU ARE STARTING TO FEEL THE PRESSURE, THERE IS NO DOUBT THIS TEAM IS FEELING THE PRESSURE BECAUSE THEY KNOW WHAT IS AROUND THE CORNER. THE TOUGHEST SCHEDULE OF THE SECOND HALF, THE ANGELS HAVE. IT IS NOT GOING TO GET ANY EASIER AFTER THIS THREE-GAME SERIES WITH THE TIGERS. THERE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER IS JUST ABSOLUTELY BRUTAL. THEY PLAY THE RED SOX, THE INDIANS, THE TAMPA BAY RAYS, THE YANKEES, HOUSTON SEVEN TIMES, AND THE OAKLAND A’S. THE ONLY TEAM THEY PLAY IN SEPTEMBER THAT IS UNDER .500 IS THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX. THEY ARE PLAYING MORE GAMES OUT OF THEIR DIVISION THEN IN THEIR DIVISION. THOSE OF THE TEAMS YOU’RE TRYING TO CHASE DOWN.>>GARCIA WAS A STRIKEOUT, AND THERE HE IS. SHANE GREENE COMING IN FOR THE TIGERS, AND OUR CLOSER, J.P. MOROSI. J.P.: I’M SURE OUR VIEWERSHIP AMONG THE SCOUTS AND EXECUTIVES IS GOING UP RIGHT NOW BECAUSE THEY ALL KNOW THEY ARE GETTING A RARE LOOK AT SHANE GREENE. HE HAS DONE A GREAT JOB CLOSING FOR THIS TEAM. WE DID SEE HIM IN THE ALL-STAR GAMES, SO A LOT OF GUYS ON SHANE GREENE. THERE IS A SCOUT FOR THE DODGERS, I CAN TELL YOU THAT FOR CERTAIN. FELIPE VAZQUEZ, A DYNAMIC LEFTY ARM UNDER CONTROL THROUGH 2023. IF HE GETS MOVED TO THE DODGERS, I THINK THEY ARE THE CLEAR FAVORITES TO WIN THE WORLD SERIES. BUT IF HE GOES TO THE BRAVES, MAKING IT MUCH STRONGER, THAT IS AN ARM THAT WOULD HELP THEM CONTROL THE LIKES OF BELLINGER AND MUNCY AND PETERSON AND SEAGER. I THINK A NICE COUNTERBALANCE TO THAT WOULD BE FELIPE VAZQUEZ FOR THE ATLANTA BRAVES.>>HOW MANY TIMES DO YOU HAVE TO CHARGE YOUR PHONE ON A DAY AS YOU NEAR THE TRADE DEADLINE? J.P.: I HAVE ONE OF THOSE PORTABLE CHARGERS THAT CHARGES MY PHONE AS I USE IT. IF THAT DID NOT EXIST, I WOULD BE IN ANY WORLD OF HURT RIGHT NOW. I’M GLAD TO BE SPENDING IT WITH YOU BECAUSE IT IS A LOT OF FUN. WE REALLY GET A SENSE, THE PLAYER START COMING UP TO US AT THIS TIME OF YEAR, WHERE AM I GOING, WHAT IS GOING ON? THESE ARE REAL DECISIONS FOR THE PLAYERS AND THEIR FAMILIES. RICH: THE ABILITY TO MANAGER MLB FRANCHISE ACROSS MULTIPLE SEASONS. HAVE YOUR OWN TRADE LINE DEALS. LEARN MORE ONLINE. TOM, SAME DEAL, CHARGE THE PHONE MULTIPLE TIMES? TOM: FORGET THE PHONE, I WANT TO KNOW HOW HE RECHARGES HIMSELF. NOW THAT WE HAD THE ATTENTION OF ALL FALL MAJOR LEAGUE SCOUTS AND GM’S, TELL ME ABOUT SHANE GREENE. WHAT MAKES HIM RIGHT NOW A GREAT TRADE PIECE FOR A CONTENDER?>>SINKER, SLIDER, DEFENDS THE HOME RUN. HE’S GOT A VERY QUICK ARM. HIS STUFF PLAYS UP ON HITTERS. YOU GET A SHORT WINDOW TO SEE THEM, IT’S HARD TO MAKE ADJUSTMENT. HE DOESN’T BRING THE BALL BACK DOWN VERY FAR AT ALL. HE HAS A FASTBALL THAT PLAYS UP MORE THAN WHAT THE RADAR GUN TELLS YOU.>>EVEN THOUGH THE SINKER IS TABOO IN BASEBALL NOW, YOU CAN TALK TO ANY HITTER. IT’S THE HARDEST THING TO SQUARE UP IF YOU PUT IT IN A GOOD LOCATION.>>CALHOUN TRYING TO ELEVATE, SWINGS AND MISSES. WITH THAT BE PERCEIVED VELOCITY? TOM: EXACTLY. AROLDIS CHAPMAN IS ADDING A MILE OR MILE AND A HALF TO HIS FASTBALL BECAUSE HE IS SHORTENING DISTANCE. THIS IS NOT SO DIFFERENT IN TERMS OF STRIDE BUT IN TERMS OF ARM SWING. RICH: THAT IS GORGEOUS, 93 ON THE BLACK. CALHOUN MARKETING HIMSELF. THERE IS ONE OUT HERE TONIGHT.>>THIS IS PRECISION RIGHT HERE. CALHOUN JUST GIVES UP ON IT. IT HAS ENOUGH DETAIL TO COME BACK AND CATCH THAT INSIDE CORNER OF THE PLATE. WHEN YOU CAN WORK BOTH SIDES OF THE PLATE WITH YOUR FASTBALL AND YOU HAVE THE SLIDER THAT GOES WITH IT, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE SUCCESS. RICH: PUJOLS HERE. IF YOU ARE TEAM THAT IS IN FULL REBUILD MODE LIKE THE TIGERS, HAVING A CLOSER LIKE THIS IS NOT A LUXURY, IT’S ALMOST A FIFTH WHEEL. BUT A GREAT PIECE TO HAVE THIS TIME OF YEAR.>>FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS.>>I AM WITH YOU. I WOULD BE SURPRISED IF’S — IF HE IS STILL HERE. WE’VE SEEN IT EVERY YEAR, FIRST-PLACE TEAMS NEED TO ADD TO BULLPENS.>>NOT NECESSARILY AS A CLOSER. YOU WANT GUYS THAT CAN KNOCK DOWN THE SEVENTH AND EIGHTH, TEAMS THAT HAVE ESTABLISHED CLOSERS MAYBE CALLING AND SAYING WE COULD MAKE THIS GUY OUR SEVENTH INNING OR EIGHTH INNING GUY. THE TIGERS AND JORDAN ZIMMERMANN ONE OUT AWAY FROM THIS WIN. WHAT A NICE MOMENT IT WILL BE FOR ZIMMERMAN, TRYING TO FIGHT HIS WAY BACK TO HIS PAST FORM. 17 STRAIGHT WITHOUT A WIN. IT’S NOT LIKE THE TIGERS HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR A LONG TIME. SEPTEMBER 5, 2018. THE LAST TIME THE BOX SCORE HAD A W NEXT TO ZIMMERMAN’S NAME. E.R.A. 7.51. HE HASN’T PITCHED GREAT. TONIGHT THE TIGERS HAVE PLAYED A REALLY CLEAN, GOOD GAME. QUICK STICK AROUND, OUR POSTGAME SHOW, J.P. MOROSI WILL HAVE INTERVIEWS FROM DOWN BELOW. A NICE WIN FOR YOUNG, REBUILDING TEAM IN A TOUGH ONE FOR AN ANGELS TEAM SCRAPPING TO STAY IN THE WILD-CARD RACE. SIMMONS TONIGHT 0-3. TWO RUNS ON FIVE HITS FOR THE ANGELS. THE TIGERS PUT UP SEVEN RUNS ON NINE HITS.