Let me begin with, that didn't go as planned.
Twins 6, Angels 5
What we saw last night wasn't exactly a comdey of errors, because the Angels were playing decent ball up until the Twins' 7th inning offensive stretch. As I mentioned in the preview for last night's game, hitting is contagious. Unless there is that one play that will shut down a team's rally for the innng, uncomfortable matters will arise for the defense.
A harmless single here, a single worthy of a call to the bullpen, a pitching change, a base hit down the first base line, Torii's got - wait...ground, face, fence...oh.
Are you sure you weren't feeling a little "punch drunk" prior to that masterpiece of a face plant, Mr. Hunter?
Throw up a tent and call it a circus. Let's avoid this choas for the rest of the month, shall we?
To add to the whimsical nature of this game, Peter Bourjos showcased his speed and power with an inside the park home run in the top of the 5th inning. Thus proving that Angels have one of the scariest line ups in baseball...on paper. And on paper it will remain.
Our new toy is assembled and ready to go, we just need to find a couple of batteries to make it work.
*cough* Pujols *cough*...*cough cough COUGH*
Let me begin with, that didn't go as planned.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2-2) @ Minnesota Twins (0-4)
Pitching Probables: LAA – Jered Weaver (1-0, 0.00 ERA) MIN – Carl Pavano (0-1, 5.14 ERA)
Game Info: 5:10 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830
And we're back!
Following a day off, the Angels face the Twins in game two of their three game series. After Monday's glimmer of hope, fans everywhere were able to take a breath and relax. The Angels' offsense did not go missing in action over the off-season, however, I don't think I'm alone in occupying the edge of my seat with every Pujols at bat. The Angels have done a decent job at hitting around the slugger and as long as they continue to do so, he will find his rhythm. Hitting is contagious, afterall.
The Twins, with a glorious 0-4 record, are still trying to figure out an offense. No time like the present, I say. Keep fooling around with that line up.
Jered Weaver enters his second game of the season with a 0.00 ERA. Is anyone really surprised? Weaver has a winning record against the Twins, so general feelings about him on the mound this evening are nothing short of confident. Plus, he has a stellar defense behind him. I'm sure he's feeling pretty confident himself.
The Angels are a momentum team and with a series against the New York Yankees this weekend, momentum is certainly what they could use.
But, seriously, Mr. Pujols...anytime you feel like hitting a home run, you just go ahead and take care of that.
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If you ask the general baseball world, the early reviews on Mark Trumbo's transition to third base are not good. Like, REALLY not good. What exactly are they saying about his defense at the hot corner?
And I am sure if I surveyed the fans we'd get a few reviews that include the terms "abortion" and "disaster" and so on.
It is hard to blame anyone for these dire reactions considering that Trumbo has already committed three errors in just two games. But by the same token, it is also hard to accept any of these reviews as fully informed since Trumbo has played just two games.
It feels like it was months ago now that Mark was actually getting some optimistic projections for his work at third base during spring training. The coaching staff was talking him up and the reports from training camp were increasingly positive as the spring wore on. But now? He sucks and this was the worst idea ever, apparently.
That statement is partly true, he does suck- right now. But that doesn't mean this is a bad idea and the Angels need to pull the plug. The real problem here isn't Trumbo's defense, it is the expectations of his defense. In the spring, expectations were low because this was just a cute little experiment. But now that the regular season is here, the expectations are suddenly through the roof. He can't be learning on the job, he has to be good RIGHT NOW!
What everyone seems to be forgetting is that Trumbo has been learning to play third base for all of eight weeks. Think back to the last time you started a new job or attempted to learn a hard new skill. You probably sucked for the first eight weeks too. So why isn't Trumbo allowed to suck?
The April 11th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Vlad Guerrero arrested after night club brawl, Dipoto talks sabermetrics, Angels still have some of the cheapest tickets in MLB and much more...
The Monkey Says: This obviously does not sound like something Vladdy would get involved in, but he did turn himself in. Hopefully this all gets cleared up quickly.
The Monkey Says: Step back from the ledge all you old schoolers, he talks about blending statistical analysis with more traditional scouting practices. Like it or not, involving more sabermetrics into the front office can only be a good thing.no comments
Welcome to Wells Watch 2012, the somewhat regular feature in which we look at the tenuous job status of one Mr. Vernon Wells.
I say somewhat regular because I don't know how long Vernon is going to last on the Angels given that Big Vern's 2012 season is already eerily reminiscent of his disastrous 2011 campaign. I didn't want to start this feature as it seems mean-spirited and possibly even morbid, but when he started the season 2-for-14 with five strikeouts and, to be fair, one home run, I was left with no other choice.
This is the part where Vernon's defenders, assuming there are some any, point out that nobody should jump to conclusions after four games and 14 plate appearances. This is a very valid point, but please allow me a rebuttal. What is so concerning about Wells' slow start is that it looks EXACTLY like his slow start to last season. He is making the very same mistakes that caused him to turn in one of the worst offensive seasons from a starting outfielder in the history of baseball. But the killer is that Wells knows what these mistakes are and yet he is still making them. What were those mistakes? Let's review, because these will be important as this feature carries on into the future, plus their might be a pop quiz later.
The April 10th, 2012 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim including Wells has closed door meeting to discuss early struggles, Kohn suffers setback with forearm, remembering Nick Adenhart on the third anniversary of his death and much more...
The Monkey Says: Uh oh. Vernon has looked just as bad as he was last season so far, so his benching for one game is no surprise. What is a surprise is that he needed a dreaded "closed door" meeting. Maybe it was nothing, but the connotation does not bode well for him. I hate to say it, but Wells Watch 2012 is definitely in full effect now.
The Monkey Says: It isn't 100%, but a trip to the famed Dr. Andrews almost always means the team is worried about something major, possibly Tommy John surgery. Hopefully this turns out to be nothing major for Kohn.
This is exactly the kind of game the offense needed to get the ball rolling on getting this offense together. The 1st inning of the game is exactly what we needed to see out of the Angels to give us some piece of mind that this offense can and will perform. There were some bright positives with the offense in today's game, as well as some glaring negatives (I'm looking at you Pujols). Hopefully this much needed win will pump up the offense enough to go on a nice tear during the rest of the series in Minnesota, it'll be much needed before we go into the always dreadful home of the New York Yankees this weekend.
Angels 5, Twins 1
A catcher who can hit for power...
A #4 starter who can throw 7 innings of 1 run ball...
What's not to love about this new team?