Haloball pt. 2

Regarding last night: as much as I’m rooting for them, last night was just evidence that this is not a championship-caliber team. (And neither are the Red Sox, btw.) That has been apparent all year. You just don’t blow scoring opportunities like that. They are stuck between weakend vets and inconsistent rookies. I still hope they make it — the last ten days of the season include three versus Texas and seven versus Oakland, so it’s certainly possible — but this is primarily a year of regrouping and adapting. Next year I expect them to be much more dominating. Tonight I am expecting Jered Weaver (who should be 10-0 right now, if Shields hadn’t blown the hold at Fenway) to show his stuff. He made short work of the Yankees lineup, so I don’t think he should have too much trouble — unless the Angels just refuse to score runs, like last night.

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  • Hmm, I could see this going a few different ways.
    -Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde: Josh Beckett is just that for the Red Sox this year. When he’s on, he’s lights out. When he’s off (i.e. throwing nothing but flat fastballs), he gets murdered. Either the Angels get a large cluster of runs, or they get a very meager amount…and you never know which one will happen until gametime.
    -Duck and Weaver: This guy’s good, I have no doubt. I think, though, that tonight he’ll have a less-than-perfect outing (though not bad by any stretch). He’ll give up 3-4 runs and go anywhere from 5+ to 7 innings. Beckett’s performance will probably determine which wide of the ‘W’ that Jered’s on.
    -Bullpins and needles: Well, the middle relief has been questionable for both teams, but that’s the story for almost everyone in the majors. The less of them we see, the less runs we see.
    -Home(plate)sick: If both pitchers are on (and even if they’re not to an extent), I think this game will go to the team with the fewest LOB’s. We’ve seen that problem on both side in the first two games, and it will be a determining factor in the third game as well.
    There you go, analysis from a guy who’s never been an official analyst in his life, and has no intentions of quitting his day job.
    Oh yeah, and GO RED SOX!

    Scott SF August 24, 2006, 2:07 pm
  • Wait, the Red Sox aren’t championship caliber?
    You mean…you think you need middle relief and more than one reliable starter to win? Hogwash, sir. We’ll bash our way to victory, damn it!
    (No, the Red Sox are not championship caliber.)

    Devine August 24, 2006, 2:37 pm
  • Ivan, is it intentional that the A’s seem to play the Angels at the end of every season? It’s happened more than once before, no? Seems odd how that works because I thought the schedule was randomly generated.

    Sam August 24, 2006, 2:53 pm
  • does anyone have an explanation on why the AL west is a 4 team division? it makes me sick. MLB prides themselves on a balanced schedule. how have they not pulled a team out of the NL central by now?

    sf rod August 24, 2006, 3:27 pm
  • Wow – when I had the audacity to proclaim the Sox weren’t playoff caliber some weeks ago I got barked at like a postman. Where did everyone go?!

    SF August 24, 2006, 3:45 pm
  • SF…I think the Yankee thrashing (might have) taught us all a thing or two. I know I was semi-optimistic till right before that series began. Somewhere around the two Tigers losses is where I started to relinquish hope.

    Devine August 24, 2006, 3:50 pm
  • Jumped the wagon? Jumped ship? …jumped off a cliff? I’m not sure.
    I still think they have a shot at the playoffs, but they aren’t a championship-caliber team.
    As for me, well I’m optimistic until their fate is officially sealed. I was the same way when I watched them in the mid 90s.

    Scott SF August 24, 2006, 3:56 pm
  • sf rod… Six five-team divisions means at least one interleauge game somewhere every day, and I think most would consider that a Bad Thing.

    Jay Seaver August 24, 2006, 3:57 pm
  • Oh yeah, I’m not yet of the mind that they are definitely not making the playoffs (not yet), but they wouldn’t make it far if they happened to make it there.
    Fairly pessimistic even on that, though. Wake and Tek are a-ways off. Offense isn’t bludgeoning teams to death and no middle relief in sight (though maybe Foulke can help a little).

    Devine August 24, 2006, 4:09 pm
  • Weaver gets hammered tonite. You heard it here first.

    bloodyank78 August 24, 2006, 4:10 pm
  • Sounds like AF might be getting a little Snippy. Maybe we hurt his feelings with all the bipartisan Angel-fan bashing last night…

    Paul SF August 24, 2006, 4:47 pm

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