Friday, April 27, 2007
Colon Cleansing: Angels 11, Devil Rays 3
- It made the team older without getting better.
- Hendrickson had never been consistently effective, and there was no reason to believe his first-half 3.81 ERA was anything but a fluke. As it turned out, even transliterated from the AL East into the relatively warm and comforting arms of the NL West and its largely pitcher-friendly (with two notable exceptions) parks, he reverted to his nominally bad self. This was somewhat mitigated by a late-season conversion to relief, in which he appeared to excel, though given the small number of innings, 10.2 IP, the good numbers were nearly meaningless.
- Hall was clearly going to leave the team. Despite his flukishly high .368 average in 57 at bats, he was an obvious candidate to jettison at the end of the season. For one thing, he was publicly cranky about not getting to start, but for another, he was playing out his age 30 season. Sure enough, the Dodgers cut him loose
As the Angels found out today, Seo is tremendously hittable; he has yet to surrender less than four earned runs in a single game so far this year. Today, he gave up six in a paltry inning and a third, presaged by a mental lapse when he failed to cover first on leadoff batter Gary Matthews, Jr. grounder to Carlos Pena. Matthews, Jr. then erased himself by trying to steal second, but that was about the end of the good news for the Rays, as the Angels posted five runs in the first inning. That included a Vlad home run, but it was about all the Angels would need to claim the victory.
In fact, the only Angel not to get a hit or drive in a run was Brandon Wood, the soon-to-be-a-Bee who needs that time in the minors. The Angels scored runs in all of the first four frames; it was quite the bonanza compared to the drought they had on the road.
Bart had his A stuff, and struck out 11 batters to go along with the 11 runs the Angels scored. His velocity at the end of his outing, if the radio broadcast can be believed and I don't misremember it, was around 95-97. He might just be back to the guy we knew in 2005. Even if Thursday's outing was a mirage, it's enough to think the Angels might get some value from him directly, or indirectly in a trade.
Bootcheck pitched two innings and gave up a run; shockingly, Tampa Bay has the second-best offense in the league, with 112 runs scored, second only to the Yankees with 120. No skin off his nose for that.
Hmmm. The Angels are #4 in pitching, and #10 in SLG. Meanwhile the Braves are #11 in pitching and #4 in SLG. Both teams have a big expensive contract in his walk year. Ideas? :)
By "they", you mean management? It's not like they don't have a viable replacement in Saunders, or a temporary CF replacement to offer Atlanta in Figgins or Evans.
i never considered it myself outside the realm of possiblities, but surely, if Bart is pitching, ahead of schedule mind you, this way all season long - it will be such a huge upside.
not a lot of people in and out of the organization were thinking we'd get "the Dominator" Bart back --- in April even.