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It’s splitsville in Seattle, but the Angels remain in the race.

Posted By Bill Mahoney On Sep 2 2011 @ 1:42 am In LA Angels Of Anaheim | No Comments

The Angels split 4 games in Seattle, but they only lost a half game to the Texas Rangers. I would say the baseball gods are smiling on the Halos.

Man, I wanted the Angels to beat Felix Hernandez for the 3rd time this year. They had a good chance to do just that on Wednesday, until Scott Downs gave up a 2-run double to Mike Carp. Did you see that stat that said the Angels bullpen has blown 27% of the leads handed to them. That is not the making of a division winner.

I’m to the point where I’d just as soon leave the starters in the game. Dan Haren, one start after being blasted by the Rangers, looked amazing, giving up just 1 hit through 6 innings. In the 7th he pitched out of a bases loaded jam, but still lost the game when Downs was unable to get Carp out in the 8th.

I’d feel bad for Haren, if I didn’t know that Hernandez loses many of these types of games.
Mariners won game 3, 2-1.

Bobby Abreu has aged right in front of our eyes. When he struck out as a pinch hitter in the 9th inning Thursday, that gave him 3 K’s in a row, and 4 out of his last 5 at bats. I knew when Trout reached base the Angels would pinch hit for Bobby Wilson, but I expected it to be Russell Branyan. How far has Abreu dropped in my mind, for me to be thinking of Branyan?

Howard Kendrick is a power hitting machine. Kendrick hit his 6h home run in his past 10 games. What’s up with that? Kendrick also made a fantastic play to get Kyle Seager on Thursday that possible saved the game for the Halos. He is coming up big in the biggest time of the year.

I never thought it would come down to Kendricks play. The Halos led 4-0 after 2.5 innings, and I expected them to pour it on. Didn’t happen, but with Ervin Santana pitching, I did think that 4-0 lead would be enough. It was, but Santana made it interesting, walking 2 guys in the bottom of the 2nd, but escaping with a double play. He was not so fortunate in the 3rd, walking another couple batters that would eventually score. Surprisingly, no team scored after that.

The Angels ran their way out of a scoring possibility in the 8th. Peter Bourjos was thrown out at the plate on a contact play, and minutes later Torii Hunter was picked off.

I think Mike Trout has earned an every day job (dah). He went 3-10, with 2 home runs in the series. His 2 bombs on Tuesday started the Angels off on one of the few laughers they have had lately.

Maicer Izturis left the game a couple innings after being hit in the foot in the first inning. Izturis has had a pretty healthy season so it would suck to see him miss time right now, especially when he os one of the Angels most consistent hitters.

Be honest, how many of you thought the worst when Jordan Walden took the mound on Thursday? I know I did. For the first time in a long time, Walden came through. He even retired the side, throwing 17 pitches to pick up his first save in 22 days. He has 27 saves this year, but 4 of them have come against the Mariners, who have yet to score a run off him in 6 appearances.

I like how the Rangers added another couple players at the waiver trade deadline, and the Angels did nothing (as expected). Are the Rangers making these moves for the playoffs, or to hold off the Angels? Probably a little but of both.

What a difference a year makes. This time last year, the Angels beat the Mariners 4-2, and improved their record to 65-69. They trailed the Rangers by 10.5 games.

This year they are 74-63, and only trail by 3.5 games.

Angels start a 9-game home stand Tomorrow. 3 against the Twins, 3 vs. the Mariners, and finally, 3 against the Yankees.

The Rangers get 3 in Boston, 3 in Tampa Bay, and 3 at home vs. the A’s.

Less than 1 month to play.

Go Angels!!

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