>>THE ANGELS HAVE BEEN SWINGING THE BAT. IT’S BEEN THE PITCHING SIDE THAT HAS HURT THE ANGELS. THEY HAVE SCORED RUNS, THAT THEY HAVE BEEN HELD IN CHECK HERE TONIGHT. RICH: MISSES IN AND SIMMONS WALKS. BRINGS UP RENGIFO.>>APRIL HAS BEEN A GOOD STORY FOR THE ANGELS THIS YEAR. THE INJURY TO TOMMY LA STELLA, WHO WAS HAVING A CAREER YEAR THIS YEAR. THAT OPENED IT FOR RENGIFO WHO’S ON TARGET TO BE ONE OF THE MIDDLE INFIELDERS FOR THE FUTURE. THERE IS TOMMY LA STELLA, AND HIS 16 HOME RUNS THIS YEAR, THAT WAS JUST UNFORTUNATE TO HAVE TOMMY LA STELLA GO DOWN. BUT RENGIFO STARTING TO DEVELOP AT THE MAJOR LEAGUE LEVEL. HE STARTING TO FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH THAT. RICH: BALL AND A STRIKE. NOT A SAVE OPPORTUNITY BUT NICE TO GET INTO A GAME WHERE HE CAN SHUT THE DOOR ON A TIGERS –>>SHUT THE DOOR ON A TIGERS WIN.>>GOODWIN ON BACK. TWO OUTS. THIS IS ONE WHERE YOU DON’T REALLY WANT TO MESS AROUND BECAUSE YOU ARE GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER TO FLIPPING IT BACK OVER TOWARDS TOPSIDE OF THIS ORDER. RICH: THEY ARE GIVING SIMMONS SECOND BASE. I WOULD TAKE THE BAG. I WANT TO FORCE INFIELDERS TO MAKE THE THROW TO FIRST BASE. NOT DEFENDING, TAKE IT.>>I AGREE. RICH: THAT IS A STRIKE.>>YOU WANT TO MAKE IT AS TOUGH AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN FOR THEM TO GET BACK FINAL OUT — THAT FINAL OUT. RICH: ANGELS DROPPED 3-4 TO THE ORIOLES, DOWN TO THEIR LAST STRIKE AGAINST THE TIGERS, AND THAT WILL DO IT! GREEN FINISHES. WHEN HE FELT — HE STRIKES OUT. THE DETROIT TIGERS AND JORDAN ZIMMERMANN BEAT THE LOS ANGELES ANGELS. 7-2, THE FINAL SCORE. ZIMMERMANN’S FIRST WIN IN HIS LAST 18 STARTS. HE HAD GONE 17 STARTS WITHOUT A WIN. START NUMBER 18. HE GETS THE W. A MUCH-NEEDED WIN FOR THE YOUNG TEAM THAT WAS REALLY STRUGGLING AFTER BEING SWEPT BY FOUR GAMES IN SEATTLE. TIME FOR THE POSTGAME SHOW. THE YOUTUBE MLB POSTGAME SHOW IN ANAHEIM! THAT’S RIGHT, KIDS. TIGERS BEAT THE ANGELS. MIGUEL CABRERA WAS A BIG NIGHT, MAKING ONLY HIS SIXTH HOMER IN THE SEASON. THAT SET THE TONE, KNOCKED INTO A. THE TIGERS — KNOCKED IN TOO LATE. TOM VERDUCCI, A LOT OF GAMES IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES TONIGHT. BUT THIS ONE, WILD-CARD TEAMS IN THE AMERICAN LEAGUE WILL CHECK IT OUT. THEY WANTED TO SEE IF THE ANGELS COULD CONTINUE TO WIN GAMES AS THEY HAVE THROUGH THIS MONTH OF JULY. 7-2 WIN BY THE TIGERS. NICK CASTELLANOS JOINS US NOW. FIRST OF ALL, I KNOW FOR YOU GUYS, GETTING THE WIN FOR JORDAN ZIMMERMANN MUST FEEL GOOD. HE HAS BEEN STRUGGLING TO PITCH LIKE HE DID TONIGHT AND GET THE WIN. IT MAKES EVERYBODY HAPPY, DOESN’T IT? NICK: CAN YOU GUYS SEE HOW I MANAGED TO SWING PUTTING THIS HEADSET OVER MY GLOVE ON TOP OF MY HAT? RICH: THAT IS IMPRESSIVE. DID ANYONE TEACH YOU THAT OR IS THAT SOMETHING YOU HAVE DEVELOPED AS A BIG LEAGUER? NICK: THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED. I AM PRETTY IMPRESSED BY IT. [LAUGHTER] RICH: WE ARE, TOO. NICK: ANSWERING YOUR QUESTION, WE ARE REALLY HAPPY FOR ZIMM, MAN. THIS YEAR HAS NOT BEEN GREAT FOR ANYBODY, YOU KNOW, REALLY WEARING A TIGERS UNIFORM EXCEPT FOR SHANE AND VOITT. HE BRINGS IT — VOIT. HE BRINGS IT AS IF HE WAS ON A CONTENDING TEAM AND THAT IS ALL WE CAN ASK FOR IS TO SET AN EXAMPLE FOR ALL THE PITCHERS AND STUFF. THE FACT THAT HE CAN GET A WIN TODAY AND WE BACKED HIM UP OFFENSIVELY IS GOOD.>>I WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT THAT. IT BEGAN WITH THE HOME RUN. YOU GUYS KNOW HOW BIG YOUR YARD IS BACK IN DETROIT. TO WATCH HIM GO YARD, HE IS NOT AT FULL STRENGTH WITH THAT RIGHT KNEE, DEAD CENTER FIELD. HOW IMPRESSED WERE YOU BY THAT SWING? NICK: NOT VERY, BECAUSE WE SEE THIS ALL THE TIME. IF THIS WAS HIS HOME FIELD, HE WOULD HAVE CLOSE TO 15 HOME RUNS. YOU KNOW? IT IS HIS BAT PATH. I DON’T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES HE HAS FLOWN OUT AROUND THE WARNING TRACK OR WHATEVER FROM LEFT CENTER TO RIGHT CENTER AND HE WALKS IN LIKE WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? THE FIRST THING HE SAID TO THE CATCHER AND TO ME, HE SAID THAT IS A POP-UP IN DETROIT.>>YOU ARE A SOUTH FLORIDA GUYS SO YOU GREW UP WHEN HE WAS A YOUNG MARLIN. AS A TEAMMATE, WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED FROM HIM AS A HITTER? NICK: NOTHING. [LAUGHTER] NICK: BUT AS A PERSON AND HOW TO BE SUCCESSFUL AT THIS GAME, EVERYTHING. HE IS A KID IN THE BACKYARD PLAYING WHIFFLE BALL, MAN. THAT IS AS GOOD AS I CAN PUT IT. HE HAS FUN. HE NEVER GETS TOO DOWN ON HIMSELF. HE NEVER, YOU KNOW, ALLOWS REALLY ANYTHING TO HINDER HIM ENJOYING HIMSELF PLAY MISS BASEBALL GAME. I MEAN, LOOK AT WHAT HE HAS DONE. AND YOU KNOW, THAT IS WHAT I TAKE FROM MIGGY AND BEING HIS TEAMMATE. RICH: THANKS FOR THE VISIT AND GOOD LUCK GETTING THAT THING OFF YOUR HEAD.