First off, my apologies. I usually write much quicker than I have. I am on a business trip, so I haven’t had at much time as I usually do.
Let’s start with Monday and Tuesday’s game in Cleveland. Jason Kipnis, a rookie making his major league debut, played a key role in both games. Monday, he got his first major league hit to beat the Halos. His hit came one batter after Hisanori Takahashi got Travis Buck to bounce in to the always entertaining 9-2 force out. Torii Hunter got to see how the other half lives, as he was playing between first and second. After the game winner, Hunter threw the ball in to the crowd. It had to be retrieved by Sandy Alomar. I’m sure Hunter had no idea it was the kids first career hit.
So Jordan Walden can’t pitch 3 days in a row, and he evidently can’t have 4 days off. Walden faced 5 batters, giving up 2 hits and a walk. He was ultimately charged with the 2 earned runs that lost it for the Halos, Blown save number 7 for the rookie.
Too bad, because Bobby Abreu would have been the hero. Were you like me, wondering when the last time Abreu went yard. It was June 22nd at Florida, a span of 27 games. Abreu has had a rough July, batting a measly .169, but he is 3 for his last 12.
Dan Haren bounced back from his rough start against Texas to strike out 10 in 7 innings. After his 4 game winning streak, Haren now has 1 loss and 2 no decisions in his past 3.
The same can’t be said about Jered Weaver. Weaver has won 5 straight starts, and 8 of his last 10. The 2 he didn’t win, he got a no decision. His last loss was May 18th in Seattle. In those 2 ND Weavers ERA is 2.53. In his 8 wins, it is 1.19. I can’t remember a Angels pitcher having a more dominating season. In every way he is dominating. He isn’t even throwing that many pitches, averaging 118 a start. It’ll be a tight race, but Weaver could possibly be the 2nd Angel to win a Cy Young in the past 6 years. Every time I see that he’s pitching, I expect him to win. I’m sure you do too.
Is Scott Down a lucky charm? The Angels have won in 9 of his past 10 appearances. I worry that with the fire starters known as Angel relievers, Downs arm may fall off. That’s why I think the Angels need another bullpen guy. Offense should be addressed, but the bullpen has to be.
Now back to Kipnis. He is one of the Indians top prospects, and may have a fine career, but Walden made sure magic wouldn’t strike twice, striking out the kid with 2 on, and 2 out in the 9th inning. Maybe I shouldn’t call Kipnis a kid, and not Walden, since Kipnis is a year older than the Halos closer. After Monday’s blown save, Walden came back and pitched out of a bases loaded, no out jam, in the 9th. A double play, and that strike out, gave the Halos a 2-1 win.
Through the first two games, the Halos have 4 runs, and 10 hits. I think they need to make the offense and bullpen a priority.
Trade deadline is just 4 days away and from what I heard Arte Moreno has given the thumbs up for the Angels to spend some money. Now, who do they give up to get some new players? I’ll talk more on that in a bit.
Angels will go for their 3rd straight series win. Ervin Santana pitches the rubber game on Wednesday.
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.