I was getting all frustrated last night after finding out the Angels were shut out for the 8th time this year, 5-0 by the A’s.
I stopped, thought about it, and reconsidered my frustration. The Halos are just 15-21 (now 16), and I know with the expectations placed on the team, that’s not the best, but it’s actually not awful. It’s only been 37 games, that means there are 125 games left. Or, a lot of time to recover and either win the division, or get one of the two wildcards.
They trail the division leading Rangers by 7.5 games, and the 2nd wildcard, the Yankees, by 4.5 games. Each of those deficits can be overcome by this team. Well, I think they can.
Not too many times do I have these type of epiphany’s, so don’t expect this all the time.
I’m still pissed at another blanking. Nothing against Tyson Ross, who is a fine pitcher, but he should not be throwing zeros at the Angels over 6 innings. He gave up 2 runs in his first start against them earlier this year.
Oh yeah, he also threw 7 innings of shutout ball against the Angels last year, as well.
Come on guys, read the scouting report. Ross has 3 wins, two of them against the Angels.
How ugly is it? He is 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA against the Angels. 1-3 with a 9.37 against everyone else. He’s no Vin Mazzaro, but he may be close. Nuff Said.
The Angels got 8 hits on Monday, all singles. That is hard to do. Maicer Izturis, who had 3 of them, was benched on Tuesday.
I know I am griping, just to gripe, but I think Scioscia has become one of baseball greatest over-managers.
Of late, he did it with Izturis today, and Scott Downs. Two outs, up 4-0 with a runner on first in the 9th, Scioscia takes out Downs and puts in Ernesto Frieri. Good move, as Frieri got the last out, but there was no reason to remove Downs. Downs looked stunned, and pissed off.
There is no questioning Scioscia’s managerial skills, but if he managed like this in 2002, I wonder if Tim Salmon would have been in the game to bat in game 2, or if Scott Spiezio would have have even hit in game 6.
With all that said, Ervin Santana pitched his ass off. At one point he had retired 16 A’s in a row.
Nice to see the Angels strike back against Bartolo Colon. The last time Colon pitched in Anaheim he threw 38 consecutive strikes. Today he threw 61 strikes in just over 6 innings.
Angels figured him out to the tune of 12 hits, but only 2 were for extra bases, including Mike Trout’s 3rd home run.
Santana and Colon now have 1 win each in their head to head battle.
With 3 hits, Albert Pujols batting average is at .212
Weirdly, the Angels and A’s have played 6 times. 4 of them have been shutouts.
For those of you who missed this 2 game series, the next time Oakland make an appearance in So.Cal will be in early September. The Halos will play 8 in the bay before the A’s return.
Angels lost 5-0 on Monday, but won 4-0 on Tuesday.
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.