I think it’s safe to say the Rangers are going to win the AL West. They may not possess the same quality starting pitching like the Angels, but they have an offense that is 2nd to none.
Texas recently hammered a Cleveland team that has 2 feet in the sand. The Angels, on the other hand, got pounded by a Baltimore team playing for nothing, as usual.
Dan Haren, Jered Weaver and Ervin Santana have kept this weak Angel team in the race all year. By weak, I mean offensively. Those 3 pitchers have to be near perfect every time because the offense just doesn’t have the bats to consistently produce day after day. I was nervous after the Orioles took a 2-0 lead in the 3rd inning on Friday. When they added 3 in the 5th, and 6th, I knew the game was over.
I guess if the Halos go on an 8 game winning streak, those last 3 at Anaheim Stadium against the Rangers will mean something. I wouldn’t bet on that happening.
After the O’s lit up Haren, they took to beating up Tyler Chatwood. Chatwood looks gassed. I wonder why Mike Scioscia won’t go to Garrett Richards. Chatwood gave up a wild pitch, a home run, a walk and a single before finally getting out of the 6th inning.
I like the fact that Vernon Wells now shows emotion, but I wonder why he always gets mad when, after swinging at a high fastball, he strikes out. He always strikes out on high gas.
Angels get a few useless runs in the 9th, but still lose 8-3. The Rangers were blanked by Seattle, 4-0, so they remained 3.5 games ahead of the Angels.
Lately, every Halo starter has gotten in to the habit of,not just walking guys, but walking them at the all the wrong times.
The first run scored against Haren on Friday was put there via the BoB. Saturday, same story. Ervin Santana walked the first man he faced, JJ Hardy followed with a 2-run shot. I’ll go out on a limb and say, right now, game over. Now, I’ll guarantee it. Mark Reynolds just hit a 3-run shot. The O’s sent only 10 men to the plate in the bottom of the 1st, and lead 5-0. The Angels do not have a consistent enough offense to come back, so the only hope is that the Rangers lose. They didn’t, beating Seattle 7-6.
Richards pitched on Saturday, giving up one run in 1 inning of work. I guess that’s why they don’t go to him more.
Most any other time, I would be mad, but I am not. The 3 big guns for the Angels have carried this team all year. It’s not fair to expect them to be perfect every start. Unfortunately, Pineiro can’t pitch, Williams is untested, Chatwood isn’t ready, and Richards, who knows. That doesn’t even take in to account the Angels squeaky bullpen. If the Angels had a trusted pen, Santana might not have made it through the first.
I think it’s a mistake, but Weaver is supposed to go tomorrow on 3 days rest. He doesn’t have the body type of a CC Sabathia to do that on a consistant basis.
Angels now 4.5 back. They’ll try to avoid being swept 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.