The Angels finished their road trip with a 6-3 record. They took 2 of three from Seattle, NY Mets and the Florida Marlins. They didn’t have many blowouts, but they still won.
I was a little worried about the 3 games against the Marlins. The Marlins have been horrible throughout June, losing 18 of 19 games, including 10 straight before the Halos came to town. After Edwin Rodriguez resigned, the Marlins turned to Jack McKeon, who at 80 years young was ready to get back to work. A recipe for disaster for the Angels. Things turned out better than I thought.
Jered Weaver continues to make a case to start the All-Star game. The Angels righty was once against dominant, allowing just one run to a Florida team, that right now is bad. He needed to be that good, as the Angels couldn’t muster much against 4 Marlin pitchers. It really is surprising that with 4 quality starting pitchers, the Marlins are that bad. Ricky Nolasco, Annibel Sanchez, Javier Vasquez and Chris Volstad could start for most team in baseball. Fortunately they missed out on Josh Johnson, one of baseballs best, who is out with an arm injury.
Not such a good series for Vernon Wells, who continues to not earn his money. 1 hit in 10 at bats for Wells, with 3 strike outs. He is a fine teammate for taking over in right when Hunter was injured, but he continues to stink as a hitter. Do any of you remember the late Lyman Bostock? Back in 1977, he signed a big free agent deal with the Angels, and stunk in April. He donated his monthly salary to charity because he felt he didn’t earn his money. I know we can’t turn back the clock, and players are different now, but wouldn’t it be great to see Wells donate some of his 24 million to charity. Right now he is just taking money. Not only that, but his huge salary will deny the Angels any chance to upgrade the team. Unless you think Russell Branyan is an upgrade.
The jury is still out on Michale Kohn. He was horrible at the beginning of the season, but a trip to the minors appeared to help him. I still wasn’t ready to like him when he came in to Tuesday’s game, and I disliked him after he left, having given up 2 runs in 1 inning. However, he redeemed himself with a fine performance on Wednesdays’s game, picking up the save. He can’t be worse than Bobby Cassevah, who appears to pitch much better when they Angels are losing big .
Angels had 12 hits going in to the 9th inning of Tuesday’s game, but no runs. They were 1-15 with runners In scoring position,or RISP, and they bounced in to 2 double plays. An embarrassing day, until Torii Hunter came through with an RBI single in the 9th. Do you ever just yell at the radio or TV when the Angels are playing? I did all game. I bet the people who saw me screaming at the radio as I was sitting n traffic had to think I was crazy. See what the Halos do to me.
Other than giving up the game tying single in the 8th inning of Wednesday’s game, Jordan Walden was lights out. The young Angels closer gets more confidence by the day. Mike Scioscia was able to get 48 saves out of Brian Fuentes a few years ago. He may get 100 out of Walden, who is 10 times better than Fuentes.
Now the Halos head to Chavez Ravine to play a Dodger team that is disarray.The Angels are 3 games better than the Dodgers, and have a better road record than the Dodgers record at home. the series will be exciting, as usual.
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.