Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (36-38) @ Florida Marlins (32-41)
Pitching Probables: LAA – Ervin Santana (3-7, 4.25 ERA) FLA – Javier Vazquez (3-7, 6.85 ERA)
Game Info: 4:10 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
One of the reasons I hate interleague play is because it forces AL teams to bench one of their regular starters, sometimes a very good starter. Be it benching a slugging DH or taking a defensive hit by moving that potent bat into the field where he clearly doesn't belong. The Angels are definitely victims of this problem, which is actually good news for their depleted lineup.
Earlier this year, finding a regular to bench would have been easy. Actually, that's not true, with Wells, Hunter and Abreu all struggling in the early going, it would have been impossible for Scioscia to decide which underperformer to bench. Now though, Abreu has become a steadying force in the lineup, Wells finally seems to be coming around and Hunter is at least showing a pulse. As such, Peter Bourjos has often gotten the short end of the stick even though his stick has been pretty hot of late. Honestly, I actually found myself wondering if there was a way to get all four of them in the same lineup in a NL park. I never thought I would see that happen. It is a problem that the Halos only have to deal with for another week, but at least it is the good kind of problem to have.