I have your little game here figured out Rodney, it was only a matter of time before I figured out too. It's a very simple game that he's playing here really, why do you think his performance has been so outstanding these past few series? Is it because of the change of delivery/mechanics fix that Butcher put down on Rodney? That is a part of what's fixing Rodneys game, but it's not the biggest component. Rodney is using fire and drive, only because he wants his closing job back, and he wants it bad.
What a guy, not only does he drastically improve the closer role, he improves the guy he replaced.
Boston Red Sox (7-11) @ Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (12-7)
Pitching Probables: LAA – Dan Haren (4-0, 1.16 ERA) BOS – John Lester (1-1, 3.20 ERA)
Game Info: 7:05 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
So it is becoming clearer and clearer that the massive run production that occured in Texas was an aberration and I will be spending the remainder of the season wondering how Mickey Hatcher still has a job. Seriously, I understand that everyone says the hardest thing to do is to hit a round ball with a round bat, but it seems that the Angels hitting coach has not found the magic teaching method to get his hitters to put the ball in play. So once again, poor Dan Haren will have to probably do it all himself against the suddenly alive Red Sox.
I realize that Free For All Friday has quickly devolved into Shameless Self-Promotion Friday, but it is my blog and I'll do what I want. Anyway, on to my latest announcement.
For those of you who haven't noticed it in the Game Previews the last two days, I will be joining the folks (I'd call them good folks, but they are Red Sox fans, so how "good" can they be?) at Firebrand of the American League for a live chat throughout the game. Now, I don't know if I am the only Angel blogger that will slumming it over with the BoSox fans, so it could get pretty ugly pretty quick if some Halo faithful don't show up to have my back. So, please, if you have nothing better to do on Saturday, come join the chat and help me deal with all of those Massholes.
I'll have a link up for the chat sometime tomorrow, but until then, please follow the directions in the sign above.
Daily Links for the LA Angels including Morales "isn't close to playing in games yet," Pineiro could rejoin the Angels on their next road trip, Izturis says fans who call him fragile are "ignorant" and much more...
The Monkey Says: This is supposed to be a good update, but that little phrase there doesn't really give me the warm and fuzzies. I am starting to think that getting Morales back on the field for the Halos may not happen until June.
The Monkey Says: At least this is some good news. I was definitely concerned about Pineiro's shoulder, but it sounds like he is going to be just fine.
The Monkey Says: What is it about Angel sluggers and trying too hard? Hopefully Hunter can follow Vernon Wells' and learn to just let it all go and start playing free and easy.
I don't even know how to react to this just yet, but, in case you missed it, fans at tonight's game actually threw money at Carl Crawford. Don't believe me? Here is a screen cap from the Fox Sports West broadcast.
On one hand, I think this is a somewhat petty response to a guy spurning the Angels in free agency when, in fact, it was probably more likely the Angel front office clusterf@$%icng the negotiations that caused Crawford to wind up in Boston.
On the other hand, this is totally awesome and hilarious and I don't think I have ever been more proud of a Angel fans for stepping up and showing some real pride and fervor. I honestly don't think I can remember any other fans doing this to another player before (if I am wrong, please let me know, it is late and my memory is a bit foggy). Seriously, this is great, even if it was a bit misguided these fans that gave up their own hard-earned money show their disdain for Crawford just earned Southern California baseball fans a whole lot of street cred. Bravo, everyone, bravo.