>>THANK YOU. RICH: CASTELLANOS MESS ENOUGH TO VISIT US. THE TIGERS HAVE A — NICE ENOUGH TO VISIT US. THE TIGERS HAVE A 7-2 GAME. HE MAY BE WEARING A DIFFERENT UNIFORM HERE.>>HOWEVER IT TURNS OUT, HE WILL BE THANKFUL FOR 4:00 ON WEDNESDAY. IT IS ABOUT BASEBALL AT THAT POINT. I AM SURE HE IS HOPING THAT HE FINDS HIMSELF IN A RACE PLAYING GAMES IN SEPTEMBER THAT MEANS SOMETHING, BUT IT SEEMS LIKE EVERY YEAR, THE INTENTION, THE RUMORS, IS AMPED UP A LITTLE MORE, AND THAT HAS BEEN THE CASE FOR A MONTH IF NOT MORE FOR NICHOLAS CASTELLANOS, SO RESOLUTION IS COMING. JUST HAVE TO BE PATIENT FOR A COUPLE MORE DAYS. RICH: TALKING ABOUT GREENE, WE SAW HIM. THOSE ARE TWO OTHER PIECES. IT IS A NERVOUS TIME AROUND BASEBALL. I THINK FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE IN BASEBALL, THIS ONE DEADLINE, I AM SURE PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW IS THIS GOING TO AFFECT WHAT HAPPENS IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS?>>NICHOLAS CASTELLANOS ALREADY PUBLICLY SAID THIS IS STARTING TO MESS WITH ME A LITTLE BIT AND MESS WITH MY APPROACH IN YOUR DAILY ROUTINE. ALL OF A SUDDEN IS INTERRUPTED BECAUSE YOU TURN THE TV ON, YOU HEAR YOUR NAME. AT THE BALLPARK, HE YOUR YOUR NAME. — YOU HEAR YOUR NAME. YOU DON’T KNOW IF YOU WILL BE WITH THESE GUYS TODAY, TOMORROW. IT DOES START TO WEAR ON YOU TIME AFTER TIME, DAY AFTER DAY. AT 4:00, COME WEDNESDAY, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER, NICHOLAS CASTELLANOS COULD TAKE A DEEP LEFT AND SAY I AM EITHER PLAYING WITH SOMEBODY ELSE OR I WILL BE A TIGER FOR THE REST OF THE SEASON.>>METS SHOW YOU SOME PICTURES FROM TONIGHT — LET’S SHOW YOU SOME PICTURES FROM TONIGHT. THIS WAS A FUN GAME FOR A YOUNG TIGER TEAM THAT HAS REALLY STRUGGLED. BARRIA REALLY SETTLED IN. HE GOT THROUGH THREE. THIS WAS THE CABRERA HOME RUN SMACK TO CENTER. HE HIT IT OFF HIS LEG, TOM VERDUCCI. TOM: HE WAS JOKING WITH ALBERT BRIMELOW’S — ALBERT PUJOLS.I LIKE PLAYING HERE. WHY NOT ? JORDAN ZIMMERMANN HAD THE SLIDER WORKING TONIGHT. FOR THE MOST PART, HE HAD THE BEST SLIDER OF THE SEASON IN WHICH THAT PITCH HAS GONE MISSING FOR MOST OF THE YEAR. MARK: THIS WAS THE THING YOU HIGHLIGHTED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE GAME. IF HE IS ABLE TO GET THAT SLIDER IN GOOD LOCATIONS, HE CAN CONTROL THE STRIKE ZONE’S AND HE WAS ABLE TO DO THAT TONIGHT. BARELY ANY MISTAKES AT ALL. THE REST OF THEM WERE OUT. A VERY DIFFICULT NIGHT FOR THE ANGELS OFFENSE. RICH: BARRIA WAS RECOMMENDED STRIKEOUTS. FIRST THREE INNINGS, FIVE STRIKEOUTS. FOUR CAME ON HIS DEVASTATING SLIDER. SLIDER WAS THE FLAVOR OF CHOICE FOR THE STARTERS TONIGHT. BOTH BARRIA AND JORDAN ZIMMERMANN. ON TO THE TOP OF THE FOURTH, THIS IS A TOUGH CHANCE. THE CONVERTED CATCHER, THAT IS A STRAIGHT ERROR. A TWO BASE ERROR. DIFFICULT PLAY, BUT THAT POSSIBLY COULD HAVE BEEN AND MAYBE SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE THIRD OUT OF THE INNING. THIS WAS A COMMON THEME TONIGHT. HE HAD TROUBLE GETTING THE THIRD OUT OF THE INNING. CHRISTIN STEWART COMES UP AND TAKES ADVANTAGE OF A PITCH THAT GOT TOO MUCH OF THE PLATE TO DRIVE OUT THE TWO-OUT RUN.>>2-0 LEAD AT THAT POINT FOR THE TIGERS. TELL US WHAT YOU LIKE ABOUT JORDAN ZIMMERMANN. MARK: IT IS THE SLIDER. THAT IS HIS GOATEE PITCH AND HE WAS ABLE TO — GO-TO PITCH. THE ANGELS HAVE BEEN SCORING RUNS.THEIR OFFENSE HAS NOT BEEN THE ISSUE. FOR JORDAN ZIMMERMANN, 0-3. A 14.09 E.R.A. IN THE MONTH OF JULY. NOT A LOT OF POSITIVE THINGS FOR JORDAN ZIMMERMANN TO TAKE OUT TO THE MOUND, BUT HE WAS ABLE TO LOCATE THAT SLIDER WELL. TOM: HE HAS SHOWN SOME POWER IN PITTSBURGH. SO NICE TO SEE HIM HEALTHY. AND PUT THAT ONE INTO THE ROCKS. MARK: ANOTHER TWO-OUT MISTAKE RIGHT THERE. THIS IS THE UPPER PART OF THE STRIKE ZONE. IF YOU LOOK AT THE NIGHT FOR JAIME BARRIA, THE ANGELS HAVE TO BE HAPPY. THIS WAS A GAME FOR THE YOUNGSTER WHO ONLY JUST TURNED 23 YEARS OLD AND GAVE THE ANGELS EXACTLY WHAT THEY WANTED. FIVE INNINGS, THREE RUNS OR LESS. RICH: KOLE CALHOUN TAKING A BREAKING BALL OPPOSITE FIELD, AND THIS IS THE PLAY THAT CHRISTIN STEWART WOULD LEAVE THE GAME AFTER, SLAMMING THAT LEFT SHOULDER INTO THE SUPPORT ON THE WALL AS THE BALL BOUNCED OFF THE VERY TOP OF THE WALL, AND CALHOUN CONTINUES A POWERFUL 24 HOME RUNS FOR THE ANGELS RIGHT FIELDER. DAVID FLETCHER IN THE GAP, LEFT CENTER. THIS WOULD CHASE HOME THAISS. THIS IS WHEN ZIMMERMANN JUST STARTED TO GET FATIGUED. METADATA WITH MIKE TROUT, AND HE IS GOING TO HIT HIM ON THE HAND. THAT WAS A SCARY MOMENT. MIKE SEEMS LIKE HE IS OK.