What fun is this? The Angels are playing real good right now, and they are led by the man himself, Vernon Wells. I’ll admit, I have nothing little good to say about Wells since he stepped on the field in April. Loads of strike outs, not always the best outfield play, and lack of enjoyment from the 24 million dollar man. Lately, though he has been a man on a mission. Through 2 games against the Washington Nationals, Wells has gone 5-10, with 2 RBI, including a go ahead 2-run home run in Tuesday’s game. 6 home runs in his last 14 games, has propelled the Halos to a game over .500.
Guys like Wells make players around them better, and worse around them. When he is hitting well, it takes the pressure off the younger guys, who no doubt have ben feeling the pressure to carry the Angels anemic offense.
For a team that has shown very little inclination to hit the long ball, the Angels have turned in to mashers of late, hitting 10 home runs in their last 6 games. The most impressive stat is that the home runs have come off the bat of 7 different players. Nothing says success like every player pitching in.
I can’t even get on Bobby Cassevah, who pitched out of a bases loaded jam in the 7th inning. I could say something about Rich Thompson, but he has been pretty good most of the year.
Love that book. Don Mattingly mistakenly went with it the other night, and Davey Johnson did it again in the 10th inning on Monday. How in the world could you have Sean Burnett intentionally walk Bobby Wilson to load the bases so you could pitch to Maicer Izturis? Izturis may be the most clutch guy on the Angels. I know Johnson hasn’t been in the managerial seat for a while, but that was a bone head move. They didn’t show it, but I bet the Angels were all smiling when they put Wilson on base. No surprise, Izturis single won the game for the Halos.
15 runs, and 31 hits in two games for the Halos. They did score 11 on Tuesday, their highest run output at home since August of last year..
Haven’t seen many rats or mice around the stadium lately, thank the cats that are running wild. Get a shot of the feline late in Tuesday’s game? Nice to see the Angels finding another way to save money.
Feel bad for Jordan Walden. The rookie closer has been pretty much lights out this year. Lately though, he has been lit up, suffering from back to back bad outings. Such is the life as a closer.
Make it 5 straight series wins in a row for the Halos. Ever since they laid an egg against the Royals 14 games ago, the Angels are swinging some hot bats, and getting some good pitching. It might be the National League though as they Angels are 10-4 so far against the senior circuit. Only 3 games left against the NL. I hope the Angels can continue to fatten up, because right after interleague play the Halos get the tough Detroit Tigers.
Feel bad for Ervin Santana, who continues to pitch well, but hasn’t gotten a win in more than a month.
Wells hasn’t been the picture of success so far with the Halos, Jayson Werth has been close to a bust for the Nationals. Washington looked at Werth to give them credibility and stats. He has done neither. Since inking that 7 year, 126 million dollar deal, Werth has been delivering a lot of strike outs and few stats. He is on pace to set career lows in all the good categories and career highs in all the bad categories. Like Wells, he is far from earning his money, but thee is still a lot of baseball left to play.
Oh yeah, Halos won 4-3 in 10 innings on Monday, and 11-5 on Tuesday.
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.