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Big Al McMordie is a featured handicapper on national television and radio programs. Since 1992, Big Al has put together 18 winning years of 23, and has garnered an awesome 39 NUMBER ONE AWARDS in Football, Basketball, and Baseball. Al won the prestigious 2004 Stardust Football handicapping championship, and is the most honored technical handicapper in the country.
Al McMordie is the most honored technical handicapper in the country.

Some highlights: In 2012, Big Al ranked #1 in the NFL, with a 76.7% record on his Late Phone Service, as documented by The Sports Monitor. Of course, Al’s not one to rest on his laurels, and was 189-134 in Pro Football in 2013-2014.

In 2007, Big Al won the $100,000 World Series of Sports Handicapping, and also finished #1 in March Madness.

In 2004, Al won the most prestigious handicapping contest in Las Vegas -- The Stardust Invitational.

Overall, in the last 23 years, Big Al has garnered 39 NUMBER ONE awards in Football, Basketball, Baseball and Hockey; 162 Top 5 finishes; and 315 Top 10 finishes. Al is a featured handicapper both on National TV and Radio, as well as at the most prestigious gambling web sites. Additionally, in 2002, Big Al was featured in FHM Magazine, and he was featured in ESPN Magazine in 2010.

In 2000, Al was 157-114 in football, including 10-0 (100%) in the NFL Playoffs. Al has won 16 of his 23 football seasons. Another highlight of Al's career came in 1997, when Big Al was ranked #1 by SPORTS WATCH in College Football/NFL Win Percentage and #1 in College Football Regular Season/Bowls by THE SPORTS MONITOR. Al has one of the best basketball records over the past 23 seasons (winning 18 of 23 seasons), and was ranked #1 in baseball for the 1996 and 2001 seasons, and #1 in hockey in 2014. For consistency across all four sports, you can count on Al McMordie.

Indeed, the Las Vegas Sporting News recognized Al in its December 17, 1996 issue, and wrote that: "[Al's] honesty, integrity, [and] skills...are obvious....We have been impressed by [his] uncanny ability to pick big underdogs that win the game straight-up....We've seen handicappers come and go, and get hot and cold, but no one has been as consistent over time as McMordie, and we strongly urge you to consider him as your handicapper."

Besides being a champion handicapper, Al McMordie is a corporate attorney, and earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan. Al resides in Los Angeles, California.

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Date: 6/24/2017
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Date: 6/24/2017
Al McMordie was 1-1 last night, as he cashed a blowout winner on Seattle, but lost a tough 1-0 game when Detroit fell to San Diego. On Saturday, Big Al's featuring this Major League Baseball Road Warrior Winner. It's backed by an AWESOME 22-4 SITUATION. Go get it!
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DateW/LTypeHandicapper Selection
At 10:10 pm, our selection is on the Seattle Mariners over the Houston Astros.  Perhaps the only team that can claim to have had worse fortunes with pitching injuries than the Houston Astros is the Mariners.  But while Houston still awaits the return of its aces, the M's get their #1 guy back on the mound tonight.  RHP "King" Felix Hernandez will make his first start since suffering a shoulder injury at the end of April.  And it couldn't come at a more opportune time as the Mariners have been holding their own with a 38-37 record without the services of their ace for almost two months.  Sitting in second place, the M's are still a dozen games behind the division-leading 'Stros, so if King Felix can get the weekend series off on the right track, then you have to think it will give Seattle more confidence going forward.  Hernandez gets a great match-up in his return thanks to Houston's own pitching maladies as RHP Joe Musgrove goes to the hill at Safeco for his 13th start of the season.  If not for all of the injuries, then Musgrove probably wouldn't be in the Houston rotation as he has logged a 4-6 record with a 5.09 ERA so far.  With their regulars slated to return soon, Musgrove better turn things around or he'll be back in the pen.  He's had two mediocre starts vs. the M's already this season.  Take Seattle.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
