It’s amazing how a couple wins can make me feel better. I’ve taken a couple chill pills since my last post. I may nat be happy with the direction of the team, but your many responses made me realize that you all feel the same.
I am all about effort. Show the effort, and I can forgive a lot of things. Show me a quitter attitude, like Sunday’s performance, and I seethe.
Did Vernon Wells read my vitriol, or what? I highly doubt it, but he sure has responded well in Seattle. 2 home runs on Monday, before his ofer on Tuesday. I’m not here to split hairs, his blasts 2 day’s ago are the reason why the Angels beat Seattle for the first time this season. I guess that’s what is so frustrating. He obviously has all the skill, why can he only show it every 4 weeks or so. And Jason Vargas is no slouch, he can pitch. Angels won game won 6-3.
Can we agree, through the first 2 and a half months, Eric Wedge is the Manager of the year? Seattle has pitching, but hitting is another story. For the past 10 years you could count on Ichiro hitting about .330, with 200+ hits. not this year, so far. As I write, Ichiro is hitting .265 with 74 hits in 67 games. That is well of his usual pace. Could he be finally slowing down? Everyone else on the team is also below .300
I don’t know whether to feel bad for Chone Figgins, or not. Maybe the Angels did know something a couple years ago when they bypassed re-signing their former spark plug on offense, and Mister everything on defense. I keep hearing the word bust associated with his name, but Figgins stats are very similar to what they were when he played in Angels red. Since 2004, Figgins averaged 161 hits, he had 156 last year. His Strikeouts were up, but so were his walks. His SB were on par, but he did get CS more. I guess you could say he hasn’t played up to his capabilities, but bust? Sounds too harsh. His stats were slightly down across the board last year, and he is hitting just .192 this year. I bet the Mariners would give him away for a song. Would you take him back if the Mariners offered him? I would, in an instant.
The Angels have 2 aces, Jered Weaver & Dan Haren. Did you know that the wins these 2 got in the first 2 games were the first time in almost 2 months they victories back to back games. Not so good.
Weaver was masterful, and he should be against Seattle. They are the worst offense in the AL, going against one of the top pitchers in the either league. For as good as he is, That was just Weavers 3rd career shut-out. To show you how misleading stats can be. Think about this, since his 6-0 start, Weaver is just 2-4. If you go by that, you think he was pitching over his head early in the year. He has actually pitched a little below the first 6 start performance, but not much. It’s obvious, at 8-4, wIth a 2.06 ERA, the problems fall on the offense, which has failed to generate much of anything the past 2 seasons.
Same goes with Haren. He may not have the stuff that Weaver has, but you can count on him going 6-7 innings, and allow 3 or fewer runs. How many teams have 2 guys that are that good at the top of their rotation? Philadelphia (duh). I’d also say Milwaukee, San Francisco and St Louis when Adam Wainwright was healthy. I am talking at 2 legitimate aces, that every time they take the ball their team has a better than 50/50 shot at winning. If Jake Peavy was healthy I would add the White Sox. John Danks may not statistically look great, but talk to me after next season when he is making 12 million, or more, a year.
Let me add, that the only 2 players in The SportingNews top 50 baseball players. Weaver and Haren.
The Halos offense, notwithstanding Wells breakout game, is piddling along. I keep hearing the Bobby Abreu’s bat is slowing down, but he continues to get hit after clutch hit. He won’t hit for much power anymore, but with the game on the line, I want him above any other Angel at that plate. That includes Wells (haha–I’m a joker too). So far, Abreu has 4 huts in 7 AB’s. Not bad for a bat slowed, powerless sloth (another joke).
Tuesday nights game was one of those game that if you just look at the box score, you’s think the Halos pummeled the boys from Seattle. They won game two 4-0, but scored all their runs, and had 5 of their 9 hits in the first inning. Still 4 runs is 4 runs. Maybe the Halos offense is about to explode. 10 runs in 2 games for the Halos. not bad considering that they had scored 10 runs in their previous 4 games combined.
Russell Branyan got a hit against his ex-mates. So did Andy Romine. I would say anything about Romine because in baseball you never know, he could man the hot corner for the next 10 years. We all know about Wally Pipp and Lou Gehrig. and NOOOOO, I am not comparing Romine to the Iron Horse.
Angels wrap things up in Seattle before starting their 2nd round of interleague play.
Where do the Angels rank as far as their organization is concerned? I’ll tell ya, next time. Psst..If you have a computer you can figure this out before I tell ya.
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.