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In a land of Oaks, Angels leave their A game at home

Posted By Bill Mahoney On Jul 17 2011 @ 12:33 am In LA Angels Of Anaheim | No Comments

Right after the All-Star break I read an article that quoted Mike Scioscia as saying that the Angels will probably stand pat at the trade deadline. I wonder if he still thinks that after watching Rich Thompson pitch on Saturday night. I recently wrote that Thompson should beimmediately pulled from the game if he walks the first batter he faced. Doubleheader, game 2, 10th inning, Saturday, Thompson walks Josh Willingham on 4 pitches to lead off the inning. Pinch runner Cliff Pennington would eventually score the winning run and the Angels have now lost 2 of 3 to start the 2nd half of the season. I loved how Scioscia ripped Thompson a new one after that walk. If Scioscia used to berate a star like Orel Hershiser when they played together, I can only imagine what he said to a scrub like Thompson. Scioscia’s hands are tied, after Scott Downs and Hisanori Takahashi, he has nothing left in the bullpen. Well he does have bad, and worse in the pen. Sorry, I meant to say Bobby Cassevah and Michael Kohn. With Heath Bell and Mike Adams being shopped, the Halos should at least inquire. With the bullpen they have right now, the Angels won’t win the West. I know I forgot Fernando Rodney, but he is only good 2 out of 5 days. I guess that is still better than those other 3. Oh my god, it just hit me! After tonight’s performance, would the Halos think of optioning out Thompson and recalling Kevin Jepsen? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

I also read where the Angels have had talks with the Pirates about a Jeff Mathis for Garrett Jones deal. Here’s my deal. Mathis, Cassevah, Jepson, Kohn, Branyan, and Thompson for Andrew McCutchen. Quantity for quality, a perfect deal for a Halos fan. Really though, how many more non-hitting Angel players do the Bucs want? They already have Brandon Wood, who by the way, is hitting .213.

Jered Weaver won his 12th game in the first game of the doubleheader. His ERA did rise to 1.90. What the hell’s wrong with him? haha. Anyone who keeps pushing Weaver for the Cy Young should remember that CC Sabathia pitches in New York. If their stats are similar, the award goes to Sabathia.

I am not a big A’s fan, but I do respect their history and place in baseball. If any team deserves a new stadium it’s the A’s. The stadium they play in is an embarrassment to baseball. The foul territory is so big you could park cars on the field. That stadium may be fantastic for the Raiders, but for a baseball team, it sucks! If the Marlins can get a new stadium, than the A’s should as well.

Erick Aybar has come out of the All-Star break on fire, going 5-13 through the first 3 games, including a home run. I remember talking to Orlando Cabrera after he left he Angels, and he said that Aybar will be a better shortstop, in the long run, than he was. Good enough scouting report for me.

On the other side is Howard Kendrick, who has gone 1-8 through the first 2 games.He didn’t play in the 2nd game of the doubleheader. That makes him 1-11 since his 19 game hitting streak was snapped a week ago vs. Seattle. Believe it or now, but Torii Hunter has been worse, going 0-12 with 4 strike outs.

I thought the Angels would come back and win the game on Friday. Not because of their hitting, but because the Oakland pitchers couldn’t throw strikes, walking 3 straight Halos to actually force in a run in the 6th inning. Who would have thunk that Aybar’s double play would end the inning.

The Angels might have had a slight chance down 1 run, but Kohn made sure to give up a insurance run to make sure the A’s won. A double, a wild pitch and an RBI single did the trick. Nice pitching Kohn.

After Weaver’s fine pitching performance in game one on Saturday, the Halos got some thunder in game 2. Vernon Wells and Mark Trumbo went deep for the Halos, who have found their long ball stroke over the past 20 games or so. They say chicks dig the long ball, so they must be digging those 2.
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Nice to see Mike Trout get his first career RBI on Friday. An opposite field single did the trick. With Peter Bourjos on the DL, Trout will have a few more days to show the Halos what they can expect to see in the future.

Nice the see the Angels make Rich Harden look like the Cy Young winner he never was. Doesn’t matter how bad he is throwing, bring in the Halos and he is the type of pitcher he should be all the time. 7 innings for Harden on Saturday night. The last time he went 7 innings was almost a year ago, when he pitched for the Rangers. The team? The Angels.

If the Angels lose the finale tomorrow, it’ll be their first series loss since dropping 2 of 3 to the Royals in June. The Halos have won 8 straight series since. They face Gio Gonzalez tomorrow. He should be a breeze–yeah right

The Angels are a resilient bunch, let’s see if they can get out of the bay area with a win.

Go Angels!!

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