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Sunday, May 17, 2009

The .500 Team: Rangers 3, Angels 0

Let us first dispense with some of the obvious. Scott Feldman has, in his career, pitched some zero frames as a starter against the Angels, but he has only once previously won any games against them as a starter, the last being, coincidentally, his last game facing them, September 27, 2008 in Anaheim. The Angels had long before clinched the division, Santana had a relatively rare home implosion, and therefore Mike Scioscia made copious switches in that game. That's not to say that Feldman won by virtue of facing a B team squad; all the regulars got two or three at bats.

But for anyone complaining that Jered Weaver was left in too long (as the Lyle Spencer intro on the Gameday summary page said), I have to ask, did you really want the bullpen in there?

The team barely hit, Weaver did what he could, and the wheels fell off. If the Angels want to look like contenders again, this .500 squad will have fix the bullpen and get some pop. Emergency hacks like DHing Mike Napoli isn't going to cut it. It's time to get serious, and if that means trading one of Erick Aybar or Maicer Izturis, well, they moved Jose Molina, didn't they?

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the problem (besides the bullpen) has been Howie and a lack of Vlad. The more i watch, i can understand 'why' Chone and Aybar are starting on the right side, and trading either or Iz won't get them their true value in return. Aybar is a keeper at SS - pencil him in the next decade.

the only thing i can guess is they'll let Chone walk when he gets too expensive, and Wood will be at 3rd. I want Wood as much as anyone, but there's no complaint from this quarter of the left IF.

Morales and the outfield is doing what's expected, except for Aberu HRs.

What's wrong with Howie?
Brandon Wood and Sean Rodriguez have combined for 23 HR at SLC (and that's with Wood missing about 2 weeks of play). As a team, the Angels have 27. Why do the powers that be hate the HR?
The more I think about this, the more I think that it's not so much "why ... the powers that be hate the HR" as much as it's about not thinking they can get value for Izturis, the most likely to be traded member of the current team. It also may be they don't think Brandon Wood is ready defensively, but the bat ...

And Howie is as lost as I've ever seen him. I'm almost to the point of wanting to see him down in Salt Lake to fix his swing.

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