Sunday, July 27, 2008
Torii! Torii! Angels 11, Orioles 6
Jon Garland was just awful, leaving balls up, a mistake in this ballpark at this time of year:
"This time of year, the ball usually flies out of here pretty good," Garland said. "The ones I gave up were going anyway, they were both attacked pretty good and I just didn't get the ball down."Kotchman's homer now gives him as many longballs as he had all of last year, which is a good thing. On the other hand, his sudden amnesia about the walk is not, and whether or not this is Mickey Hatcher's doing — and I believe it likely is, rather than just being a fluctuation — it's something to be concerned about. His power numbers are still down from last year, and his value as measured by OPS+ is still heavily dependent on Mr. Ball Four. It seems like a strange time to be bagging on Mickey Hatcher, but it's maybe especially important when the Angels appear, superficially, to be doing everything right.