Tuesday, May 03, 2005
There But For The Grace of DePodesta: Angels 5, Mariners 2
- Good Meche, who worked through eight, surrendered zero walks and struck out five, while retiring ten in a row from the second through the fifth
- and Bad Meche, who gave up five earned runs despite all that.
Lackey's performance tonight gave the Angels a confidence boost that he won't have to be sent to the same place they used to send obsolete horses, i.e. Cincinnati. He didn't get into too many jams, and managed to escape when he did, having learned his Houdini act in the Bronx. I'm sure a good bit of today's win was luck combined with a Mariners' offense that hasn't really found its stride, but you take those in the W column all the same.
Speaking of the M's offense, has anybody heard from Adrian Beltre? Hitting .238/.264/.333 with a scant two home runs (and only six extra base hits total), his adjustment to the American League seems to be happening more slowly than even I had anticipated. Prior to tonight, Beltre was 3-6 against Lackey with two walks and a homer, as Lookout Landing noticed, but it didn't matter; "Switching leagues and facing new pitchers makes it difficult for me to get comfortable at the plate" they claim Beltre said, and I believe them. I saw one of Beltre's outs, and it looks like he's swinging at the low-outside slider again, meaning perhaps his 2004 is an unrepeatable outlier year. But -- for now -- however it looks for Seattle, it's frustrating that he's got a lower OBP than, say, Chone Figgins.