Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (54-46) @ Baltimore Orioles (39-57)
Pitching Probables: LAA -- Joel Piniero (5-4, 4.58 ERA) BAL -- Brad Bergesen (1-6, 5.76 ERA)
Game Info: 4:05 PT; TV - FS-W; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
Four wins in a row sure would be a nice thing right about now. As much as my baseball optimistic side was in play yesterday, the pessimist in me returns with a vengence for this one. Joel "Pinata" Pineiro returns to the mound following his worst outing as a professional and faces a team that has beat the crap out of him in the past. If the Angel offense has it's usual anemic performance that four game winning streak will be just a pie in the sky dream...
Well it took them awhile but the Angels got down to business and secured their third win in a row. Ervin Santana was more than just good tonight, he was fantastic. This type of run of pitching is what the Angels need from Ervin to compliment the steady work of the big two. Throw in soem timely hitting and good bullpen work and you get another Halo victory.
Angels 6 Orioles 1
Time for Free For All Friday, a time to talk about all the Angels-related topics that slipped through the cracks this week, as well as any other totally unrelated topic you feel like bringing up.
Here are a few topics for you to discuss amongst yourselves:
- Seeing Adrian Beltre romp through the Angel pitching staff was pretty hard to stomach. Tony Reagins' bungling of the Carl Crawford negotiations got all the press this winter, but as of today, I think we can all agree that not landing Beltre is what really hurt the Angels. Sure, Texas overpaid him, but Beltre is EXACTLY what the Angels need right now and they blew their chance at getting him. Now they need to hope they can convince Aramis Ramirez (the poor man's Beltre) to waive his no-trade clause to come play for them.
- I was talking with my wife the other day and she was saying something about us growing old together and how it would be nice for us to relax on our porch in rocking chairs and playing bridge. Really? Bridge? I don't know how to play bridge. She doesn't know how to play bridge? Why would we suddenly start playing bridge once we get old and gray? Unless a bridge instruction manual comes with our AARP cards, I fail to see how and why we would ever learn to play some antiquated game. Getting old does not automatically make you a bridge afficionado. Nor am I going to start wearing argyle socks, suspenders, bowties and sweater vests the instant I start collecting Social Security (but that is mostly because Social Security will probably be dead by the time I retire).
- Now that I walk home from work everyday, I've started listening to ESPN's Baseball Today podcast. I have to say, I always thought Keith Law was smart but always had to rag on everyone and everything and didn't like him, but now he is winning me over. That isn't because I was wrong about him, quite the contrary. I actually have a newfound respect for him because he is a truly equal opportunity snarkist. That takes a lot of effort and commitment and he should be lauded for his totally unbiased dislike for all things.
- It really doesn't matter to me that the owners might be trying to ram a CBA down the NFLPA's throat. Sure, it seems underhanded, but I hope the players just cave and accept it so we aren't subjected to three more weeks of every news outlet claiming the two sides will have an agreement "any day now."
- I tweeted this when it happened, but I would like to thank the Tigers for trading for Wilson Betemit and thus preventing Tony Reagins from doing so. It isn't that Betemit isn't a nice player, I just would've pulled my hair out watching Mike Scioscia trying to mix in another switch-hitting utility infielder into his lineup rotation. Yeah, the Angels need a bat, but if that bat can't play everyday, I want nothing to do with him.
Or just feel free to bring up a topic of your own. I don't really care (as long as you keep it clean) because it's Friday.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (53-46) @ Baltimore Orioles (39-56)
Pitching Probables: LAA -- Ervin Santana (4-8, 3.84 ERA) BAL -- Alfredo Simon (2-2, 4.36 ERA)
Game Info: 4:05 PT; TV - FS-W; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
The Angels hit the road for a nine game swing. The timing for the trip would seem fortunate since the boys seem to play well on the road and Baltimore is struggling. But rememebr the last time we saw these particular birds, they gave the Halos a hell of a time. Combine that with yet another no name starting and you could spell a recipe for disaster... but I'm choosing to be optimistic for once.
The July 22nd, 2011 edition of daily news for the LA Angels including Fernando Rodney activated from the DL, the Halos scout Japanese sensation Yu Darvish, Adrian Beltre owns Dan Haren and much more...
The Monkey Says: The fact that getting Fraudney back is actually something that I am mildly excited about should tell you just how pitiful that other right-handed middle relievers have been for the Angels this season.
The Monkey Says: A few years ago, Darvish was seen as an emerging star out of Japan, but he decided to stay in there rather than come to MLB. In those years his stock has dropped a little bit, but I would guess almost every single team will scout him at some point since it sounds like he could finally make the jump in the next year or twono comments
In you're faces Texas Rangers, the Angels can win ball games in more than one way. While you simply rely on offense to bring home your wins we can pull em home with our arms AND our bats. Last night was a testimony to how good this offense can be, while today was all about our pitching, which quickly proving to be the dominant rotation in the AL West, if not the whole AL.
Angels 1 Rangers 0
As little as six months ago, it would have been enthralling to hear the rumor that Jose Reyes has the Angels at the top of his list when he hits free agency this off-season. But after the resurgence of Erick Aybar and with the growing concern about just how much payroll Arte Moreno can really afford, I'm not sure that the Angels and their fans are going to have their collective skirt blown up by Reyes' surprising interest in joining the franchise.
It isn't that Reyes isn't a fine player or a poor fit for the Mike Scioscia's system, quite the opposite, in fact. Reyes is an MVP candidate this year with very good reason and his speed-based game makes him arguably the best free agent most well-suited to join the Angels since, well, and I get a lump in my throat even mentioning this but, since Carl Crawford.
And therein lies the rub.
Crawford is such a great comp for Carl Crawford that just about every expert expects Reyes to ask and receive a contract identical to the one Crawford got last winter. The same exact contract that Arte Moreno classified as "crazy." Assuming the Angels even show interest in Reyes after this season, a big "if" by the way, this is already shaping up to be another in a long line of Angel free agency failures, which is probably why the Angels will bow out of the Reyes sweepstakes before it even begins.
That would definitely be a smart financial choice, but is it the right baseball choice?