Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Things That Happened While I Was Out
- The Angels took a series, albeit from the lowly Twins, who I confess looked like they were gonna run away with the division on paper before the season started. They're trailing the division and look like it, too.
In more recent news, the Angels split the first two games of the series with the Royals, winning the first 10-8 and losing yesterday's game 7-3, Joel Pineiro embarrassing himself with his own fielding. Once again, the Angels can't quite get above .500 (one game over now), and Rich Lederer asks why the Halos are paying $140 million in salary for mediocrity. In short, it's time Reagins were shown to the door, and if Mike Scioscia's contract extension has allowed him to act as a shadow GM, perhaps it's time he were ousted, too.
- The Dodgers unexpectedly beat the Marlins two out of three, the only sour note being a total collapse by the otherwise very steady Hiroki Kuroda. Or at least, so goes the advertisements; Kuroda actually has had four non-quality starts lately, and that included his prior one May 22 against the White Sox.
With back-to-back wins against the Rockies, the Dodgers have won five of their last seven and three consecutive, the latter a feat they have only accomplished twice this year. As seems normal this year, the Dodger Stadium stands are mighty empty these days, and the reasons aren't hard to discern. A bad team, nonexistent stadium security in the first week, and disgust with the profligate McCourts are all part of the reasons why, according to Chris Erskine of the Times, with the McCourts being the prime reason. Sadly, Frank made the May 31 payroll by hitting up vendors for up-front checks, so we can only hope that, win or lose, McCourt will really, truly run out of money in June.