In what has to be a baseball miracle, the Angels are now within 2.5 games of Boston for the American League Wildcard. That’s the good news. The bad news: There are just 4 games remaining. Angels beat the A’s 4-2.
Thank heaven the Angels brought Torii Hunter back with them from Toronto. Hunter is the only batter doing damage for the Halos. On Saturday, the Angels had 1 hit through 5 innings, an RBI single by Hunter in the 1st inning. The Halos did pick up 2 hits in the 6th before Hunter hit a 2-run shot. 2 home runs in 2 days for Hunter, who has 4 of the Angel 5 RBI in the past 2 days.
Hope Mark Trumbo is alright. He left the game on Saturday with right ankle discomfort. The severity of the injury is unknown right now. For the Angels to continue their improbable run, Trumbo has to be healthy.
No matter what happens the rest of the year, Jerome Williams has earned a shot to be the number 4 starter next season. Although he seems to lose either focus, of stuff, from time to time, his pitches have so much movement on them, that at times he make batters look foolish. The Angels really need to monitor him this off-season. He dealt with weight issues while with the Giants, and the Halos need to make sure that doesn’t happen in the 5 month vacation between seasons.
So Fernando Rodney is upset with the way he is being used, or should I say unused. Great teammate that Rodney. While your guys are making an improbable run to the playoffs, you are bitching about not be used. Way to make it about yourself. If he could actually throw a strike from time to time, and not walk 2 out of every 3 batters, he may have been used more. He’s made Michael Kohn and Kevin Jepsen look like Mariano Rivera and Trevor Hoffman. In his past 3 appearances, Rodney has allowed 5 runs, 4 hits, and 6 walks. Going a little deeper, in his last 9 innings pitched, Mr. Rodney has walked 13 guys. What do you expect Scioscia to do, keep putting you out there so you can continue to give away games? Oh, I forgot, didn’t you once forget to back up home plate in one game, contributing to a Halos loss? Get a clue man.
The article I read said something like, “Rodney is a free agent at the end of the year, and the Angels have no interest in bringing him back, and he has no interest in returning”. Amen to that.
Don’t worry about him too much. Some idiotic General Manager will see his big arm and give him many more millions to continue pitching. When he blows up, said GM will plead ignorance to the fact that Rodney has stunk most of his career. Baseball is world where past failures are rewarded handsomely.
Game #158 tomorrow. Joel Pineiro get the ball for the Halos. In his last 2 start against Oakland, Pineiro has allowed 9 hits and 12 earned runs in just over 3 innings of work. Those starts were made in the bay. He allowed 4 earned runs in his only home start against the A’s this year. I promise you, he will be on a very short leash on Sunday.
Rich Harden toes the rubber for the A’s.
Tomorrow, Boston plays a doubleheader at New York, while Tampa Bay hosts Toronto. If the Yankees sweep and the Rays lose, The Angels and Rays will both be one game back of the Sox.
Angels need to take care of their business, and not worry about the Rays or Red Sox.
MLB Wildcard Podcast Forum
Brenda Sepanek (Boston Red Sox), John Morgo (Atlanta Braves) and Matthew Hesse (Arizona Diamondbacks) join Adrian Fedkiw (Philadelphia Phillies) to discuss the AL & NL Wild Card.
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.