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The Los Angeles Angels need Ervin Santana to pitch up to his ability

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Pitching BP by chinmusic on Wednesday 24 October 2007 at 4:57 pm

The Angels are starting to get a little upset with Ervin Santana. A pitcher with his type of arm should be dominating at the major league level. But, ability doesn’t always turn into results in the majors. Santana has now pitched in 84 games (82 starts) in his major league career and he is 35-30 with a 4.84 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Santana needs to throw more first pitch strikes as he makes big mistakes when he falls behind in the count often grooving pitches right down the middle that result in dingers for the opposition. Santana has allowed 64 homers in only 487.2 innings in his career to date and that will need to change if he ever wants to be a consistent winner at the major league level.

Boston Red Sox 9, Los Angeles Angels 1

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 8 October 2007 at 11:17 am

The Angels didn’t have a chance in this series against the powerful Boston Red Sox who outscored them 19-4 in this series. Jered Weaver pitched a good game yesterday as he only made two mistakes which were both hit out of the ballpark (Ortiz and Ramirez) in the 4th inning. He worked 5 innings and he allowed 4 hits, 2 earned runs, walked 3 batters and whiffed 5, but he was the losing pitcher. The Angels gave up 7 runs in the 8th inning which sealed their fate. Justin Speier was the main culprit as he worked only 1/3 of an inning but he allowed 3 hits, walked 1 batter and allowed 4 earned runs. Darren Oliver followed Speier in the game and he was also pretty stinky as he worked 2/3 of an inning and he allowed 2 hits and 2 earned runs.

Only Orlando Cabera (2 for 4) and Maicer Izturis (3 for 4, 1 run scored, 2 doubles) did legit damage on offense for the Angels yesterday. The Angels were swept 3-0 in this series by the Red Sox.

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Boston Red Sox 6, Los Angeles Angels 3

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Friday 5 October 2007 at 11:14 pm

The Angels played a good baseball game as they had a plan against Matsuzaka and they knocked him out after only 4.2 innings. But in the end Francisco Rodriguez got beat on a three run bomb by Manny Ramirez in the bottom of the 9th. Kelvim Escobar struggled through 5 innings as he allowed 4 hits, 3 earned runs, walked 5 batters and whiffed 5. Scot Shields pitched 2 outstanding innings after Escobar as he didn’t allow a run while walking 3 and whiffing 1. Justin Speier was the losing pitcher for the Angels as he pitched 1.1 innings and he allowed 1 hit and 1 earned run. Francisco Rodriguez was awful as he only got 1 batter out while giving up 1 hit, 2 earned runs, walked 1 batter and whiffed 1.

Garret Anderson had a nice night as the plate as he went 2 for 4. Maicer Izturis and Howie Kendrick each had 1 hit and 2 steals. The Angels are now done 2-0 to the Red Sox.

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Boston Red Sox 4, Los Angeles Angels 0

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 4 October 2007 at 2:53 pm

The Angels ran into a buzzsaw last night in Boston called Josh Beckett. Beckett threw a 4-hit, complete game shutout against the Angels and you had a feeling that it was going to be a long night for the Angels early in this game. Only Vladimir Guerrero (2/4), Howie Kendrick (1/3) and Chone Figgins (1 for 4) managed hits last night against Beckett. John Lackey had a rough night as he gave up homers to Kevin Youkilis (1st inning) and David Oritz (3rd inning). He worked 6 innings last night and he allowed 9 hits, 4 earned runs, walked 2 batters and whiffed 4 as he was the losing pitcher in Game #1. Ervin Santana relieved Lackey and he was outstanding as he threw 2 hitless innings and he whiffed 2 batters. The Red Sox are now up 1-0 in this series.