At 10:10 pm, our selection is on the Detroit Tigers over the San Diego Padres.  Michael Fulmer - who happens to be the reigning AL Rookie of the Year - came out of the gate in 2017 proving that his 2016 rookie campaign was no fluke.  The right-hander threw quality starts in each of his first 10 outings through the end of May, posting a 5-3 record and 2.65 ERA in the process.  But he hit the skids a bit at the beginning of June, allowing 10 runs in 11 1/3 innings in his first two starts this month.  He got back on track in his last start, a six-inning effort against the Rays, but Fulmer didn't get much run support and wound up with the loss.  He'll try to get back in the win column tonight in San Diego in what will be his first career start vs. the Padres.  San Diego will counter with RHP Luis Perdomo, who gets his 13th start of the season tonight.  Perdomo needs to up his game if he's to stick in the rotation - even for the lowly Padres.  The 24-year-old Dominican is just 1-4 with an ugly 4.97 ERA and 1.45 WHIP.   And that's following up a rookie season in which he went 9-10 with a 5.71 ERA in 35 games (20 starts).  The Padres are 17-35 in their last 52 inter-league games coming into this series.  Take the Tigers.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
At 2:20 pm, our selection is on the Milwaukee Brewers over the Pittsburgh Pirates.  In his first three seasons in the Majors, RHP Chase Anderson was extremely average, always posting a record right around .500 with an ERA in the low-fours (4.01, 4.30, and 4.39).  The first two of those seasons were with Arizona and then last season, Anderson joined the Brewers, but put up those same type of numbers.  This season however - his second with Milwaukee - Anderson has broken out.  In 14 starts, the now-29-year-old is 5-2 with a 2.92 ERA and 1.15 WHIP and his K:BB ratio is also at a career high of 3.08 (77 Ks and 25 BBs in 83 1/3 innings).  Anderson has a 1.74 ERA in his last three starts and he'll look to stay hot this afternoon against the Pirates and RHP Ivan Nova.  The Bucs have a winning record at home this season (19-18) but are just 14-21 on the road so far.  Much like Anderson, Nova is also having a very nice season, but he's been better at home than he has been on the road.  And despite a winning record overall, he is just 2-2 in seven starts away from PNC Park.  The Brewers are 4-1 in Anderson's last five starts vs. the Pirates.  Take Milwaukee.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
Our 3 selections include the Red Sox, Cubs and Yankees.<br><br>At 2:15 pm, our selection is on the Boston Red Sox over the Kansas City Royals.  When Drew Pomeranz put up some of the best numbers of his career with the Padres in the first half of the 2016 season (8-7 with a 2.47 ERA in 17 starts), the Red Sox took one look and said "we need to have some of that."  So Boston acquired the southpaw starter on July 14 for a Minor League player.  But as soon as Pomeranz left San Diego for the more hitter friendly confines of Boston, he began to struggle, going 3-5 with a 4.59 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) with the Sox in the second half.  But this season, Pomeranz seems to be getting back into form, as he is 6-4 with a 4.19 ERA in 13 starts heading into this afternoon.  More importantly for today's game is the fact that Pomeranz is 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA in six road starts this season.  On Friday in Houston, he allowed just one run on four hits in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision, although the Red Sox won the game against a very good Astros team.  Boston and Pomeranz should have an easier time of it today as the Royals are hitting just .249 against southpaws this season.  The Royals will go with RHP Ian Kennedy, who is just 1-6 with a 5.03 ERA in 12 starts so far this season.  The Royals are 1-7 in Kennedy's last eight starts vs. teams with a winning record and 0-5 in his last five home starts vs. the same.  Take Boston.<br><br>At 2:20 pm, our selection is on the Chicago Cubs over the San Diego Padres.  The Cubs broke through in this series and finally beat the Padres in 2017.  Prior to Monday's 3-2 Cubs victory, Chicago had won just three of the last five meetings against the Pads.  But now the Cubbies are going for the same thing that San Diego did to them back in May - that is to say, a victory this afternoon would give Chicago a three-game sweep over the Pads.  They may not seem like great numbers, but Cubs RHP Eddie Butler is having his best season ever, logging a 3-2 record and 4.41 ERA in seven starts so far.  Butler will get start number eight this afternoon, and although he's struggled against the Padres in his career (0-3 with a 7.43 ERA), Butler is a better pitcher now than he has been in recent years.  In limited time in Chicago, Butler has some pretty good numbers here at Wrigley Field (2-2 with a 3.80 ERA in five starts).  The Padres will counter with a young pitcher of their own as RH Miguel Diaz will take the mound for San Diego.  Diaz took a tough loss to the Brewers in Milwaukee last Friday, as he allowed four runs on five hits in just 3 1/3 innings.  The Padres are 1-5 in their last six road games vs. teams with a winning record.  Take the Cubbies.<br><br>At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the New York Yankees over the Los Angeles Angels.  Just when it looked like it was going to be smooth sailing for the Yankees, things went a bit south recently.  