>>THIS WAS AFTER A PITCH BEFORE. A LOT OF SLIDERS IN THIS SEQUENCE. TROUT ALMOST LOOKING FOR THAT SLIDER AWAY. 3-2 FASTBALL COMES IN AND GETS HIM.>>THEN CAME THE TWO BIGGEST OUTS OF THE GAME, AND THAT IS WHEN BLAINE HARDY CAME IN AND WITH THE BASES LOADED, STRUCK OUT JUSTIN UPTON AND THEN HE HAD TO FACE KOLE CALHOUN. TOM: GREAT JOB OF PITCHING. THE PITCHES HE WAS SHOWING IF HE IS DRIVING DOWN THE 405, CHP WOULD NOT EVEN STOP HIM. HE IS IN THE 70’S WITH THOSE CHANGEUPS, BUT HE EXECUTED.>>I LIKE THAT, THE OBLIGATORY FREEWAY REFERENCE FOR THE CALIFORNIANS.>>THAT WAS TERRIFIC.>>FLETCHER TO SIMMONS TO PULL MOST — ALBERT PUJOLS.>>THAT IS A SUNDAY DRIVE ON THE 405, WHEN NOBODY IS AROUND. YOU HAVE THE FREEWAY TO YOURSELF. THAT IS AS SLICK AS IT GETS.>>EXIT LA CIENEGA. MIGGY CAME UP IN AN R.B.I. SPOT, REMINISCENT OF HOW CARLOS LEE USED TO DRIVE IN RUNS, UP THE MIDDLE.>>THAT MAN KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING WITH MEN ON BASE.>>HE DOES. WILD PITCH. ANOTHER RUN. GOOD HUSTLE COMING IN FROM THIRD. I’M SURE THIS GOES GOOD. THEY DID A LOT OF THINGS RIGHT.>>BATED AND — THEY DID AND THEY TOOK ADVANTAGE OF EVERY MISTAKE THE ANGELS MADE TONIGHT. THE TIGERS WERE READY FOR THAT, AND THAT HAS NOT HAPPENED FOR THEM. IT HAS BEEN SUCH A LONG YEAR, AND THIS WAS ONE OF THOSE NIGHTS TONIGHT THAT EVERYTHING KIND OF WENT THERE DIRECTION, AND WHEN THE ANGELS MADE A MISTAKE, THE TIGERS TOOK FULL ADVANTAGE.>>TRADING DEADLINE ALERT. HE IS WELL AND GOOD AND THROWING HARD. LOOKS GOOD. A CHANCE TO GET HIM IN THE GAME IN A SITUATION WHERE IT MEANT SOMETHING. IT FELT LIKE IT FOR GOODNESS SAKE WITH ALL THE LOSSES THAT HAVE MOUNTED FOR THE TIGERS.>>IT WAS NOT A SAFE. THE SCOUTS WHO WATCHED HIM PITCH — YOU WANT TO MAKE A SAVE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS THROWING THE BALL WELL. YOU WANT A HOT PITCHER. I AM SURE THE REPORTS ARE VERY GOOD. WHEN YOU REBUILD, YOU HAVE A LOT OF KIDS. YOU HAVE TO SPRINKLE IN SOME VETERANS. JORDY MERCER IS PLAYING THAT ROLE, AND HE HAD A BIG ROLE IN TONIGHT’S WIN. MERCER WITH A HOME RUN AND A SINGLE. J.P. MOROSI CAUGHT UP WITH HIM. J.P.: THAT IS THE BIGGEST THING. I HAVE BEEN FORTUNATE ENOUGH TO STAY HEALTHY FOR ALMOST MY WHOLE CAREER, SO THIS HAS BEEN A DIFFERENT RIDE FOR ME THIS YEAR. I AM HEALTHY AND I FEEL GOOD. I AM BACK TO PLAYING THE GAME I LOVE AND THAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING. I DID A LOT OF CHEERLEADING OVER THE PAST 2.5 MONTH SO IT IS GOOD TO GET OUT HERE. J.P.: WHO ARE THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE, BASEBALL, FAMILY, OTHERWISE, WHO HAVE HELPED YOU GET FEELING GOOD AGAIN? JORDY: EVERYBODY PITCHED IN. MY WIFE, MY MOM AND DAD, FAMILY, EVERYBODY SENT THEIR TEXTS, KEEPING UP WITH ME, SAYING HI, SEEING HOW THINGS WERE GOING. MY TEAMMATES WERE HELPING OUT. EVERYONE WITH ITCHING AND BASICALLY FROM LAKELAND — PITCHING IN BASICALLY FROM LAKELAND TO DETROIT. WE ARE BACK HEALTHY, GOING, WINNING A LOT OF GAMES. J.P.: KNOWING WHERE WE ARE THIS TIME OF YEAR, THE TRADE DEADLINE CONVERSATIONS ARE THERE. HOW MUCH DO YOU HAVE TO DO AS A VETERAN? YOU HAVE BEEN THROUGH THIS BEFORE WITH PITTSBURGH ON THE END WHEN YOU GUYS WERE GETTING PLAYERS ARE THE TIMES. HOW DO YOU SET A GOOD TONE? HOW DO YOU HELP THEM STAY FOCUSED AND VERY MUCH IN THE MOMENT? JORDY: AS A BASEBALL PLAYER, THE STEP OUTSIDE OF WHAT HAPPENS IN THE CLUBHOUSE AND WHAT HAPPENS IN THE DUGOUT, YOU CANNOT CONTROL IT. THAT IS THE BIGGEST THING. I HAVE SEEN CRAZY THINGS HAPPEN OVER THE DEADLINE. IF YOU CAN JUST GO OUT AND PLAY, TRY TO BLOCK AS MUCH STUFF OUT AND LET THE CHIPS FALL WHERE THEY MAY, GOOD STUFF HAPPENS. J.P.: YOU SEE A LOT OF FORMER M.V.P. AWARDS ON THE FIELD BETWEEN CABRERA, TROUT, AND PUJOLS. HOW MUCH DO YOU ENJOY WATCHING THE INTERPLAY BETWEEN THOSE THREE GREAT PLAYERS? JORDY: LIVING LEGENDS RAIN FROM OUR FACE. A COUPLE OF THEM ARE THE GREATEST HITTERS OF OUR GENERATION AND TROUT MIGHT BE ONE OF THE GREATEST HITTERS TO EVER LIVE WHEN ALL IS SAID AND DONE. JUST LIVING LEGENDS RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR FAITH. WE ARE FORTUNATE WE GET TO PLAY WITH GUYS LIKE THAT AND AGAINST GUYS LIKE THAT. THAT IS WHAT MAKES THIS GAME SO FUN. J.P.: YOU BROUGHT THAT SAME CLASS HERE TO DETROIT. SUCH A GREAT PRO, JORDY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH. RICH: GREAT PERSPECTIVE FROM JORDY MERCER. WE SHIFT FROM THE TIGERS, IF YOU’RE WIN, TO THE ANGELS. MARK LANGSTON, YOU WORK THE ANGELS BROADCAST. TOM, YOU HAVE A GREAT PERSPECTIVE YOURSELF ON THIS. WE SAID THE ANGELS PROBABLY WOULD NOT BE BUYERS, THEY ARE ON THE PERIPHERY, SCRATCHING TO STAY IN THE RACE. NOW THAT THEY HAVE SOMEWHAT AGAINST THE ORIOLES AND THE LOST 3-4 TO THE ORIOLES AND LOSE TO DETROIT, IS THERE A CHANCE THEY GO FROM POSSIBLY BUYERS TO SELLERS IN 24 HOURS?