Sunday, July 20, 2008
I Kicked A Team Til They Cried: Angels 5, Red Sox 3
- Why did the Angels wait until the eighth to pull this one out? It's Tim Wakefield, for cryin' out loud, a knuckleballer who basically rests on his ability to throw the odd 77-MPH "fastball" to distinguish it from his floater.
- Will the Angels will even beat the Sox one time in the postseason? Neat, so the Halos managed to take the season series from Boston (who, by the way, were minus the services of David Ortiz for the duration) for the first time since 2001. Let's see 'em do it in October.
- Are the A's really dead for 2008? Good Lord, they're nine games back. I mean, Oakland is famous for their second half comebacks, but this is ridiculous — a three-game sweep culminating with today's 2-1 loss to the Yankees doesn't give you a lot of faith that this is a team that's going anywhere, not soon, anyway.
- Was Vlad's seventh inning screwup just a tease? Lord, the first time all year Vlad misplays a ball in right and it's against the Red Sox. Of course.
Vlad and Torii homered in consecutive at-bats, Casey Kotchman was mega-clutch with a double down the first base line that recalled yesterday's heroic moment by the Admiral, and John Garland failed to suck against a team he could pretty much be expected to give up funk blast after funk blast to. Hell, even K-Rod lived up to his nickname to become the fastest man to 40 saves in major league history; that included a crazy moment in which a wild pitch strike three bounced to Sean Casey in the dirt, off Jeff Mathis, and back to Frankie, who neatly fielded it to get the second out.
I only wish I coulda been there for it.
If you're going to kvetch, at least hit the mark, man. It's a bummer that you frontload your piss and vinegar when the boys are good, and save the backhanded praise for the footnotes.
Or am I missing the satire markup?
We just swept the champions,have the best record in baseball, won 5 in a row, first team in baseball to 60 wins, have division lead of 9 games... sure it won't mean that much if we don't win it all but that's no reason to denegrate them surely.
And I've been wondering lately just who's gonna beat the Angels.
Sorry, just riffing on the title.
But on point, I do think it's worth noting that junk-tossing Tim has limited all offenses he's faced to three or fewer ERs over his past ten starts. Three is what we got, and good on the Halos for making them stand up in the end, and scratching out two more from a decent BP to boot.
As far as the Sox, post-season or no, taking 5 of 6 thusfar, including 2 of 3 at Fenway vs an offense that included Big Papi... well, that's worth sheathing the shiv for one agreeable post at least.