I think we can admit that Mike Scioscia is one of the best, if not the best, Manager in the game. He was also a top catcher in his time. His offensive heroics in the 88 playoffs vs. the Mets will be a vivid memory of mine. Mainly, though, I remember him taking some shots while blocking the plate for the Dodgers. I can’t count the times he was knocked silly by a freight train disguised as a base runner. Most times, he just dusted himself off, and went back to the dugout. Never once complaining. A true competitor. The times he didn’t head back to the dugout, he was knocked out.
Which takes me to the Buster Posey incident. You know, Florida’s Scott Cousins ran him over, officially ending the catchers season with multiple leg injuries. I’ve read numerous stories: Some have Posey wanting rules changed, Another had the GM of the Giants, Brian Sabean, saying that the sooner Cousins is out of the game, the better. The worst one: Death threats leveled against the Marlins outfielder. DEATH THREATS! Amazingly, or maybe not, the Giants have nothing to say about this. Surprising, considering one of their fans was beaten in to a coma at Dodger stadium. Bryan Stow may never recover, Buster Posey will. Giants fans should be upset. I know I would, if one of my teams players suffered a season ending injury, but are these the same fan that are/were up in arms when Stow was beaten? How can you condemn one act, but not another? Maybe Posey, Sabean, and the fans should take a cue from Scioscia. Dust yourself off, and move on.
Now back to Scioscia, the Manager. In his 11 years as the Angels skipper, Scioscia has had his way with the New York Yankees, compiling a 54-45 record against the boys from the Bronx. Jered Weaver made sure to make that 10 games above .500 as he handcuffed the Yanks on Friday. He is back to his dominating self in his past 2 starts, allowing only 5 hits, 2 runs over 16 innings of work. That was Weaver’s first win since April 25th against the A’s. His ERA in that time is just a tick over 3. With any offensive support, he could very well be 12-2, instead of 7-4.
This is not the Yankees of years past. Not one player in the starting lineup in hitting above .300. They do have A-Rod, who has more home runs against the Halos than any other team. He did his usual damage, hitting another 2-run shot off Ervin Santana that proved to be the difference in Saturday’s victory.
Jorge Posada was happy to see the Angels. Coming in to the series he was 0 for his last 10, and 2 for his last 21. He left going 3 for 10. He hit the ball hard every time he made contact.
Did you catch Torii Hunter’s effort on Saturday? He went up and over the small wall in right, nearly grabbing Robinson Cano’s home run before crashing in to the fans in right. Play another 5 years, please Torii.
Nothing says welcome back to the show than getting hit by a pitch. That’s how CC Sabathia said hello to Howad Kendrick, who was activated before Saturday’s game.
I remember living in the Virgin Islands, I watched Bartolo Colon twirl a gem against the Halos back in 2002. He was wearing Indian colors, but I always thought he would look good in Angels gear. He fit it well, winning a CY Young as a member of the Angels back in ’04. Tough times soon followed, as he hurt his arm, falling on the fringes of baseball. I met him in the spring of 2009. He was unfriendly, and way overweight. He just looked like a guy playing for a paycheck. On his 2nd tour with the White Sox, he didn’t last long. I thought his career was over.
Once again, I was way wrong. Bartolocolon (say it real quickly), made his way back to the mound in Anaheim on Sunday, looking very similar to the one who had success here years ago. Fastball about 96 MPH, followed by strong breaking pitches. He didn’t look as good as he did 5 days ago against the A’s, but he did enough to get the victory. What he did to regain his career, we will never know, as he does very few, if any interviews. Congrats to him. Let’s see if he can keep it up an entire season.
The Angels are still having no luck with runners in scoring position. Through 2 games they had stranded 19 of 22 runners. They left runners all over the place on Sunday. They left he bases loaded in the 6th, and 2 on in the 7th. One hit in any of those situations and the Halos may have taken 2 of 3, instead of losing 2 of 3. Oh yeah, they had the winning runs on base in the 9th, before a double play ended hings.
When will Mariano Rivera retire? He got his 573rd career on one pitch in Saturday’s game, and mowed down the Halos on Sunday for another. He is just 27 back of MLB saves leader Trevor Hofman. That save on Saturday was only the 2nd time ever he got a save on one pitch.
The Angels have Kevin Jepsen, who is just 600 back of Hofman. 8th inning, down 4-3, with 2 strikes on Nick Swisher, Jepsen threw one right down the middle. Yep, right pitch in that situation. Swisher clanked it off the pole, making it 5-3 Yanks. Nice job, again, Jepsen.
Bring on the Rays..That’s who the Halos get next.
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.