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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Forget I Ever Said Anything About Texas Pitching: Rangers 8, Angels 5

What a humiliating rout of John Lackey; to the extent that there's anyone to blame, I put the collar on Mike Scioscia for failing to recognize that his starter was struggling when he gave up a homer, a double, and a pair of walks in succession, all with two outs, a classic Lackey irritation from the Wayback Machine. Lackey had a 4.70 ERA after his previous start on July 2 against Baltimore, and it's the only time this year he's been under 5.00; after this game, it went right back up to 5.18. You have to wonder if there's something wrong, and thus the second-guessing, a luxury I normally don't allow myself.

And why is it that the Angels always seem to encounter Darren O'Day in these series? That's probably one of the worst screwups of the Tony Reagins era so far, but I suppose if that's the extent of your general managerial malpractice, you should be grateful.

Vlad proved that he really shouldn't be in the field, no matter how good he claims to feel, as he left the game in the eighth with a tweaked knee injured fielding a routine single hit right to him. It isn't getting better, kids.

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