28 games, 111 at bats before Albert Pujols finally hit his first home run as an Angel. Glad that drama is over. Do you think we’ll have to read about how many abs it takes before he hits his 2nd?
I did love his teammates reaction after he hit his 4th inning home run. Nobody, except Mike Trout, who scored ahead of him, was in the dugout when Pujols arrived. It was a funny scene. You can tell how great of teammate Pujols is, and how much he is loved by all the other players. it was nice to see, now let’s hope he, and the rest of the team, can find their strokes on a consistent basis.
It’s gone largely unnoticed with all Pujols problems, but C.J.Wilson has been worth all the money he’s getting, and more. Wilson has made 6 quality starts, not allowing more than 3 runs in any of them. His ERA, innings pitched and strike outs is in the top 15 of the American League. Wilson never wants out of a game, and should be lauded for pitching exactly like the team expected.
After being shut out the first two games, the Angels pounded out 26 hits, and 10 runs in the final 2, both wins.
Mike Trout is beginning to find his stroke, on both sides of the field. His speed is blinding, and he has impressive power, but his strikeouts need to be watched. As a leadoff man, 4 K’s in 2 days isn’t a good number, especially compared to his no walks.
And what happened to Peter Bourjos? In his last 10 games, Bourjos has a mere 16 at bats. The guy is too young, and talented to be used as a pinch runner, especially with Vernon Wells always in the lineup.
That’s not completely fair, as Wells is hitting .333 over his past 10 games, but has one home run, and just 2 RBI.
I thought the Angels whole offense was about manufacturing runs? With his speed, Bourjos gives the Halos an opportunity to manufacture runs each and every time he is at the plate. Wells is an all or nothing guy. This all comes down to money, as in, Wells makes 24+ million, while Bourjos makes the MLB minimum. Wouldn’t surprise me one bit if the Angels eventually deal Bourjos, and he goes on to have an all-star type career.
Like Bobby Abreu before him, it is time to sit Wells.
BTW: Abreu has gone 1-7 so far as a Dodger.
So far, I like this Ernesto Frieri kid. 2 innings, no runs, 4 strike outs. They Angels may need him to close games for awhile after Scott Downs left Sunday’s game with a hurt knee, and Latroy Hawkins fractured his pinkie making the last out.
I guess they could go back to Jordan Walden or employ Kevin Jepsen—hahaha, boy, I am funny.
After carrying the Angels for about a week, Torii Hunter has slowed down, going 1-11 vs. the Jays.
While Hunter is slumping, Kendrys Morales has found his stroke, hitting .351 over his past 10 games, raising his average 40 points in the process.
If you would have bet me that Jerome Williams would be 3-1, while Dan Haren and Ervin Santana would be 1-8, I would be out a lot of money.
Angels start a series in Minnesota tomorrow. Jered Weaver gets the ball, looking to no hit the Twins again. I am saying right now the Twins will get a first inning hit.
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.