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Los Angeles Angels vs. Boston Red Sox

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 3 October 2007 at 3:47 pm

The Angels and Red Sox are ready to get it on later today in the first round of the playoffs. Both teams have solid pitching staffs but they go around offense in very different ways. The Red Sox are a slugging team while the Angels like playing small ball so it will be fascinating to watch these two styles clash. Here’s a closer look at positional matchups in this series:

CATCHER: 2nd year catcher Mike Napoli is a power hitter who whiffs really often. He missed a lot of time this season to injury. He played in 75 games and he was 54 for 219 (.247 avg) with 40 runs scored, 10 homers and 34 RBIs. He also whiffed 63 times this season which is way too many for a guy like him. Jason Varitek had a decent year and he’s a tough guy who plays hard and it rubs off on his teammates. He played in 131 games this season and he was 111 for 435 (.255 avg) with 57 runs scored, 17 homers and 68 RBIs. EDGE: RED SOX

FIRST BASE: Casey Kotchman is an excellent defensive player and he knows who to work a pitcher as he walked more times than he whiffed this season (53-43). Kotchman had a breakout performance this year as he played in 137 games and he was 131 of 443 (.296 avg) with 64 runs scored, 11 homers and 68 RBIs. Kevin Youkilis is also a solid player despite slumping in the second half of the season. Youkilis played in 145 games this season and he was 152 of 528 (.288 avg) with 85 runs scored, 16 homers and 83 RBIs. EDGE: EVEN

SECOND BASE: Howie Kendrick missed a big chunk of the season for the Angels but he’s turning into one of the best pure hitters in the game for average. He played in 88 games this season and he was 109 of 338 (.322 avg) with 55 runs scored, 5 homers and 39 RBIs. Dustin Pedroia had an outstanding rookie season as he hit the ball well and was a solid defensive player. He played in 139 games this season for the BoSox and he was 165 of 520 (.317 avg) with 86 runs scored, 8 homers and 50 RBIs. EDGE: EVEN

SHORTSTOP: Orlando Cabrera had the best season of his major league career this year. He has always been an outstanding defensive player but he has been very dangerous with the bat this year. Cabrera played in 155 games this season and he was 192 for 638 (.301 avg) with 101 runs scored, 8 homers, 86 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. Julio Lugo had a solid second half of the season but his overall numbers weren’t great. Lugo played in 147 games this season and he was 135 for 570 (.237 avg) with 71 runs scored, 8 homers, 73 RBIs and 33 stolen bases. EDGE: ANGELS

THIRD BASE: Maicer Izturis will start at 3B in this series due to Vladimir Guerrero not being able to play the field. The normal starting 3B for the Angels (Chone Figgins) will be playing in RF this series. Izturis is an outstanding defensive infielder but he doesn’t have the required bat for the hot corner. He played in 102 games this season and he was 97 for 336 (.289 avg) with 47 runs scored, 6 homers and 51 RBIs. Mike Lowell was the MVP of the Red Sox this season as he really ripped the baseball. He also is an excellent defender at the hot corner. Lowell played in 154 games this season and he was 191 for 589 (.324 avg) with 79 runs scored, 21 homers and 120 RBIs. EDGE: RED SOX

LEFT FIELD: Garrett Anderson is the most important batter in the lineup for the Angels. Many thought he was done after he was injured and wasn’t playing well before he got hurt. But, he caught fire in the 2nd half of the season and made it very hard to pitch around Guerrero. Anderson played in 108 games this season for the Angels and he was 124 of 417 (.297 avg) with 67 runs scored, 16 homers and 80 RBIs. It will be interesting to see how well Manny Ramirez plays in the playoffs as he took most of September off. Ramirez also is a very poor defensive player in left field and that could hurt the Red Sox against the Angels who love taking the extra base to put pressure on the defense. Ramirez played in 133 games this season and he was 143 for 483 (.296 avg) with 84 runs scored, 20 homers and 88 RBIs. EDGE: RED SOX

CENTER FIELD: Reggie Willits will take over for an injured Gary Matthews in center field. He’s a good player that loves to get dirty but the Angels will miss Matthews’ power and his mitt. Willits played in 136 games this season and he was 126 for 430 (.293 avg) with 74 runs scored, 0 homers, 34 RBIs and 27 stolen bases. Coco Crisp has never lived up to the Johnny Damon comparisons but he has turned into a solid centerfielder for the Red Sox. Crisp has played in 145 games this season and he is 141 for 526 (.268 avg) with 85 runs scored, 6 homers, 60 RBIs and 28 stolen bases. EDGE: RED SOX

