I was in Anaheim for Game 1 of Boston/LAA and I was obviously underwhelmed with the results.
Jon Lester didn't pitch as good a game as the numbers would have you believe. This was more of the Angels' offense beating themselves than anything else, as Lester fell behind 1-0 and 2-0 a lot throughout the game and the Angels batters would still find a way to strike out. The stadium was pretty lively, but the Jason Bay home run completely deflated the place, with the exception of the obscenely high number of Red Sox fans in attendance. The Angels could have crawled back into it in the 8th, but Guerrero running for third was absolutely moronic. The 9th cemented it for me. Absolutely frustrating.
There are several encouraging signs from an Angels perspective. After putting up A-Rod (the "A" stands for "April", you know) numbers for the last couple of Octobers, Vlad Guerrero's bat seems to finally be waking up. Garrett Anderson is hitting balls after he was hit with pink eye last October. Mark Teixiera showed he can hit in October. The problem with the offense is discipline, as they kept swinging after going ahead in the count. That will hopefully end, because I can't handle ANOTHER early exit by way of Boston.
Tampa Bay/Chicago go tomorrow. Looking forward to that one.
Great. K-Rod implodes in Game 2 and the Angels still can't find a way around the Sox. I wonder how my co-workers are going to try to sell me on having him on the Mets (we need a big-time reliever, but I feel he isn't as good as his 60+ saves make him out to be, he might have trouble switching from the AL to the NL, and his arm could fall off soon).
I had it wrong in my pick to the World Series by one letter. I had LAA, but now it looks like LAD.
K-Rod imploding in the 9th comes as a surprise to roughly no one on the west coast. The sooner he bolts, the better, as Jose Arredondo can capably fill in the closer role just fine.
Man, I used to have so much fun poking fun at the Yankees that could NEVER seem to beat the Angels...and here we are, staring at the most one-sided postseason matchup of the decade. Boston's October win streak against the Angels is at 11 (!) and counting.
Thanks a lot Boston. The one time I want you to win a damn game so that the Sox/Rays game would start at a nice convenient time, you go and gag away that 10th inning. Of course tomorrow night you'll crush LAA by 13-4 or something, when it ceases to help me. Now I need to figure out how to get out of work early tomorrow because your hitters can't lay off shitty pitches.
Originally posted by spfThanks a lot Boston. The one time I want you to win a damn game so that the Sox/Rays game would start at a nice convenient time, you go and gag away that 10th inning. Of course tomorrow night you'll crush LAA by 13-4 or something, when it ceases to help me. Now I need to figure out how to get out of work early tomorrow because your hitters can't lay off shitty pitches.
Sean - You don't look so good. I think you're coming down with something. You shouldn't be at work where you might infect everyone else.
Dammit, not the Red Sox AGAIN! What is it with the Angels, October, and any team with the word "Sox" in it?
Baserunning KILLED this team, between Guerrero's baserunning gaffe in Game 1, Hunter trying to stretch for a double and getting caught by a mile in Game 3, and now Willits getting caught in a botched squeeze tonight. The killer is, running the bases is typically Anaheim's greatest strength and miscues just murdered this team.
The dream for a Freeway World Series is dead. On to wait until next year. Maybe we'll get a team other than the freakin' Red Sox...for once!
Leroy, you're definitely right that it looked more like a botched squeeze than a steal, though it was hard to judge at first on a TV where the sound was on the fritz, so the post was edited accordingly. That doesn't make that play any better and it makes this loss a bitter pill to swallow.
Unsung Scapegoat: Gary Matthews Jr., who stunk up the joint in the ALDS to the point that he got benched for this game. On top of that, his biggest strength (supposed Gold Glove OF) turned into a liability when he missed that easy fly ball in Game 1. Oh well, at least he's out the door next...wait...oh, you mean he's on the hook for $10M a year for the next three years? Oh, that's just...peachy.
ONE LAST THING: You know who would have been GREAT to see in this series? Jon Garland! You know, Jon Garland? The same Jon Garland that didn't allow a single run in the '05 postseason? The same Jon Garland this team traded its clutch-hitting, All-Star SS (and boy was Cabrera SORELY missed in this series) for? That Jon Garland? I would have MUCH rather had him pitching the 9th than Darren freakin' Oliver, I can tell you that much.
Originally posted by It's FalseReggie Willits gets Dope of the Year award for getting caught stealing home with ONE OUT IN THE 9TH!!
I don't think he was trying to steal, I think he misjudged the bunt attempt and came out a little too far. Yeah, it doesn't necessarily make it better, but I was getting real tired the lack of aggression during this series, I am a little more forgiving that they, at least, tried to do something. Had I known what was in store for the rest of the inning...
Just a heartbreaking loss - especially for a team that really plays with a lot of heart.
Now I don't have anyone else for whom to root, so my season is pretty much over. (Sorry Dodgers, but I just ain't in the mood to cheer for Manny at the moment.)
Still, the Angels are my team, so I'll be right with them next year.
If I'm reading the article right, the 135/540 or 270 starts/1080 plate appearances are for the option years of 2010 and 2011. The fail safe for 2006-2009 is if the left knee puts him on the DL for 25 plus games in '05.