Angels 6 Dodgers 1
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (38-39) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (34-43)
Pitching Probables: LAA – Tyler Chatwood (4-4, 3.84 ERA) LAD -- Hiroki Kuroda (5-8, 3.07 ERA)
Game Info: 1:10 PM PT; TV - FOX; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
I have come to believe that the Freeway Series brings out the wacky in both teams. This is the series that, during it's inaugural pairing, saw Chan Ho Park ninja kick Tim Belcher. You match that with the Weaver No Hitter Loss and all the weirdness of last night's baserunning blunderrama and you get something completely unique to baseball. So what do we expect to see today...who the heck knows, but it won't be boring.
This was just a weird game. The Angels couldn't seem to get out of their way in the first couple of innings, but eventually straightened things out to get a crosstown win. Dan Haren pitched well enough to win, bearing down when necessary and the offense finally came alive to turn it into a blowout. Oh yeah, and Jeff Mathis made perhaps the dumbest play I have ever seen on a professional baseball field.
Angels 8 Dodgers 3
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (37-39) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (34-42)Pitching Probables: LAA – Dan Haren (6-5, 2.96 ERA) LAD -- Rubby De La Rosa (3-1, 4.58 ERA)
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:
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.
The June 24th, 2011 edition of daily links for the LA Angels including Trout named to the Futures Game again, Abreu makes the most of his first swing at a 3-0 pitch in years, CJ Cron set to sign on Monday and much more...
The Monkey Says: Trout performed well in last year's Futures Game, so he will be expected to put on a show again this year, especially since he will be going up against fellow wunderkind Bryce Harper.
The Monkey Says: A lot of guys pick their moments to swing at 3-0 pitches, but THREE YEARS! That's just crazy. Clearly Bobby knows what he is doing though since he absolutely crushed the ball.
I don't know about you, but I'm getting tired of trying to think of new and different ways to describe the general ineptitude of the Angel offense. I am literally running out of adjectives. But rather than endlessly thumb through a thesaurus, I've got a better idea: let's come up with a nickname for this lousy lineup that encapsulates their awfulness. That way, we can just use that all the time and save a lot of trouble.
The June 23rd, 2011 edition of daily links for the LA Angels including Hunter day-to-day with a rib contusion, Conger frustrated with his defense, Weaver doesn't care about any All-Star speculation and much more...
The Monkey Says: It certainly could have been worse based on how long Hunter writhed in pain after the crash. Let's just hope he heals up quickly and is able to pick up where he left off since he was finally starting to come alive with the bat.
The Monkey Says: Scioscia has to love that Hank is so worried about hsi defense that he has completely discounted his recent offensive contributions. If anything, Hank should feel good that Sosh put him back in the lineup the very next day despite his little meltdown the night before.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm sporting a raging Trumboner right now. Not only did Mark Trumbo save the Angels' butt twice, but hey did it without utilizing the longball, a real step forward for the Angels' young slugger.
Maybe I am giving Trumbo a little too much credit for winning the game on what was essentially a bad hop grounder, but I'm just so damn glad to see a guy in this lineup that doesn't shrink in clutch situations. He didn't put too much pressure on himself and chase bad pitches or overswing trying to be a hero with a homer. He took what the pitcher gave him and put the ball in play.
With his high whiff rate and low walk rate, Trumbo still has plenty of maturing left to do, but tonight he showed he can learn and can adjust and the Angels reaped the rewards.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (36-39) @ Florida Marlins (33-41)
Pitching Probables: LAA – Joel Pineiro (3-3, 3.92 ERA) FLA – Brian Sanches (3-1, 1.93 ERA)
Game Info: 4:10 PM PT; TV - Fox Sports West; Radio - KLAA 830 AM
Oh what a great day today is going to be for us Angel fans. Today the universe is handing us the victory on a silver platter, and all the Angels have to do is not suck. I know that sounds like a tall order, especially with the way this offense has been playing, but it is entirely manageable. Today is going to be a bullpen day for the Marlins, meaning the Angels won't have to worry about being dominated by just one mediocre pitcher, just a handful of them.