RIGHT FIELD: With Valdimir Guerrero DHing in this series, Chone Figgins is shifting to RF from 3B. Figgins should get to a lot more balls than Guerrero would but he doesn’t really have the arm for RF so look for the Red Sox to challenge him. Figgins is an outstanding leadoff hitter for the Angels. He played in 115 games this season and he was 146 for 442 (.330 avg) with 81 runs scored, 3 homers, 58 RBIs and 41 stolen bases. The Red Sox gave J.D. Drew a lot of money in the off season to handle right field and he was a bust during the regular season. Drew played in 140 games this year and he was 126 for 466 (.270 avg) with 84 runs scored, 11 homers and 64 RBIs. EDGE: ANGELS

DH: Vladimir Guerrero will be DHing as his knee is bothering him. But that shouldn’t affect his batting. He is almost impossible to pitch to because he can hit any pitch out of the ballpark. Guerrero played in 150 games this season and he was 186 for 574 (.324 avg) with 89 runs scored, 27 homers and 125 RBIs. “Big Papi” David Ortiz had another outstanding season for the Red Sox. He played in 149 games this season and he was 182 for 549 (.332 avg) with 116 runs scored, 35 homers, 117 RBIs and 111 walks. EDGE: EVEN

STARTING PITCHING: John Lackey has pitched in big games as he won Game #7 of the 2002 World Series for the Angels as a rookie! Lackey led the American League in ERA (3.01) and he was 19-9 with a 1.21 WHIP in 33 starts. Kelvim Escobar will start in Game #2 and he had the best season of his career. In 30 starts, Escobar was 18-7 with a 3.40 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP this year. Jered Weaver will be the #3 starter for the Angels in the first round of the playoffs. He started 28 games this season and he was 13-7 with a 3.91 ERA and a 1.39 WHIP. Josh Beckett was a post-season hero in 2003 as he led the Marlins to a World Series Championship. And he did it by shutting out the Yankees in there own house! Beckett was also outstanding this season as he started 30 games and was 20-7 with a 3.27 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. Daisuke Matsuzaka had an up and down rookie year but he still will be slotted #2 in the Red Sox rotation. Dice-K started 32 games as a rookie this season and he was 15-12 with a 4.40 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP. He did strikeout 201 batters but he also allowed 25 homers. Curt Schilling will be the #3 starter for the Red Sox and he always seems to pitch well in the post season. He started 24 games this season and he was 9-8 with a 3.87 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. EDGE: EVEN

BULLPEN: K-Rod is one of the most intimidating stoppers in all of baseball. He pitched in 64 games this season for the Angels and he was 5-2 with 40 saves, a 2.81 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP. In 67.1 innings this season, Rodriguez allowed only 50 hits while whiffing an amazing 90 batters. Scot Shields had a rough season for him. But many pitchers would have been happy with the numbers he put up this season. Shields pitched in 71 games for the Angels this season and he was 4-5 with 2 saves, a 3.86 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. He can get the big strikeout when needed as he whiffed 77 batters in 77 innings this season. Justin Speier missed a lot of time early in the season but his overall numbers are outstanding. Speier pitched in 51 games this season and he was 2-3 with a 2.88 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. He will likely be the 7th inning man for the Angels in this series. Lefties Darren Oliver and Joe Saunders will likely be brought in to face tough lefties in this series. Saunders started 18 games this season for the Angels and he was 8-5 with a 4.44 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP. Oliver was 3-1 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP in 61 games for the Angels this year. Closer Jonathan Papelbon was outstanding again this season for the Red Sox. In 59 games he was 1-3 with 37 saves, a 1.85 ERA and a 0.77 WHIP. In 58.1 innings this season Papelbon allowed only 30 hits while whiffing 84 batters. Lefty Hideki Okajima had an outstanding season for the Red Sox. In 66 games he was 3-2 with 5 saves, a 2.22 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. Mike Timlin will also be trusted with working late in games. He pitched in 50 games this season for the BoSox and he was 2-1 with 1 save, a 3.42 ERA and a 1.08 WHIP. Manny Delcarmen will be used in the middle innings and he was outstanding for the Red Sox this season. In 44 games he was 0-0 with 1 save, a 2.05 ERA and a 1.02 WHIP. Lefty Javier Lopez will be used as a specialist in this series. He worked in 61 games this season for the Red Sox and he was 2-1 with a 3.10 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Eric Gagne will probably be nothing more than a mop up man in the pen for the Red Sox as he hasn’t pitched well at all since arriving from Texas. In 20 games with the Red Sox, Gagne is 2-2 with a 6.75 ERA and a 1.87 WHIP. EDGE: EVEN

