It was fun while it lasted. The sight of the Angles blowing yet another lead should be pro forma at this point. I don't why the recent winning streak (Four WHOLE games!!) lulled me into thinking they had suddenly righted the ship. The fact is this is a really top heavy team that was doomed from the start by an unhealthy reliance on a relief corp that was either too young or too old, with little in the middle. This is not something that can be fixed with just 40 some games left, so we will all just have to continue to watch games between our fingers.
- Nice outing by Dan Haren tonight. For one night at least, Haren seemed to rediscover his split finger fastball enroute 7 strikeout in 5 2/3 innings. Add that to the rest of the staff starting to roll again (except for the black hole known as CJ Wilson), and the pitching seems solid from here on out.
- Shh, no one wake Vernon Wells out of whatever trance he has been put under that has led to him acting like a major league ball player. Another homerun for VW and he even looked good in the field. Tip-Toe, Tip-Toe, Tip-Toe...
- At least for me, Garrett Richards is being set up for the fall. A starter by trade always has trouble converting to reliever, espcially a young guy. To ask him to come in theses pressure situations is insane. But that should give you some indication about the state of the bullpen these days.
Halo A Hole
Wait, what I need to put a bullpen together as well. Isn't signing Albert and CJ enough? You can't blame me for this pile of dung I inherited from Tony Reagins and expect miracles in one season? What's that...that is what you want? Damn.
Seriously though, shouldn't a guy that was relief pitcher put a bit more stock into the value of a solid bully?
Did I see a tweet last night that this was the 10th blown save, matching the entire first "half", out of 41 games since the AS break? 25% of leads, squandered. Wow. And we thought the bullpen was bad then. The system bears a lot of the blame. You can't fill the bullpen with free agents, too expensive and there aren't that many good ones available. I feel like KLaw has the right idea; fill out the staff with failed starters from the minors. Trouble is, the Angels failed starters are just plain failed. A problem that should be fixed under the new regime.
See? I didn't even say anything bad about Eddie "Voldemort" Bane, er, He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named. But thanks to him, again, for the gift that keeps on giving.
At least it was swift, painless, right at the end and totally predictable. We got to feel good most of the day and then our heads went onto the chopping block. Kind of like a Thanksgiving Day turkey. Or Eddard Stark.