The details on the Angels’ trade with the Padres’ for Huston Street came in increments. First we learned the deal was done. Then we learned that the Angels were including second-base prospect Taylor Lindsey in the deal. Then came this:
Huston Street and AA Pitcher to Angels for Taylor Lindsey, Jose Rondon, Jose Alvarez and another minor leaguer- 6 player deal done
— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) July 19, 2014
Jose Alvarez to the Padres. I was excited. The Angels are contenders and probably will be for a while, especially if they figure out their pitching. The Padres suck. Alvarez could develop there. He could get a serious chance to become a long-term piece as San Diego starts its rebuilding process all over again once they hire a new GM.
So the One True Alvarez remains with the Angels. He also remains on the disabled list. With just six weeks left in the season, there’s no way he’s coming back. It’s a lost year for Alvarez.
It’s been just the opposite kind of year for Blaine Hardy.
He had trouble on Saturday, allowing an earned run, but Hardy continues to rule the American League like a dictator.
He’s currently got a 2.51 ERA, and while the advanced stats say it’ll like increase with a bigger sample size, I refuse to believe it. (If you’re a nerd his xFIP is 3.48. If you’re not a nerd, congratulations.) Saturday’s slip up was his first run allowed in his past seven appearances.
Hardy’s plan has stayed the same: Get ahead with the fastball, then BAM! drop the ol’ hammer of Thor right at the knees. (Especially against righties. He tends to stick with the fastball a little more with lefties.)