It was a regular love fest in Toronto on Friday. Vernon Wells made a triumphant return to the great white north for the fist time since being dealt to the Angels this past off season. Wells had some real good seasons in Toronto, but I don’t know if the people were cheering because they appreciate the guy, or are happy that they got out from underneath his contract.
Wells has had a couple moments for the Halos, but he left his game in Toronto. The .207 average, with 17 home runs and 45 RBI is what Wells has put up in Anaheim. Or maybe this is the best Wells has to offer. His 12 year average in Toronto were 18 home runs and 67 RBI. His average that has taken the biggest drop, as it is 73 points off what he averaged up north.
I think it is safe to say that Wells won’t get the ovation from the Angel fans that he got from Jays fans. However, he did get the Halos off on the right foot Friday, hitting Brandon Morrows first pitch to him for a home run. He also made a great play in the field, throwing out Jose Molina out at third. Once that was said and done, Wells checked out—-again!! can the man show any semblance of patience? He has gone 0-6 since his first at bat, but he has seen just over 2 pitches per at bat. Does he have some place to go? Seeing a few more pitches wouldn’t hurt, would it?
On the other end of the spectrum is Ervin Santana, who’s been dealing lately. Another complete game victory for the righty. His last 5 starts have been spectacular. 5-0 with a 0.83 ERA. Check out his stats from mid June, until now. his ERA was 4.22, it is now 3.10. His record and ERA from that time is 8-2 and 1.63. It’s too bad that he couldn’t have started the season this way, or he would be battling for the Cy Young, along with Weaver, Verlander and Sabathia.
Just read that there are only 3 pitchers since 1990 that have pitched at least 7 innings and allowed 1 runs or less, in 5 straight starts. The names: Roger Clemens, Chris Carpenter and John Smoltz. It Santana can do it one more time, he’ll break the Angels record held by Rudy May and Frank Tanana. Santana has put himself in some great company.
I guess it was too much to expect Jered Weaver to come off his suspension looking as strong as he did when he left. I didn’t expect a shut out, or even a complete game, but 8 earned runs in 4.2 innings! Fooled me there. That was Weavers worst start since May of last year. Could that be the reason why he kept pitching, instead of facing his suspension?
After his 2 error performance on Friday, Jose Bautista was given the day off Saturday. His replacement, Mark Teahen, did his best impression of the slugger, hitting his first home run as a Jay. Bautista’s power has been out since the ASB. He had 31 bombs at the break, only 2 since.
Thank’s to 3 Jay errors, the Angels picked up a win on Friday, but they have been thoroughly shut down for the better part of two days. Just 8 hits in 2 games for the Halos, and 5 of them belong to Torii Hunter and Alberto Callaspo. That’s surprising, with 181 hitting Jeff Mathis, and 111 hitting Andy Romine batting 8th and 9th on Saturday.
Heard Mike Scioscia on Dan Patrick the other day. Even he said that pitching and defense can only take you so far, that eventually the big bats in the lineup have to carry their load. Paging Vernon Wells, Vernon Wells please pick up.
Erick Aybar continues to be in an awful slump. He has gone 1 for his last 35. Scioscia gave hm he day off on Saturday. Hopefully he has recharged, and will come out strong on Sunday. He is still playing great ‘D’ at shortstop.
One good thing in the Angels favor, they usually play well in Toronto, having won 8 of 12 games at Rogers Centre since 2008. I guess it would be 9 of 14 now.
Let’s see if Dan Haren can continue his fine pitching. Haren has already beat the Jays once this year, but it was in relief. Remember the 14 inning game back in April? In his last 3 starts against the Toronto, Haren has given up 4 earned runs. If that holds true, can the Halos score 5 off Brett Cecil?
We’ll know tomorrow.
About the Author
Written by Bill Mahoney
O'kay I'll talk about myself a little. I've been working in the television/radio industry for over 21 years. I started at 2 so I am just a tad over 21 (That is a joke). My career has taken me around and and even out of the United States. Right now I call Vegas home, but I just never know where life will take me next. Until 2002 my irrational love for the California/Anaheim/LAA had taken me down some very dark roads, but with Arte Moreno in charge I finally saw the a light at the end of the road. I really love most every sports and having as much fun as possible.