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Trayvon goes over the Wall-y. Angels can’t solve the Beav. And Where’s Mr. Cle-I mean Weaver?

Posted By Bill Mahoney On Aug 7 2011 @ 1:40 am In LA Angels Of Anaheim | 2 Comments

First everyone wanted the Angels to get a bat, Than it was a bullpen guy (my thinking). Now,they may need to address the starting rotation. Weaver, Haren and Santana are fine, but Joel Pineiro is already in the pen, and Tylor Chatwood may be running out of steam.

Chatwood has pitched 123 innings this year. His career high for IP is 155, set 1 year ago in the minors. Chatwood still has at least 8-10 starts left, so who knows what can we can expect out of the Redland East Valley product the rest of the year. His last two starts, he hasn’t looked like his consistent self. 11.2 innings, allowing 11 earned runs. Mind you, that puts him in the hall of fame compared to Piniero, but he has to get back to where he was just 2 starts ago. He didn’t pitch real bad Saturday against Seattle, but 5 earned runs, are 5 earned runs.

Trayvon Robinson may be a guy the Dodgers regret letting go. On Friday, playing left field, it looked like he ran from center to rob Torii Hunter of a two-run home run, by diving over the lower wall in left. It was an amazing grab, over a fan, and everything. It sort of reminded me of….Hunter. I didn’t see it, but it looked like he gave the fan, who contested him for the ball, the actual ball. If he did, cool move. On Saturday, Robinson slammed an opposite field shot, for his first home run of his career. He got his first hit the night before against Jered Weaver. What a start to his career.

I love that the Mariners have a patch honoring their late broadcaster Dave Niehaus. I met Mr. Niehaus a couple years ago in the spring. He was the nicest man, and told so many entertaining stories. I wonder if Robinson has any idea who he was, and what he meant to the Mariners organization.

Talking about Weaver, he has decided to accept his 6 game suspension, but not before he shut out the Mariners through 9 innings Friday. When Weaver, who is an emotional guy, keeps his focus, he is an amazing pitcher. He’s kept his focus throughout most of the the year, sporting an ERA of 1.78. Weaver’s next start will be in Toronto next weekend. I still wish he would have started his suspension sooner. That series, next week, in New York is gonna be tough with out him.

Vernon Wells can’t wait to get back to Toronto, I am sure. He did single home the winning run in the 10th inning on Friday by hitting a very tough pitch.

Hunter is scorching hot right now. He is hitting .550 over last 5 games, with a home run. The same can’t be said about Bobby Abreu, who is hitting .058 over the same period of time.

I hate to kick a dead horse, but dammit Mathis. Scoreless game, bases loaded, Mathis strikes out. 2 on, later in the scoreless game, and Mathis strikes out again. He calls a spectacular game, but no team can afford to have a nearly automatic out in their line up, especially not the offensively challenged Angels.

Are we in the 70′s, or what? Weaver, and Mariners pitcher Dan Cortes wore their hair like I did back in 1978. That is, wild and bushy. Like they say, everything is cyclical.

Cliff Lee helped the Rangers get to the World Series, but the Mariners may get the last laugh. The M’s got 4 players from Texas in that deal, 3 of them, Justin Smoak, Josh Lueke, and Blake Beavan are in Seattle right now. Beavan only–haha–pitched 8 innings on Saturday, allowing 1 earned run. The Mariners have the makings of a real good team.

Seattle Manager Eric Wedge shaved his beard and mustache. With them, he reminds me of Nick Offerman, who plays Ron on Parks and Recreation.

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2 class acts threw out the first pitches for the Angels on Friday and Saturday. I am talking about Frank Tanana and Fred Lynn.

In a 5 year span back in the 70′s, Tanana averaged 258 innings and 16 complete games for the Halos. Remember his 14 straight complete games for the Angels back in 1977? You will never, ever, ever, ever see that again. 240 wins for the former hard throwing Halo lefty who won 102 of them wearing the Halo colors. He came off super well. He’s one guy I would love to meet, but probably won’t. Oh yeah, that saying, “Tanana and Ryan, and a lot of cryin”. That was the state of the Halo pitching staff back in the 70′s.

Fred Lynn never recaptured the glory of his early days with the Red Sox, but he did bring respectability and leadership to a struggling franchise. Lynn was part of the Angel team that almost went to the World Series back in 1982. A former Trojan, and a fan favorite, he is also a great guy!! He autographed some old memorabilia for me last year, all the while telling me which will be the most valuable.

The Angels will try to take the rubber game tomorrow. A great pitching matchup as Ervin Santana goes against Felix Hernandez.

Go Angels!!

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