You here that Ranger Fans? That's the sound of footsteps off in the distance. Sure, they're faint and don't always have the right rhythm but they are certainly growing louder by the day. If I were you I wouldn't panic, but at least keep an eye on your rearview mirror. Remember, objects are closer than they appear...
Angels 4 Rangers 2
-- Jerome Williams needs to start being talked about as a viable part of the Angel rotation and not some has been on a winning streak. Dude is 6-2 with a 3.68 ERA. I imagine there are a ton of teams who would take those numbers out of their 3 starter let alone their fifth. Which is great because without Weaver for a spell, Pink Puka is going to have to be this good for a while.
-- This game had all the makings of an Angel Offense no show until John Hester of all people got the ball rolling with a ringing double to lead off the sixth. Which is good he did something because his defensive work on throwing runners out was abysmal. This has to be killing Scioscia to have two of the worst defensive catchers out there right now.
-- I'm starting to think the back end of the bullpen might be more dominant that the vaunted KRod, Percival days. Scott Downs has not given up a run all year and excels at making Josh Hamilton look silly in the batter's box, which is not an easy feat. Ernesto Frieri, Ernasty to us from this point forward, still hasn't surrendered a hit as a Halo. And kudos to Mike for continuing his strategic use of the two of them interchangeably.
Like it was going to be anyone else? Mike Trout is officially a big deal in Anaheim. 2-4 with three RBI's in his first "put the team on my back" sort of performance. As my colleague Scotty Allen tweeted earlier, "I'd like to offer Mike Torut 15 years and 200 million." Seems about right to me. One drawback, he's going to need to work on his postgame interviews. Mikey is not the most riveting of subjects and for Pete's sake spit the gum out will ya? "Paging Mr. Hunter, your charm class is now in sesssion".
Good point about Williams. I was thinking last night that many of us need to stop comparing him to Haren and Weaver and start comparing him to other fifth starters in MLB. He looks pretty darn good then! Heck, Jonathan's observation is correct, I'd be happy if our *third* starter pitched like that.
I guess I'll take a six hit win over those guys but we need to see hitting on a more consistent basis. This was Colby Lewis they were facing, not some elite AL pitcher. That .252 team BA gets inflated by the occasional twelve hit game, last night's six hits are more the norm for these guys.
Under the "Come on Dorn, get in front of the damn ball! Don't give me this "olé" bullshit!" heading of last night, I really wish Trumbo could just get to the point of stopping the routine grounder at third. This is a play that's just eating up our third basemen. It's difficult enough watching Callaspo turn a grounder into a baserunner but now he's infected Izturis with this Umbrella Corp. (Isn't it always the evil corporation's fault?) virus. Neither of these guys is the answer at third now, they are just semi-warm bodies semi-filling in the gap. I realize that Trumbo has not been a big help in the error total, leading to an overall seventh in the AL fielding total at third, but to see that Callaspo and Izturis only have two errors each can only be the result of friendly scoring and the pass this "reaction position" seems to be getting. These guys have not been good with the glove.
I can't understand what has taken so long for folks to get on board with Williams. He may not be Weav, but he is as consistent as anyone out there with the solid work he does provide. He doesn't get rattled and really looks like he has been pitching like this forever. He even had a swagger last year when he was just getting his shot. I also think he is an underrated lockerroom guy for the staff.
The infection has even spread to SS somehow
And Williams is clearly better than our own #3
@jr halo Walden was not that bad. K-zone showed that McClellan was refusing to give him the outside corner. Also, if Callaspo makes an accurate throw home, it is a double play and Waldo likely escapes without giving up a run.
@jr halo Yes on both.