One thing is clear through 9 games, the Angels love teams that have ays in their name. They are now 4-1 against Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays. Many positives came out of the 3 game series against Toronto. First and foremost, pitching. The Angels bullpen didn’t give up 1 run in the 3 games spanning 11 2/3 innings. After looking like firestarters in the first 4 games, the pen has come back to look awesome. Fernando Rodney even looked good, throwing 3 scoreless innings, with 1 save. Jason Bulger, who I still don’t trust, gave up 4 walks, but no runs in his 2+ inning outing on Saturday. If they can consistently put up those type of numbers, maybe they’ll be able chase own the red hot Rangers. Master of the obvious, I am.
What’s up Vernon Wells? I thought you would light up your old team, but I was wrong. You still look horrible. His 1-13 performance in the three games put his average at .100. That looks great at the top of a term paper, but in MLB it means you stink. Serenity now, serenity now.
Back to positives. What superlative can be used to describe Jered Weaver? Awesome, amazing, spectacular, all of them fit the big right hander. Weaver struck out a career high 15 batters on Sunday. He is quickly becoming one of the best pitchers in baseball. Ervin Santana wasn’t so bad himself, striking out 7 in his 8 innings of work. His only real bad pitch was the one that Jayson Nix smacked in to the Angels bullpen in the 8th. You won’t meet a nicer guy than Nix, who is super intense, but a good guy nonetheless. I always wonder what happened to the elbow soreness that plagued Santana last spring?
Dan Haren even got a victory,but he didn’t start a game. He was brought in on Saturday’s 14 inning affair, pitched an inning and got a win. I always worry about starters coming as relief pitchers between starts, but it’s hard to question anything Mike Scioscia does because he always seems to make the right moves. Matt Palmer, who started that Saturday game, didn’t inspire much confidence giving up 10 his and 4 earned runs in just over 4 innings.
I wonder why the Halos didn’t turn to Trevor Bell, who actually made some quality starts at the end of last year. Palmer never seems to bring much, I used to get him and Sean O’Sullivan confused. No, I didn’t actually, but they remind me of the same pitcher.
Brandon Wood and Jeff Mathis brought their usual stuff, combining to go 2-10 with 7 strikeouts. As long as Mathis continues to call games like he did on Sunday, his offense is extra, but Wood, I’m not sure. It’s early, so he still has time to get things turned around. Many players take time to find their hitting stroke, I’m sure the Angels don’t wanna see Wood find his with another team.
How fast is Peter Bourjos? Scoring the winning run os Saturday, to tracking down everything in center field, Bourjos has to be one of the fastest guys in baseball.
And finally, some Roster moves. Scott Kazmir (back tightness or just badness) and Erick Aybar (strained side) to the DL. Scott Downs activated from the DL. Michael Kohn and Kevin Jepsen sent out. Francisco Rodriguez and Tyler Chatwood called up.
Chatwood gets the start against the Cleveland Indians on Monday.
About the Author
Written by Bill Mahoney
O'kay I'll talk about myself a little. I've been working in the television/radio industry for over 21 years. I started at 2 so I am just a tad over 21 (That is a joke). My career has taken me around and and even out of the United States. Right now I call Vegas home, but I just never know where life will take me next. Until 2002 my irrational love for the California/Anaheim/LAA had taken me down some very dark roads, but with Arte Moreno in charge I finally saw the a light at the end of the road. I really love most every sports and having as much fun as possible.