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Arrested Development. Rangers handcuff the Angels

Posted By Bill Mahoney On May 16 2011 @ 9:49 pm In LA Angels Of Anaheim | No Comments

With any luck, the Angels could have swept the Texas Rangers, instead they lost 2 out of 3. They played the Rangers evenly, they just needed to catch a few breaks, which they didn’t.

Is Jered Weaver in a slump? It’s hard to tell. For the 3rd straight time, Weaver went 6 innings. Against the Rangers, he gave up only 4 earned runs, but that pales in comparison to his 1st 6 starts when he went an average of 7 innings, giving up less than a run a game. When a player gets good, it’s hard not to have unrealistic expectations. Don’t tear down the monument yet, just slow down the construction.

The Angels lineup juggling continues. They had a different lineup combination in all 3 games vs. the Rangers. Hunter, Kendrick and Callaspo were the only Halos that were in the same batting spot all weekend. Most players that I know hate to be moved around in the order. They like consistency because all of them are creatures of habit. I guess the Halo players don’t mind moving around. Yeah, right!

I get it, Adrian Beltre wanted to be an Angel, but since he couldn’t, he continues to punish them. This is his 6th game against the Halos, and he continues to beat em up. He is now batting .300, with 3 home runs and 8 RBI against the team that was favored to sign him this off season. I think the Halos offered him 5 years, 70 million, while Texas countered with 5 years, (Plus an option), and 90 million. I stand by my opinion that Texas overpaid. I don not believe that Beltre will hit .321 like he did last year with the Red Sox.

Nice to see the real Erick Aybar back. Last year’s Aybar was an impersonator. He looks like the player he was 2 years ago. Right now the short stop is on a 13 game hitting streak. And it’s not just singles we’re talking about, he’s turning on high fastballs, tailing away fastballs, pretty much everything a pitcher has to offer. Did you see that home run he hit off CJ Wilson on Sunday? Knocked it over the center field wall. WOW!

Normally, if you say a pitcher hasn’t won in a month, eye brows are raised and questions are asked. But not if you are Dan Haren. Haren should have at least 8 wins, but something always happens to deny him his 5th victory of the year. He has a 2.63 ERA over his last 5 starts, but no wins to show for it. The Angels don’t have the type of offense that’ll score a lot of runs, so the Angels starting pitchers staff may not get a ton of victories.

I do love the Angels speed guys. I can’t remember the last time the Angels had 2 players with the speed of Bourjos and Aybar. I would throw in Amarista, but he has only been up for a few weeks. Maybe Devon White and Gary Pettis back in the 80′s matched those 2 guys. I think Bourjos is one of the fastest players in the game. He is also one of the best defenders in center field. Reminds me of a young Torii Hunter. I was gonna say Jim Edmonds, but while Edmonds may not have been as fast, he could make any play there was to make. I don’t see Bourjos making the spectacular plays that Edmonds made with regularity.

Kevin Jepsen is redeeming himself, throwing 1.1 innings of no run ball over the weekend. I still have no confidence that he’ll get the Halos out of a tight spot, but this is a start.

Former Angel Mike Napoli is having a tough time adjusting to Texas. Napoli is hitting .200, just 5 points better than Jeff Mathis. Napoli is hitting .250 against his former team. His power is pretty much gone, having not hit a home run since late April. He hasn’t had a 2-hit game since April 9th. He is sporting long hair now, maybe that’s the problem. Mathis doesn’t have long hair anymore, but that won’t solve his problem of being all glove, no stick guy.

Angels get the A’s for the next couple games. Brett Anderson and Gio Gonzalez are two tough customers. Let’s hope the Angels can get 1 of the two games.

Go Angels!

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