BENCH: Look for the Angels to use pinch hitters in this series. Juan Rivera will be the most potent as he appears to have recovered enough to swing the bat well. In 14 games this season for the Angels he was 12 for 43 (.279 avg) with 3 runs scored, 2 homers and 8 RBIs. Robb Quinlan is versatile in the field as he can handle either corner infield position on defense. He played in 79 games this season for the Angels and he was 44 for 178 (.249 avg) with 21 runs scored, 3 homers and 21 RBIs. Kendry Morales also had a decent season after he got a chance. He played in 43 games for the Angels this season and he was 35 for 119 (.294 avg) with 12 runs scored, 4 homers and 15 RBIs. Reserve infielder Erick Aybar will also likely get some playing time as he can handle 2B, SS or 3B defensively. Aybar played in 79 games this season and he was 46 for 194 (.237 avg) with 18 runs scored, 1 homer and 19 RBIs. Jeff Mathis did a decent job as the backup catcher after the Angels traded Jose Molina to the Yankees. But his bat was not where the Angels want it to be. He played in 43 games this season for the Angels and he was 36 for 171 (.211 avg) with 24 runs scored, 4 homers and 23 RBIs. The Red Sox won’t likely use their bench to much in this series. Rookie Jacoby Ellsbury will probably be a defensive replacement late in ballgames for Manny Ramirez in left field. He played great as a rookie in 33 games for the Red Sox as he went 41 for 116 (.353 avg) with 20 runs scored, 3 homers, 18 RBIs and 9 stolen bases. Alex Cora can handle any infield spot defensively except first base. Cora played in 83 games this season and he was 51 for 207 (.246 avg) with 30 runs scored, 3 homers and 18 RBIs. Eric Hinske will provide a lefty stick off the bench if the Red Sox need him. He can handle the corners defensively in both the infield and the outfield. He played in 84 games for the Red Sox this season and he was 38 for 186 (.204 avg) with 25 runs scored, 6 homers and 21 RBIs. Bobby Kielty can handle either of the outfield corner spots and he’s known for mashing lefty pitching but he likely won’t get much playing time in the post season. Kielty played 33 games this season for the Red Sox and A’s and he was 19 of 87 (.218 avg) with 10 runs scored, 1 homer and 12 RBIs. Doug Mirabelli will back up Jason Varitek but he likely won’t get to play with Tim Wakefield taking this series off. He played in 48 games this season for the Red Sox and he was 23 of 114 (.202 avg) with 9 runs scored, 5 homers and 16 RBIs. EDGE: EVEN

PREDICTION: It appears that the Red Sox have just a little too much firepower for the Angels. So I’ll take the Red Sox to win this series in 4 games.

The Los Angeles Angels will be without a couple players for the opening round of the playoffs

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, Injuries, The Playoffs by chinmusic on Wednesday 3 October 2007 at 12:33 pm

The Angels will be without starting centerfielder Gary Matthews (sore left knee) and Bartolo Colon (right elbow) for the series with the Red Sox. Matthews will be missed more for his defense than his offense. Matthews played in 140 games this season for the Angels and he was 130 of 516 (.252 avg, .742 OPS) with 79 runs scored, 18 homers, 72 RBIs and 18 stolen bases. Bartolo Colon wasn’t going to make the rotation for the first round of the playoffs anyway so it makes perfect sense to let him rest his sore right elbow. Colon pitched in 19 games (18 starts) this season for the Angels and he was 6-8 with a 6.34 ERA and a 1.62 WHIP.

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