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Twins all jacked up, keep Angels in 2nd place.

Posted By Bill Mahoney On Aug 4 2011 @ 1:13 am In LA Angels Of Anaheim | No Comments

With all the fireworks coming out of Detroit, it’s amazing the Angels could focus on their next AL Central team, the Minnesota Twins. A win over the Twinkies on Wednesday would move them in to a tie for first with the Rangers. First things first, though.

Jered Weaver, who is appealing his 6 game suspension, watched Tuesday’s game from the top step of the dugout, looking no worse for the wear. MLB, by Wednesday, had yet to make a decision on the status of the Angels righty.

Mark Gubicza, obviously speaking on the behalf of all pitchers, asked why Carlos Guillen wasn’t suspended. No one asked him, “Suspended for what?. staring at Weaver? Forcing him to throw at Alex Avila’s head? Come on Mark, you’re better than that.

I remember back in the 70′s, a playoff game between the Phillies and Dodgers, the Philadelphia fans so rattled Bert Hooten, that he mentally lost control, eventually getting taken out of the game. I guess in that instance they should have suspended all the Phillie fans. Weaver will get suspended, and probably miss one start.

Mike Scioscia served his one game suspension, but he was back to work on Wednesday. He watched Ervin Santana on Tuesday, in his street clothes, and Joel Pineiro on Wednesday, who should be in street clothes.

Ervin Santana, 6 days after throwing a no hitter, pitched another complete game. The perfect game was ruined after 1 batter, which Santana walked on 4 pitches. The no hitter was done 5 batters in to the game on a Jason Kubel single. Santana continues to shine, lowing his ERA to 0.68 over his past 3 starts. If Santana can keep pitching like he has, the Angels will have 3 aces.

The one joker in the deck is Pineiro. Pineiro, who looked so good early in the year, turned in another sub par performance on Wednesday. Against the Twins, he gave up 7 earned runs in just over 4 innings, including 2 home runs to Delmon Young.. Since the ASB, Pineiro has allowed 15 earned runs in 9 innings. Pineiro was taken out after throwing 1 pitch to Michael Cuddyer. He was replaced by Hisanori Takahashi, who threw one pitch too many to Cuddyer, who hit his 5th career grand slam. Actually, Hisanori threw JUST 1 pitch to Cuddyer. Takahashi also gave up a bomb to Kubel. Minnesota is 3rd from the bottom in AL in home runs.

So glad the Angels didn’t get any bullpen help. Horatio Ramirez pitched one inning, just long enough to give up Cuddyer’s 2nd home run of the night, and all told, 2 runs.

The Halos offense looked good on Tuesday. Mark Trumbo hit a 457 foot shot for the Halos on that night. That is the longest home run of the year at Angels Stadium. Torii Hunter also hit a home run, just his 4th career long ball against his former mates. In the two games Hunter is 3-8, with that home run.

Take away Hunters 2 hits, and Peter Bourjos home run, and the Angels offense was quiet on Wednesday.

Felt bad for Scott Baker on Wednesday. The Twins starter threw 46 pitches in the 3rd inning. Only Albert Callaspo’s awful base running kept him from throwing more. Unfortunately for the Halos, he was replaced by Anthony Swarzak. Swarzak, who already 1 hit the Halos this year, was dominant once again. In relief, he threw another 5 innings of 1 hit ball. Is there a scouting report on him? If there is, could you pass it on the Halos.

Joe Mauer took a beating in that 3rd inning. Balls off both arms, and his shoulders. I think he would make a great outfielder. I know he wants to be a catcher, but his bat is too valuable to lose to injuries. Man, he sure is a great player.

Hey, the Angels team store wants to honor Santana’s no no, by giving you he opportunity to buy some expensive stuff. If you want to honor the guy, why not have a Santana no hit pin day, instead of charging some astronomical price for said pin.

The Angels broadcast team said, for the very first time, something negative about Jeff Mathis. Mathis, who is fine defensively, but is pulling in with a career average of .197, including 182 this year, was said to have a bad swing. Not in those words exactly, but the message was still the same. Soon afterwards, they saw the error of their ways, saying that Mathis wrist injury, last year, is what’s holding him back offensively. I guess the .211, 194, 211, & 145 BA’s from 06-09 were mirages.

Bobby Abreu may be slowing down, but all signs point toward him being with the team next year. With his 433 plate appearance, the Halos DH had his 9-million dollar option vested, meaning he’ll be back in 2012. A lot can happen between now and then, so that may, or may not happen

Angels won Tuesday 5-1, and lost on Wednesday 11-4. The rubber game tomorrow has Francisco Liriano pitching for the Twins, and Dan Haren going for the Halos.

First place will have to wait another day.

Go Angels!!

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