So many things to get excited about this game, Vernon Wells finally hit a home run as an Angel, Peter Bourjos made a stunning catch, Kendrick hit ANOTHER homer, and Weaver threw a CG victory. We can all mark down this as the day that I, Ryan Falla, on April 20th 2011, correctly predicted Jered Weavers complete game victory. I'm going to bask in this glory forever. This has to do wonders for my reputation, ESPN here I come!!!
Angels 4 Rangers 1
The Angels put the Rangers in their place very early in the season, showing them....well showing them who's "daddy". The Angels stomped all over the Rangers this series, perfect time to do so as the rejuvenated Red Sox roll into town. With Wells finally getting back on track this road series and hitting his first home run he can finally come home to a strong reception from the fans. That is going to do wonders for his still-growing confidence with the team. On the note of confidence, Peter Bourjos looks like he's developing some gusto in the box and effectively lifting his BA to a lofty .293, must much better than even the most optimistic optimist expected out of him this early in the season.
- Jered Weaver gave up one run in a complete game effort today, which only presses the fact that Weavers current hot streak may not be such a hot streak after all. Weaver already has 5 wins in the season and boasts an ERA so the Hubble couldn't pick it up. I'm a little shocked that I was able to predict this, which means that if it was predictable it just wasn't bananas enough! It is called "The Monkey's Bananas Prediction of the Game", which means I need to amp up the insanity for tomorrow!
- Wells hit his first homer as an Angel, effectively putting his cold streak in the rear view mirror, or more likely onto Hunter. One can only hope that instead of back-and-forth'ing some fire between the two, they'll both be able to get hot for this upcoming home series. The Angels are giong to need to muster up all the power they can from their lineup against a powerhouse Red Sox lineup.
- Howie Kendrick hit his 6th HR, putting him at 1st (tied with Teixeria) in the AL HR category. At this point you have to put the thought of this being an early season fluke behind you, Kendrick is coming together. He's making more then solid contact, he finally has a strong sense of the strike zone and picking his pitches with extreme precision. He's already collected 1/4th of the walks he collected last year, and he's on a quick path to topping his career high home run total. With Kendrick coming together, one has to wonder if the Angels are finally clicking or if I'm just a delusional fan creating his own illusion. It's not just me, right guys? Seriously...right???
A part of me seriously debated giving myself today's Halo Hero award, but then I realized I contributed nothing to this Halo victory (that's not the truth, I just couldn't figure out how to photo shop my face on Weavers body). Anyway, here's ANOTHER one to you Weaver, boy am I sure not sick of handing these babies out to you! You're the franchise now buddy, keep it up.
For all the good that came out of this game there was some bad, too. The most surprising to me was how bad the Rangers looked in losing. The pitching was, for the most part, horrendous and has returned, no, plummeted to earth after that spectacular start. Don't think it was that bad except for a few guys? Did you notice they purchased the contract of Brett Tomko today? Nothing spells desperation like "Tomko". They worked pretty hard in the field, too, to give these games away. Is this really last season's AL World Series representative? Surely the team has to take some big-time confidence away from this series no matter what kind of spin the Rangers put on it.
And then there's the continued slide of Aberto Callaspo. Thanks to that unexpected fifth at bat tonight he only needs to go 0-for-3 in the next game to fall below .300. So much for that hot start. This is as cold as it gets. Given that Maicer Izturis cannot play third daily thanks to health concerns, who do they turn to when Callaspo remains frigid? Why, none other than the Triple A Bees' third baseman Jeff Baisley, of course! You must remember him, he really wowed 'em in his fourteen game major league career with the A's in '08. Not so much? Hmm, how about Luis Jimenez at Double A Arkansas? Uh, did anybody think ahead a little when they decided they had no need for Brandon Wood anymore? I fear we may miss Wood more than we think for a couple of years. Oh, and thanks again to Eddie Bane for leaving us up this creek. At least we have plenty of guys who might work out as relief pitchers almost ready to come up.
@Rick K. When healthy, Callaspo is a .300 hitter with gap power. He plays a solid 3B. Complaining about his inability as a back up is ludicrous. You should be complaining about his possible lack of playing time. There is nothing Wood would have contributed to this team (other than playing SS in a pinch) that Callaspo couldn't top.
Luis Jimenez and Dillon Baird both have projectable major league bats and both will figure into the 3B equation in a couple of years. All that Kaleb Cowart nonsense about being ready by 2013 should be put to rest. Not even in Cedar Rapids yet, the Angels will be lucky if he's ready by 2016.
Really, for the salary and price (swingman and future 5th start in AA) Reagins couldn't have swung a better deal. Callaspo is a great fit for this team.