The Los Angeles Angels are getting outstanding work from the starting rotation

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs,Throwing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 10 October 2009 at 1:33 pm

John Lackey and Jered Weaver have been outstanding for the Angels in this series as they have outpitched John Lester and Josh Beckett in this series. They have combined to work 14 2/3 innings in which they have allowed only 6 hits, 1 earned run and they have whiffed 11 batters. Lackey and Weaver are 2-0 in this series with a 0.61 ERA and a 0.61 WHIP! The Angels hope they get a good start out of Scott Kazmir tomorrow so that they can put the final nail in the Red Sox’ coffin.

The Los Angeles Angels have a trio of hitters that are raking right now

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Playing Well,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Saturday 10 October 2009 at 1:30 pm

Erick Aybar, Bobby Abreu and Vladimir Guerrero are all raking with the bat against the Red Sox. Aybar is 3 for 7 (.429 avg, 1.186 OPS) with a double, triple, 1 run scored and 2 RBIs. He has given the Angels a jolt at the bottom of the batting order. Bobby Abreu has been getting on base a lot in this series as he is 2 for 4 with 4 walks and 2 runs scored. Vladimir Guerrero is also having a decent series as he is 2 for 6 (.333 avg) with a run scored. With the Angels pitching like they are right now they don’t need too much help from the offense.

Los Angeles Angels 4, Boston Red Sox 1

Blogged under Bloglockers,General,Playing Well,The Playoffs by Andrew on Saturday 10 October 2009 at 4:26 am

The Los Angeles Angels look like they are completely past the postseason hex the Red Sox seemed to put on them in recent years, as they took a 2-0 lead in their ALDS against the Red Sox.  The Angels once again got a great game from their starting pitcher, as Jered Weaver went 7.1 innings and only gave up two hits and one earned run, while striking out seven.  The bullpen followed that up with three innings of scoreless baseball.  The Angels are determined to get past the Red Sox and it looks like they have now reversed the hex, as the Red Sox are the ones struggling.

The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning, but that was all they would get the rest of the night.  The Angels offense responded right away, tying the game in the bottom of the inning.  It was a pretty good pitching duel, as the Red Sox Josh Beckett was shutting the Angels down.  That all ended in the 7th inning though, as an RBI single by Izturiz gave the Angels a 2-1 lead.  They added some more when a two-run triple later in the inning by Aybar gave the Angels a 4-1 lead.  The Angels are playing like they are on a mission to win the World Series, but they can’t look past the Red Sox yet, as the next two games are in Boston and the Sox are great at home in the postseason.

Los Angeles Angels vs Boston Red Sox ALDS game 2 preview

Blogged under Bloglockers,General,Playing Well,The Playoffs by Andrew on Friday 9 October 2009 at 4:20 pm

The Los Angeles Angels finally look they have gotten past the Boston Red Sox postseason dominance over them, as they had a huge 5-0 game-one victory.  Jered Weaver is the starter for the Angels in game two tonight, and he will be trying to continue to shut down the Red Sox hitters when they have men in scoring position.  John Lackey did a great job of that in game one, as Red Sox hitters went 0-5 with runners in scoring position.  If Weaver can do more of the same, then the Angels will be in great shape to finally get past the Red Sox in the playoffs. Weaver does not have a lot of postseason experience, but the right-hander has pitched well in the two career postseason games he has appeared in.  In seven postseason innings, Weaver has eight K’s and has given up two earned runs.  Weaver went 16-8 with a 3.75 ERA in the regular season this year.

The Angels’ hitters will have quite a challenge, as the Red Sox ace Josh Beckett is starting.  Beckett went 17-6 with a 3.86 ERA this season, but he has proven he steps his game up in the postseason.  Becket has a career postseason record of 7-2 with a 2.90 ERA, but he did struggle in last year’s playoffs giving up 14 earned runs in 14.1 innings.  The Angels better hope that the Beckett from last year’s playoffs shows up tonight, but that’s not likely since the right-hander is healthy and he wasn’t 100% in last year’s postseason.  The Angels need to put the ball in play against Beckett, especially since the Red Sox defense looked very shaky in game one with three errors.  The Angels look like they are on a mission to beat the Red Sox and they really want to get a 2-0 lead heading into Boston’s Fenway Park.

Los Angeles Angels 5, Boston Red Sox 0

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by Andrew on Friday 9 October 2009 at 3:58 am

The Los Angeles Angels got off to a great start against the Boston Red Sox, as they easily beat the Sox in the first game of their ALDS.  The Angels have been able to do nothing against the Red Sox in the past few postseasons, but it seems like the Angels are finally ready to knock the Red Sox off their pedestal.  The game looked like it might be a battle into late innings…that was until Torii Hunter hit a 5th inning bomb to center field with two men on, resulting in a three-run homer for the Angels.  The Angels looked determined to end their recent postseason struggles against the Red Sox.