First, the Bronx Bombers had a disastrous west coast road trip in which they lost the last six games (out of seven), including a very surprising four-game sweep at the hands of the A's in Oakland.  Prior to those four, they lost two of three to tonight's opponents in Anaheim.  The Yanks also just got word that #1 prospect Gleyber Torres has a torn elbow ligament and will require Tommy John Surgery.  But the good news is that the Orioles are tanking, the Blue Jays are looking like a .500 team at best, and the Rays are the Rays, so the AL East is shaping up as a two-horse race, and the Yankees are still in the lead.  There have been plenty of pleasant surprises for the Yankees this season, not least of which is LHP Jordan Montgomery.  While teammate and fellow rookie Aaron Judge has been stealing most of the headlines, Montgomery is quietly putting together a very nice first season in the Bigs, having gone 4-4 with a 3.78 ERA in 12 starts coming into tonight.  One has to wonder how long the Angels will stick with RHP Ricky Nolasco in their rotation, as the veteran is 2-8 with a 5.01 ERA and the Halos are just 3-11 in his 14 starts.  Take the Yanks.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
Our 3 selections include the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and Toronto Blue Jays.<br><br>At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the St. Louis Cardinals over the Philadelphia Phillies.  After an uninspiring first season in St. Louis, RHP Mike Leake got off to a very fast start in 2017, going 5-2 with a 1.91 ERA over his first nine starts.  Leake was off to the races and looking like a breakout candidate at the ripe old age of 29.  But not so fast.  Since that time (May 24th), Leake has gone 0-4 in his next four starts and his ERA has risen by more than a full run to its current 3.14.  That's still a number that most starters wish they could have after 13 starts and certainly Leake has plenty of time to get back to a winning record and a sub-3.00 ERA.  And a start in Philadelphia after an off-day on Monday isn't a bad way to get things going as this series has been one of the most lopsided in the Majors in recent history.  In the last 16 meetings of these two, the Cards are 13-3, including 4-2 in the last six trips to Citizens Bank Park.  The Phillies hopefully were able to use the day off to figure out some things as they are stuck in a horrible rut right now, having lost 11 of their last 12 overall.  The Cards are 8-0 in their last eight road games vs. a team with a losing home record.  Take St. Louis.<br><br>At 8:05 pm, our selection is on the Chicago Cubs over the San Diego Padres.  The Cubs suffered one of the most embarrassing losses of any defending World Series Champions recently when they were swept by one of the worst teams in baseball in San Diego back at the end of May.  Now they have a chance to get some revenge at home in a three game series and tonight they send LHP Mike Montgomery to the mound for this, his 3rd start of the season.  Montgomery also has 18 relief appearances and he has posted a very nice 2.56 ERA, but has been snake-bit a bit as he is still looking for his first win.  He will have a great chance to get it this evening as the Padres are batting a league-worst .215 vs. southpaws this season.  RHP Jhoulys Chacin will get his first start of the season against the Cubs tonight and it's a lineup that he's had some problems with in the past, especially here at Wrigley Field.   In three previous starts at Wrigley, Chacin is 0-3 with a 5.74 ERA and 1.85 WHIP in just under 16 innings.  The Padres are also 0-5 in their last five road games vs. left-handed starters.  Take the Cubs.<br><br>At 8:05 pm, our selection is on the Toronto Blue Jays over the Texas Rangers.  There's no denying Francisco Liriano's struggles this season.  The veteran Toronto southpaw started off 2017 with one of his worst starts ever and had posted a 6.35 ERA after his seventh start on May 10.  Liriano went on the DL after that start with shoulder problems and he was out of action almost a month.  One thing you can't deny, however, despite all of Liriano's issues is that the Jays win when he goes to the mound.  Toronto is 7-3 in Liriano's 10 starts this season, including 6-0 in his last six going back to April 29.  The Blue Jays and Liriano have a great chance to add to that streak against a Rangers club that is batting just .230 against left-handers this season - the second-worst number vs. southpaws in the A.L. (Tampa Bay .227).  Texas will go with RHP Nick Martinez, who is 1-3 with a 4.67 ERA in nine starts on the season and 0-1 with an ugly 6.46 ERA in his last three covering 15 1/3 innings.  Liriano by contrast is 1-0 with a 3.71 ERA in his last three.  Finally, the Jays are 13-5 in the last 18 games in Arlington, Texas.  Take Toronto.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