>>I THINK THIS WOULD MAKE THEM LESS AGGRESSIVE AS FAR AS BUYERS BECAUSE GENERAL MANAGERS GENERALLY HATE SMALL SAMPLE SIZES. BUT THIS TIME OF YEAR FORCES YOU TO BE A REALISTIC — TO BE REALISTIC IN A VERY SMALL WINDOW. NOT GOOD FOR THE ANGELS AT ALL. YOU HAVE TO LOOK IN THE MIRROR AS A GENERAL MANAGER AND THEY ARE WE A POSTSEASON TEAM? WILL ONE MORE TRADE GET A THIN? THE — GET US IN? THE ANSWER IS MORE TO THE NO SIDE. THAT DOES NOT PRECLUDE THEM FROM MAKING A DEAL FOR GOING FORWARD BEYOND THIS YEAR BUT IN TERMS OF AGGRESSIVE SELLING OUT FOR A POSTSEASON SPOT, LESS LIKELY NOW BASED ON THE LAST FIVE DAYS. RICH: YOU HAVE YOUR FINGER ON THE PULSE OF THIS BALL CLUB. WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN WITH THE ANGELS IN THE NEXT 24 HOURS? MARK: THE SERIES WITH BALTIMORE CHANGES THE TIME. AFTER SWEEPING THE DODGERS IN DODGER STADIUM, THERE WAS SO MUCH MOMENTUM HEADING INTO THIS HOMESTAND BECAUSE THE SCHEDULE IS WHAT IS IT IS. THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES HAVE STRUGGLED. THE DETROIT TIGERS HAVE STRUGGLED THIS YEAR. THIS IS CRITICAL TO A TEAM TRYING TO CHASE DOWN A WILD-CARD SPOT. YOU COME UP SHORT IN THE ORIOLES SERIES, TONIGHT’S GAME DID NOT GO THERE DIRECTION. IT IS A DISAPPOINTING HOMESTAND. THERE’S NO IF, AND, OR BUT ABOUT IT. THIS TEAM KNOWS BETTER THAN THIS AND IT IS UNFORTUNATE TO SEE THE WAY THIS HAS GONE BECAUSE, AGAIN, COMING FROM THAT DODGERS SERIES, YOU THOUGHT THEY ARE GOING TO RIDE INTO THIS SERIES ON A PLUS MOST ENDGAME — NOTE AND GAIN MOMENTUM. WHEN THEY HAVE A LOT OF TALENT AND THE OFFENSE HAS BEEN CARRYING THIS BALL, YOU THINK, ALL RIGHT, YOU NEVER KNOW. CERTAINLY THE SERIES WITH THE ORIOLES AND HERE TONIGHT HAS REALLY HAS BEEN TAKEN A LOT OF WIND OUT OF THE SAILS FOR THE ANGELS HERE. RICH: LET’S HEAR FROM BRAD AUSMUS, MANAGER OF THE ANGELS.>>BRAD, OBVIOUSLY, THERE WERE A LOT OF THINGS THAT DID NOT GO AS YOU WANTED TODAY. HOW WAS IT AS A TEAM LIKE PERFORMANCE? J.P.: — TEAM WIDE PERFORMANCE? BRAD: NOT GREAT TIMING. REALLY DID NOT GIVE THEM CREDIT. JORDAN ZIMMERMANN PITCHED WELL BUT WE DID NOT DO MUCH AGAINST HIM IN THE EARLY PART OF THE GAME. LATE IN THE GAME, THEY CAPS ON AND — TACKED ON AND PUT SOME SEPARATION IN AND OUTPLAYED US.>>HOW DIFFICULT HAS THE COUPLE WEEKS THEN MENTALLY? HE IS — BEEN MENTALLY? HAS THIS BEEN THE AFTEREFFECTS? BRAD: IT COULD BE. IN BASEBALL, A LOT OF HOW GAMES GO IS THE TIMING OF WHEN YOU PLAY TEAMS. YOU PLAY TEAMS WHEN THEY ARE HOT OR PITCHING WELL. THEY ARE A LOT TOUGHER AT THE BOTTOM OF THE STANDINGS AND IT CAN GO THE OTHER WAY, TOO. YOU CAN CATCH THEM WHEN THEY ARE NOT HITTING OR PITCHING WELL AND YOU CAN BEAT THEM, BUT THE TIMING OF US STRUGGLING AGAINST BALTIMORE IN THE FIRST GAME OF THIS SERIES IS NOT GOOD. WE MADE SOME STRIDES TO GET FIVE GAMES OVER 500, TAKE A FEW STEPS BACK. FORTUNATELY WON YESTERDAY. WE NEED TO WIN THE NEXT TWO.>>WHAT DID YOU THINK OF BARRIA? BRAD: BARRIA DID A FINE JOB. THEY SEEMED TO GET TO HIM THE LAST INNING A LITTLE BIT. SCORED A COUPLE RUNS. OVERALL, I THOUGHT HE DID FINE. REPORTER: [INDISCERNIBLE] BRAD: YOU KNOW, I WOULD NOT SAY HE GOT HIT HARD TODAY. IT WAS MORE ABOUT THE COMMAND, THE STRAIGHT THROWN, BUT THE STUFF IS STILL THERE. REPORTER: I KNOW DETROIT HAD A LEAD, BUT HOW BIG WAS THAT STRETCH, BASES LOADED, WHEN YOU HAD CALHOUN? BRAD: YOU LOOK BACK ON IT NOW AND FEEL LIKE YOU MISSED AN OPPORTUNITY AND WE DID NOT HAVE A TON OF OPPORTUNITIES OVER THE COURSE OF THE GAME. THAT BEING SAID, I DO NOT KNOW WHAT HAPPENS IF WE SCORE THERE OR NOT. REPORTER: WHAT ARE YOU SEEING IN UPTON’S SWING IN THE LAST 10 GAMES? BRAD: HE IS COMING OFF THE BALL A LITTLE BIT. I KNOW HE DOES NOT FEEL RIGHT AND HE IS WORKING HARD TO CORRECT IT. REPORTER: DO YOU THINK HE MIGHT CHANGE THE SPONSOR WHILE HE IS WORKING THIS STUFF OUT? BRAD: WE WILL DISCUSS IT. IT IS A POSSIBILITY, IF WE NEED TO TAKE A STEP BACK WITH THE PITCHER TO GET RETURN TO FORM. WE CAN DO THAT. NOT SURE IF WE WILL OR NOT BUT IT IS A POSSIBILITY.>>AFTER THE TIGERS SCORED FIRST AND LEAD THE HALLWAY IN A VICTORY FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE 31ST OF MAY ACCORDING TO JOHN LOW HERE, WITH RESEARCH ON THE FIELD. A COUPLE TIGERS NOTES TO WRAP UP. CHRISTIN STEWART WAS FOUND TO HAVE A CONCUSSION AND HE WAS PUT IN THE CONCUSSION PROTOCOL AFTER HE LEFT THE GAME AND WILL BE PLACED ON THE SEVEN-DAY CONCUSSION DISABLED LIST. ONE NOTE FROM EARLIER TODAY, CHRIS MCCROSKEY REPORTING IN THE DETROIT NEWS THAT BOBBY WILSON HAS BEEN PLACED ON WAIVERS, OUTRIGHT WAIVERS. THE EXPECTATION IS JAKE ROBERTS WILL BE ON HIS WAY TO MAKE HIS MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT. IN TRADE NEWS TONIGHT, A QUIET NIGHT IN TERMS OF ACTUAL ACQUISITIONS, ALTHOUGH ONE DEVELOPMENT WITH THE BLUE JAYS. KEN GILES WAS NOT AVAILABLE