Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Wow, That Sucked

Four losses in a row to the Mariners was not the way most Angel fans (or probably players, front-office personnel or coaches) hoped to end the first-half. But that is exactly what happened as Angel pitching fell apart but generally in only one or two innings of each game. In game one Bartolo Colon could not settle down in the first two innings and gave up 7 runs. A 5-run fifth inning was the undoing for Washburn in game two and Lackey in game three. The final game saw rookie Ervin Santana lit-up for 5 runs himself though he did it in the fourth inning.

It was a remarkable lack of poise for a team that usually looks polished and professional. It was even more remarkable that it happened four times in a row. Apparently the Angels started their All-Star Break four days earlier than everyone else. But their is a silver lining here. If you are going to have a four game losing streak better to do it just before the All-Star Break than right after. The walking wounded should have a chance to recover as centerfielder Steve Finley played in a Class A game for Rancho Cucamonga where he went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored this past Saturday. Per manager Mike Scioscia, Finley will be activated Thursday and pitcher Jake Woods optioned back to Triple A. Scioscia feels that Woods needs work, particularly on his breaking ball and he will not get the opportunity to pitch regularly in Anaheim. Scioscia thinks highly of the kid, saying "Jake has such upside" and that once he finds his breaking pitch "I think he's gonna have a prominent role on this staff." Woods was 1-1 with a 3.90 ERA in 27 appearances for the Angels -- not bad numbers at all. You have to like having Woods in the wings as a starter for the next five years or so.

Shortstop Orlando Cabrera is also edging closer to a return to the starting line-up as he will resume swinging a bat over the All-Star Break. In what appears to be an indictment of Maicer Izturis' defense, Scioscia said "If he's (Cabrera) ready to play defense, he's a part of our equation that we need". Of course, that could simply be praise of Cabrera's D as well. In any case it does not look like they plan to give OC any rehab starts prior to a return with the big club.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

ha the angels stink we will crush you fool go rangers

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rangers got T-Rolled By My ANGELS. We are how Many Games ahead of those RANGERS

3:24 PM  
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