When I said the Oakland A’s would win the AL West, I based it on their starting pitching. You know, Trevor Cahill, Brian Anderson, Gio Gonzalez & Dallas Braden. I didn’t factor in Josh Outman or Guillermo Moscoso. Either did the Angels, who treated both of them like they were Cy Young candidates. Those two threw a combined 13 innings, allowing just 8 hits and 1 earned run. Don’t the Angels employ advance scouts, or do they just walk in and say, “Sorry dudes, got nothin’ on these guys. Who are they, anyhow?”
Las Vegas, Tucson and Nashville can light Moscoso up, but not the Halos, who didn’t get their first hit off a guy making his first major league start, until the 3rd inning. Outman & Moscoso pitched great, but for a team that many are picking to win the West, those were two anemic offensive performances.
The only good thing for the Angels, is that Oakland employs Brian Fuentes. Fuentes, who had a mystifying 48 save season wearing the Halo red, came in the 8th inning and walked Erick Aybar to lead off the inning. Bobby Abreu, who forced out Aybar, would eventually score the winning run, courtesy of a Torii Hunter double off Michael Wuertz. I warn you A’s fans, you will learn to loathe Fuentes as the season progresses. There will some days where he comes in and looks dominant, but most days he’ll make you bite your nails off completely.
De Jesus man, can the Angels also acquire a scouting report on David De Jesus. The A’s right fielder is is batting .500 through the first 2 games, with 4 RBI. He hit Two home runs on Tuesday.
Jered Weaver almost broke his 4 game losing streak, but he did allow 1 run, which once again denied him a chance at his 7th victory of the season. With Josh Outman pitching for the A’s, you can’t expect the Angels to put up much offense. (That is a joke)
Torii Hunter is the man. A few days after saying that father time has caught up to him, Hunter has reestablished himself. Hitting, I just talked about, but it was his bullet to Jeff Mathis in the 7th inning that got Andy LaRoche at the plate, that was the play of the game. It not only saved Weaver from another loss, but it seemed to energize the Halos.
Hunter came back to gun down LaRoche again on Tuesday, this time at 3rd base. Now if he can only throw out LaRoche at 1st and 2nd, it will be the quadfecta–is that right?
Hank Conger, welcome to the majors. The rookie catcher looked solid early, but lately not so much. Over his last 11 games, he is hitting a dismal .135. His defense is still quite strong, as his catchers ERA is 3.16 and he has thrown out 25% of guys trying to steal. I do believe the Angels will go back to Jeff Mathis a little more often in the future.
So the A’s finally broke their 6 game losing streak. The last team they beat before the Angels on Tuesday night, was the Angels last Tuesday night. Let’s hope the Halos can send them out on another losing streak.
The A’s send Cahill tomorrow. I think the Angels have a scouting report on him, but I can’t guarantee it.
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.