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2 games, 2 beat downs by the Rangers.

Posted By Bill Mahoney On Aug 17 2011 @ 2:49 am In LA Angels Of Anaheim | No Comments

Ballgame!! Through 2 games the Rangers have 31 hits, and 15 runs. The Halos have 18 and 7.

Let’s be honest, if your favorite team has a shot at the division leaders, and you are starting 2 guys, that between them have 25 career starts, then your team is in trouble. That’s exactly what the Angels did in the first two games against the front running Texas Rangers.

I used to laugh at other teams years ago when they would do that against the Angels. I would always think, “That’s the best they can do?”.Now, I am sure Rangers fans are saying that about the Halos.

Hey, Garrett Richards and Tyler Chatwood may be front line starters for the Halos for years to come, but they are not right now, and not against a Rangers team that is smoking hot.

Obviously, the Halos are not eliminated, but really, do you expect the Halos, at 6 down with 39 left, to mount, what would be, a miracle comeback? I wouldn’t bet on it, not with the Rangers staff, bullpen, and offense. Remember, Texas is smacking around the Halos without the injured Adrian Beltre, who is hitting .333 with 4 home runs this year against our boys from Anaheim.

Felt bad for Richards, who strained a groin 4 batters in to Monday’s game. Who knows if he would have slowed down the Rangers. I, for one, don’t think he would have.

Wasn’t much better on Tuesday for Chatwood, who basically got 4 more outs than Richards. In his 2 innings, Chatwood was torched for 8 hits, and 5 runs. By the time he hit the showers, 7 of the 9 Texas batters had reached base against him. Josh Hamilton, Michael Young and Nelly Cruz had already been on base twice.

So in 2 starts, Angel rookie starters have an ERA of 20.45. The bullpen wasn’t much better. Monday, Bobby Cassevah wasn’t bad, but Hisanori Takahashi, and Ryan Thompson were embarrassing. With a good throw Takahashi gets Mitch Moreland at third, instead it turns in to a 6 run, 5th inning. And I am absolutely sick of Thompson. Way to go man, come in and give up back to back jacks to Cruz and Mike Napoli. He is awful, and I feel for Mike Scioscia every time he has to call on him.

Tuesday, Trevor Bell did his best, but the Rangers still got him for a pair. I still believe he’ll be a quality starter in the big league, if his past is a precursor of things to come.

Nice job Fernando Rodney. Empty stats for the guy on Tuesday. With the game already lost, Rodney pitched 2 scoreless innings. Where was this pitching in Toronto or New York?

Joel Pineiro did pitch decently. Hopefully he can take that in to his start against the Orioles this weekend. Yes, with Richards injury, Pineiro gets the ball.

It doesn’t take a genius to see the that the Angels need help in the rotation, and the pen, but I read, and hear nothing. Maybe they are flying under the radar, but wouldn’t we hear something if they were planning to make a move? The Angels of a few years ago would have brought someone in, or at least tried. Nope, it’s now rookies on the hill in the middle of the pennant race. That would be fine if they had a dynamic offense, but they don’t have that either.

I will point out that the Angels had a fighters chance on Monday. 9th inning they got 2 on, with no out. However, Branyan and Izturis struck out, and Mathis popped up weakly to shortstop.

Let’s see, positive notes. Russell Branyan had his 2nd pinch hit home run in a week. Any pitcher that throws him a fastball any where near the plate, should be fired immediately.

Erick Aybar has rediscovered his stroke with 3 hits in two games. Torii Hunter now has a 14 game hitting streak. He has a hit in every game this month. Vernon Wells had a nice at bat on Monday, taking the ball the other way for an RBI double. he has gone 0-7 Since. So teams beware, Wells will get a hit in his first at bat of the series, but after that he’ll go back to stinking.

Good to see Mike Napoli, who can’t call a game, I guess, continue to hit. Napoli led the Halos with 26 home runs last year, and has 19 so far this year. Jeff Mathis has 2 home runs this year, but boy does he call a great game. Bobby Wilson also has zero home runs, but he calls a great game too.

If Hank Congers your future, than get his butt back up here and get him on the job training. He can’t be worse than Mathis and Wilson, who have to be the worst catching tandem in baseball–at least from an offensive standpoint. Hey, I don’t think my catcher has to hit like Mike Piazza or Joe Mauer, but I’d like to see him hit——–something——-sometime!

Love Peter Bourjos. He should man centerfield for the next 5+ years, than he can be a free agent and go play for the Yankees, Phillies or Red Sox. Remember, Angels rarely sign any of their home grown, big name, free agents. It doesn’t help that Scott Boras is perched behind home plate every night. I’m sure he’ll grab Bourjos. Tough to watch Bourjos get caught stealing, and picked off in the same game though.

I am really starting to like Victor Rojas. You can see the disdain in his voice for the way the Halos have played recently. He doesn’t say mean things, but he does point out what you and I see at home. He even challenges Mark Gubicza to step up and do the same, but Gubby rarely bites. He’ll, 99 out of 100 times, side with the player.

2 more game against the Rangers. Erwin Santana and Jered Weaver get the ball for the Angels. CJ Wilson and Colby Lewis go for the Rangers. Angels have to win both of these games to have any legitimate shot at the AL West title.

14 more days until the waiver trade deadline expires. I wonder who the Halos will bring in.
Why do I think Chris Ray will be here soon?

One final question, how many of you would have liked Delmon Young in left, instead of Vernon Wells? Angels didn’t even make an offer. Nuff said.

Go Angels!

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