Our 3 selections include the Houston Astros, Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants.<br><br>At 7:35 pm, our selection is on the San Francisco Giants over the Atlanta Braves.  At age 30, Giants RHP Johnny Cueto had one of his best seasons in 2016, winning 18 games (vs. just five losses) with a 2.79 ERA and league-leading five complete games. This season however, Cueto has struggled, going 5-6 with a 4.57 ERA in 14 starts, so the veteran has some work to do.  He'll get start number 15 in Atlanta as the Giants and Braves begin a four-game set with the home team turning to veteran knuckle-ball specialist R.A. Dickey.  Dickey is having his worst season since he came back into the league in 2008, logging a 4-5 record with a 5.35 ERA and 1.51 WHIP in his 13 starts.  Dickey got his first start vs. the Giants in four years on May 28, and it didn't go well for him.  In that one - which was in pitcher-friendly San Francisco - Dickey allowed seven runs (six earned) on six hits in six innings in a 7-1 loss.  The opposing starter that day?  None other than Cueto, who had arguably his best start of the season (one run on six hits with eight strikeouts and one walk.  The Giants are 7-3 in the last 10 meetings in Atlanta.  And the Giants are 22-8 in his last 30 nighttime starts.  Take San Francisco.<br><br>At 10:05 pm, our selection is on the Houston Astros over the Oakland Athletics.  We're not even at the half-way point of the season, and the Houston Astros are running away with the AL West.  Houston has a lead of a dozen games and it doesn't appear that any of the other teams in that Division have the talent or the fortitude to challenge the 'Stros.  There's good news and bad news in that.  On the one hand, if the 'Stros can wrap things up in the West early and secure home field in the AL, then they'll be able to save some pitchers down the stretch.  But on the other hand, if they're not getting challenged from the other Western teams, then will they have the toughness they need come October?  RHP Brad Peacock has been used mostly as a reliever this season, but has also been an effective spot starter for Houston.  He gets another shot tonight as both Lance McCullers Jr. and Dallas Keuchel have hit the DL with injuries.  Peacock is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA and although he's never had a K rate higher than 8.3, he's all of sudden figured out his strikeout pitch with 58 whiffs in 39 innings (a K rate of 13.4).  Houston is 19-7 in the last 26 meetings.  Take the Astros.<br><br>At 10:10 pm, our selection is on the Seattle Mariners over the Detroit Tigers.  People who follow the Majors may remember the season - 2013 - when Detroit's Anibal Sanchez lead the AL in ERA (2.57) and finished fourth in the Cy Young voting.  Those same people however may not remember much of anything else from Sanchez since then.  And there's a very good reason for that  Since 2013, the now-33-year-old has gotten progressively worse each season, watching that ERA go to 3.43 (2014), 4.99 (2015), and 5.87 last season, losing his starting job in the process.  2017 hasn't brought any answers for him either as he has pitched exclusively out of the bullpen and been demoted to the minors with a 9.00 ERA and 2.05 WHIP in his 11 appearances.  Sanchez makes his return from AAA tonight to get his first start of the season.  Sanchez will take the place of #5 starter Buck Farmer, whose bus to Toledo (the Tigers' AAA team) probably crossed paths with Sanchez's ride to Detroit.  The Mariners will go with RHP Sam Gaviglio.  The 27-year-old rookie has pitched well as a fill-in starter for Seattle’s injury-plagued rotation, going 3-1 with a 3.34 ERA in six starts.  He’s yet to go past six innings, but the M's are 5-1 in his starts.  More good news:  Detroit is 2-13 in Sanchez's last 15 starts as an underdog.  Take Seattle.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
At 4:05 pm, our selection is on the New York Yankees over the Oakland Athletics.  Just when everything seemed to be going right for the Yankees, red-hot southpaw CC Sabathia has hit the shelf with a hamstring strain.  While that may not sound like a serious injury, for a 36-year-old with a large frame like Sabathia, it could mean extended time on the DL.  Enter RHP Luis Cessa.  Cessa was called up from Triple-A Scranton when Sabathia went down and the 25-year-old pitched last season as a rookie, posting so-so results (4-4 with a 4.35 ERA in 17 MLB games).  The additional seasoning he's had since then should help him in his second MLB season and in his first start of 2017, Cessa gets a very advantageous match-up in a pitcher-friendly park.  The A's will send RHP Jharel Cotton to the mound.  It appeared Cotton was poised for a breakout after a 2016 rookie campaign in which he went 2-0 with a 2.15 ERA and 0.82 WHIP in five starts.  But the breakout is on hold as Cotton has struggled mightily this season, even being sent back to the minors at one point to straighten things out.  That didn't work and now Cotton is searching for answers on a four-game skid in which he hasn't won a decision since May 4.  Take the Yankees.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
