I wanted to get on Fernando Rodney performance last night, but then I read Vin Mazzaro’s line and reconsidered. Rodney went a third of an inning, giving up 2 walks and 1 earned run. Mazzaro, of the Royals, went two and a third innings, giving up 11 hits and 14 earned runs.
On paper, Mazzaro’s line looks worse, but when he was pitching, the game wasn’t on the line. Cleveland already led 3-0, and were in the process of pulling away. Rodney, on the other hand, came in in the 10th inning and proceeded to give up the winning run by walking 2 and throwing a wild pitch. Rodney gives up a run in every other game he pitches. More good stuff from the Angels set-up guy: He has an 8.22 ERA over his past 10 games, which consist of him pitching 7.2 innings. You’re telling me a big league pitcher can’t get the majority of guys out when he pitches that little? Rodney stinks right now, but Mike Scioscia has no other options, so he has to go to him.
The Angels made a valiant comeback on Monday. Down 3-0, they climbed back to take the lead with 2 runs in the 6th and 7th innings The actually looked like they might escape with a win, until Jordan Walden blew another save. That was the rookies 3rd blown save in his last 6 appearances. I have to give the A’s credit, they play until the last out. Walden got the first two out in the 9th, before Oakland sandwiched a stolen base between two singles and tied the game up. That’s the type of performance that propels winning teams. That’s why I have the A’s winning the AL West. I love the Angels, but I am not myopic. The Halos have a shaky bullpen, and I have a hard time believing the 4 light hitting infielders, playing 4 starting positions, can keep the magic going all year. I do love the starting pitching. I think the Angels are a year away from really contending, but I hope, and pray, that I am wrong.
And to add insult to injury, the A’s snapped Erick Aybar’s 13 game hitting streak. During his streak Aybar hit .400. An amazing steak for a guy who came off the DL days before the steak started.
Mark Trumbo is having a tough road trip, so far hitting .142 through the first 4 games.,Make that .117 through 5 games.
The Tuesday game against the A’s was forgettable. The Angels lost 14-0, but did pound out 2 hits. (Tongue in cheek)
Nothing went right for the Halos on Tuesday. Tyler Chatwood had his roughest start to date, allowing 5 earned runs in just over 2 innings. Not even Jeff Mathis could coax a quality game out of the rookie. He did that against the White Sox, but tonight Chatwood had nothing. Either did the Halos bullpen, Trevor Bell, Kevin Jepsen and Rich Thompson each took their turn getting pushed around by Oakland. Nobody looked better than Jepsen, who went 1 inning, giving up 4 hits and 5 earned runs to move his ERA close to 13. I guess Jepsen wants to save his best stuff for close games.
Amazing thing about the A’s tonight. They finished with 14 runs on 15 hits, but only 5 of those hits went for extra basis–all doubles.
They just poked the Angels to death. Nothing to worry about, as it was just another game of the 162.
With that loss, the Angels dropped out of first place. They now trail the A’s and Rangers by a half game. The Mariners are only 4.5 games out of first. The Angels get the M’s tomorrow.
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.