Thank goodness for meaningful victories.
...not that every victory isn't meaningful. But you know what I mean.
- It's unfortunate that it took a while for the real Zack Greinke to appear on the mound for the Angels, but better late than never. Greinke has made his season turnaround much more evident in his past few starts and is performing at the necesary caliber needed this late in the season. Tonight's numbers: 7 IP, 4 K, 4 H, 1 BB and 1 ER. Not too shabby considering the last time Greinke faced the A's, he lasted five innings and gave up four runs.
- Mark Trumbo wasn't in the line up for the Angels tonight. Mike Scioscia deicded it would be best to give him a "mental day off." Trumbo is 4 for 34 with 16 K. I would have given him a day off, too.
- Does it feel like Albert Pujols has hit a double in every single game since his return from the DL to anyone else? Not that I mind.
- Kendrys Morales had a big night at the plate with three hits. Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Alberto Callaspo would also join Morales in a mutihit game this evening. Speaking of Trouty, The Natural pulled through in the top of the fifth inning and earned his 75 RBI. I just don't understand.
A team can't win if they don't score! Er, well, score more than your team. Greinke held the A's to one run tonight. So, congratulations sir. You're tonight's Halo Hero.
Sweep, please. Keep it rolling.
Huh, the Angels have hit only two fewer HR's than the Rangers. And trail them in BA and OBP by only a few points. I guess the difference has been the Rangers' ability to patch their pitching together after suffering some pretty debilitating injuries to the staff. I didn't follow them closely enough to know if it was trades or overall superior ML talent or overall superior farm system talent that gave them the leg up on the Angels. Whatever it was, it worked. And very well.
Now, how the heck have the A's hit only 10 less HR's than the Rangers? I'd have to guess these were bunched up in the summer because their overall run-scoring ability is somewhat dismal. Regression in September would certainly help the Angels' cause. Another team that made a nice splash with pitching. And mostly from the minors, I believe.
nice game and a felt like a no doubter with Zach in there throwing the way he was. Another positive is the way kendrys looked at first base. Moving around pretty nicely, fielded ground balls smoothly, and covered that big fould territory without scaring me every time
@jr halo That "smooth fielding" part is big and something that can not be discerned Gameday. It may be that playing Morales a bit here at the end of the season will showcase his returned ability and make him that much more valuable in trade.
@jr halo You are correct, sir. Morales has a nice bounce in his step that was not there most of the season. Also, Albert twice chased high pitches with poor result. I wonder if this will become part of his book (or maybe it already is). "Can't hit it, can't lay off it."