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Angels are GRRRRREAT. Take 2 of 3 from Tigers
Posted By Bill Mahoney On Jul 6 2011 @ 9:11 pm In LA Angels Of Anaheim | 4 Comments
I think you know that when It comes to my Angels blogs, I like to do a 2 then 1. I’ll chat about the first 2 games, then do a separate one on the final game. When it is a 4 game set, I normally do a 2-2. With the maintenance being done to the site, I am a bit behind, but I’ll be caught up today. I just give you some things I thought was interesting over the past 3 days. I do jump around, but I’ll try to be better.
Unless Peter Bourjos hits .100, I can’t see him not being in centerfield for years to come. I know I talk about him on a daily basis, but he is that good. 2 more robberies on Monday even left Torii Hunter stunned. Hunter won 9 Gold Gloves in his career so compliments from him mean something. And Bourjos is a terror on the base paths. He really doesn’t know what he’s doing yet, think how scary he’ll be when he does.
Another home run for Vernon Wells, who turned a Phil Coke pitch in to a souvenir. If Wells keeps this up, the Angels have a legitimate shot at winning the AL West.
Boy, what’s with the umpires? I know they are all very sensitive and don’t like to be questioned, but I have never seen an umpire on edge like Angel Campos. Campos tossed Bobby Abreu in the 1st inning on Tuesday. As you all see, Abreu never shuts up, so ejecting him was something we all knew would happen (joking). Abreu’s last ejection was nearly 4 years ago, so him occasionally arguing balls and strikes should be shrugged off. It wasn’t. Campos showed him. By the end of the night he had ejected Tigers Manager Jim Leyland and pitcher Justin Verlander. Although Verlander was tossed after he left the game, it counts as an ejection nonetheless. Our society has gotten increasingly angry, so I guess it stands to reason that umpire’s should be that way as well. MLB will do nothing, as umpires have never, and will never be judged. They should be, as Campos was an embarrassment to the game on Tuesday.
Dan Haren didn’t make the All-Star team, but he sure pitched like one in the first half. He out-pitched Verlander for his 100th career win. Haren has always been a guy who gets little offensive support, so he should have quite a few more wins. It usually takes 2 stud pitchers to get in to, and win in the playoffs, the Angels have 2, and possibly 4. I’m not bummed that Haren isn’t an All-Star. He has a lot of mileage on his arm, so I’d rather have him rested and ready for the 2nd half.
The Angels came so close to sweeping one of the AL Centrals best, but were let down by their bullpen on Wednesday. Hisanori Takahashi and Michael Kohn couldn’t keep the Tigers at bay. Kohn was the biggest culprit, giving up a massive shot to Miguel Cabrera. I am still not sold on all the arms in the bullpen, but it’s always good when Fernando Rodney isn’t pitching. Rodney is out until after the break, but I realize Kohn isn’t much better. He’ll look great one day, and horrible the next. Bullpen guys need to be consistent, and the Angels only have 1 or 2 of those guys. I guess that’s why bullpen guys are getting the big bucks nowadays.
Brad Penny got the win today, but at least he went hitless. Last year when the Angels played the Cardinals, Penny hit a grand slam against our boys. He was injured for most of the season after that, but a grand slam is a grand slam.
Jose Valverde is really animated on the mound. Don’t remember him being that way as much when he first started. A persons true colors will always seep out when they become successful.
Since going 2-7 on their last home stand, the Halos are 7-2 so far on this home stand, with 4 more to go. The Angels have also won 7 straight series, to move in and out of first place. The most they’ll be after tonight is a game out.
Weird schedule has the Mariners making their first appearance in Anaheim, starting Thursday. The Halos have already played 2 series in the Emerald City.
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