TO PITCH TONIGHT BECAUSE OF ELBOW ISSUES. THAT REALLY CLOUDS HIS STATUS AND MAKES IT HARDER FOR THE JAYS TO GET FULL VALUE BACK FOR HIM OR TRADE HIM AT ALL, CONSIDERING THE ELBOW ISSUE IS SO CLOSE TO THE DEADLINE. IT HELPS THE TIGERS CHANCES TO MOVE SHANE GREENE AFTER AN IMPRESSIVE OUTING FOR HIM IN ANAHEIM. ON THE DOCKET FOR TOMORROW, NOAH SYNDERGAARD STILL LISTED AS THE METS SCHEDULED STARTER AGAINST THE WHITE SOX. THAT COULD CHANGE IT A LOT OF CONVERSATION BETWEEN THE METS AND THE PADRES ABOUT TRADE POTENTIALLY. NO DEAL YET. SYNDERGAARD TO PITCH TOMORROW AS IS MIKE LEAKE OF THE MARINERS. ONE MORE TRADE POSSIBILITY. A BUSY LAST COUPLE DAYS ON THE TRADE MARKET. RICH: NICE WORK TONIGHT, J.P. GET SOME SLEEP. MAYBE AN HOUR OR TWO BEFORE YOUR PHONE STARTS BUZZING AGAIN IN THE MORNING. AT THE OUTSET OF THE TELECAST, THESE TWO ESTEEMED BASEBALL MINDS, AND ME, TALKED ABOUT THE TIGERS AND IT WAS ESSENTIALLY, WELL, WHAT DO THE TIGERS HAVE TO DO? WHAT ARE THE ISSUES THAT THEY HAVE GOT? HOW DID WE DO TONIGHT? TRADE AUDITION WAS THE FIRST TOPIC. GUYS, WHAT DID YOU SEE?>>I THINK SHANE GREENE WAS REALLY GOOD AT THE BACKEND OF THE GAME. NICK CASTELLANOS, YOU KNOW THIS GUY. YOU WILL NOT MAKE A DECISION BASED ON TONIGHT, BUT AGAIN, I THINK HE WILL HELP ANY TEAM THAT NEEDS HELP AGAINST LEFT-HANDED PITCHING. HE IS TERRIFIC AT-BAT. MATTHEW BOYD DID A GREAT JOB WATCHING SHANE GREENE CLOSE THE GAME. [LAUGHTER]>>I STILL DO NOT THINK HE IS GOING ANYWHERE BECAUSE THE PRICE IS ASTRONOMICAL, AS IT SHOULD BE. SHANE GREENE WAS REALLY IMPRESSIVE. GILES MAY BE OUT OF THAT TRADE MARKET.>>WERE THESE SONGS FROM ORANGE COUNTY OR MICHIGAN?>>ORANGE COUNTY I TOLD YOU. I TOOK THEM FROM MARK’S COLLECTION. SIGNS OF LIFE.>>MIGGY!>>MIGGY WITH THE BAD KNEE. YOU SAW A REALLY WELL PLAYED WIN FOR THE TIGERS. THEY NEEDED A WIN ANYWAY AND THEY GOT ONE IN THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY. GREAT JOB BY THE BULLPEN. I THOUGHT BASES LOADED WITH TWO PUNCH-OUTS, THAT WAS A HUGE TURNING POINT IN THE GAME. LAST 16 GAMES, HITS, HOMERS. THE HOME RUNS ARE NOT COMING. THAT WAS HIS SIXTH HOME RUN FOR THE SEASON. BUT I THINK CABRERA SHOWED TONIGHT HE CAN STILL BE AN EFFECTIVE FORCE IN THE LINEUP. YOU KNOW, BASES LOADED, DRIVING IN THE RUNS. HE IS AN EXCEPTIONAL SITUATIONAL HITTER FOR A BIG POWER GUY. THE HOPE IS THAT WHATEVER HE HAS GOT IN THAT RIGHT KNEE, SOMEHOW, THROUGH THERAPY OR SURGERY OR SOMETHING, THEY CAN GIVE HIM THAT BACK LEG STRENGTH, BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY, THEY WILL BE PAYING HIM FOR THE NEXT FOUR YEARS SO YOU WOULD LOVE TO SEE A LITTLE BIT OF HEALTH FROM MIGGY TO GIVE HIM A PUSH.>>I THINK HE WAS INVIGORATED BY PLAYING AGAINST HIS BIG BROTHER, ALBERT PUJOLS.>>TO ME, THAT WAS THE BEST MOMENT OF THE NIGHT. NOT NECESSARILY MIGGY’S HOME RUN AND HIS TOUR AROUND THE BASES INFORMING EVERYONE OF HIS HOME RUN, BUT THE INTERVIEW WE HAD WITH CLOSE — PUJOLS AND MIGGY. LISTENING AT THEM GO BACK AND FORTH FOR TWO MINUTES WAS REALLY COOL.>>I THOUGHT IT WAS OUTSTANDING TO SEE TWO HALL OF FAMERS. CABRERA IS A HALL OF FAMER. TO BE ABLE TO GET IN THE ROOM AND SHARE STORIES WITH EACH OTHER AND CERTAINLY BIG BROTHER, LITTLE BROTHER. WE HEARD THAT PART OF THE CONVERSATION. IT IS FUN. WHEN YOU HAVE GREAT HITTERS LIKE THAT AND YOU CAN GET THEM IN A ROOM, YOU WANT TO BE THAT FLY ON THE WALL TO HEAR THE CONVERSATION, TO SEE WHAT IS GOING ON IN THEIR HEAD, AND YOU KNOW THESE TWO GUYS REALLY RESPECT EACH OTHER’S GAME. THEY BOTH HAVE HAD THE INJURY PROBLEMS AS FAR AS THE LEGS, SO THEY ARE IN THE SAME SPOT OFFENSIVELY AND PENALTIES SOME OF THE THINGS THAT THEY USED TO BE ABLE TO DO, BUT HALL OF FAME CAREERS FOR BOTH OF THEM. RICH: THIS IS A BUSY WINDOW FOR MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL AND YOUTUBE. LOOK AT THE GAMES NEXT WEEK. CARDINALS AT DODGERS. IT IS A NEW START. 3:10 START EASTERN TIME. BIG GAME, CARDINALS. BIG GAME, DODGERS. IN SAN FRANCISCO, SOMETHING MAGICAL IS HAPPENING IN BRUCE BOCHY’S FINAL SEASON. THE GIANTS ARE OFF THE CANVAS AND IN THE RACE. THE PHILLIES VISIT THE GIANTS. THAT IS A NIGHTTIME GAME ON THURSDAY. TWINS/BREWERS IS A REALLY GOOD MATCHUP. ROCKIES AT DIAMONDBACKS, COMING UP. GAME OF THE WEEK ON YOUTUBE, RETURNING ON WEDNESDAY! SO WE WILL SEE YOU FOR THE DODGERS AND THE CARDINALS. PREGAME SHOW STARTS AT 2:30 EASTERN. MARK LANGSTON, TOM VERDUCCI, JON MOROSI — J.P. — THE PRIDE OF MICHIGAN, MY TRAINER, JONATHAN EVANS, I AM RICH WALTZ. FROM ANAHEIM, THE BIG A, THE ONE WITH THE ANGELS, BIG WIN FOR THE YOUNG TIGERS! THANKS FOR WATCHING THE MLB GAME OF THE WEEK ON YOUTUBE! [CAPTIONING PERFORMED BY THE NATIONAL CAPTIONING INSTITUTE, WHICH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR ITS CAPTION CONTENT AND ACCURACY. VISIT NCICAP.ORG] ♪

