I think we can all agree, there is no one pitching better than our very own Jered Weaver. Weaver is locked in, throwing a complete game, 10 strikeout performance, Monday against the division rival Oakland A’s. Weaver is 6-0, and can go 7-0 Saturday at Tampa Bay. Now, I’ve talked to a number of Angel fans recently, and they have him starting the all-star game (realistic), going 34-0 (not gonna happen), and winning the Cy Young (Too early to tell). Slow own every one. Weaver is looking dominant right now, but it’s April by god.
Remember Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez last season? Well, let me refresh your memory. At the all-star break he was 15-1, and that included a no hitter vs. Atlanta. His ERA was a miniscule 2.20. The 2nd half was a different story. Jimenez went 4-7, his ERA was still under three, but as you see, it’s a long season. Let’s not build a statue for Weaver just yet.
The Angels offense knocked around a pretty good pitcher in Gio Gonzalez, on Monday. The A’s lefty is developing in to a top notch starter, and coming off back to back shutouts I thought the Angels may put up another egg.
Who can read the Angels offense. Beat up Gonzalez and Brandon McCathy, but come up empty against Tyson Ross. I was saying how good a # 2 hitter Hpward Kendrick has become, but a slump forced (I guess) Mike Scioscia to move the 2nd baseman to the 6th spot. He had a good series, getting multiple hits in the first 2 games.
The clean up spot continues to be a black hole. I wish I was in that meeting in Toronto when the brain trust agreed that Vernon Wells should be paid more than 20 million dollars a season. I have never hidden my contempt for Jeff Mathis, but Wells is moving right close to that vicinity. Hey people, don’t be afraid to rain down boos on the guy who really has become a singles hitter, if he hits at all. I watched him strike out the other night, and people actually gave him a polite applause when he went back to the dugout. This guy makes 24 million a year, more than you, me, your brother, sister, and all their friends and relatives. You should expect more than .178, a home run and 5 RBI. I would cut him some slack if he was changing leagues, but all he did was change divisions. Hey Wells, nice job striking out, again, in the bottom of the 9th with a runner in scoring position. Thank you Bobby Abreu.
Sorry if I bounce around, but did you see that play Wells made in left in the 10th inning on Wednesday? A fly ball that was hit in the gap, and he did have to run a long way to go, but if your gonna dive, lay out. Don’t come sliding in and let the ball get past ya. Hey, it only went for a triple, eventually turning in to the winning run (Think sarcastic). I can’t wait to shell out my hard earned dollars to watch that stiff play.
Npw Peter Bourjos. I love this guy, not since the days of Gary Pettis or Devon White have the Halos produced such an athletic center fielder. However, he needs to back off a bit, or learn to take charge. On that Wells play, Bourjos came flying over like he was gonna make the catch, but he really came too close to Wells. The ball may have been uncatchable, but he’s either got to be screaming “I GOT IT”, or back up the play. Stop getting in the way.
Who is this Alexi Amarista kid? Whoever he is, I like him. With 2 hits, one going a key 2-run double on Tuesday, the Venezuelan is making his presence felt in the Angels lineup. Lately, the Halos are producing a number of good, athletic kids.
The Angels bullpen continues to keep opponents off the board. In this 3 game series the pen pitched 6.2 innings, giving up only 1 run. The starters continue to be lights out. Weaver, Chtawood, and Haren went 22.1 innings, allowing only 3 earned runs, while striking out 16. When Santana gets his game together, and Pineiro comes back, the Angels will be formidable.
It’s now back to Tampa. Hopefully the results mirror what happened the first time the visited the sunshine state.
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.