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Here’s the deal. Angels a looking, but still winning

Posted By Bill Mahoney On Jul 24 2011 @ 9:18 pm In LA Angels Of Anaheim | 7 Comments

As the trading deadline gets closer I decided to take a peek at what the Angels might try to accomplish………………………What a game today, in Baltimore! Hahahahah. OK, let’s talk trades.

First, how many of you thought the Angels would get Dan Haren 364 days ago? The Angels are so tight lipped, it’s not even funny. I’d like to think they are working on a way to pry David Wright away from the Mets, but I don’t have my hopes up for that one.

My guess is the Angels will stand pat. Best guess is they pick up a reliever, or two. Do you really think that this team, that still employs Russell Branyan, is gonna go out and get a marquee name. I don’t! I have heard, and read, that the Halos don’t have fluid finances to go get themselves a big name guy, or two, but they have shocked me in the past. I hope they do it again this season.

Now, if they dangle Mike Trout everything is off the table. Honestly, do you see them doing that? once again, I don’t! They might be able to get Wright if they put Trout on the market. Stop your worrying, Trout is staying put. This isn’t Angels, circa 1980. By the way, how did that Carney Lansford trade work out?

Now to the past 2 nights. Trout sure likes eating out. After hitting .166 on the past home stand, Trout has come alive in Baltimore, batting .333. That includes hitting his first career home run. And what a shot it was, a towering 3-run blast in the 8th inning of Sunday’s game. Not a bad gift for his family, friends and girl friend, who were all in attendance.
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Is Torii Hunter finally waking up? He went 3-11 in the 3 games, but he did hit the ball hard a number of times. I hope he gets back to what he was pre-All-Star break. However, he continues to save runs out in right. He made a grab on Friday, preserving Ervin Santana’s early no hit bid that looked like it would tail away from him and end up in the corner.

White Hunter’s bat is waking up, Bobby Abreu’s stick is in a deep slumber. Abreu has been a model of consistency throughout his career, and he has more left in him, but right now he plain stinks. With just 6 days left in July, Abreu is batting .153. I think he’ll be deadly in August.

Anaheim, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles. All those stadiums have been half, to less than half full this weekend. Is it lacking interest, or has the economy finally hit owners where it hurts the most? I’m talking about the wallet.

Whew, Joel Pineiro can be scary sometimes. Coming off his 1/3 of an inning, 8 run debacle against Oakland, he didn’t look much better early Saturday. The O’s were scalding the ball, but they were just hitting it at fielders. It’s amazing, or amazingly good pitching, that the Halos only lost 3-2. [3]

Horatio Ramirez looked good in his first Halo outing. Don’t forget, Ramirez was a hot prospect with the Braves years ago. He actually won 30 games over 4 years in an Atlanta uniform from 2003-06.

So here’s how it’s gonna go. Close game, Scott Downs and Hisanori will be the set up men. Lost games, Bobby Cassevah and Rich Thompson will be set up guys. Cassevah pitched in Sunday’s blow out, and still gave up 1 run. Thompson pitched in Saturday’s tight game, but gave up 2 hits, and was bailed out by Ramirez. I will say that Thompson bailed out Pineiro the prior inning. Thompson is such a hard guy to figure out. He has the stuff, but he is as inconsistent as any pitcher in baseball. Fernando Rodney looked like the good Rodney on Saturday. Can he keep it up? I would say that there are a number of bad Rodney’s left in him.

By taking 2 of 3 from Baltimore, the Halos have now won 2 series in a row. It’s just hard for the Angels to make up any ground on the Rangers, who appear to win every time the Halos win.

Off to Cleveland for the Angels. It was stormy weather in Cleveland over the weekend, so let’s hope the Halos can avoid the bad weather. Nothing will be worse then if the Angels have to make up a rain out sometime between Wednesday, and the end of the year.

Come on Angels, let’s make a deal. (I was on that show. I lost)

Go Angels!!

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