Tigers at Angels | MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube
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68 thoughts on “Tigers at Angels | MLB Game of the Week Live on YouTube

  • July 30, 2019 at 5:38 am
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    Well the Angels lost I'm going to the game tomorrow hope the Angels win

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  • July 30, 2019 at 5:43 am
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    Omg

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  • July 30, 2019 at 5:44 am
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    Let's go Miggy with another homer

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  • July 30, 2019 at 5:45 am
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    Another great time @mlb! Keep up the amazing work!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 5:46 am
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    MAKE IT GAME OF THE DAY, OR THE HOUR

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  • July 30, 2019 at 5:51 am
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    Yay my Angels are garbage

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  • July 30, 2019 at 5:54 am
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    Yea Tigers!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 6:00 am
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    Thanks MLB! I am visiting Chicago Area this week. I got a chance to see my Tigers play because of this game of the week on Youtube👌🏾 Goooo Tigers!!!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 6:04 am
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    I was at this game repping my A’s jersey and hat as always!! GO A’s!! 🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘🐘💚💛💚💛

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  • July 30, 2019 at 6:09 am
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    1:42:10
    Talking about Ohtani
    (Yes thats My personal bookmark sorry)

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  • July 30, 2019 at 6:14 am
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    Congrats to Jake Rogers being promoted to the show for the Tigers! Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Have a blessed day everyone

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  • July 30, 2019 at 6:15 am
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    MLB why does it seem as if Detroit plays more back to back games with fewer breaks between games than other teams?

