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Checkmate. Angels play the Rook, Yankees take the (K) night.

Posted By Bill Mahoney On Aug 10 2011 @ 11:20 pm In LA Angels Of Anaheim | No Comments

From, “WHAT A GAME to what a game” in just 2 nights. Tuesday, the Angels did something not seen very much. They beat Mariano Rivera. Well, Bobby Abreu did. Abreu, who has been putrid the last month, must love playing his former team. 2 home runs for the Halo DH, including the game winner. Abreu, who hit .179 in July, and .053 so far in August, was the last man that I thought would be the hero. Since June 27th, that was Abreu’s 3rd, 2 hit game. Against the Yanks this year, Abreu is hitting .529. Wow!

When I think of Jeff Mathis, and offense, I think of the huge hit he had to win a playoff game against the Yankees 2 years ago. Mathis was up to his old tricks on Monday, hitting an Boming RBI double in the Halos 4 run 6th inning.

The Yankees are a great team. Have been for a long time. So when they make a bad play, it always sticks out to me. I’m talking about Curtis Granderson gaffe in the 9th inning on Tuesday. Don’t see too many players fall for the fake to 3rd, look back at first trick. Granderson fell for it, and was tagged out to end the game. Thank’s man, with Mark Teixeira up, and a rattled Jordan Walden, things could have gotten ugly.

Granderson made up for things on Wednesday by hitting 2 home runs. I thought he was deadly in Detroit. He is a monster in New York.

Do Yankee fans hate AJ Burnett? One start after not getting a win after being staked to a 13-0 lead, Burnett once again imploded in a game that he looked to be cruising. OK, he gives up a home run to Abreu to tie the game at 1 in the 6th inning. After that, he gave up 3 walks, a hit, and a wild pitch. Everything, except one of the walks, came with two outs.


Love Burnetts new doo. Got a little Dennis the menace thing going, cowlick and all. Maybe Mr. Wilson can fix what ails him.

I will say that Chris Guccione was terrible last night. He was as inconsistent as an umpire can be. Both teams complained about his strike zone all night. Mike Scioscia got so uoset, that he was sent to the showers. Maybe should go to the MLB umpire camp. It is promoed (?) every half inning on the MLB internet ticket. He could use some remedial training. Or, I guess, he could re-train himself.

I said about a week ago that I wished Jered Weaver would have accepted his suspension after the Detroit series, instead of waiting till after he pitched against the Mariners. I am not saying the M’s are bad offensively (They are), I am saying the Yankees are a tad better (Much!).

Weaver’s turn would have been Wednesday in New York. With Weaver out, the Halos turned to rookie pitcher Garrett Richards. Richards has been dominant in Arkansas, going 12-2, with a 3.06 ERA. But Arkansas isn’t Yankee Stadium. Personally, I would have rather seen Richards pitch in front of the friendly home crowd over the past weekend, than the hostile Bronx crowd.


Richards nervousness was apparent, as he walked the first 2 batters in the 1st, then gave up a 3-run bomb to Granderson. I will say, that Richards looks like he has some talent. Throws hard, with a nice change up. Hey, he can always tell his friends that he struck out Derek Jeter.

Once Richards gave up his 6 runs in 6 innings, the Halos turned to Joel Pineiro. Pineiro was classy before the game, giving Richards an attaboy. In the game, he was his usual self, allowing a double, and an RBI single to the first 2 batters he faced. He would also allow Granderson’s 2nd home run.

Can I go back to Tuesday? the bad Fernando Rodney showed up, allowing Jeter’s 2-RBI single in the 7th. Well who can blame him, Jeter was the only guy he faced, and he hadn’t Pitched in 6 days. I said that tongue in cheek.

Can they give Peter Bourjos the Gold Glove already? The play he made in the 4th on Wednesday, focusing past a diving Torii Hunter to make a grab was amazing? How did he even keep his eye on the ball?

Bourjos also hit a home run on Wednesday. His only blemish was hitting in to a double play with the bases loaded in the 7th inning. I will say that’ll be the last double play you will see Bourjos bounce in to this year.

Hunter is still hot. He is on an 8 game hitting streak, and in that time he is hitting .516. When he is hot, the ball just blazes off his bat.

Vernon Wells is still, not, doing his part. After a .204 July, he is hitting .185 so far in August. Take away his two game winning hits recently, and I wouldn’t even know he was on the team. You wait, next spring, he’ll talk about being in the best shape of his career, and disappointed about his 2011 performance. I would think with all the dough he is making, that he would be in shape year around. That’s just me.

Yankees get a look at the Angels other rookie starter, Tyler Chatwood tomorrow. Chatwood has also, never faced the Yankees. I hope he took notes watching Dan Haren’s, and Richard’s starts.

Yankees will counter with BartoloColon (say it real fast). Colon gave up 3 runs, and 6 hits to the Halos earlier this year.

(Sorry, didn’t mention Dan Haren. He was his usual steady self on Tuesday)

With their loss to the Mariners, the Rangers still lead the Halos by 1.5 games.

Go Angels!!

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