It’s official, Jered Weaver will start the All-Star game. It couldn’t have gone to a more deserving and dominant pitcher. Weaver, who is the top ten in about 7 pitching categories, becomes the first Halo to start the mid-season classic since Mark Langston in the early 90′s. If Weaver can win the game, and Walden can save the game it will be a Halo heaven. And yes, Howard Kendrick will hit the game winning home run.
I have seen Michael Pineda pitch a number of times this season, but I haven’t seem him look as bad as he did Saturday night. Or was it the Halo bats that did him in? Pineda struck out the first 5 batters of the game, looking dominant. After that, the Angels battered him for 7 earned runs, Pineda’s worst start of the year. Here’s my take: Pitchers that start off striking out everybody, normally don’t win the game. John Lackey was a perfect example of a guy who would plow through the first 6 batters, then be out of the game by the 6th inning.
Torii Hunter looked horrible striking out in his first at bat, but he recovered pretty nicely. Connecting on a massive 3-run shot over the center field wall, then knocking a 2-run shot over the short wall in right. 5 RBI for Hunter, who has found his stroke just in time to for the All-Star break.
Hunter went 5 for 9 over the final 2 games against the Mariners, including a catch that I thought dislocated his left shoulder. Can Hunter win his 10th Gold Glove, this time in right field?
Good starting series for Mike Trout, who got his first career hit that went about 8 feet on Saturday. I wonder who is faster, Trout or Bourjos? Someone has to set that up. Trout also made his first big league error, letting a ball get past him on Sunday. Remember all the hoopla that surrounded Brandon Wood when he was recalled? Wood never looked confident, Trout looks like he never wants to go back to the minors again. I am not saying that Trout will fare better than Wood, but things sure look promising for the kid.
Seattle Mariners, meet Mark Trumbo. After going 0-3 on Friday, Trumbo went 5-11, with 3 home runs in the final 3 games. He hit a walk off shot on Friday, a long blast on Saturday, and a game tying 2-run bomb off Felix Hernandez on Sunday. Along with his stellar play at 1st, and he is clearly the first half rookie of the year.
Earlier I said that there is no way the Angels would think of letting Kendry Morales go, no matter how well Trumbo fared. I am wavering a bit. Spitballing here. Morales’ agent is Scott Boras, who is a tough negotiator, and has never had a great relationship with the Halos. By maybe seeing what the market bares for Morales, maybe it would save the Angels enough money to sign Weaver. Only problem, Weaver is represented by Boras, as well. Piss him off with Morales, and Weaver is all but gone. Angels have a tough call to make. Thankfully, there is whole 2nd half to play.
Vernon Wells looks like a different player. He is swinging such a compact bat now, and his defense is top notch. He blasted in to the wall making a spectacular grab Sunday.
Dan Haren came within 1 out of his 2nd complete game in a row. He now has 10 wins, 1 behind Weaver. Wait, wait, Haren cannot go to the ASG because he pitched today, so don’t get upset.
Jordan Walden finished off the 1st half (used loosely) by striking out Frankin Gutierrez for his 20th save of the year. Now, it’s off to the ASG for Walden, where he may, or may not pitch.
Something bad..let’s see. Alberto Callaspo’s base running in the 2nd inning Sunday. Run, don’t jog, and remember who is bating. Callaspo should have stayed at 3rd on Trout’s infield roller to Hernandez, because Trout might have beaten the throw. Bad play by Callaspo. However, he did make up for it by doubling home the winning runs in the 8th inning.
Angels sweep the 4 games from the Mariners. They won Saturday 9-3, and Sunday 4-2. They finished the home stand 11-2–wow!!
At 50-42, the Halos trail the Texas Rangers by 1 game in the tight AL West. They next play at Oakland on Friday.
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.