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  • July 30, 2019 at 6:16 am
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    Нехуя не понятно, но очень интересно

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  • July 30, 2019 at 6:29 am
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    Why steroid Miquel Cabrera never shut up in the 1st inning? Talking too much trash. Overrated player too. I admit Angels lost today because we have bad pitcher and so many errors on Angels side. I hope we continues to wins more games instead of losing all the time. Go Angels.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 6:53 am
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    Привет, тем кто смотрел

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  • July 30, 2019 at 7:02 am
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    I cant chat in the live chat because it says invite only which is bullshit. 😭😭😭😭😭😭😢😢😢😢😢😡😡😡😡😡😠😠😠😠😠😤😤😤😤😤

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  • July 30, 2019 at 7:20 am
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    Angels need to rebuild or something.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 7:38 am
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    I hope angels wins

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  • July 30, 2019 at 7:38 am
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    Wow. I can't believe I can watch this in Korea for free live.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 7:51 am
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    Mark Langston is a sexy beast, am I right?

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  • July 30, 2019 at 8:18 am
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    Mlb,thanks for the coverage, 836,473 views and it's only 6 hrs old.I hope you count this as a success and continue coverage in seasons to come.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 8:49 am
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    Really liked this broadcast, well done! Loved the guys in the booth, thanks

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:20 pm
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    I watched the whole thing…

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:33 pm
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    Thank you, MLB! Having a free game to look forward to every week is fantastic for a Swedish baseball fan!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 12:55 pm
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    tigers beating the angels, wow

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  • July 30, 2019 at 1:32 pm
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    Zack Hample
    Called what he thought would be the end score.
    ​7-2 Angels in honor of Mr. Trout's uniform number. LOL you had it so wrong Zack

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  • July 30, 2019 at 1:46 pm
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    Świetna robota! Dzięki za możliwość oglądania MLB. Pozdrawiam z Polski.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 3:30 pm
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    Start = 41:07

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  • July 30, 2019 at 5:59 pm
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    trout almost hit his 35th! 🙁

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  • July 30, 2019 at 6:28 pm
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    HEY MLB you should allow ALL the viewers to participate in live chat!!

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  • July 30, 2019 at 7:36 pm
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    Mlb should broadcast more baseball games live on youtube in the future this is a great option for baseball viewers that do not have access to cable or satelite television.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 8:18 pm
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    I don't understand the rules yet as I'm new to baseball but I really enjoy watching it! Grateful for YouTube at this moment in time 😁😁😁

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  • July 30, 2019 at 8:28 pm
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    It's an honor to watch Pujols.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 9:11 pm
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    cubs at cardinals should be a game of the week

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  • July 30, 2019 at 10:13 pm
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    That Skaggs inspired no hit was truly amazing. Brings tears to the eyes seeing that video and I never even knew the guy. Also thanks YouTube and MLB for bringing these games to the masses. Fo free.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 10:51 pm
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    This is the is the second game I've watched on YouTube and wow soooo much better than TV no commercials, they have a count down between innings you get more of a personal input on players and mangers very in depth pre and post game. The only and really minor thing I'd like to see is a hit and error slot on the score board during the game. Hopefully this turns into game of the day thing instead of the week

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  • July 30, 2019 at 10:58 pm
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    Can’t wait for the free brew crew game

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:47 pm
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    Good job Tigers. Shadow, my cat, and I loved it.

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  • July 30, 2019 at 11:54 pm
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    I’m watching the game on full screen and we still see their chat messages.
    We really don’t care about what you have to say, especially when it covers over one fourth of the game.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:44 am
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    This was Awesome!!! Go Tigers!!!! Cant wait for the next time my team gets Game of the week!!!!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 1:41 am
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    Btw sorry about Tyler skaggs

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  • July 31, 2019 at 2:11 am
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    I love how we the plebs are not allowed to engage in conversation during the stream , HOW BORING! No interaction no play discussion – Just the opinions of a bunch of invited sycophants. WE DEMAND CHAT.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 2:13 am
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    District attourney busted that code

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  • July 31, 2019 at 2:43 am
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    Nice to not have to watch the commercials between innings, unlike mlb.tv.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 4:37 am
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    Who cares about the Angels? I want to see my Cardinals on a decent channel where I can hear the Cardinal announcers.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 5:46 am
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    Wow, Great broadcast. Loved the spots on Pujols & Cabrera & Trout. Very informative. Best broadcast I've seen this year. Thanks for showing it.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 6:09 am
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    Thanks MLB. Love from India

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  • July 31, 2019 at 2:52 pm
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    oooh I could watch this in live omg unbelievable!!

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  • August 1, 2019 at 1:36 am
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    Cool

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  • August 1, 2019 at 1:39 am
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    https://youtu.be/9GEgN7uPxwI

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  • August 1, 2019 at 5:37 am
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    I would have watched this stream, I love baseball, but the color commentator sucked a$$ so bad. Maybe next time MLB can show us a game and leave the audio out??

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  • August 2, 2019 at 12:06 am
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    Thanks Mlb or The GoodGame

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  • August 2, 2019 at 1:52 am
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    Thx mlb for letting me watch on YouTube

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  • August 3, 2019 at 1:51 am
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    Why does catchers bat at the end of the lineup even if they are really good like Wilson Contreras?

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  • August 3, 2019 at 5:16 am
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    Did anyone forget about Adenhart and Valbuena?

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  • August 3, 2019 at 4:47 pm
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    I'm a tigers fan

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  • August 4, 2019 at 2:34 am
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    51:34 thank me later

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  • August 5, 2019 at 1:55 am
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    im new in baseball. hi everyone. i came from soccer.

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  • August 7, 2019 at 5:33 am
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    2:29:09 not a single strike was thrown, and the guy still managed to strike out

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  • August 7, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    I was there, it was my first Angels game since I’m a fan from NorCal. Had lots of fun even though we lost. Was able to ask security to give my fanart to Mike Trout. Hope he got it!

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  • August 8, 2019 at 3:51 pm
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    Nice 👍

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  • August 8, 2019 at 6:40 pm
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    Can they just get some pitchers please. Would like to see the Angel's in the playoffs. Geez

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  • August 8, 2019 at 10:52 pm
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    Bel the first place and time to time for a new one and I have a plans and plans and the plans and the plans are not in

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  • August 10, 2019 at 2:21 am
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    Miguel Cabrera VENEZUELA 💛💙❤

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  • August 17, 2019 at 9:57 am
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    I watched this LIVE, two weeks ago, great game! Go Tigers!! 😎

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  • August 22, 2019 at 2:34 am
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    I made that catch second hitter on the tigers, first foul ball for me ever.

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