I see a lot of people rejoicing on Twitter over todays game.
It's not like this is the first time the team has clicked for one game before falling right off the wagon for an ugly stretch one or two games later. It pains me to say that but this win is really no big deal, aside from the fact that C.J Wilson was 1 hit away from a no-hitter. Yeah I know he gave up that hit in the fifth which really means there never was a serious no hitter threat to begin with, but it was still a treat to see him have such an outstanding performance. The offense "clicking" won't excited me until I see it span over multiple series and not just one or two games here and there.
But yay for wins. Wooooooo
Angels 5 Athletics 0
- Holy Jesus did Dipoto strike some serious gold with Frieri. I can't tell if the man is just an amazing judge of talent or this was a lucky move pulled straight outta his ass, but my god is Frieri an absolute terror out of the pen. I haven't seen the Angels harbor this dominant of a reliever in quite a while, Downs has been pretty strong so far but his dominance does not come close to touching Frieri. His fastball is absolutely explosive, to the point where he, brace yourselves for this, has not given up a single hit in his time as an Angel, dating all the way back to May 5th. I don't believe the Angels should really even flirt with the idea of giving Downs or Walden the closer job, I believe Frieri has earned the spot hands down. He hasn't had any save opportunities yet, but no doubt in my mind once they start coming his performance will continue, though I do like the closer committee Scioscia has been running in the 9th, it's been working beautifully so far.
- Pujols got another hit today, REJOICE!!! Wait, it was another homerun?? My god STOP THE PRESSES!!!! Don't quote me on this guys, but I think maybe Pujols will hit over 20 home runs after all!!! I don't see him breaking over 30 guys, say what you will about that but his problems seem dip a little deeper than pure mental issues. His approach at the plate is lost, his strike zone control is close to out the window, and he's struggling to make strong contact with the meatiest of all meatballs. Might need to see some big multi-homer games from him before I consider otherwise.
- Aybar's little hot streak might be in danger as he was removed from the game after receiving a HBP in the right knee at the top of the 7th. It's a shame too because it really seemed like he was putting the pieces back together for a minute there, especially with his 2-out RBI that kept the Aybar express rolling forward. He's only listed as day-to-day though so there's no reason for immediate concern, we'll just hope that this little detour won't take too much away from him by the time he returns.
- Don't want to forget Wilson's near no-no that came in a 8 IP 7 K performace. Just 1 hit given up along with 2 walks in his game tonight, more than enough redemption after his start against the ChiSox if you ask me. Can you say best free agent pickup? Not if you're Albert Pujols you can't
Other notable offensive performances: M.Trout 0-4 1BB 3K's, M.Izturis 1-5 1R 1K, K.Morales 2-4 2R 1BB 1K, M.Trumbo 2-5 1RBI, H.Kendrick 1-3 1RBI 1K, P.Bourjos 1-4 1K, J. Hester 1-3 1BB
Thank the lord, if it wasn't for Godfrey's struggles on the mound I don't think the Angels would have had any shot of winning this ballgame.
Just to make sure, we're talking about the same guy right?
Yeah. One win. Yay. We only get about one of these games a week where the team looks like it was supposed to and often, even in victory, there are signs that are not good. Izturis going cold, Trout going hitless, Pujols not having a three-hit game every third day. It was a joy to see that Uverse didn't have the game because I would have ended up agonizing over the negatives instead of enjoying the positives. Now that I think about it, watching on game day where the stats hit you in the face every single AB might really be worse than watching live. Speaking of, I guess I'll check and see if AT&f'ingT has decided to show today's game.
Oh, and Ryan. You should definitely float that closer role thing to Karabel and KLaw. It's not like they'd make it a national joke or anything like they did about Chapman and countless others.
First of all God Bless y'all @MWAH for being able to follow AND write about our beloved team this year. I, for one, sincerely appreciate it. Secondly, wake me up when we are in second place. I too have no reason to rejoice a win that we should be able to count on when looking at the schedule. The only thing about Angels baseball that I even care about these days is all of the greatness that is the Trout & Trumbo show. Everything else, including-but not limited to- Pujols jacks & victories over lame teams (well ANY teams), are all gravy. Thirdly (is that a word) and finally, can we please start a campaign to get Trout & Trumbo on the All Star Team. Weaver and/or Wilson will make it on their own, but Trout isn't even on the ballot, is he? We need to make a HUGE effort because he completely deserves to be there.
Right. And I think the thing with us Angels fans and getting excited over one measly win is really two things... 1. The HUGE expectations going into this season after Dipoto brought us Albert and CJ, along with the strong spring we had, followed by a horrible, slow start of biblical proportions and 2. Angels fans are fanatical. We rise higher with any highs and fall lower on the lows. Combine these both and it makes for fans desperate for any sign of being headed in the right direction, myself included.
On Dipoto, maybe it's luck but Jerry's made more right moves in his short tenure than all other Angel GMs combined in the history of the team. Jerry Dipoto may be the best Angels acquisition of all time. And I agree about Frieri... Frieri might become the best closer we've ever had. Dude... Is...Scary...Good!!!
Forgot to mention one thing... nice work Ryan. We'd probably do better to keep our reactions tempered either way, or at least save them for the really important moments.