When I saw the Angels had activated Vernon Wells before Tuesday’s game against Tampa bay, I was distraught. Could he possibly bring down the Angels offense even farther.
He did. On his return, he reverted back to his old habits, going 0-3 with a strike out. The pop out in the 7th, with the Angels trailing by 2, with a a man on third, was my favorite at bat. I also liked how he turned the wrong way on a ball hit to him in center. They must be rolling in Toronto. The accountants doing high 5′s at Rogers Centre.
I promise you one thing, right around the middle of August, Wells will heat up, making his final stats look impressive. I call that pulling a Matsui. Hideki Matsui did that last year with the Halos, which got him a nice 1 year deal in Oakland. Matsui is hitting .210 right now with the A’s. Watch, he’ll do the same thing as last year.
You know who hit behind Wells on Tuesday? You guessed it, Russell Branyan. Branyan also pulled an ofer, dropping his average to .184. Wells is hitting .179, so Branyan must look like Ted Williams to him.
You know what’s embarrassing? Maicer Izturis pinch hit for Branyan in the 7th inning, with a runner on 3rd and the Angels down by 2 runs. Izruris power should never be confused with Branyan’s. I don’t think R-B is long for the team.
Torii Hunter still has a cannon in right. Gunning out a Ray at second on Monday, and Johnny Damon at home on Tuesday He also has 3 hits in 8 at bats, one of the few Angels, Bobby Abreu being another, who still knows how to hit.
As usual, the Angels hitting with runners in scoring position left a lot to be desired. Through 2 games, the Halos are 2-14 with RISP. Good Hittin’ guys.
Dan Haren hasn’t pitched for 9 days, and when he returned he found out things haven’t changed. 3 earned runs in 7 innings got him another loss. Tyler Chatwood gave up 4 earned runs in 7 innings the day before, and he lost too. Really, Chatwood lost after giving up 2 runs in the first. The Angels don’t score much, so two runs down is like the kiss of death.
What do they say in baseball. You win 60, lose 60, but it’s the final 42 that make a team’s season. The Angels finished 30-30 through the first 60 games. They are in the lower half in most offensive categories, but in the upper half in most pitching categories. The offense was supposed to be picked up by Wells, but that was a huge miscalculation. I wonder if the Angels will bring up Mike Trout any time soon? Trout is hitting over .300 at double AA. I sure hope he’s not another Brandon Wood.
I know things can change quickly, but the Angels trail the Rangers by 4.5 games in the West, and the Red Sox by 5.5 for the Wildcard.
Shocking stat: Joe Maddon spent 31 years in the Angels organization. 31 years! That means he started with the Halos in 1975. Maddon took a horrible Tampa organization, and turned them in to a perennial winner. The Angels have Scioscia, which is awesome, but I wonder how Maddon would have done at the helm of the Halo ship. What Maddon has done with Kyle Farnsworth is Houdiniesk. Even on my PSP3 baseball game, Farnsworth sucks. He now mows em down in the 9th like he’s been doing it for 10 years.
9 game home stand has started horrible for our buys. Not only have they lost 4 straight, but are 1-4 through 5 games.
Angels-Rays tomorrow. Jered Weaver and James Shields.Should be a great pitching matchup.
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.