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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pickoff Moves

Weaver Cruises, Then Collapses: Mariners 9, Angels 6

Undone by another fielding miscue of his own, which recalled his earlier odd loss against the Dodgers, Jered Weaver actually was very good through five innings but collapsed after an infield single somehow got him to lose focus. I didn't see it, being that I was at Dodger Stadium last night, but Weaver's presence on the mound bugs me a lot the way he throws approximately 3,772 pitches in each at-bat, with 3,769 of them being fouls, so it's likely just as well I missed this game.

And yet, Kevin Jepsen took the loss, his first major league decision. It don't seem fair.

The good news: more longball power from Mike Napoli, a gift dinger from Gary Matthews, Jr., and Howie Kendrick going 2-for-3 in a brief "rehab" appearance.

The Angels' five-game winning streak ended, while the Mariners staved off being a 100-loss team for another day.

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Billy Beane Looks Up At The Angels

Via HH, a nice post-Moneyball piece on the real model franchise in the AL West:
What must disturb Beane is that the Angels, unlike such wildly fluctuating entities as Detroit, Colorado or Houston, aren't going away. They easily could be the runaway favorite in the AL West for the next 10 years.

In terms of management, no team can match the Angels' combination of Arte Moreno, the wealthy and beloved owner; Tony Reagins, the aggressive general manager (and one of baseball's few African Americans holding an upper-level job), and manager Mike Scioscia.

San Francisco Chronicle author Bruce Jenkins later calls Scioscia "the best manager in baseball", and lauds his running game that mocks the A's style, which is to "seek out players fit for a patient, station-to-station offense that runs dry, too often, in the absence of legitimate power." Of course, the other side of the fence is that the Angels' offense can be shut down by junkballers who get the Angels hackers to bounce out to an infielder in the absence of legitimate power. Hitting the ball hard is still king.

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Bruce Jenkins got ripped by FJM a week or two ago for praising the work of Ned Colletti. I would take his opinion, like Dwyre's, with a huge grain of salt.

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