It’s over! The Angels swing through the AL West is finally over, and it’s one they would prefer to forget. The Halos won one, and lost 6, including the final 5. They didn’t hit or pitch or field, and now own a 5 game losing streak. Oh, I’ll make my point. the Angels made 5 errors in 5 games. They gave up 29 runs and 43 hits over that span as well. The Angels total over the final 5 games: 9 runs and 22 hits. To prove the slump was real, they got shut out in back to back games in two different cities. They nearly got blanked in the final game, but Howard Kendrick hit a solo home run to save the Angels from the shut out hat trick. 1 run in their final 3 games, or even batter, 1 run in their final 30 innings of the road trip. That’s some bad hitting, and I can’t even blame Vernon Wells. I hate quoting numbers, but sometimes they are so much fun. With runners in scoring position, the Halos were 3-27, wow! There is a positive, take out the 14-0 blanking by the A’s, and the Angels were getting guys on base, they just weren’t bringing them home.
When do you get worried about Jered Weaver? A month ago we were making him the all-star starter, now he may not even make the team. Weaver is actually pitching well, but the Angels don’t score runs for him. Out of 10 starts, 8 are quality. Weaver has yet to go less than 6 innings, and he only gives up 6 hits per start. I wonder how frustrated he is getting.
If Weaver is frustrated, Dan Haren must be going crazy. Weaver gets all the attention, but Haren is actually pitching better. Unfortunately, Haren can’t buy a victory. Since his last victory on April 17th, Haren has given up just 10 runs over 42.1 innings. Haren ONLY! pitched 8 innings of 2 run baseball yesterday in Seattle, but he left with a no decision.
Weaver, Haren and Joey Piniero are pitching way above average, but can’t win. The offense, which really isn’t that strong, with or without Wells in the lineup, is struggling badly. Just a blip on the long baseball season, or a sign of things to come? The Angels lineup is filled with what I like to call scrappers. Guys who put bat on ball, can take the extra base, basic pests. I love those types of players, just not an entire lineup of them. Other than Trumbo, Conger (when he plays) and Hunter, that’s the Halos lineup.
I hate to say this, really hate it, but I think father time may be closing in on Hunter. The face of the Angels is a shell of what he used to be. Maybe he is trying too hard to make up for the obvious lack of power in the lineup, but he looks overmatched at times. I know they got Wells for protection, but the only thing he protected was opponents ERA. I hope I am kicking myself in August. But why do I have the sneaking suspicion that if Hunter played on, lets say, the Phillies he would he cranking the ball out. I’m sure (I hope) the pressure on him to produce is weighing him down.
So the Angels now head home to start interleague play. They get the Atlanta Braves (25-21) for 3 games. The Rangers take on the high-powered Phillies (26-17). The A’s take on the World Series Champion Giants (24-19). The Mariners…… they get the San Diego Padres (19-25). Yeah, that’s fair
Did I say the Angels get to face former Oakland A’s pitcher Tim Hudson?
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.