Daily Links for the LA Angels including Morales advances his running therapy, Willits called up and Pettit sent down, the Rangers lose Hamilton for two months (hooray!) and much more...no comments
I worried before the game that his emergency relief appearance this last weekend might have a lingering effect on Dan Haren, but he proved in a big way tonight that those worries were completely baseless.
Instead of suggesting that Haren might be off his game because of one inning of relief work as I did in the game preview (umm, oops!), I am now changing my tune entirely and wondering if he should pitch in relief between starts all the time. He didn't just dominate the red-hot Indians tonight, he toyed with them and kept them from getting anything at all going but for one flare that went for a base hit.
What I loved about this display of dominance is what it forebodes for the rest of the season. There is obviously a lot of baseball left to be played this year, but with the way both Weaver and Haren are pitching so far, the Angels can be very, very scary the rest of the way and even scarier in a best-of-seven series (if you see what I'm hinting at).
And kudos to Mike Scioscia for leaving Haren in there to finish out this gem. He got crap in the media for letting Weaver throw 125 pitches the other night, but he didn't back down to the public pressure and made the exact same decision by letting Haren pitch the ninth and finish the game with, you guessed it, 125 pitches thrown. The lesson? Pitch counts are for pansies.
Cleveland Indians (8-2) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (5-5)
Pitching Probables: CLE – Fausto Carmona (0-1, 9.00 ERA) LAA – Dan Haren (2-0, 1.15 ERA)
Game Info: 7:05 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports Prime; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
In his first start after his emergency relief appearance, we get to see if that little cameo might have thrown Haren off his game and undermined a great start for the ace.no comments
Twitter Trend Tuesday was fun and all, but the fact of the matter is that it didn't exactly draw eyeballs to the ol' blog and that doesn't make my Bloguin Overlords happy. So, I have a new idea: Trout Watch Tuesday! What could be better than a weekly check on the messiah of the Angel farm system, Mr. Mike Trout. The minor league season just started last week, so let's see how our boy Trouty fared in his Double-A debut.
Trout is #1 both on the prospect lists and in our hearts.
Nobody liked the trade that brought him here, nobody likes his contract and nobody likes his early season numbers, but that is no excuse for Angel fans to be turning on Vernon Wells already. How about we all just ease up and cut the newest Angel a little slack? Give Vernon Wells enough time to actually get comfortable in his new digs and he'll be just fine.
I hate to say that I saw this coming, but I totally did (he said, patting himself on the back for being such a smartypants). When it came to winning over the hearts and minds of Angel fans, Wells entered the season already behind the proverbial 8-ball. All the vitriol and ridicule aimed at the Angel organization for that mind-boggling trade that brought Vernon to Anaheim tainted the jury pool against him. We were all practically waiting for him to start off slow so that we could justifiably voice our displeasure with his general presence. Sure enough, Wells has obliged by way of a comically abysmal batting average and the boo birds have already started in on Wells, a mere ten games into the 2011 campaign.
But you know what, the boos aren't going to help.
Seriously, booing the guy after just ten games? What are we? Yankee fans?
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Morales readying for a running test, questioning the bullpen demotions, worrying about Vernon Wells' bat speed and much more...