There’s nothing like interleague play to get the Angels offense on track. Coming into the first full weekend of IL play, the Halos had lost 3 of 4, while scoring 21 runs. In Colorado, the Angels bats came alive, scoring 28 runs and sweeping in sweeping away the Rockies.
There is no one sadder to leave Colorado than Torii Hunter.Since coming back from family issues, Hunter had 1 hit in 22 at bats.
Against the Rockies, Hunter went 9-15 with 3 home runs 9 RBI and a stolen base. He even has a nifty goatee. It doesn’t look all that good, but if he keeps hitting like he did in the mile high city, he can grow a fu manchu for all I care. It’s nice to see Hunter find his offense, as he is a big cog in the Angels machine.
I keep wondering when baseball will catch up to Mike Trout. Right now they have no answer for the 20 year old, who only hit .571 in the 3 games, with 4 stolen bases. He gets better by the game. Trout is 3rd in the A.L. with 13 stolen bases.
You can’t talk about Angels baseball without mentioning Mr. Pujols. With the rest of the team hitting, the pressure is off him….a bit. However, he did beat up the Rockies by hitting over .500 with a home run and 5 RBI.
So let me get this right. Every time Mark Trumbo breaks out of a slump he’ll hit 2 home runs in a game? Earlier this month the guy was 1-16. His next 4 at bats, 2 left the park. After that 2-home run performance, Trumbo went 1 for his next 12. So what did he do? He hit 2 more bombs on Sunday. He also had 6 RBI. Trumbo is 3rd in the A.L. in batting with a .326 average. Sorry Vernon Wells, I hope you like the smell of pine.
What do the Angels do with Ervin Santana? He got the win on Sunday in Colorado, but he pitched less than stellar, unless you consider 7 earned runs in 5+ innings good. In his last 4 starts, Santana has allowed 23 runs in 20.1 innings pitched for a 10.29 ERA.
He has also walked 15 batters. I wonder if his arm hurts. It was just 3 years ago that there was talk of him having reconstructive elbow surgery. The Angels decided it was better for him to rest and rehab. It worked than, things aren’t so good now.
I, for one, think C.J. Wilson should be an All-Star. The guy has been the Angels best pitcher this year, Jered Weaver included. Only once in his past 6 starts has he allowed more than 2 earned runs. The guy eats up innings, while not throwing many pitches. He was a better free agent signing than Pujols, in my opinion.
What sucks about interleague is guys like Kendrys Morales can’t play. Coming into Colorado, Morales was 5 for his last 13 with 3 home runs. He did get one start against the Rockies, and picked up a hit. The Angels are have a lot of talent. I didn’t even mention Peter Bourjos, who will make a name for himself, in Anaheim or somewhere else.
Have you checked out the Halos interleague record? Over the past 5 years they have gone 62-28. Whatever it is about the National League the Angels like, I hope they can’t keep it up.
Things will get a bit dicier for the team when they battle the Dodgers starting Monday. Dodgers are in 1st in the N.L. West, and continue to play good baseball. Be a good test for the Angels, who are lucky to avoid Clayton Kershaw.
Angels only 3 back of the Rangers, and are a season best 3 games over .500.
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.