At 8:15 pm, our selection is on the Anaheim Angels over the Kansas City Royals.  Last night here in Anaheim, Ian Kennedy - who had an 0-6 record with a 5.40 ERA going in - shut down the Angels and the Royals won, 3-1.  That was KC's second straight win over Anaheim in this four-game set.  And even more improbable, it was KC's sixth straight win overall.  Tonight, however, the Halos have a decided advantage on the mound.  Royals' rookie RHP Jake Junis will get his fourth career start tonight (his sixth appearance), but his numbers so far do not inspire confidence.  Junis has 4.67 ERA and 1.79 WHIP and in his 17 1/3 innings, Junis has surrendered 20 hits and he has a K:BB ratio of just 1.18.  Junis had his best start of his career last time on June 11, allowing three runs on six hits in seven innings and while that may sound promising, it was against arguably the weakest offense in the Majors in the San Diego Padres.  He will have a tougher time tonight against a much better Angels lineup.  Alex Meyer, meanwhile, will get the start for the Halos.  Meyer has a 1.62 ERA over his last 3 starts, and a 2.61 ERA at home this season.  Take Anaheim.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.
Our 3 selections include the San Francisco Giants, Anaheim Angels and Toronto Blue Jays.<br><br>At 10:05 pm, our selection is on the Los Angeles Angels over the Kansas City Royals.  Watching the kind of season that he's having, it's hard to believe that Ian Kennedy was once a top prospect in the New York Yankees organization.  To say that Kennedy is struggling in this, his 11th season in the Majors, would be a huge understatement.  The former first-round draft pick has yet to win a game (0-6) in 11 starts, and he has posted a 5.40 ERA with 28 walks in 56 2/3 innings (a walk rate of 4.4 per nine IP).  He'll start tonight in Anaheim to try to straighten himself out, but this is not a city that's been kind to Kennedy.  In four appearance here (three starts) the veteran RH is 0-3 with an ugly 6.35 ERA and 1.71 WHIP in just 17 innings of work.  The Angels will counter with RHP Jesse Chavez, whose overall numbers don't look like much (5-6 with a 5.06 ERA) but who has pitched much better at home this season.  In seven games at Angel Stadium, including six starts, Chavez is 3-2 with a 4.10 ERA and 1.12 WHIP.  Notwithstanding yesterday's loss, the Angels are still 21-7 in their last 28 home games vs. teams with a losing record.  Take the Halos.<br><br>At 7:05 pm, our selection is on the Toronto Blue Jays over the Chicago White Sox.  Heading into this season, the White Sox' Jose Quintana had been one of the most consistent southpaws in the American League of the past four years.  Like clockwork, Quintana would put in an injury-free season of 30-plus starts, winning at least nine games and posting an ERA in the low-to-mid threes.  But that has ended with a thud in 2017.  Through his first 13 starts, Quintana has two wins to go with a league-leading eight losses and an ERA two runs higher than where he normally is (5.30).  The poor performance is especially damaging to the Sox, who are hoping to move Quintana and his payroll-friendly contract to a contender in exchange for some prospects - preferably before the trade deadline.  That's not likely to happen now, so Quintana will use the rest of the season to try to get his form back, but doing so in Toronto against a hot Jays lineup will not be easy.  RHP Joe Biagini has emerged as a very capable sophomore starter for the Jays.  Now if only he can figure out how to win some games.  He has now pitched seven innings in back-to-back starts and has looked sharp since being fully stretched out.  Chicago is 7-20 in its last 27 road games.  Take the Jays.<br><br>At 8:40 pm, our selection is on the San Francisco Giants over Colorado.  Giants' RHP Jeff Samardzija got off to a horrible start to the season, going 0-5 with a 5.44 ERA in his first seven starts through May 9.  But since then, Samardzija has thrown quality starts in five of his next six outings, allowing 13 runs in 32 2/3 innings, lowering his ERA more than a full run (to 4.31).  Unfortunately however, the run support hasn't been there for the veteran, as the Giants have plated an average of just 3.23 runs per game for Samardzija.  That represents the second-worst support in the National League, with only Jerad Eickhoff getting less help so far this season (3.00).  I expect the Giants to break through with some runs tonight for Samardzija, as Senzatela's ERA over his last three starts is 6.46.  Take the Giants.  Good luck, as always...Al McMordie.
