For the 6th straight year, the Angels didn’t lose the Freeway series to the Dodgers. They have split the 6 games in the past half-dozen years, but they haven’t lost one since 2006. The Angels won this years series 4 games to 2.
I thought the Dodgers were gonna blow em out on Friday. They had 5 on the board before most people were even in the stadium. Dan Haren continues to look….well…not good. Bobby Abreu, who almost never swings at the first pitch, did against Haren, sending one screaming over the fence in right giving LA a 3-0 lead in the 1st inning.
Haren did settle down in the second, only allowing 2 runs. His track record says he’ll find his stuff when he needs to, but right now he is tough to watch. He got the win though as his boys battled back.
The Halos had 12 hits, but 7 of them came in the 2nd and 4th innings, when they caught and then passed the Dodgers. I wonder if the Dodgers were happy with Chad Billingsley’s start?
Felt bad for Ervin Santana on Saturday. He pitched his second straight great game, but lost this one.
It didn’t help that Maicer Izturis and Albert Pujols threw the ball all over the field. Santana did strike out 10 in 8 innings.
What is up with Chris Capuano? The guy was nearly out of baseball 2 years ago, now he may be headed to the All-Star game. 9-2 with a 2.60 ERA. Who would’ve thunk he would be this good?
Coincidence or on purpose? Jerome Williams gets injured right when Jered Weaver comes off the DL leaving Garrett Richards in the rotation.
Right now, Williams may not have a spot when he returns, especially with Richards continuing to pitch fantastic. His 2nd start against the Dodgers wasn’t as dominant as his first, but it was still above average. He kept the Angels in the game until they inevitably came back.
Nearly 7 innings while only allowing 3 earned runs. The rookie looks to be here to stay.
Every time I hear rumors of Peter Bourjos being traded, I cringe. Trading him would be a huge mistake. He hit a home run today, which is not his game, but he is a dynamite athlete that continues to produce, even with limited innings.
Mike Trout is closing in on the A.L. batting lead. 4-12 weekend never hurts. Trout also added 2 stolen bases, a home run and 3 runs scored. Scary thought.
Trout is 20, making him a free agent around his 27th birthday. Let’s say the Halos ink him to a 5 year deal. That means he’ll be a free agent at 32, or in the prime of his career. His future contracts may make the one Pujols signed look like chump change in 2025.
Teams better watch out, Mark Trumbo is 3 for his last 16. He usually breaks out of these slumps by cracking a bunch of home runs.
The Dodgers rarely figured out a way to pitch to Alberto Callaspo in the 3 games. The Angels 3rd baseman went 5-11 with a home run, 2 walks, 2 RBI and 3 runs. I am glad the Angels didn’t try to get Kevin Youkilis from the Red Sox, as I think it might’ve messed with the chemistry.
I have done a 180, I really do like Callaspo. I do….
The Halos now take a 9 game trip that’ll take them to Baltimore, Toronto and Cleveland.The Angels trail the Rangers by 4.5 games in the A.L. West.
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.