I know I was off my game in April, but the month has changed and I’ll make sure to be more consistent.
April is now over, so it’s time for the real Angels to stand up. Facing arguably the worst team in baseball, the Minnesota Twins, the Angels are doing just that.
Thank goodness they have Torii Hunter in the lineup. Through the first 2 games against his old team Hunter is 4-6 with 2 home runs, and 5 RBI.
But that’s not the whole story.
In his past 8 games, Hunter is hitting a robust .400 with 4 home runs and 8 RBI. He also made a great defensive play in Cleveland this past weekend.
Yes, I know he lost a ball in the sun that led to 2 unearned for the Indians on Sunday, but Hunter is carrying the Angels while they search for a little offensively consistency.
Hunter is just mashing.
On Tuesday he was joined by Howard Kendrick, who came within a wisp of hitting for the cycle, falling a double short.
The story, as it’s been all season is how great the Angels starting pitching has been. There has been a few glitches, but for the most part, it has ben top notch.
C.J. Wilson was masterful in winning for the 3rd time in 5 decisions on Monday. Through the first month of the season, Wilson has been as good as advertised.
However, nothing can match the performance from Jerome Williams. On Tuesday, Williams threw a shutout, the first for him in 9 years–or in real terms, when lead off man Mike Trout was 11 years old.
The Twins were putty for Williams, who since his first start of the year, has been nails for the Angels.
I hope you don’t mind if I go a little negative on ya.
Honestly, is Kevin Jepsen worthy of being in the Major Leagues? I know he’s laying it on the line every day, but his performance on Sunday was once again, abysmal. He gave up 2 runs, (1 earned, because of his error) and nearly gave up a 2-run bomb to Casey Kotchman.
Now let’s move to Albert Pujols. I can’t wait to sing his praises one day, but today’s not that day.
Do you know the Jeff Mathis has more home runs (2 to 0) and has just as many RBI as the 240 million dollar man. Pujols also has 69 more at bats than the one time Halos catcher.
No, I am not pining for Mathis, not a chance! I am just pointing out a fact.
I’ve never been one to point fingers at the Halo coaches, because Mickey Hatcher was a genius when the Angels won the title in 2002, but for whatever reason the Halo hitters are regressing.
It also doesn’t bode well that he pissed off Pujols by speaking a to the media about the private meeting he held with the 1st baseman.
I will still stick by my assertion that with the lineup never having any consistency, the Halo hitters are having a tough time finding a rhythm.
With the Rangers finally cooling off, a bit, the Angels are within 8 games. Yes, they still have to jump Seattle and Oakland to get to the Rangers, but it’s a start.
Angels go for the sweep.
One last thing, is it me or does Jamey Carroll of the Twins resemble former Dodgers leadoff hitter Brett Butler.
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.