Los Angeles Dodgers of Los Angeles (42-29) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (39-32)
Pitching Probables: LAD – Chris Capuano (8-2, 2.71 ERA) LAA – Ervin Santana (4-7, 5.18 ERA)
Game Info: 4:15 PM PT; TV - Fox ; Radio - KLAA 830
Don't look now but the Angels are right in the thick of the wid card hunt. They are currently tied with the Orioles and the Rays for the top two wild card spots. This is nice to see given the horrendous start the team got off to and the fact that 2/5 of their starting rotation has been less than stellar. That's right, I'm looking at your Ervin Santana. Santana was awesome his last time out but prior to that most people were calling for his relegation to the bullpen. Santana has been the poster child for the up and down season the Angels have been having. His stabilization is certainly key to the Halos having real October aspirations.
The other aspect of today's game is the chance to kick the Dodgers while they are down. This is something those of us who hate the Dodgers are enjoying. The Dodger fans are one of the most arrogant bunch of folks around and any opportunity to beat up on the blue crew should be welcomed with open arms. It won't be easy with the resurgent Chris Capuano on the hill. The Angels struggle with soft tossing left handers and Capuano fits that bill. But it should be fun to watch the Angels smack the Dodgers around once again.
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I can certainly understand the lack of a recap of this debacle. What is it that causes such a train wreck of a game when these two teams get together? SO frickin' ugly! And how do the Dodgers manage to get "Automatic Out/Unable To Field My Position" Maicer Izturis up in so many key situations? It's just amazing. I was out in Oxnard picking my son up at this uncle's so I "got" to watch it projected in all it's nearly life-sized glory. Let me tell you, that didn't help my gag reflex.
I loved the headline at MLB, "Early miscues end up hurting Halos in loss." Yes, they hurt but three runs should not be an insurmountable obstacle against Chris Capuano. Maybe they should have flown Brad Mills in to throw batting practice. The only difference between those guys is that one is in the majors and one isn't. Ok, that may have been a little harsh. But only a little.