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Santana tosses another gem. This time holding down the team from the Emerald City.
Posted By Bill Mahoney On Aug 7 2011 @ 6:24 pm In LA Angels Of Anaheim | No Comments
Ervin Santana may be the hottest pitcher in baseball. Since the all-start break, Santana has gone 4-0 with a 1.12 ERA. He is just dominating opponents. He did that today against Seattle. The Mariners hit the ball hard at times, but Santana never allowed them to bunch any of the hits together. Only twice on Sunday did Santana allow the Mariners back to back base runners. The one time the M’s did threaten was in the 3rd, and Santana was the one who made the key play to get Kyle Seager at the plate. I have never seen him this dominant at any point in his career. He sure appears to have a great working relationship with catcher Bobby Wilson, as well.
I remember working the day that Mike Piazza hit the ball off the roof, and out of Dodger stadium. It was the hardest ball I have ever seen any player hit. Angels Stadium is a tad bigger than Dodger Stadium, I think, but if Mark Trumbo ever completely pulls the ball, he may have a shot to hit it out of Angels Stadium. After his 457 shot against the Twins a few days ago, Trumbo came back on Sunday to hit a 471 foot shot off Felix Hernandez. Did you see Hernandez check out the shot as well. That was as impressive of home run as I have ever seen hit in Anaheim. Bo Jackson’s all-star shot was equally as impressive.
I feel bad for Hernandez. 8 innings, 4 hits, 12 strikeouts, and a loss. I know it has to be frustrating for the guy, losing a number of games like this, but I hope he can hold on because I think the Mariners are headed in the right direction. You never know though, after the season, tired of losing, he could ask out. The Mariners would get a boatload for the guy, but I would rather have a rotation headed by him, followed by Pineda, Beavan, and Vargas (not necessarily in that order) than maybe some prospects that will take time to develop.
Is it possible that the Angels could have 3 players vie for a gold glove? We all know Peter Bourjos exploits, and Torii Hunter has acclimated himself to right quite well, but there is a case to be made for Erick Aybar. Aybar used to be a guy that made the great play, but would muff the routine ones. Not anymore. His over the shoulder catch after running through right field in to foul ground was a think of beauty. When was the last time he made an error on a ball, that we all thought should have been made?
Since the ASB, the Halos have won 5 series, lost one, and split another. Things are gonna get a bit tougher as the Angels go out on the road to face the Yankees starting Tuesday. Remember, they won’t have Jered Weaver, who will still be serving his suspension.
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