May 2, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols (5) warms up prior to the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

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Should how much Albert Pujols is making actually matter, more on the Angels frustrating start and, Garrett Richards is getting pushed back into the pen with Jerome Williams taking his spot in the rotation. How ’bout that Jason Vargas last night, huh? This team needed that performance in a big, big way. The Angels are 11-18 now, which is not where they want to be, but when has this team ever been good for the fans’ blood pressure?

Should How Much Albert Pujols Makes Really Matter?

Should it? No. Does it? Unfortunately, yes. Although, to be fair to Albert, he isn’t the highest paid player on the team this year. Next year his salary jumps to over $20MM. It’s hard for fans to temper their expectations of a player when they sign a big money deal, it is especially difficult when that player is Albert friggin’ Pujols.

Halo Effect: A Frustrating Start

Thanks for driving the point home about Joe Blanton, ESPN. The fans appreciate it, since they obviously haven’t noticed.

Richards to Help Solidify Bullpen, Williams to Rotation

This one is a tough choice. On the one hand, Williams has been solid out of the pen when he has been called upon for long relief, but is too valuable in that role to be used as a late inning reliever to snuff out a rally. And Richards, absolutely has the stuff to be a late inning power reliever who could easily pitch a two inning save and still have plenty left in the tank to come back the next day and do the same thing. One problem though on both fronts, we’ve seen Williams struggle as a starter, and we’ve seen Richards struggle in a relief role. We’ve also seen Richards get shelled in his last start. So in this case, I’m going to defer to Mike Scioscia, and hope that I don’t have to write a “Hindsight is 20/20″ article in the near future.

Baseball out of Context

Seriously, Sam Miller is the best. Like, ever.

Swarm of Bees Delays Start of Angels-Orioles Game

So, yeah, this happened on Thursday night. Obviously it brought back memories of a San Diego Padres game from a couple of seasons ago when a game was delayed because a candy bar in a ball boy’s jacket had attracted a large swarm of bees. For me, it brought back memories of this….

GIF via Lookout Landing

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