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Angels running wild in Detroit

Posted By Bill Mahoney On Jul 31 2011 @ 2:36 am In LA Angels Of Anaheim | No Comments

With the non-waiver trading deadline set for Sunday, the big talk has been if the Halos will add a much needed bat. However, if you’re just a casual watcher of Angels baseball, you’d have to believe the Halos are all right in the bat department. Through the first 3 games, the Angels are averaging more than 6 runs a game. Yes, 12 of those came in one game, but 19 runs is 19 runs. Do they Angels still need a bat, help at catcher, 3rd base, and in the bullpen? YES!

Mark Trumbo is only a rookie, right? He has been the biggest revelation this year (dah), and continues to look like a seasoned vet. Through the first 3 games in Detroit, he is hitting .454 with 7 RBI, including a home run. He came so close to hitting a natural cycle on Thursday. After he got the triple in his 2nd at bat, I was sure he’d get the cycle. 3-5, a home run, and 5 RBI is not a bad night (ding ding ding, understatement). I’m not sure they’d take this bet in Vegas, but what would the odds have been that a rookie would lead the Halos in home runs and RBI through the first 108 games. He is also strong with the glove, with a fielding % of .992, putting him 6th in the American League. The top 2 in the AL are former Angels Casey Kotchman and Mark Teixeira.

Another guy having a strong series is Erick Aybar. The shortstop is 6-13 so far, with 3 stolen bases. At 27 years old, Aybar’s best is still in front of him, but I still think the Halos made the right move offering him to the Mets straight up for Jose Reyes ( 2nd dah).

Here’s a shocker, do you know who else chipped in? None other than Jeff Mathis. Mathis has only 2 hits, but he has 3 RBI so far. That’s only the 2nd time this year that Mathis has driven in runs in back to back games. I know he is beloved on the team, but in today’s day and age, you cannot have an almost automatic out in the lineup. Is there no other catchers in baseball call a good game, and supply a little bit of offense?

I have no inside information, but it seems to me that Joel Pineiro is either hurt, or is going through a dead arm stage. In 3 starts since the ASB, Pineiro’s ERA is 15.00. That is not a typo, that is 15.00, not 1.50. It could have been higher if the liners the Orioles were hitting found anything but the gloves of the Halos fielders.

Until Dan Haren’s gem on Saturday, the first 2 starters for the Halos, Piniero and Tyler Chatwood, combined for a ERA of 12.00. Chatwood looked pretty good on Friday, but the 6th was a different story. A HBP, 2 walks and 3 hits doomed the Halos. In Chatwoods last start against the Tigers he gave up 2 unearned runs in just over 5 innings. Chatwood has been everything, and more, for the Angels this year. His ERA in his last 7 starts is a very respectable 3.59.

You knew that Dan Haren would be good on Saturday. He shutout these guys in his last start against them. He didn’t shut them out on Saturday, but he did thrown a complete game, giving up just 1 run. That was Haren’s first ever win in Comerica park. a big thank you goes out to Phil Coke for hitting Peter Bourjos with the bases loaded, giving the Angels what would be the winning run.

And how many 3-6-2 double plays have you ever seen? The Angels are either nervous about their bullpen, or Aybar made a great heads up play, throwing out Mags at the plate in the bottom of the 7th. The Angels led 3-1 at the time, but that play took the life out of Detroit.

From the incredible, but true department, the Angels stole 6 bases on Saturday, giving them 8 in 3 games. Hey Tigers, don’t hesitate to check the runners from time to time.

I’ve been all over Bobby Cassevah this year, but he saved the Angels on Thursday. Detroit lit up Piniero and Horacio Ramirez, but Cassevah not only came in and stopped the Tigers from tying the game, but then pitched another 2 innings of no run ball. Considering the situation, that was his best performance this year.

The same cannot be said for Ramirez, who isn’t fooling anybody. Detroit beat him like a used rug on Thursday and Friday. And Rich Thompson? What can I say other than he continues to have mystifying performances. 2 good, 1 horrible, repeat.

At least the Halos get along with each other. On Thursday, It looked like Tiger batterymates Brad Penny and Victor Martinez were going to come to blows. That would have been fun. And what’s with Jim Leyland? Ejected for the 2nd time in 6 days on Thursday, and the second time he has been tossed while facing the Halos.

Sunday should be interesting. Not only will we find out if the Angels make any deals, but the pitching matchup is to die for. Jered Weaver going against Justin Verlander. It’s being hyped quite a bit, and it should be fun.

Go Angels!!

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