Our 3 selections include the Washington Nationals, Baltimore Orioles and Anaheim Angels.<br><br>At 2:10 pm, our selection is on the Baltimore Orioles over the Chicago White Sox.  Orioles RHP Chris Tillman had just about the ugliest start that a pitcher can have in his last trip to the mound in the Bronx on June 10.  That one resulted in nine runs on seven hits in just 1 1/3 innings.  If it were anyone other than Tillman and the O's, then there would be a good chance that he would be sitting out for a bit.  But Tillman is coming back this afternoon to face a White Sox club that he just threw five shutout innings against on May 7 at home.  The Sox will counter with unheralded southpaw David Holmberg, who has a career MLB record of 4-6 with an ERA of 5.29.  Holmberg has allowed six earned runs over 12 2/3 innings as a starter this season, and this will be his first career start vs. the Orioles.  Baltimore's offense finally woke up on Wednesday as they scored 10 runs against this White Sox team after plating just 17 in their six previous games (in which they went 0-6).  The Orioles are 12-4 in Tillman's last 16 starts following an outing of less than four innings in his last appearance.  Take Baltimore.<br><br>At 7:10 pm, our selection is on the Washington Nationals over New York.  The Nats and Mets kick off a weekend series in Queens and the Mets begin this series 8 1/2 games behind DC.  Two southpaws go to the hill tonight in the first game of the series, as Gio Gonzalez goes against Steven Matz, who has recently returned from an elbow injury that has kept him out since the start of the season.  Matz's first start back from the DL was last Saturday in the second game of a double-header against the Braves and in that one he looked like he never missed a beat.  Matz threw seven innings of one-run, five-hit ball while picking up his first victory of 2017 in an 8-1 blow-out.  But Washington will be a much more difficult test for Matz, as the Nats are 27-10 in night games this season, and 14-6 when priced between +125 and -125.  It's true that Gonzalez had seen his ERA rise in each of the last four years heading into 2017, but this season he is bouncing back strongly, having gone 5-1 with a 2.91 ERA in 13 starts.  Even better:  he's 12-5 lifetime vs. New York with a 2.96 ERA.  Take the Nationals.<br><br>At 10:05 pm, our selection is on the Los Angeles Angels over the Kansas City Royals.  When the best overall player in the game, OF Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels, tore a ligament in his thumb on May 28, his team was 26-27 and in second place in the A.L. West.  You would think that the next several weeks without Trout would result in a major regression for the Halos.  But here we are on June 15, and the Angels are actually 9-7 since they lost Trout.  Go figure.  It's likely that nobody is happier than Trout himself as he has won pretty much every accolade possible in his short time in the Majors other than a post-season title, be it ALDS, ALCS, or World Series.  The Angels probably won't catch the Astros, but if they can keep pace until Trout is back, then a Wild Card spot certainly would not be out of the question.  This weekend's series against the Royals is certainly a great way to build on their unexpected success and push their record over the .500 mark.  RHP Ricky Nolasco has lost his last five starts, but he's faced some pretty tough teams lately.  And in his last two outings, Nolasco has struck out nine without issuing a walk.  The Angels are 21-6 in their last 27 home games vs. teams with a losing record.  Take L.A.  As always, good luck...Al McMordie.