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One day after getting rolled, Angels ride high—smoke the Jays
Posted By Bill Mahoney On Sep 21 2011 @ 12:33 am In LA Angels Of Anaheim | No Comments
First the AL West. Angels are a full 5 games back of the Rangers. Texas is playing at Oakland, and with my apologies to my friend Scott, that is great. That is, if you are a Rangers fan. Texas spends the money, and has a ball playing the A’s. I think they have won 11 of the past 12 meetings. Division champs: The Texas Rangers.
Now the Wild card. Believe it or not, the Angels are just 3.5 back of the Red Sox. There is nothing I would like more then the Angels to somehow swoop in and steal the WC from the hated Sox. Even of they got swept in the Division series, I would still be happy the Angels knocked out the Sox.
Problems: The Sox may not hold off the Rays, who are just 2 back. The Rays have 6 more games against the Yankees, plus 3 against the Blue Jays. The Red Sox have 1 more home game against the pesky Orioles, than finish on the road at New York and Baltimore. The Red Sox are pretty banged up, so they could have some tough games.
The Angels have 2 left in Toronto, than finish at home against the A’s and Rangers. Assuming, the Yankees and Rays will split their final 6 games, then lose 2 of 3 to the Jays. And if the Red Sox lose 5 of their remaining 7 games, all the Angels would have to do is go 7-1, and they would claim the wild card. Tough task, which is why I am not so excited. However, I do like talking Angels playoff baseball past the midpoint of September.
The Halos may have been a tad closer to the Rangers, and the Sox, if they could have found a way to score Vernon Wells from 3rd base, with 1 out, in the 10th inning Monday. One day after knocking out 2 home runs, while driving in 4, Erick Aybar struck out in that pivotal 10th inning. Callaspo made out as well.
Bottom of the inning, and Aybars error set up Toronto’s winning run. It didn’t help that Howard Kendrick dropped the ball trying to turn double play. Angels lose a heartbreaker, 3-2 in 10 innings.
Once again, on Tuesday, Kendrick did it again, dropping the ball as he went to turn 2. What’s up with that?
Angels offense had a field day, cranking out 15 hits to beat the Jays 10-6. Peter Bourjos finally found his swing, chipping in 3 hits.
Mark Trumbo is now just 2 home runs away from Tim Salmons Angels rookie record. His 29th of the year put the game out of reach. High and away, or down and in, and Trumbo will kill ya.
Nice to see Aybar steal home. Haven’t seen a steal of home since the Rod Carew days.
Vernon Wells is enjoying his second trip to Toronto. Through 2 games, Wells has gone 4 for 9, with a home run and 2 RBI. His .224 batting average is the highest it’s been since it was .225 on July 9th. The only time it’s been higher then that was on opening day back in March.
After the Halos lost Monday, I was not confident of a win on Tuesday. No one, this side of Fernando Rodney or Rich Thompson, would I rather not see pitch than Joel Pineiro. Pineiro proved me wrong though, pitching 6 quality innings.
All I’ve ever done is sing the praises of one Garrett Richards. So what does he do on Tuesday? Pitching with a 5 run lead in the 9th, he can’t make it through the inning. Scott Downs had to bail him out.
That is still better than Rodney, who hasn’t pitched in 8 days. I was truly scared that Scioscia would bring him in on Tuesday.
Angels back at it tomorrow. Dan Haren tries for his 16th win of the year. He’ll be opposed by Dustin McGowan.
Bottom of the 8th, the Rangers lead the A’s 7-1.
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