Give it up for the Angels. A three game sweep of the White Sox put the Angels in to a first place tie with the Texas Rangers, who they just happen to play next.
I didn’t think that Tyler Chatwood would look as dominant as he did on Saturday. That’s why I quit betting on sports, because I always pick wrong. Anyway, the Sox sure were impressed. Paul Konerko raved about his performance. Not a bad recommendation from one of the top players in baseball.
Chatwood sure played the part of future star, throwing 7 innings of 1 run ball. Most impressive was his 2 walks. So many young pitchers overthrow, pick at the corners, or don’t attack hitters, so it’s great to see Chatwood not overwhelmed by major league hitters.
Rich Thompson gave up a blast to Konerko in the 9th inning, the first run the Angels bullpen had given up in 27 innings. After their initial problems, the Halos pen has really tightened things up.
Offensively, the Angels got another strong performance by catcher Hank Conger. Conger, who I thought would be on the bench in lieu of Jeff Mathis. Thankfully, I was wrong because Conger hit a two run home run, a double, finishing with 3 RBI.
Has Vernon Wells turned the corner? With another 2 hits, the Angels left fielder is now hitting .140. Not great, but better than the .100 he was hitting a few days ago.
Everybody stay away from Maicer Izturis. The Angels mister everything is hitting the cover off the ball. Another 3 hits on Saturday raised his average to .357. Since April 8th, Izturis is hitting a robust .379. Howie Kendrick also chipped in with another couple hits, including a homerun. The 2nd baseman is hitting .305.
The Angels smacked around a good started in Gavin Floyd on Saturday, winning 7-2. Today, they get a better one named Mark Buehrle.
And the Angels had no problem with the left hander, jumping on him for a run in the first inning. They also got another one in the 3rd, each time led by a Izturis double.
4th inning, and Mark Trumbo hit an opposite field home run, that was as impressive as it sounds. Right before his homerun, Hawk Harrelson said that Trumbo would probably go to the minors when Erick Aybar and Kendrys Morales return. Steve Stone corrected him quickly, saying that Brandon Wood shouldn’t be buying any real estate any time soon. I agree with him, but realize Harrelson may be right. Wood stinks, but the Angels have invested too much money in to him, to expose him to other teams if they decide to option him out.
Dan Haren continues to dominate. He struck out the first 4 batters of the game as he improved his record to 4-0. He seemed to get a little tired in the 7th, and handed the ball to the bullpen—game over. Takahashi, Rodriguez, Rodney and Walden threw 2.2 scoreless innings. However, Walden ran in to trouble in the 9th, as the Sox loaded the bases. Walden settled down to get Juan Pierre to fly out to left to end the game.
I am little concerned about Torii Hunter, who appears to be pressing. The Angels right fielder is slumping badly, as he is only 2 for his last 27 (.074). On the other hand, Vernon Wells has a four game hitting streak. What will this team be like when everybody is hitting all at once?
With their 4-2 win, the Angels swept Chicago for the first in about 6 years. Not a bad way to be before playing the dynamic Rangers
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.