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The Butler did it.

Posted By Bill Mahoney On Jun 2 2011 @ 1:32 am In LA Angels Of Anaheim | No Comments

If you don’t know by now, the Angels lost 2-0 to the Kansas City Royals on Billy Butlers 2-run home run in the 9th. It was a home run that had to be checked on replay, but it was a legitimate bomb. So the Halos lost 2 of 3 to KC, and now come home to face the Yankees.

Once again the Angels were done in by a rookie, or worse that that, a mediocre pitcher. This time, Felipe Paulino tossed 5 innings of no run ball. With a career record of 6-25, and an ERA close to 6, this type of outing was expected. I use to announce names for a rotisserie league draft. Here’s what would happen when Paulino’s name came up. Felipe Paulino, going once, going twice, gone. Took all of 3 seconds. I know it’s just one game out of 162, but these type games could come back to haunt the Halos in September. Paulino throws mostly fastballs, but fastballs nonetheless. Torii Hunter hit the hardest ball today, but it was right at Alcides Escobar. It stopped a couple runs from scoring, but that shouldn’t have been their only chance to score.

Escobar also made a spectacular play in the 9th, robbing Alberto Callaspo of an RBI on a sprawling play in the hole. The man can’t hit much, but he is a vacuum in the field.

One thing about the Royals, I can’t keep up with all of the new people they keep adding to their roster. Louis Coleman, Everett Teaford, Greg Holland, who are these guys? Sounds like a law firm, not MLB pitchers. Shouldn’t Teaford live in the Cape, sailing yachts all day? Nope, they are in KC shutting down your favorite players.

Another nice start for Tyler Chatwood. I hate to call him a rookie, because he sure isn’t pitching like one. He gave up no runs through 7.2 IP. Since his one bad start against the A’s 4 starts ago, Chatwood has given up just 4 runs covering 20.1 innings.

Dan Haren might have a bad back. Great timing, as it looks like Scott Kazmir is ready to go. Just the other day, Kazmir gave up 10 runs in 2 innings to Tucson. No, not the Diamondbacks, but the Triple AAA Tucson team. That comes off his 1 inning stint against Memphis where he only gave up 6 earned runs. His ERA as it stands right now, is 36.00. Oh yeah, he’s ready to take his spot in the Halos rotation. Hopefully, he’ll take Haren’s spot, if he is unable to go on Saturday.

Welcome back Howard Kendrick, who will be activated on Saturday. Hopefully, his bat will be just as hot as it was before he was injured.

One more note about Paulino. The Angels may face him again next weekend. Can’t wait!

Angels get the Yankees for 3 days starting Friday. Should be fun.

Go Angels!!

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