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3 is not a charm for the Halos

Posted By Bill Mahoney On Aug 29 2011 @ 1:43 am In LA Angels Of Anaheim | No Comments

Angels did what I expected them to do, I just picked the wrong pitcher. I know many were talking Angel sweep, or even taking 2 of 3 from the Rangers. I expected them to win one, but I thought Jered Weaver would get the win.

So, I am 1 for 2.

Was an exciting game on Sunday. Early on, it looked like the Halos would pull away, but after Texas tied the game at 4, I just knew it was a matter of time before the Rangers would take control. Not because the Halos aren’t offensively playing well, but because in a battle of bullpen, the Rangers win hands down.

Weaver had a tough time on 3 days rest. He didn’t look sharp from the first inning. Hey, he can’t be lights out every time.

Mike Scioscia’s hands are tied. Weaver probably should have been out of the game before the 7th, but there is very little relief in the Angels bullpen. In a perfect world, Weaver would have pitched 6 innings, Downs the 7th, Rodney the 8th, and Walden the 9th. We don’t live in a perfect world, and except for Weaver pitching in to the 7th (and Walden not pitching at all), Down and Rodney came in when expected, I guess. Downs got hit tonight, but he has been the one consistent guy all year in the pen, so he gets a pass. Rodney continues to be horrible.

I wonder how Ryan Thompson and Rodney feel? They keep getting the ball, and 9 out of 10 times fail to do the job. is this the fault of Mike Butcher, or are these guys just not Major League quality guys? Probably a little of the former, and a lot of the latter.

Bobby Cassevah appears to have turned a corner. I have liked what I have seen from the guy lately. The Rangers didn’t hit him on Sunday. I know you could say that Mathis error in the 8th helped the Rangers get their run of Rodney in the 9th, but a walk and 2 hits does not make for a good performance.

What’s up with Howard Kendrick? Make it 3 home runs in 3 games for the 2nd baseman. His blast in the 5th gave the Angels their last lead of the night, 5-4. Bobby Abreu also added a couple of hits.

I don’t know how he’ll do in Seattle, but Vernon Wells was a man on fire in Texas, hitting .454, with a home run, and 3 RBI.

After pointing out the Angels lack of 1st inning clutch hitting in the first two games, what did the Angels do on Sunday? They came out and plated a run in the first, and the 2nd, and 2 in the 3rd. Nice way to respond–haha. In the 3 games, the Halos were 12-28 with men in scoring position. With that kind of production, you’d expect them to win more than 1 game.

Problem on Sunday was the Angels lack of men on base. After Kendrick’s 5th inning blast, the Halos only had one more hit the entire night.

Now trailing Texas by 3 games, the Angels head to Seattle. Joel Pineiro and Jerome Williams get the ball Monday and Tuesday. Let’s hope they brought their good stuff.

The Rangers play the Rays at home. The Angels appear to have the advantage, but you never know how these 3 stressful games will affect the team. I know Seattle would love to damage the Angels playoff hopes, so they will be ready to play.

With the team he has, this may be Mike Scioscia’s best job as manager of the Halos. Let’s hope they got a little more in them. It would be awesome to see the season come down to the final 3 games against the Rangers in Anaheim.

Go Angels!



CPR 8-30-2011

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