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Albert Pujols out for the season
Albert Pujols will miss the remainder of the season as a result of an injury to his left foot. Pujols had already been out since July 26, but even before his stint on the DL, he was having a down year. Pujols' decline has been gradual, but this year was his first with fewer than 30 home runs and a sub-.800 OPS. Will he come back strong in 2014, or will the Angels be stuck with many more years of declining production?
On Wednesday, "First Take" brought in special guest Tony La Russa to discuss long-term deals in baseball. The Rangers have a decision to make about Josh Hamilton, and potentially could lock him up for many years to come. La Russa said he wouldn't give more than a five- or six-year deal to a player of any caliber, citing the Angels' 10-year deal with Albert Pujols as one that was not worth the risk. Both Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless agreed. What's your take?
His older brother almost had one back in the day, but Jered Weaver's no-hitter wasn't broken up in the late innings by a fly ball to right field like Jeff Weaver's was in 2002. Weaver's no-hitter is the second so far this season, trumped only by Philip Humber's perfect game. Humber's result might have been rarer, but Weaver's future seems brighter -- he's the Angels' ace and much more likely to follow up on his success. Is he a truly elite pitcher?
Weaver's stats this season: 4-0, 1.61 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 45 strikeouts, and one no-hitter.
For once, the big story in Los Angeles wasn't how Albert Pujols has yet to hit a ball out of the park.
Playoffs for Angels?
The Angels are 10-15, which doesn't put them out of the playoff race yet, but it'll be tough to overcome the Rangers in their own division.