The pitching was great for the Angels tonight, as John Lackey went 7.1 strong innings without giving up a run.  He only gave up four hits and struck out four as the Red Sox could not get anything going against the right-hander.  The Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester was pitching well until Hunter hit his 3-run homer, which was enough to win the game for the Angels.  The Angels were also able to get to the Red Sox bullpen, as they got two more runs off Red Sox reliever Ramon Ramirez. 
The Angels did not seem fazed at all by the Red Sox recent postseason dominance over them, and it looks like they have turned the tables on the Red Sox.  They need to make sure they win game two at home, and hopefully they can steal a game in Boston. If that happens it would seal the deal for the Angels finally beating the Red Sox in the postseason.

The Los Angeles Angels have three things going for them in this series

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Thursday 8 October 2009 at 5:11 pm

The first of the things the Angels have going for them is the home field. Hopefully they won’t need the Rally Monkey (they only use it when they are tied or losing late in games) too much in this series. The second thing that the Angels have going for them is the fact that Victor Martinez and Jason Varitek couldn’t throw out a defensive tackle trying to steal second base. Mike Scioscia has always loved to use the running game to put pressure on the opposition anyway so this could be a track meet. Chone Figgins (42 steals), Bobby Abreu (30 steals), Torii Hunter (18), Erick Aybar (14), Maicer Izturis (13) and Howie Kendrick (11) will all be likely to be given the green light in this series. But the biggest advantage for the Angels is what they are really playing for and that is Nick Adenhart. I would love to see the Angels win the World Series so that they could give a ring to his mother and father. GO ANGELS!

Los Angeles Angels vs Boston Red Sox ALDS game 1 preview

Blogged under Bloglockers,General,The Playoffs by Andrew on Wednesday 7 October 2009 at 11:22 pm

The Los Angeles Angels are at home against the Boston Red Sox for game one of their ALDS.  This is the third year in a row that the Angels are facing off against the Red Sox in the first round and they are hoping for better results this year than the previous two.  The Red Sox have beaten the Angels in 12 of the past 13 postseason games they have faced each other in.  The Angels need starting pitcher John Lackey to be on his game.  The 30-year-old right-hander went 11-8 this year with a 3.83 ERA.  The Angels biggest weakness is their bullpen, so they need a good start out of Lackey.

The Angels need to win the games at home, as Boston has turned into one of the hardest places to play in October for opposing teams.  Jon Lester is starting for the Red Sox, and luckily for the Angels they light left-handers up and have been hot all year.  The Angels have 10 batters that hit .272 or better.  Unfortunately, Lester has also been hot as he has won six of his last seven decisions.  This will be an exciting series but the Angels better defend their home-field advantage or they will be in trouble.

Ervin Santana will be pitching out of the pen in the playoffs for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Saturday 3 October 2009 at 10:35 am

Ervin Santana will be pitching out of the bullpen for the Angels in the playoffs this season. He started 23 games for the Angels this season and he was 8-8 with a 5.10 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. He did not pitch too well in the regular season but the tiebreaker on keeping him out of the rotation was likely his post-season numbers. He has pitched in 4 games (2 starts) in his career in the post season and he is 1-1 with a 6.88 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Still, Santana could be a huge asset in the bullpen when he can just let the ball fly for a inning or two using his nice array of pitches. He could be the Angels secret weapon in the playoff this season.

Boston Red Sox 3, Los Angeles Angels 2

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Sunday 12 October 2008 at 1:52 am

Last Monday Night the Angels’ season ended with a thud at Fenway Park. Chone Figgins had a solid game going 2 for 4. Torii Hunter was only 1 for 4 but his hit drove in two runs to tie the game in the 8th inning. A botched suicide squeeze in the 9th inning set the Angels up for disappointment which came in the 9th inning. Jed Lowrie knocked in Jason Bay in the 9th inning off of Scot Shields to end the Angels’ season. John Lackey pitched well enough to win this game working the first 7 innings allowing 7 hits and 2 earned runs. This will take a while to get over as the Red Sox defeated the Angels 3 games to 1.

Los Angeles Angels 5, Boston Red Sox 4 in 12 innings

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Playoffs by chinmusic on Monday 6 October 2008 at 6:11 am

The Angels won a very tense game last night in 12 innings to keep their season alive. Mike Napoli was unstoppable last night for the Angels as he was 3 for 5 with 2 homers and 3 runs scored including the game winner in the 12 inning. Erick Aybar was only 1 for 6 but he knocked in Mike Napoli with the game winning run in the 12th inning. Chone Figgins was a pest for the Red Sox last night as he was 3 for 7 with 1 run scored and a stolen base. Mark Teixeira, Vladimir Guerrero, Torii Hunter and Howie Kendrick pitched in with 2 hits apiece in this game. Joe Saunders had a rough start for the Angels working the first 4.2 innings in which he allowed 5 hits, 4 earned runs, walked 4 batters and he whiffed 2. Joe Arrendondo, Darren Oliver, Scot Shields and Francisco Rodriguez combined to pitch 5.1 innings of relief allowing only 1 hit, 0 runs and whiffing 8 batters. Jeff Weaver was the winning pitcher working scoreless 11th and 12th innings whiffing three batters. The Angels are still down 2-1 in this series with another game at Fenway Park tonight.

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